Raffia Pendant Lighting

September 20, 2010

Hey Guys!

How is everyone doing??

Well I hope!!

Today I am showing how to make this LOVELY light fixture:

{AHHHHHHH-MAZING!!!}

I have to be honest though this isn't a "Morgan" original! I know, I know sorta lame ;). But OH well!

I first saw these lights on of course a show on HGTV, and knew I had to try it!

SOOooooo. Wanna make one too???

Here is what you need:

~Tons of Raffia! I found a huge bag at the thrift store for $1.50!!
~Kids punching balloons. I found mine at Michaels for 50% off so it ended up being $0.75 for four!
~Mod Podge
~Hot Glue Gun
~Electrical plug with a light bulb basin on the other side. (Anyone know the technical term for that)?? I found mine at Ikea for $3.99 in their pendant lighting section.
~Ribbon

How it's done:

1. Inflate your balloon to the predetermined size of 15in and tie off.

2. Draw a circle with a sharpie around one side of the balloon to the size circumference of a light bulb.

3. Start adhering the raffia to the balloon using Mod Podge....if this works for you great but it didn't work for me so I used my hot glue gun, just be careful to not place the hot glue directly on the balloon since it may melt and pop it.

4. Keep covering your balloon until it has reached a state you are pleased with...(Gotta be honest again this took FOREVER, a couple times I debated drop kicking it into the dumpster...so just be patient you'll get there)!

5. Once you have covered your balloon to your liking you want to brush on a layer of Mod Podge or Elmers to the surface. This will ensure that the overlapping strips of raffia will stick together and harden the surface as well to make it more stable. I put 2 coats on mine and let dry.
6. Now it's time to assemble. There are 2 "S" brackets that come with the electrical packet so I clamped those 2 on on top of each other right above the light bulb junction. This will make it easy to tie on to the raffia ball since there is one circle at the end of each "S" bracket. Use your ribbon to tie the raffia ball and the electrical together, keep in mind that you want to make sure your light bulb is centered in the middle of the raffia ball.

7. Almost there! It's time to hang! I just used one of many hooks that my ceiling seems to be riddled with in our apartment. Don't have any? You can find them at your home improvement store! Also there were 2 hooks that came from my electrical packet from Ikea so I used those to reinforce the extension cord so that it would hang along the corner of the room.

8. That's it! You made it!! Plug it in and enjoy!

It gives off THE coolest light too!

Check it:

SOOOoooo. What do you guys think? Are you going to try it?? Totally should mmk ;).

This project was sort of a pain in the behind but I am so so so so glad I did it! It is super fun, adds great light and texture to the room which I LOVE!

I have another extra treat for you guys today!

Remember how we got new couches!!

Well here is the before:
AND

After:
{Love this couch as if it were my first born!}

{The love seat is up in the office/man cave where its a disaster so just envision a smaller version of the sofa and you got it!}

Well thanks for stopping by friends! Have fun!
Love, love.

You can find me linking up to some awesome parties HERE!!

63 comments :

  1. WOW! That light fixture is amazing! I bet it took forever, but the pay off is worth it! So super cool!

    Erin :)

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  2. I love that lamp. Great job.

    The couch changes the ENTIRE mood of the room. Love it!

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  3. super super cool. I have been planning to make something similar but smaller scale as lamp shades on a thrifted chandy I got. We'll see how that goes! :)

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  4. MORGAN~ love your fun fresh colorful and a bit funky style. Love the lamp, talk about creative and a fun project. Love where you hung it, and your new couch with the before and after... MUCH BETTER, AND I love the couch. Thanks for linking. Jen

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  5. I've seen that project with string, but not raffia, great job! Love the new sofa too!

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  6. I think I'm going to try this project on a smaller scale for lumnaries to hang from trees for my wedding, thanks for the tutorial

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  7. Found you on Tuesday Tagalong...and am now following.

    Kristin :)
    Keenly Kristin

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  8. Hey, what a cool lamp and love the sofa, too. It really brightens up the room. I also LOVE HGTV, much to the chagrim of my boyfriend :).

    http://www.theliterarylioness.com

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  10. What a lovely project!! just yesterday I wondering how is a raffia ball is made!! Thanks for the tutorial..Now I have to look for raffia!

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  11. gosh the light is so great... it sure is cool... and the couch is awesome... great work dear :D

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  12. I just did a DIY post on this very lamp only using string, so I guess you can use just about anything. I've even seen some using panties of all things LOL.

    www.chicmodernvintage.com

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  13. A very cute idea! Stopping by from AllThingzRelated.

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  14. Eek I can't wait to try it! I definitely need to see what I can do with it. Thank you for the tutorial! <3

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  15. That is really cool!
    Stopping by from Tuesday Blog Hop, come visit me sometime.
    www.andrialake.blogspot.com
    Andria

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  16. Hi there!! I'm your newest follower from the Tuesday blog hop:) Lovely blog!!! You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
    I LOVE YOUR BLOG:) GREAT STYLE!

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  17. Im a new follower through TTA!! would love a visit back!!
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    love your blog!!

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  18. Newest follower from Follow Me Back Tuesday. Please stop in and do the same for me:
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  19. Seriously, that is freaking cool! What a fantastic idea and so CHEAP! I love it!

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  20. That light fixture is AWESOME! I think I'm going to try it! Thanks so much for sharing. Mind if I mention this tuturial on my blog? You will get the total credit, of course. Let me know!

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  21. Super cool!! And love the new couch, too! :)

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  22. That's a great idea! I have been trying to find 2 lamps that are the same for our bedroom, but this would look way more cool! Thanks for the idea. I will put it with the other ideas that I have!

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  23. I love the light this lamp throws! And I'm beginning to have very strong love feelings for your couch too!

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  24. Hi I am Nicole from ColiesKitchen.com I found you on a blog hop and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and I LOVE the light you made!! I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

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  25. This is awesome. I've seen it done with string but I love the raffia idea!

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  26. Hi! I'm Lindsay a new follower. I found you on FMBT. I hope you will come follow me as well!
    http://bomanpartyof5.blogspot.com

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  27. When I saw this earlier, I knew this would be on my blog! I love the funky, modern, crazy feel of the light! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

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  28. Lovely. What great shadows it cast on the wall!!!

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  29. Very very cool! I saw a similar, yet different tutorial on madebygirl.com a couple of weeks ago. But, I love that you used rafia! Thanks for sharing...this is great!
    Katie

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  30. Super fun. Super Cool. Amazing Lamp!

    http://mymommyquacks.blogspot.com

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  31. woww that came out awesome! new follower, loving the DIY!
    ~ashley

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  32. that lamp look amazing!!!! I love it!
    oh and the couch is so cool!
    ~Tana

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  33. You are crazy girl, that is great. I love that light. You did an awesome job. I want to try that.

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  34. It reminds me of a pinata and when we make those wallpaper clue works very well. Just make a paste and cover the balloon and go from there with the rafia. It's a very cool lamp.

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  35. This is so cool! I love the light that it gives off.

    Corinna

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  36. I can't believe you made that from thrift store raffia--way to go. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence's Under $100 Party!

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  37. i love it. i want to try it. but i have one question... did you pop the balloon and pull it out?

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  38. LOVE this! great job! come on over and link up to MMM :)

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  39. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/raffia-pendant-light/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
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  40. wow the couch is out of this world how did you do that?! we want to change ours but have to say i am a bit afraid, can you please tell me how you did it?

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  41. Wow. uber creative light fixture and how the heck did you revamp that couch. amazing!

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  42. Pretty cool lamp, and looks like a lot of fun to make! Love the light it gives off, would be nice to even use as a night light.

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  43. I loved it so much I did it Last night. I used modge podge and it worked for me, but i used a whole thing of it lol...and i am still not done. the only thing is i have it almost completely done and i can not find a light fixture at all or figure out how i am going to hang it on to the raffia... did u just use one of your s hooks to attach the light.. please help... i love your blog i prolly look at it 5 times a day"no joke" lol

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  44. Just found your blog today and haven't been able to stop reading! I love it!

    www.theelephantstrunk42.blogspot.com

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  45. featured this awesome idea on my blog today!

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  46. And don't forget to POP the balloon!!! I made easter eggs with this method...but this light is way cooler! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. This is so adorable! I want to make 3 or 5 in different shapes and make a light cluster. I don't know if there is enough Raffia in the state of this...

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  48. featured this awesome idea on my blog today!

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  49. Hi I am Nicole from ColiesKitchen.com I found you on a blog hop and wanted to drop by and say hi. I really like your blog, and I LOVE the light you made!! I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

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  50. I loved it so much I did it Last night. I used modge podge and it worked for me, but i used a whole thing of it lol...and i am still not done. the only thing is i have it almost completely done and i can not find a light fixture at all or figure out how i am going to hang it on to the raffia... did u just use one of your s hooks to attach the light.. please help... i love your blog i prolly look at it 5 times a day"no joke" lol

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  51. Wow. uber creative light fixture and how the heck did you revamp that couch. amazing!

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  52. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/raffia-pendant-light/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  53. I just did a DIY post on this very lamp only using string, so I guess you can use just about anything. I've even seen some using panties of all things LOL.

    www.chicmodernvintage.com

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  54. gosh the light is so great... it sure is cool... and the couch is awesome... great work dear :D

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  55. Hey, what a cool lamp and love the sofa, too. It really brightens up the room. I also LOVE HGTV, much to the chagrim of my boyfriend :).

    http://www.theliterarylioness.com

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  56. I've seen that project with string, but not raffia, great job! Love the new sofa too!

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  57. MORGAN~ love your fun fresh colorful and a bit funky style. Love the lamp, talk about creative and a fun project. Love where you hung it, and your new couch with the before and after... MUCH BETTER, AND I love the couch. Thanks for linking. Jen

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  58. I love that lamp. Great job.

    The couch changes the ENTIRE mood of the room. Love it!

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  59. WOW! That light fixture is amazing! I bet it took forever, but the pay off is worth it! So super cool!

    Erin :)

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