Cocktail Umbrella Lampshade

This project shows you how to make a quirky lampshade using a plastic ball and cocktail umbrellas.

Cocktail Umbrella Lampshade

What you need

cocktail umbrellas in different colors
hard plastic ball/s


First take your plastic ball and start by cutting a hole of 5 cm radius in it. This will serve as a place to fit in your bulb

Now take that ball and start piercing your umbrellas one by one from the sharp side of the toothpick.

Keep on doing this until the whole ball fills with umbrellas.

You can make one multicolored ball or even different colored balls in layers – it is up to your imagination.

This can jazz up any dull room….the extra thing is that you would need to call up your electrician for this.. :)

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  1. Why would you have to call an electrician? Did I miss something?

  2. @ Scaredevil-
    did you make this yourself? what material is the ball made out of? where did you buy the lighting kit?

  3. I’m thinking of making this with one of those paper ball lanterns…thought I might break off the sticks altogether and hot glue it to the outside. The base of the umbrella is large enough to hold the glue.

  4. terrificrafts says:

    And also I think it would make an adorable hanging lamp but I’m just not sure how you would do that

  5. terrificrafts says:

    I love this but I was thinking what if you get like just a cheap white lamp shade and poke those cocktail umbrellas into that instead of having to call an electrician and I think it would be kinda cute but I do like this project it’s just I wouldn’t want to call an electrician for it I love the circle shape though

  6. ok looks cool but what kind of ball? not the bouncy ball for $1.99 because those won’t hold shape once you put a whole in it. This is what I suggest. Get one of the paper chinese ball lights ( IKEA or Cost Plus World Market) and just poke the umbrellas through. Then you can just use the manufacturers instuctions for light and you know its safe.

  7. People – use common sense when buying the light for your ball and how long you leave the lamp on until you ‘know’ what is safe with the lights you use – or don’t use lights if you don’t have common sense. Even christmas lights would work. I ‘think’ the crafter means the ‘bouncy’ balls kids always want in the bins at the grocery stores, Wally’s, K.M., etc. Usually around $1.99 – the color should be considered as it will change the color of the umbrella. By the way – I love this idea and can’t wait to do this with my Granddaughters.

  8. @domokun2351…..maybe a styrofoam balll could work….but be careful of not breaking it…..and paint it in d colours of your umbrellla…

  9. @morgan haviland…..use a 0 watt bulb…its d safest…

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