Introduction: LED Fairy Light Globes

These LED fairy light globes are quite magical! This is a really cool and simple project which you can do even if you don't have many tools at all - in fact, I made two versions - one very simple for the beginner - and one that requires a little more woodworking.

Step 1: What You'll Need

So for this project I'm cutting up a chunk of figured maple - however you could use any wood! This is one of those times when if you have a piece of wood that's really pretty, it's a good time to use it, cause you' don't need that much, and it will really stand out.

To make this light, you only need a few things - a piece of wood, a glass christmas bulb and a set of battery opperated fairy led lights. These christmas bulbs are really affordable and perfect for this application and the fairy lights are cheap and easy to work with.

Step 2: Drilling

So first I'm removing the cap part on the glass bulb and measuring how wide the opening is, which is just about an inch. So I drill a hole deep enough to hold the bulb in the wood - I'm using the drill press, however you could certainly use a drill here.

Step 3: Method 1

At this point, it's all about how you attach / hide the battery back. You can do it a couple of different ways - so let's go over two methods - if you're not concerned about completely hiding the battery back it's a little easier - so let's do that first!

Here I'm drilling a smaller hole about halfway down the wood. Now the plan is to attach the battery back on the back side - so we need a hole for the wire to slip through. So I'm marking out and drilling the same size hole, so the two holes meet. Then a little sanding to smoothen out the corners.

Step 4: Securing the Battery Pack

Then I'm just going to fish the lights up through the hole to place them in the glass.

To secure the battery back which is also where you turn the light on or off - I'm going to use velcro. So I'm just hot gluing that on to the plastic case and the wood. I'm securing the bulb with hot glue as well, and it's ready. Now as long as you keep the battery pack side towards the wall or whatever, no one would ever know it's there!

Step 5: Method 2 - Chiseling

So that's a great option if you want a simpler solution, but what if you want to hide it. Well, we could do that.

Then let's rewind a bit - now let's turn the block upside down after we drilled that first hole for the bulb to fit in. I'm just marking out the size of the case and then I'm drilling through, removing as much wood this way as possible. At this point, I'm bringing out the chisel and mallet and chiseling the rest of the wood out. This took a little while, but finally the case fit inside.

Step 6: Finishing

Now I finished both of these with some of my tung oil beeswax polish which you can pick up in my store if you'd like a tin, and it really pops the beautiful figure.

Step 7: Covering the Bottom

At this point I fed the wire through, secured the battery pack with some tape, and then cut a piece of fabric to fit right under, and I also cut a little hole for the switch on the battery back so you can turn the lights on or off. Then I drilled some holes in the corners, and secured the fabric with some screws. The screws act as little feet - and they're easy enough to remove, whenever I need to change the batteries. Then I hot glued in the bulb again, and it was all ready.

Step 8: Conclusion - Watch the Video

For a much better perspective and to see how it turned out, make sure to watch the video!

Comments

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iiswhoiam made it! (author)2017-03-19

What a great project, I made a couple of these using a birch log and I think they look awesome!

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Kris Mark Duthie made it! (author)2017-02-11

Thanks for the inspiration Linn, Made these with my slab offcuts. I do find the glass a bit fragile though, having one break in my hands during assembly I'm opting for acrylic next time haha

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markmoran made it! (author)2017-02-03

Great project. It took me a while to find 4" square hardwood (16/4) but I finally found a block of unsurfaced walnut for turning.

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bithead942 made it! (author)2017-01-29

Linn, great project! You inspired me to make some to give as gifts. I used Mahogany and Purpleheart as the bases, and used different colour LEDs.

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hashdxb (author)2017-01-29

Really cool stuff. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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mdeudon (author)2017-01-09

Very cool !!

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PieterT3 (author)2016-12-24

Nice little project with the kids on Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing. We used plain wood and had the kids decorate them. It was fun for 4-7 year olds.

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makertech (author)PieterT32017-01-01

Very cute idea! Love them!

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makertech (author)2017-01-01

Since she brought up Harry Potter, I thought of an idea to plant the battery pack inside a stack of old books. Not sure how I would do it, but if I do I will share.

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handmadewithashley made it! (author)2017-01-01

I made one! I love this project. I want to make a few more. :) I used a scrap piece of 2x4 for my base. The battery pack is hidden. I share my deviations here too: http://wp.me/p5pzJb-Cg

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Charles Horton (author)2016-12-22

Hi

It seems impossible to get the maple, Have any Ideas?

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Hi there! I order nice figured wood from this company out in Oregon. http://www.nwfiguredwoods.com/ I've had really great luck getting burls for bowls and pens. And they are reasonably priced.

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Thank you OutlawKtulu, I have made two so far using Oak, but I really want to get some nicer wood, I will check this place out. Happy new year.

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TwilaLee (author)Charles Horton2016-12-28

It doesnt have to be maple, its just what Linn used. As she said, you can use whatever type of wood you like.

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JeffC7 made it! (author)2016-12-27

Great project! I had to try and make some for my daughters. Used glass jars and added some transparent colored marble accent stones.

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big_buddha (author)JeffC72016-12-30

ooooh, those are COOL!!!!!

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big_buddha made it! (author)2016-12-30

I couldn't find the glass ornaments anywhere locally so I found a small-ish fish bowl at Michael's. It was about 4 inches and a bit thicker than the glass ornaments I've seen in the past. Glued walnut to cherry and routed out the openings to accept the globe and battery pack. Velcro’ed the battery pack in with a tape flag to pull it out when batteries need to be changed. Fun and easy project!

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sgsax made it! (author)2016-12-28

Timing on this was perfect. I just finished making three of these for my daughters. I didn't have solid blocks, so I made boxes out of oak I've had lying around for years, making sure to have the grain patter continuous all the way around. Thanks for the great idea!

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jflewelling (author)2016-12-27

How long are the strings of lights??

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Genius_Nik (author)2016-12-22

It looks amazing, I'm impressed with, and now I want to make myself it !!

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IanC113 (author)2016-12-22

Sweet. I will say even this, having less tools then you I would still go the long route. I bought exacto knives and just use them.

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CosmicGM (author)2016-12-21

Simply beautiful.

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furumario (author)2016-12-21

MUY BIEN EXPLICADO, IMÁGENES CLARAS.

FELICIDADES !

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Alex 2Q (author)2016-12-21

Simple yet elegant design! Great work!

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RigoC (author)2016-12-20

Sweet. Simple and beautiful. Nice job. I'm so making a couple.

Suggestion.
Lithium battery. Install a charging jack. When it drains, you can just
plug it in. You could even hook it up to a solar panel/charger. Never worry
about changing batteries.

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hoka (author)2016-12-20

I love this Linn. Beautiful - both the light and you!

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Paxman5 (author)2016-12-20

Hej Linn!

Dessa lampor är jättevackra, och jag tror nog att jag måste ordna åtminstone ett par. Med socklar i teak tror jag att de kommer passa vår 60-talsinredning fantastiskt! Jag tror också att jag kommer driva dem med nätdel istället för batterier, så de blir "riktiga" armaturer.

Som vanligt är det knepigt att hitta saker i Sverige, och slingan du länkade till på Amazon skickas inte hit, men jag får leta lite mer så hittar jag säkert något. Detta var andra Instructable jag hittade som du gjort...så nu blir du märkt som "Favorit"! :-)

De vänlig julhälsning från Sverige!

/Fred

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Misteln (author)Paxman52016-12-20

Har köpt sådana på Jula /Göran

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EckhardG (author)2016-12-20

You did a great job. Keep up the good work.

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SallyR13 (author)2016-12-20

This is probably a stupid question, but . . .

On average, how long do the batteries last? I can see that these are so delicate and pretty, the desire might be to leave them on continuously. ?

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russjd (author)2016-12-20

I pick the... hide-battery-pack version....

I have the tools/skill...

12pc Clear Glass Christmas ORNAMENTS 2.62" globe...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-12pc-Clear-Glass-Christmas-ORNAMENTS-2-62-globes-by-Tree-House-Studio-/172417178556?hash=item2824dd5bbc:g:F48AAOSwXeJYM7an

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eltel16 (author)2016-12-20

Really nice and looks simple to make, cracking idea and stunning result, thanks Linn, Ive looked at your other work on here and youtube, looks like I'm going to be busy, thank you for taking the time to show us.

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RussC5 (author)2016-12-20

I would be interested to know the size of the ornaments you purchased?

Thanks in advance.

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tamidodel (author)2016-12-20

Looks like fun to make

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davecole (author)2016-12-20

Really Cool, you could also have mounted the battery pack in the green book that one of the cubes was standing on. Then you would just need a knife or scissors.

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kavi_arasan (author)2016-12-20

cool one

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Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-12-19

Really AWESOME!!!!

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nanobytez (author)2016-12-19

I Love these! You have inspired me to make one, thank you! :D

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handmadewithashley (author)2016-12-18

this is really cute! I'm totally make one :)

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