DIY Orb Light Fixture & Pinterest Challenge



Hey peeps! Its spring pinterest challenge time. A time to get off your butt, step away from the computer and actually complete a project that you have pinned. The Pinterest challenge is a link party hosted by Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love), Emily (Sparkle meets Pop) and Renee (Red Bird Blue).  It can be anything crafty, a recipe, a room re-do, whatever you want, or have pinned.  Its a fun way to get people to actually act on their pins and to share them all in one place.


Many of you may have seen these and probably have them in your home. You know what I’m talking about, we so affectionately like to call them boob lights…get it? I’m not a huge fan, they just don’t really do it for me. So I have made it my mission to slowly but surely replace all the boob lights in the house. First victim is the one in the foyer. I figured it was getting a nice makeover in a few other ways, why not this? And it only cost $22, that’s my kind of light.

Orb light fixtures are a pretty popular trend, but can be very pricy.  Here are a few inspiration pictures I found.

I have always loved the look of these fixtures but could never bring myself to spend the money on one.
Until I saw this pin from Thrifty Décor Chick.
pinterest challenge pin
Then a light bulb went on in my head. haha funny, right? I figured I could re-create that no problem. She makes it look so easy.
So here are the steps that I took, because I did modify her tutorial just a tad.
orb final-2
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Materials List –
  • Embroidery hoops – I used 4, but if you want a more enclosed orb like Sarah’s, you can use more. I got mine for $1.00 for all 4 at a garage sale. Any craft store like JoAnn’s or Michaels will have them too.
  • A LightKit– I purchased mine from World Market. You can get one here.
  • Spray paint – I used Rust-Oleum black because I had a can on hand.
  • Thin thread
  • Drill with 3/8″ bit
  • Edison light bulb

Step 1 

Intertwine your embroidery hoops until you get the desired shape and width between the spaces.  I used the inside of the hoops so they wouldn’t have that tightening hardware stuff showing.

Step 2

Once you have the desired width. Cut some thread and tie around the top where all the hoops meet. I just kept winding it around until it was tight and the hoops didn’t move. Do this on the top and bottom of the orb. (sorry I don’t have a picture of that step)

Step 3

Spray paint your hoops. You may have to let it dry and then turn it over to get the other side.

Step 4

With a 3/8″ drill bit, drill a hole in the top of the hoops through the middle. Sarah just rests her bulb between a few hoops, but I wanted a more centered look. Be sure to go all the way through all of the hoops.


orblight DIY step 4

Step 5

Because I wanted my bulb  and cord to run through the middle, we had to modify the lighting kit a little bit.   You will have to take apart the lighting kit in order to shorten the cord, but be sure to remember how to put it back together.
orblight DIY light kit closeup
Once the kit is taken apart, you will have to decide on how long you want to cord to be and how far you want it to hang between your light. I wanted the cord to hang about 8 inches from the ceiling mount to the top of the fixture and then the bulb to be as high up on the orb as possible.
orb light with cordIn order to get the cord to go through the hole in the hoops and for the bulb to rest underneath you will have to cut it. We just used a scissors to shorten the cord. We used a knife to cut the rubber cord back to expose the wires and then stuck it through the hole.
diy orb light cord closeup
orb light with cord
Step 6
Once the cord is cut to the length you want, put the wires and the light kit back together.  Then attach the light kit to the ceiling mount and add a bulb. There are directions in the light kit packaging on how to install a light fixture but I just got this hunky farmer to install mine for me 😉 I think there is some saying about farmers…they are a Jack of all trades but master of none? installation
Step 7
Sit back and enjoy the hard work
orblight finished
complete orb light

DIY Orb Light Fixture

Well there you have it my friends, your very own orb light fixture for under $30.
Have you ever made your own light before? Will you attempt this simple DIY?
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P.S. I’m linking this post to The Shabby Nest & Inspire Me Link party.


23 thoughts on “DIY Orb Light Fixture & Pinterest Challenge

  1. I love this! I’ve been looking for one of these for awhile now, but haven’t been able to afford one. GREAT idea 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ashley! You should really try to make one yourself, it was so easy. The electrical part is a little more difficult, but its all about who you know, right?

  2. Thank you for visiting my page! I love this…and I’m so happy you shared this. Now I need more lighting in my house so I can make all the beautiful lights I find!

  3. I’m so glad you commented on my page because it sent me to your beautiful blog! I’m loving this light fixture. I think I already have an idea of the perfect spot in our house for one of these! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! I love your light too. Its very chic. I’m thinking something like that would look good in our laundry room.

    1. Thanks, Christine. Also thank you for letting me know about the link party. I just liked up 🙂

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