Lately, as regular HGTV.ca readers are likely aware, I’ve been on a chandelier kick. During my research into DIY chandeliers (coolest thing ever?), I learned about DIY lace/doily orb lamps and decided to make my own. Sweet and summery, my doily orb lamp makes a lovely addition to my bedroom; see it "in action" at the bottom of this post. Better still, a doily orb lamp is très easy to make, because it uses only simple materials and its overall design concept is foolproof — as you’re about to discover.
All photos by Jen Tse.
- A large balloon
- Wallpaper paste
- Paint brush
- Ribbon or cord
- Swag lamp set (recommended: IKEA "HEMMA")
Blow up balloon to desired size. I went for a 13-14" balloon size, in order to yield a medium-sized globe.
Soak underside of doilies with wallpaper paste, applied via paintbrush.
Place doilies on balloon. Ensure that doilies overlap, and smooth them over to create an even surface. Cover entire surface with another layer (thin) of wallpaper paste.
Hang to dry overnight (minimum).
Burst that balloon! If the lamp has dried thoroughly, the balloon should just collapse without sticking to the sides. (An option, to prevent clinginess: before the doily stage, cover the balloon with saran wrap, then Vaseline.)
STEP 6 [Note: skip this stage if your goal is only to create a decorative orb]
Place a swag lamp set in the orb, with a light bulb or low-LED light.
To hang your orb/lamp, simply run a string through it — I used a ribbon — and suspend it from the ceiling.
Your work is complete but you still have one very important job left: Turn down the lights, sit back, and watch the pattern shadows dancing on the walls as the orb turns.