{DIY} Puffy Cloud Light Fixture Thingie

It’s Monday, and I’m a blogger on a mission. I am determined to post the final reveal for Babygirl’s Room next week (before the paper scoops me)!! Which means I have to show you the final projects, then hopefully get some good pictures this weekend! (The paper won’t share photos, something about copyrights blah blah blah.)

I wish I could say today’s project post was the last for the room, but things didn’t work out too well. And that doesn’t include the list of injuries I incurred in the process.

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? I, like you probably, have a looooong list of bookmarked projects to “borrow” from other bloggers. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right? Well, when the lovely Nichole posted her amazeball light fixture last year, I knew it would be mine someday.

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When it came time to address Babygirl’s pathetic little ceiling fan, I decided to go with something fun and whimsy…after all, it is a little girl’s room. Sure I could just replace the entire fixture, but fans are necessary during a Texas Summer, and my goal is to make this dorkball fixture work!

Once the ceiling was painted a color similar to the fan blades, it became a bit less annoying. Or perhaps I’m just immune to it now?

I decided to lose the glass bowl cover and replace it with something fun…Nichole’s paper lantern!

Start with the supplies: $5 Ikea paper lantern, cheap pack of coffee filters and hot glue. Lots of it.


Looks harmless enough, right? Ha. Fold each coffee filter in half, then half again.


Then hot glue each filter directly to the lantern. Burn yourself. A lot.


Keep folding, gluing and burning yourself until the end of time. Or until you run out of filters. Here I am after 350.


That’s right, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY! Darn you Nichole and your fabulous puffy cloud light fixture thingie! After defending your sanity to your concerned spouse, go buy more coffee filters. Fold, glue and burn some more. The outcome is fabulous and so worth it!


Then came time to rig it up hang it. We took the glass cover off and used tie wraps to secure it to the frame of the fan.

someone clean the fan please. thanks


Unfortunately, as fabulous as it is, I think it’s a fail in Babygirl’s Room. As hard as I try to like it (because, damnit, I spent 1000 hours gluing 500 effing coffee filters to it!), I just don’t love it in her room.


It’s fun and whimsy (and brain-like according to my son), but I think the proportions of it to the fan are wrong.

Picnik collage

It also feels too large and distracting from the rest of the room. The point was to make the light fixture cute, not the complete focus.


And to add insult to injury…or in this case, injury to insult….when I reached up to cut the tie wraps, the lantern fell with such force, that the metal pull cord flew up and clocked me in the eye! Try explaining that black eye at PTA! “Well see, I made this beast of a light fixture out of coffee filters and hot glue….”

I loved it so much I planned on finding another place for it, but the fall left more than my eye maimed.


Definitely disappointing. But I’m not down for long, I found more inspiration online and will tackle it as soon as I take the ice pack off my face. Do you have any thoughts and opinions you’d like to share with the class? How about ideas of how to salvage what’s left of the lantern, oh clever ones?

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  1. Shanna wrote:

    Oh crumbs! I'm sorry about this: the broken lantern and your poor eye. The lantern looks amazing – like a big fluffy carnation or peony. I agree it didn't work in the space. I'm not sure how you can repair the lantern. I have never had luck doing this, but hopefully someone can save the day.

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  2. what a bummer!!! it did look pretty cool, but i agree about the scale for the room. i hate when you work so hard on something just to have it not work out. sorry friend! but i think the black eye story is hysterical! and if i were a mom on the pta board at your school, i would buy it!

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  3. OMG! That is the worst!!!! THat happens to me ALL the TIME!!! I spend hours on something only to ruin it with a flick of the wrist! I hope you can salvage it! It is super cute and looks very high end!

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  4. Lisa wrote:

    its very cute, I'm sorry it doesn't work in the space. I also had a major project fail this weekend–I attempted to paint the chiang mai dragon. It did not work out well.
    Although I did not get a black eye, so I will count my blessings, I guess.

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  5. Oh it is soooo cute but I agree with you it's really just not right in the room! How about using it on a porch or sunroom?!!

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  6. what a fun DIY! sorry it didnt turn out in the end. not sure how to make the interior stronger! xo jillian:: ps im hosting a judy kaufmann print giveaway!

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  7. Too bad! That is so much work. Maybe you could wrap that bad boy around a lampshade? Kinda like a rosette lamp. I dunno, good luck!

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  8. Karajeanne wrote:

    It turned out great, but you're right it just didn't work with the fan, but after all that work, you must save and reuse it! Assuming the top is the destroyed part, ( from my limited memory of chinese lantern construction ) perhaps you could use some spray adhesive and white tissue paper to reconstruct the broken areas…putting it back together and then applying white tissue paper like little design band-aids…perhaps? Best of luck…put some frozen peas on your eye, the best ice packs around!

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  9. OMG! Would you be mad if I told you I am laughing so hard right now?! I can just picture you gluing and burning yourself for hours!!! Then running out of filters- I DIE!!!! Ha! Maybe if it was a little smaller if would work better in her room- but I'm sure you're not going to remake a smaller one! The fan blades do kinda disappear now though:)

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  10. If it's any consolation…I think the actually puff ball looks amazing!!! I am sure you'll find a better place to showcase it…it will all be worth it in the end! 🙂

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  11. Bless your heart! It did turn out totally cool, but I do agree with you about the proportions of the fan blades. I've seen a few people that have done it with lamp shades. That might be an option… 🙂

    Even if the room is one puffy light fixture short, it's still simply adorable! Any little girl would LOVE to sleep there!

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  12. Cassie you just made me laugh! Why doesn't stuff like that always happen? How annoying! I'm in awe of your creativity and think that the whimsical feeling of the fixture far out weighed the need for perfect scale. After all it is a kid's room — and choosing imagination and fantasy over boring design rules is a far better approach. I"m posting this to my Facebook page and want to use it in my next Think Outside the box post if ok with you. xoxo

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  13. agreed, it doesn't work in the room/with the fan 🙁 I'd be super pissed too about all that time/burnt fingers gluing! Thanks for keepin it real and showing a time consuming project that didn't work 🙁

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  14. As someone who has made several items with hot glue and coffee filters, welcome to the 2nd degree burn club. I am sorry that it got destroyed but alas all isn't lost — dont toss it, use it as a great centerpiece!

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  15. Ahh, Cassie, I feel for ya and your poor eyeball! I have to say the brain, I mean puff ball, looks fantastic! My head hurts just thinking about all the work that went into that. I hope you can find another place to re-purpose it!

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  16. Lori B. wrote:

    I can NOT believe this is made out of coffee filters!! It is lovely.
    Great project.

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  17. Shannon wrote:

    OMG, I love this idea! It looks so pretty. I'm going to look for an excuse to do something like this! haha

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  18. Well the puffball looks awesome. Frustrating but you'll find a better spot and be happier in the end…right???

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  19. Awww, yes, a lot of burning is typical for this project. I'm so sorry it didn't work out as planned I hate it when that happens. Hopefully, by the time you have healed up you will have figured something out. Good luck!!!

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  20. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Ouch! If I'd spent that much time gluing coffee filters to a paper lantern, I know my hubby would have had me committed! LOL Hope you find a way to use what's left, it really was pretty!!

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  21. Michaela wrote:

    Fun idea, girl! Such a bummer it didn't work out. I'm dying at what you said about glueing 500 effing coffee filters to it! So funny. A for effort! (:

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  22. Katie Mott wrote:

    Oh Cassie! I am a devoted follower of your blog and you ALWAYS have me in stitches…but today's post takes the cake!! I am ROLLING at your little mishaps with the light shade! GREAT story telling!! You have such a gift!

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  23. Oh, cassie girl! I don't know where to begin. . . I can't believe you glued all of those on there . . and then had that happen. Oh dear. It's super darn cute. By the way, I am out of coffee filters. Know where I can get any????

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  24. Bummer!!!! Sorry about your eye, OUCH! You'll think of something, you're a creative genius! Just give yourself some time to think 🙂

    Ok, here's the link. I'm nervous, I hope you like it!


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  25. too bad it didn't work out! Sorry you got hurt…but it was very cute!

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  26. Such a great idea. Sorry it didn't work out.

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  27. stop being so dang awesome. nah, don't stop… but just remember me when you're the next martha stewart. k? thanks. 🙂

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  28. oh my gosh! That is so devastating after all your hard work. I think I would just collapse down, stomp on it to get my frustrations out, then cry! Honestly though, I think it would have looked better by itself rather than on a fan, but I feel your pain in Texas. It's so hot here in Dallas that we can't live without ceiling fans!

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  29. Oh how disappointing! And to have the lantern rip in the end is just another kick in the pants 🙁 Could you maybe salvage it and turn it into some sort of wall hanging? It reminds me of those trendy Juju hats.

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  30. Jenny wrote:

    I think I would be on a craft strike for a while after that one. Plus, the burns need to heal. I did a jute project and my fingers were stinging for days after that!

    The lantern did look fabulous – even if it was just for a bit!


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  31. how disappointing! crafting injuries to boot! Hopefully you can salvage it – it was so much work and really does look cute 🙂

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  32. No thoughts, but you are a funny funny lady. Good to know it take slike FOREVER to do that project, pass for me. Good luck with this design dilemma.

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  33. emily wrote:

    Oh no, friend! Sorry to hear about your eye (and the bad luck all around with that project). What a great look though. Can you whip our your duct tape and rig that thing up? It's too great not to use somewhere! Does the lantern come folded up? If so, can you put a new one inside the other one to give it support?

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  34. Girl – don't hate me for telling you this now, but you could save yourself (or rather your poor fingers) the burn by using a low-temp glue gun. Works the same but the glue dries faster and is not as hot. Your probably like ummmmm after all those filters and now you tell me 😉 Sorry it didn't work out – cute idea!

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  35. OMG well i completely and utterly love this but agree about the room proportions! very annoying!! There must be somewhere else you can hang it!! Fab project!
    Rachie xo

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  36. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree … although cute, it's ridiculously ginormous in scale with the little fan. 🙂

    Sorry about your eye.

    I feel your pain … I made a coffee filter wreath around Valentine's day and it's still hanging on my mantle because of all the work (and pain!) it took to make it!

    As for salvaging the big white ball … you could run twine or floss criss-crossed through the wires where it ripped and hang it on the wall. It's going to stand out and be the focal point no matter what you decide to do with it because it's so honking big. 🙂

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  37. sarah wrote:

    OMG beyond funny.I am glad that I am not the only one who creates wonderful things that don't work at all! Love it! Keep on tryin!

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  38. Holly wrote:

    it was cute while it was up! I am still inspired!

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  39. Mother effer! I just had to say that because of your comments (c: I have also been thinking how rad that DIY is…I can't believe it attacked you! Bad light fixture! Bad! Hopefully you can salvage it and we get to see all your hard work somewhere else in Casa Sugarplum (c:

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  40. Nuha wrote:

    oh no, poor thing! I'm sure that you'll be able to create something amazing in no time.xoxo

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  41. OMG I feel for you. All your hard work! x

    I think that coffee filters may be too heavy for the rice lamp base – perhaps use tissue paper instead?

    Have you tried buying a new rice lamp and insert it into the old one? You may have to glue or tape it on, but might work..?

    x Charlotta

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  42. Jamie wrote:

    I tried this with a paper lantern and failed. Then I used the original lampshade… and love the way it turned out! Check it out here:


    Love your blog!

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  43. This is what I call EFFORT! Imagine, you had to fold and glue 350 coffee filters to come up with that fabulous puffy cloud light fixture! Though it wasn’t perfect, still, it did make for a wonderful décor. Don’t be sad. It’s still beautiful as it is!

    Allison Shallenberger

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