Friday, June 17, 2011

Pendant Light Tutorial

Hello all!!!
I've been looking for a while for something that I can hand over my bed,
unfortunately, my budget limits me to about...nothing to spend.
Fortunately, I'm a little bit crafty and decided to try to make
something out of things I already had.

I saw a bunch of tutorials all over the internet about these little lights,
so I thought, why not make one???

I had balloons, modge podge, and plastic gloves.
Unfortunately, no hemp cord, but that's ok
because it's cheap cheap cheap at walmart.

But be warned my friends,
this get's MESSY.
I'm not kidding.
It's messy.

So here's my tutorial.

You Need:

You also need:
a cord that has an plug for the wall
and a place to screw in a light bulb
on that cord
***get a light bulb too***
(I don't know the technical term)
but I got mine at Home Depot
they call it "Westinghouse 6ft Cord Set"
it was $5.00
Ikea sells one too, it's not called the same thing,
but there's is only $4.oo

note: if you want this to be a perfectly round pendant,
don't use a balloon.
Get a ball from walmart or something and use that.
Just know that you eventually have to pop it and get it
out without ruining your pendant.
A balloon will probably make your pendant look more like
a beehive than a circle.
But that doesn't bug me.
get it? "bug" ha.

Step 1:
Make sure that you leave an opening at the top of your pendant
for you to be able to fit a cord and more importantly a light bulb through.
Otherwise, your pendant is useless.

Step 2

Unfortunately, there's a couple steps in here
that I missed with my camera because it died.
But, this is what you need to do.

Step 3:
Pop the balloon or ball and remove from shape.
If you used a plastic ball, it's probably easiest
to reach your hand in with scissors and cut the ball
into more manageable pieces that you can pull out
so that you don't ruin the pendant.

Step 4:
Take your light cord thingy and some left over hemp cord
and attach the light cord with your hemp cord to the
light pendant.
confusing???? maybe.
But I'm not really sure how else to word it.
You're smart. You'll figure it out.

Step 5:

I haven't hung it up in our bedroom yet because I need to get an
extension cord so that I can run it from the ceiling to an outlet,
i love it.
I think it will be SO cute!!
Plus, it gives off this really awesome ambient light.


I hope this tutorial makes sense. Never really written one like this. But if it doesn't make sense to you, you can find a lot of others all over the internet that make the same thing and follow one of theirs.

Happy Crafting!!!

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