Have you ever had one of those projects that you’ve dreamed of for years but just never been able to cross off the list? Well, today I am so excited to be able to cross this orb hanging light off my large home to do list! I saw them years ago and loved how simple they were and was excited that they didn’t need many supplies. I have been working on classy-ing up our bedroom, starting with these awesome Target knockoff bedside tables, and knew a matching set of these orb hanging lights was the perfect thing to frame our bed. Here’s how you can make your own.
1. Start by deciding what size orbs you want and get 3 embroidery hoops about that size. I wanted large lights above our bedside tables so used 12 inch hoops. Once you decide what size you want, separate all of your embroidery hoops from the inside and outer hoops and tape off all of the metal parts on the outside hoops so they don’t get paint on them.
2. Next, paint all your embroidery hoops.
3. Once all your paint is dry, take the three inner hoops and put them inside each other to create a sphere. At first it seems complicated and like you should follow some formula but I promise it’s super simple!
Pro tip: Start with the inside hoops first so you can adjust the bigger ones to the size they need with the screws.
4. Once you have three or four hoops put together, find a close intersection and feed the end of your light fixture through the gap in the hoops. Now, adjust the hoops to make a smaller gap so the orb will rest on the light fixture.
5. Add the rest of the hoops to the outside, screw in the lightbulb, and you’re done with the orb light. Now, on to the hanging part.
6. I found these awesome hanging light bulb sockets that are 15 feet long and take any standard bulb. It also came with a hook to hang it from the ceiling. If yours doesn’t, you’ll need a hook to put into the ceiling where you want the light to hang from.
7. After putting the screw in the ceiling, hang your cord from it and pull your cord to the edge where the ceiling meets the wall and hammer in a large staple. I chose to spray paint mine hammered black so it would blend in.
8. Pull your cord tight against the wall and continue hammering in staples until the cord is to the floor.
Plug it in and you’re done!
I put off this project for so long because I didn’t know how to get the lights lit. I couldn’t decide if we needed to just hire an electrician to install two lights on each side of the bed or maybe we could find battery operated lights. I just was so stumped! It wasn’t until I just decided to embrace the cord and make it part of the modern bedroom look that all the pieces started falling into place and I’m so glad I just went with it. I love how these orb hanging lights turned out and I can’t believe it literally took years for me to be able to check this off my to do list.
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