{31 days} globe pendant light

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~created and thrifted~

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It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

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How to:

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!

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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.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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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…

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You can also see my “how to” in the October 2014 issue of Old House Journal

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5 thoughts on “{31 days} globe pendant light

  1. Lakeside Fixer Upper says:

    How fun! I love how colorful you get with them! I tried a similar project with a thrifted outdoor sconce but it just didn’t end up how I had imagined it. I’m inspired to try again though! Thanks!

  2. Nikitaland says:

    I have always wanted to make a globe light. Do you know if you can order the light kit from Ikea online? Approximately, how much did the globe and light kit cost you? Next year, I am planning on making & creating lots of lights, so I need some good insight from someone who has made them. I hope to hear from you soon! Stop on by my blog too when you get the chance! http://www.nikitaland.wordpress.com Thanks, Val

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