It must be obvious by now, but I am obsessed with lighting! The right light fixture can be a work of art, it can illuminate the area around it and tell a story, and I think the incandescent bulb is a beautiful little miracle in itself. There is nothing quite like the warmth of candlelight but the incandescent bulb is the next best thing (don’t get me started on my HATE of all things florescent, no one has time for that rant). This project shows off the glow of the modern incandescent stringed lights perfectly.
This project started the way most of mine do, a call from someone getting rid of stuff. This time it was my mom. She had these three great wicker basket weave balls. They were used as decor on a shelf or something. She had no use for them and I jumped with joy when I saw them. I knew imedietly that they would become some sort of light balls. I thought about going with a single bulb pendant light inside each one, but I wanted more of a glow, and that’s what I got.
Rattan Balls (mine are 12″, 10″, and 10″)
3 White strings of white Christmas lights
3 White extension cords
Ribbon (mine is burlap)
This is a diagram of how I laid out my pendants over my kitchen island. This gave me the cleanest celing with the least amount of cords and plug ins. If you are making more than one light, follow these instructions carefully.
1. String the lights and extension cord together first. Start with one string of lights, then cord, then lights, then cord then lights, then the last cord.
2. Shove the first string of lights into the ball. Also shove the entire plug from the extension cord inside. Then into the next ball, shove the middle group of lights and both ends of the extension cords inside. Finally, shove the extension cord outlet and last string of light into the last ball. Be sure not to put the entire extension cord into the last ball, just the junction of the white lights and the cord.
3. Measure how long you would like each ball to hang and cut ribbon a little longer. Tie the ribbon (mine is burlap from Home Depot’s garden department that I also stenciled HERE)
4. Pin ribbon to the ceiling and pull the extension cord to the next hanging spot.
5. Secure the extension cord with thumb tacks to lay flat.
6. Continue until all three are hung.
7. Plug in the final cord to a timer. I don’t want to climb up and down to turn these beauties on, so a timer assures me they are used. I have mine set from 11am to 11pm. Then plug the timer into an outlet. I have an outlet inside my upper cabinets in my kitchen. If you have an over the stove microwave, you have one too! You may need to drill a hole in the top of your cabinets and fish an additional extension cord there.
The glow and twinkle from these adorable little light balls is perfect. As mentioned before, I have them on ALL DAY! They do not provide a work surface light, but they make me happy every time I look at them.