This is made like a soccer ball,using hexagons and pentagons.
Note: some of the pictures show the cups with out their bottoms cut out,YOU MUST CUT OUT ALL OF THE BOTTOMS, if you don't the pentagons WILL NOT FIT when you get to step 9.
I tried it both ways and found out that the pentagons will only fit if you cut out the bottoms, this makes the cups more flexible. Otherwise when you push the pentagons in it will force apart seams and rip out the staples
I used pictures from both types because not all of my pictures came out right or I forgot to take some and had to take more while writing this.
Sorry if this causes any confusion.
Step 1: Whats Needed
- small knife
- paper clips/clothes pins
- hammer and nails
- drill and bits
- wire cutter/stripper
- paint/spray paint
- 1 1by4 6ft. long
- lamp socket
- extension cord/lamp cord
- 125 12oz. coffee cups
- party bulb (mine's orange)
- add on plug (optional)
Step 2: Cutting Out Bottoms
Step 3: How to Make the Hexagons
Take 2 cups, find the side seams and line them up together,
making sure the bottom edges and the top rims are even then staple the 2 cups together,
then, using 1 of them as the middle, start adding your cups till you have 6 on the outside and 1 in the middle (7 cups make 1 hexagon).
As you put them together make sure that edges are even.
You've finished the first 1 now you need to make 9 more.
Step 4: How to Make the Pentagons
Rearrange them till you have evenly spaced, then start stapling together removing one staple at a time making sure to keep the bottom and top edges even. If you only use 1 staple to hold them together at the top you can then before you staple the bottom you can rearrange the bottoms to make them even forming a nice pentagon.
you will need to make 6 pentagons
Step 5: How to Make the Half Haxagons
You will need 5 these.
Step 6: First Stage Assembly
For the first part we will need 5 of the hexagons made in step 3.
Staple the first 2 together, making sure the space between them make a shape somewhat like a square,as note in picture and of course you still need to bottom and top edges are even with each other.
Now add the others making the shape in the picture.
Step 7: Second Stage Assembly
You attach them to the outside of the first assembly in a wagon wheel like manner to form the shape in the picture.
Step 8: Thrid Stage Assembly
Using them to bridge the gap between the hexagons you put on in the last step.
Making sure everything is even as in the other steps staple the half hexagon to the hexagon on one side.
Now you might need to pull it together on the other side to get them to meet up together.
staple that side then do the other 4 the same.
Step 9: Forth Stage Assembly
Step 10: How to Make the Wood Support
- 23 inches long making a mark 10 inches from one end
- 16 3/4 inches long making a line about 6 inches long down the middle at one end.This will be the bottom
- cut this one 22 3/4 inches long. On one side make a mark 13 inches from one end. Now make another mark 13 inches down on the other side coming from the other direction. connect the two marks. they should not be directly across from each other.N ow cut along this line. this should make pieces #2 and # 4 in the picture.
Next place #1 above pieces #2 and #3 so that the line you made 10 inches from one end meets up with the edge of # 2 and nail
drill the hole to hang it by 2 inches down from the top of # 2 just like in the pictures.
Optional; now is when you can paint if you want.
Step 11: Ataching Light to Base
Split the cord you have left about 2 inches from the end.
Strip about 1 inch off of each end.
Bend each end so that it looks like the ones in the picture.
Screw these to the bottom of light socket as in the picture.
Now mark the cord where you want to put the switch.
With a small sharp knife make about a 1 inch split in the cord like in the picture.
Next cut one side of the split in the middle and remove a little extra off each end so they cant touch as in the picture.
Follow the directions that came with your switch to finish putting it on your cord.
Don't forget to test it to make sure it works.
to finish screw the socket down to the base where #1, #3 and #4 meet.
NOTE: make sure you have the right size switch for your cord.
Step 12: Mounting to Base
Place cups over base.
Staple cups to base.
Step 13: Hanging on Wall
Turn on, sit back and enjoy.
Step 14: A Little Sowething Extra
Well I didn't it's right here.
So instead of throwing it away you can make it into a handy short utility cord, all you need is an add on plug to put on the end and your all set. Just follow the directions on the package and your all good. Enjoy