Last night I posted this photo on Instagram…
I used to sell these lights at colton+cadence, but have run into a low supply of globes at my local thrift shops, so today I figured I would give a quick tutorial on how to make your own!
It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!
- exacto knife
- light kit (i get mine at IKEA)
1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!
2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.
3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.
4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.
You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…
home is…lighting up the world.