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Make a Ping Pong Ball Pendant Lamp

27 April 2012 135,650 views 7 Comments

by rhonda

Both whimsical and modern at the same time, this ping pong ball pendant lamp is one of the most impressive and innovative upcycles we've see in quite a while.  (The balls can be attached around the frame from an old lamp shade; rescue one that is stained or dented by removing the covering, leaving only the wire structure of the frame.  Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to look for them if you don't already have one on hand.)  Dollar Tree sells ping pong balls in packages of 8 for $1, and it took about 180 balls to make the lamp shown.  The number you will need depends on the size of the lamp shade frame you use as a base!  The project by Léa Baert originally appeared in Marie Claire Idées, a French magazine; Jan at Poppytalk shared an English translation of the process. [how to make a ping pong ball pendant lamp]

Project estimate:

  • Ping pong balls, about $22
  • Lamp shade frame, on hand or $1 and up
  • Spray paint, on hand or $1 and up
  • Fishing line or string, on hand
  • Wire, on hand or $1 and up
  • Lamp kit, about $5 and up

Total:  about $27 and up

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  • Michelle L. said:

    Loooove it! And that is the most gorgeous picure. Going right over there to check it out!

  • Fatcat said:

    That is so cute!

  • Sherry said:

    That. Is. NUTS!!! (I love it!)

  • Rebecca said:

    What a great project!!! I just want to say thanks for this website and all the work put into it- I check it almost every day, and the projects introduced on here open up a wide range of ideas and crafts in my mind. Thanks!

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    […] at this fun use of ping pong balls and to think, all these years I’ve just used them for DIY […]

  • Justyce4me83 said:

    Could you use easter agg dye instead of spray paint? Cheaper and less of a mess if you could. If someone tries it let us know!

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