If you’re like me, you may have seen pictures of cloud lamps all over the internet. To buy a good one, it may cost you around $3000- and since I definitely don’t have that money, I decided I wanted to make one myself. I saw a video on Youtube from the channel EvanandKatelyn as a DIY or Buy on a cloud lamp. I used the links they provided for my materials. I believe the final cost was around $50, and there were also extra materials left over. I hope you enjoy this lamp as much as I do!
- Paper Lanterns
- LED lights (I went with 16ft and that was a fine length. Mine had a remote and multiple DIY settings, but you can find ones out there that also respond to music.)
- Polyfil Fiber Fill (I only used one package, but depending on how you big you want your lantern, it might not hurt to have 2.)
- Hot Glue
- Many extra hot glue sticks
- Clear fishing line
- Twine or some thicker rope than fishing line
- A utility knife
- Long tweezers
- Heat resistant gloves
- Cup hooks or command hooks if you don’t already have something up to hang the lamp from
I assembled all my materials, I assembled a few different sizes of the paper lanterns and used the fishing line to tie them in an arrangement. I adjusted this arrangement a few times with varying sizes of paper lantern. I wanted to create a formation that had depth in the length and width and some uneven sections to give more of a natural shape to the cloud.
After I tied them all together, I dolloped hot glue where they pushed against each other. I had to end up drizzling hot glue from farther away into the hard to reach places, but you just want to make sure the lanterns are 100% secure to each other and everything feels sturdy. You may need a lot of hot glue to do this.
This next part was the trickiest logistically for me, but now is the time to feed the LEDs through the lanterns. I chose the biggest lantern to be my hub for the LEDs to feed through and for the power cord to come out the bottom of. I chose the path that I wanted my LEDs to follow through my lanterns, and I used my tiny utility knife to make slits in the lanterns very close to where they connected.
I stuck my hands in the bigger lanterns to feed the LED strip through and then I used my tweezers in the smaller lanterns. I had to keep feeding the lights back and forth and adjusting how many loops were in each lantern to make sure there would be enough light coming from each one.
After you’re happy with the placement of the LEDs, then you are ready to start hot gluing the Polyfill on to create the outer fluffy shape of the cloud. BE VERY CAREFUL! This is where I would recommend heat safe gloves because the hot glue will stick to the Polyfill and string all over the place and burn you. I got several burns this way. Also, my hot glue gun is now covered in individual strands of Polyfill. I switched between lines and dots of hot glue.
You don’t want to do too much at once so the hot glue is still liquid and sticky when you apply the Polyfill. Also, you don’t want to take too big chunks of Polyfill at one time because the fiber fill will only stick to the dots of glue, so there will be a lot hanging anyway and you don’t want too much excess not glued down. Because of the excess I had balls of Polyfill fall off the cloud when I hung it up. You can try to mitigate this by smushing and slightly rolling the polyfill into itself because it will kind of stick to itself.
When you have covered every visible surface of the paper lanterns, you can bring it to where you want to hang it and either put a command strip on the ceiling (be careful, it might be too heavy for a command strip), or a cup or C-hook in the ceiling. Measure out your twine or rope to your desired length, tie it together, and hang it!
At this point, you may need to make some adjustments to your lamp because when you turn it on you may see some bare spots where the Polyfill doesn’t fully cover the paper lantern, or places where you may need to add more hot glue if the Polyfill doesn’t stick and some pieces fall off (like what happened to me). But when you’re done you’ll have a magical addition to your room or home!