From the minute I saw these paper mache bowls from South Africa at World Market, I LOVED them. The bowls are made by Wola Nani, a non-profit organization that employs women with HIV and AIDS so that they may support themselves and their families. Aren’t the bowls beautiful?
I wanted to buy one or two–but since they’re made from paper and they’re not food safe I was a bit stumped as to what to use them for until it came to me in a flash—a pendant lamp! So I got the blue one (now I think I wanna get them all since they’re on sale…
…and I could see these looking super-cute with three of them hanging together say in the living room or over a dining table–especially since they come in two sizes). Here’s what I did. It literally took me five minutes.
1. Turn the bowl upside down and with a knife, cut an “X” into the top.
2. Stick the cord with socket through the “X” (I got mine at Ikea for $5)
3. Use electrical tape (I used gold Duck tape so it looks kinda like hardware) and surround the cord with the tape as shown, on the inside and outside of the bowl.
4. Use a low-watt bulb and make sure it doesn’t touch the paper mache.
5. Hang and enjoy!
We will be offering these lamps for sale starting next week! Email me for info!
Wow! I love this! Presently redoing my dining area and this could be just the boost it needs. Of course love the easy and cheap factor too!
Glenna Tanzer says
where do I get the paper bowls??
Brilliant! Love this idea- gorgeous. So friggin creative!
edwin rivera says
where can I get these bowls?
You are Brilliant! Big bummer I can’t find the bowls anymore, they were languishing on the shelves at world market 6 months ago, Gack!! Now obsessed!
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