How To: Dipped Twine Pendant Lights

Finished pendant light
What do you get when you combine a beach ball, twine, and thinned white glue? Rustic-mod light fixtures for less than $10 each. Learn how to make your own!

Twine-Wrapped Pendant Light

Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn to make a rustic, dipped pendant light of your own.

What you'll need:

  • Permanent marker
  • Beach ball (We used an 8-inch-diameter ball.)
  • 1-quart plastic mixing container
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 40 feet hemp twine, cut into ten 4-foot sections
  • Masking tape
  • Nail
  • Aluminum pie tin or shallow tray
  • 2 cups latex paint in desired color
  • Hanging light fixture kit

Step 1

Using a permanent marker, trace a circle on the beach ball. Use this circle to reserve an opening for the light fixture and lightbulb.

Step 2

Mix 1/2 cup glue and 1 cup water in container. Stir thoroughly until the mixture resembles condensed milk.

Step 3

Wrap one 4-foot segment of twine around your fingers, creating loose loops.

Step 4

Dip twine into glue mixture, making sure to saturate all the twine.

Step 5

Pull twine slowly through your fingers to remove excess glue.

Step 6

Wrap wet twine around beach ball, avoiding the circle you drew in Step 1. Overlap the twine to prevent it from unraveling on the ball. You can use masking tape to hold moist twine in place.

Step 7

Repeat steps 3 through 6 with remaining twine, overlapping strands on the ball until you achieve desired coverage. Let dry for six to eight hours or until twine is dry and hard to the touch.

Step 8

Use glue to secure loose ends and poorly connected strands. Let dry for two to three hours.

Step 9

Pop the beach ball with a nail. Press air out slowly until ball deflates being careful not to crush or dent the twine.

Step 10

Remove ball and trim any flyaway twine pieces.

Step 11

Pour 2 cups latex paint and 1 cup water in pie tin. Stir thoroughly. Dip twine lampshade in several two-second intervals until you reach the desired color. Be careful not to soften the water-base glue, which will cause the twine to loosen. Let dry.

Step 12

Thread a hanging light kit (available in stores that sell paper lanterns) through each finished shade. Use a low-wattage lightbulb.

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