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Orb Hanging Light

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.

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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Supplies

3 12″ embroidery hoops
Hanging light bulb socket
Edison bulb
Paint
Large staples
Tape

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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.

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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.

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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.

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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.

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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!

Orb Hanging Light | Create a fun hanging light using embroidery hoops and some paint! Click for tutorial!

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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5 comments

  1. Hi, Amanda ~ I love this light! I’ve been obsessed with these orb lights for a long time, too, and I just haven’t made it a priority. But you made it look so easy that now I’m excited to try it! And I love the color! Such a fun and cheery yellow! Have a fabulous week!

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thanks so much! Glad you like it. Me too!! My husband keeps turning them on at night just for the fun glow they give in the room before bed. They seriously were so easy! If it wasn’t for the paint you could get them made and put up in an evening definitely. Have an awesome week!

  2. It’s sooo cute! The cord actually works with this piece (i share your hatred for icky power cords on pretty hanging lights) but the black cord looks industrial here! I absolutely love it! Pinning for later! Thanks for linking up at the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Party! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week!

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