I honestly don't know if I've been this excited about a diy project. I am crazy in love with this amazing puffy ball that now resides in my living room!
So here is the story. I have a long, large living room and I've always felt that a standard light fixture would feel "lost" in the room. I need something big. Something with impact! I used a paper ball from Ikea for a bit. While the scale was perfect it felt a little like something from my university days.
Enter coffee filters. Everyone was making these beautiful coffee filter wreaths so while not apply the same idea to a light fixture? A quick Google search confirmed that fact that I was, in fact, not crazy. It has been done and it knocked my socks off!
I started out innocently enough, vowing to finish by Christmas. After glued on just a few, I realized just how time consuming it was going to be... maybe I was crazy after all?
Stephane's mom is here visiting. Graciously, she took the project on. Spending time each day, filling a clothes basket with twisted filters then glueing them on. Then, refilling the basket several times (I at least helped with this part) and glueing them on. She has the glue gun burns to show for all her hard work!
It started to get heavy so she flipped it over and started down the other way. Yes, coffee filters and glue can get heavy in such great quantities. Speaking of quantities, we'll get to that soon...
Anxious to see what it was going to look like, we hung it up unfinished. I was terrified I would hate it, after all her work. Instead, it only fueled my excitement. I was completely smitten! Down it came, we were on the home stretch.
The last day, she worked steady to get the ball done. I was decorating the tree, she was glueing on the last of the filters and Steph was working away at the other fun project we have in the works. We were a great team! The tree was up and decorated and so was the puff ball. I was one ecstatic girl! I even called my mom and sister to come check it out asap!
Here she is, hanging in the living room, in all her glory!
Isn't it beautiful? We affectionately call Steph's mom Zizi so it's been nicknamed the Zorb (Zizi orb). My big ball of puff looks like a gigantic bouquet of carnations. (a flower I have grown to love)
Here is shot at night. All warm and glowy.
I almost let the cat out of the bag in my tree post by sharing this photo.
No that's not the moon! I know someone would have pointed it out:)
Just for fun... Doesn't it look somewhat reminiscent of the light hanging over the bed in Sixx Design's Downtown Chic book? That one sell for lotsa money!
So let's break it down for you. I know you're wondering!
Just how many coffee filters did we use?
Coffee filters: a grand total of 2600. Thank goodness for Dollarama!
Glue Sticks: around 100. We lost count.
Time: A lot. She didn't keep track and since she did a lot of it when I wasn't around I'm unsure. I'd be inclined to say upwards of 30 hours. The last day alone was from 1:30-6:15 steady!
I owe her a huge thank you for finishing it. I don't think I ever would have finished it on my own. She knew how much I wanted it and got it done. She was in her little routine. Aquafit and water biking in the morning, errands, cooking/baking/cleaning, then a couple of hours on the puff ball! She almost didn't know what to do with herself when it was done! (I secretly think she enjoyed it!)
Sincerely though... thanks so much!
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