Hello everyone! Happy new year! Today I want to share my final DIY project from 2016: a fairy light globe. I got this project idea from Linn of Darbin Orvar. You can find her full tutorial here. I deviated from her original tutorial a little. I share the details below.
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Tools and Supplies
The following list are the tools and supplies I gathered to make the fairy light globe.
- Glass Ornament Balls (80 mm)
- Micro LED String Lights
- Scrap 2×4
- Jar of steel wool and vinegar (a homemade wood stain)
- Mineral oil
- Center finder
- Drill press
- Forstner bits
- Router with a 45 degree chamfer bit
- Hot glue gun
I used 80 mm balls instead of the original 100 mm because they were cheaper. The lights I used are powered by 2 CR2032 batteries instead of 3 AA batteries. The smaller battery pack makes it easier to conceal.
How to make the Fairy LED Globe
Step 1: Cut off a square piece of 2×4
I didn’t have any pretty hardwood on hand, but I do have of ton of 2×4 cut offs. I cut off a 3 1/2″ piece for the globe base.
Step 2: Drill holes for the ornament and battery pack
- Mark the center of the 2×4 on both sides.
- Drill a small hole through the entire piece of wood for stringing the lights.
- Drill a hole on the top with a width matching the top of the glass ornament.
- Drill a hole on the bottom with a diameter of 2 1/4″.
The opening on the bottom side should be wide enough to hold the battery pack (assuming you purchase the same lights as I did).
Step 3: Add a chamfer to the edges
I routed all the edges on the top and bottom sides.
Step 4: Sand
Sand the entire surface to prep it for staining.
Step 5: Apply a stain and seal the wood
I had a jar of steel wood and vinegar brewing in the garage for months. I used an old cloth and applied two coats of the mixture.
I sealed it with two coats of mineral oil.
Step 6: Install the lights
I don’t deviate much from here on. I stringed the micro lights through the hole in the 2×4 base and into the glass ornament. I used my hot glue gun to secure the glass ornament into the base.
The battery pack fits snuggly in the bottom hole. It stays in place.
DIY Fairy Light Globe
I love how this project turned out, and I plan to make a few more. It really feels a bit magical.