Ball lights, also known as globe lights, are a popular decorative lighting option for both indoor and outdoor spaces. They create a warm and intimate atmosphere, making them perfect for a variety of occasions such as weddings, parties, and festivals. While you can easily buy ball lights, creating your own ball lights will allow you to customize their size, design, and color to suit your specific needs. In this article, we will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make your own ball lights using simple materials that you can easily find at home.
Before you start making your ball lights, you must have the following materials:
- String lights with small bulbs (white or colored)
- Balloons (large and small sizes)
- Glue (such as Mod Podge)
- Small bowl or container
- Spray paint (optional)
- Disposable gloves (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the String Lights
Unravel the string lights and remove them from their packaging. Plug in the string lights to make sure they work properly. You can use either white or colored lights, depending on your preference. If you want to change the color of the string lights, you can spray paint them with a color of your choice before starting the DIY project. Make sure to wear gloves and spray in a well-ventilated area.
Step 2: Prepare the Balloons
Inflate the balloons to the desired size for your ball lights. You can use any size of balloons you want, but we recommend using a combination of large and small balloons to create a variety of sizes for your ball lights. Tie a knot at the end of each balloon.
Step 3: Glue Mixture
In a small bowl or container, mix glue and water in a 1:1 ratio. Stir the mixture together until it becomes smooth.
Step 4: Apply Glue to Balloons
Using a paintbrush, apply the glue mixture to the surface of each balloon. Make sure to cover the entire surface evenly. You can apply one or two coats of glue, depending on how thick you want the final product to be.
Step 5: Wrap String Lights Around Balloons
Before the glue dries, wrap the string lights around the balloons, making sure to wrap them tightly to keep the shape of the balloons intact. You can wrap the lights in a random pattern, or you can create specific designs by wrapping them in a particular way.
Step 6: Let the Balloons Dry
Once the lights are wrapped around the balloons, let them dry completely. This could take several hours, or even overnight. Make sure the balloons are completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 7: Pop the Balloons
Once the balloons are completely dry, pop them using a pair of scissors. Make sure to cut a small hole, and not to puncture the ball lights. Remove the deflated balloons from inside the ball lights.
Step 8: Hang the Ball Lights
Your DIY ball lights are now ready to be hung. You can use them to decorate your room, patio, or garden. Hang them from the ceiling, trees, or wherever you think they will look best.