So I finally got it done. The hot air balloon lamp tutorial. I really hope this helps some of you out but as a caution remember that I am not a electrician and the way I hang the lamp might not work out for you. Hopefully though you understand my idea and from there you can change it to the way it works out for you.
If you don’t know what lamp I’m talking about here is a link to the original post. So let start!
1. Start by making the basket. This is what your going to need.
2. First tape over the tin can with the washi tapes. The use the decoupage glue. If you don’t have washi tapes, you can e.g. paint the cans. If you don’t have decoupage glue, I think that glue that just dries clear will do. I prefer to put some sort of glue on the tapes just to make sure that the tapes don’t start falling off when they start drying.
3. After the can has dried, use the little screw driver to poke the holes at the very edge of the can. I used this screw driver since it has strong enough to go through the tin as well as the end result was clean. Remember to poke the holes in the correct places.
4. Here’s a picture of one of the holes.
5. Do not cut the strings too short at this point. Then you have enough length to see how close the basket is to the lamp.
6. Trust me. Use something that will help you push the thread through the small holes.
7. Do put a double knot so i does not fall off at any point. If you really want to make sure then add a dab of glue to the knot. Cut off the excess thread for a clean finish.
8. Now you have all the strings in place. Time for the lamp.
9. This is the lamp that I bought from Ikea. One of my readers did inform me that the U.S. Ikea does not sell them anymore but she did buy some off Ebay . But use your imagination. This isn’t the only lamp that works for this. In Finland they sell the white one only.
11. Turn it upside down…
12. Use the little screw driver again.
13. Now you can attach the tin can. Use the screw driver again to push the strings through the holes like we did in step 6.
14. You can trim off the excess string bits and you’re pretty close already.
15. make some decorations: garlands! You need:
16. The desired length of the thread is up to you. About 60 cm threads are pretty good. Make as many as you like. I made two.
17. After you have cut the triangles, make a loop at the end of each thread. Four loops all together.
18. You can then attach the garlands to the lamp by the loops. The lamps legs are perfect for the loops.
19. Next you are going to hang up the lamp. Note that this tutorial part only works for the room I have. If you don’t have the possibility to do it like me then you must think of another way.
You’re going to need 2 screw hooks and strong fishing line. I was able to screw the hook onto a curtain board that went across the room and a cupboard.
20. This is the fishing line I used.
21. here you can see a close up of the fishing line which I stretched across the space. the whole idea is that I do not want it to be visible.
22. This is the curtain board that I wrote about.
23. Now attach the lamp to the fishing line. Twist away.
24. Since the lamp’s original light switch is nearly touching the roof and it will be covered by the clouds there is no point in using that. I solved it by adding one of those extension cords with a switch of their own. Now the switch is much closer to the ground. Looks quite messy when I took the picture but sort it out and it will be good.
25. Drum roll…..it works!
26. Now create the clouds. You need:
27. The idea of the clouds is to make the ugly cord disappear. Tie the loop very close to the hook so you can start making the clouds right from that point.
28. Remember this. It’ll make the twisting a lot easier.
29. Twist light. Otherwise the filling does not look fluffy like a cloud. Remember to turn on the light switch first!
30. You can make more than one cloud. This time I did a small and big one.
31. Remember the garlands. Add them by using the lamp’s legs.
32. Phew…now enjoy and find a friend to fly in the basket.
End of tutorial. I hope you got an idea of how I created the lamp. if you are still wondering how I put three of those lamps in one place then look at step 23. Here I twisted only one lamp around the fishing line. Then I twisted three cords. I first twisted one and then the second and so on. You just have to make sure you have the lamp at the correct height.
Hope this helped and don’t hesitate to ask if there is something still unclear.
Have a great day and go make a hot air balloon lamp.
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Thank you for the tutorial! I love your creation! I will have to search for some lamp shades to try and get the same effect. 🙂
You’re welcome! There were a few on Ebay or than you could try your local flea markets online or not. Probably another paper lamp should also work. Hope you find a good lamp and it works out!
How did you make the other 2 lamps colored?
Hi Sarah. Actually I didn’t have to do anything. When I purchased these lamps Ikea sold these in multiple colors. Nowadays Ikea only sells them in white. But don’t worry. Search places like Ebay to find these lamps. You can also find round basic rice paper lamps from China which you can convert into lamps with a little work. Hope this helped. But ask away if something still comes up. 🙂
These are some great ideas! Thank you for sharing! 😉
Thank you so much for posting! We just finished hanging our lights in our baby girls nursery, just have to make the clouds. They look perfect in her room and we couldnt have done it without your inspiration!!
Hi Laura! Congrats on your nursery room and I’m glad to hear that you liked the lamps and you have made some as well. I hope they bring you and your family joy for a long time.
We don’t have an Ikea near me, so I had a friend mail me one of the lamps, so I can do a hot air balloon themed nursery for our little boy. Thanks so much for the idea!
Hi Lauren. I’m glad to hear you were able to get your hands on the lamps. I’m glad you like the lamps and hope they look lovely in the nursery.
this is so creativ and beautiful ❤ i just love it
I’m so excited to make these with my Mom next weekend for my travel theme nursery. I was able to find the lamps on Amazon! Such a wonderful idea. Thank you!
Hi Noelle. I’m glad to hear that you were able to find the lamps. Hope you have a great time with your mom making them!
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I made these this weekend and am so in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d love to send you a photo of the finished product! Thanks for the tutorial!
HI Katerina. I’m glad to hear that you love them! They really have been a joy for me too. You can always send me email at email@example.com if you want to share your work. I’d love to see them. – Alina
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