Gumball Lamp DIY Ideas: Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode 25

Looking for lamp DIY ideas? How about a gumball lamp? I’ll show you how to make a lamp that looks like a bunch of gumballs in this DIY tutorial!

Are you ready for this fun craft idea?

I bought three clear glass domes on a whim at Goodwill. No idea what I was going to do with them…but that’s not unusual for me.

After taking up precious real estate in my craft room…for a very long time…I had an idea! It’s like a lightbulb went off! 🙄

I know. I know…corny, but how could I resist?

The idea was a lamp

Lamp DIY Ideas

Do you know what I like about lamps? They are functional. A lamp may sit around and look pretty, but they actually serve a purpose! They do something to make my life better.

I’m not new to figuring out how to make a lamp, coming up with fun lamp designs, or even just giving a lamp a makeover.

Not that long ago, I did a super easy makeover of a 90’s grape-themed lamp and turned it into a Coastal Lamp. That took minimal effort, but made a huge difference!

I have also made three lamps out of resin. I made a Mermaid Light, a Golf Ball Lamp, and the biggest, cutest Cupcake Lamp EVER!

But this one was going to be totally different than any of those, except it was going to be awesome too!!!

This is such a fun lamp design! It was easy and inexpensive to make!

Supplies You Need To Make A Gumball Lamp

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How To Make A Gumball Lamp Video Tutorial

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how the gumball lamp came together!

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Some Tips About The Gumball Lamp Supplies

As I mentioned earlier, I found this globe/light cover at the thrift store for $0.99. Because I’m a craft hoarder, I actually bought three. The other two are still waiting for me to get inspired.

Take a glass glow for lamp diy ideas

I had this simple wood plaque and thought it could work well for the base. You could easily find other things to use for the base as well.

Round wood plaque unfinished

When I was mulling the lamp DIY ideas around in my head, I knew I wanted to use ping pong balls for the gumball lamp.

Originally, I was going to buy white ping pong balls and paint them. While searching online for affordable ping pong balls, I found these beautifully colored ones!

Admittedly, I got a little excited. It saved me time, mess, and money. Think of all the different colors of spray paint I would have had to buy! These were PERFECT!

Bag of colorful ping pong balls for gumball lamp diy ideas

Directions on How To Make a Gumball Lamp:

Step 1: Glue  

I attached the balls to the globe by using a combination of glue that dries clear and hot glue.

You might be wondering why. It’s a great tip and makes your crafting life much easier.

You don’t want to use just hot glue because it won’t want to stick to the glass forever and if it gets a little warm, you are going to have a pile of balls instead of a lamp. So hot glue alone is not an option.

If you only do the clear drying glue, you have to somehow keep the balls in place until they dry. Nobody is going to sit there all day waiting for that to happen.

So, do a combo!

The hot glue holds the ball in place, while the clear drying glue is drying. And you don’t have to stand there all day watching glue dry.

Glue colorful ping pong balls to the glass globe

Step 2: Keep Adding The Balls

Admittedly this will take time, but not that long. I kept adding more ping pong balls until it was completely covered.

Sticking colorful ping pong balls on gumball lamp

*I thought one package of 50 would be enough, but turns out I needed a second package. I was shocked. 50 seems like a lot of balls.

Open space left on the bottom of the glass globe covered with colorful ping pong balls

Step 3: Get The Base Ready  

While I was waiting for the second package, I had my dad drill a hole into the base.  It’s about one inch in diameter.

If you are wondering why I had my dad drill that hole, it is because using the drill is not where I shine. You can see why at the end of the Cupcake Lamp video.

Base for the gumball lamp is wood plaque with hole drilled in the middle

It was cut specifically to fit the light kit I bought. The light kit clamps in and fits snuggly. Just keep the size of your light kit in mind when you drill your hole.

Step 4: Lamp DIY Ideas and Woes: The Abutting

The globe I had was clear and the ping pong balls didn’t perfectly abut one another.

In some spots, there were larger gaps than in others. If I had had a white globe, I think it would have been fine to stop at one layer. However, I did not want to be able to see the lightbulb through the gaps, so I added additional balls to cover the gaps.  

First batch of ping pong balls covering the diy lamp ideas gumball lamp

It gave it a little more of a freeform look, which I wasn’t sure I would like, but turns out I love it too!

Step 5: Paint The Gumball Lamp Base

I painted the base purple and used two different colors of purple since I couldn’t decide on just one.

Add light kit to the gumball lamp base

Step 6: Paint The Details

I used dowel caps and painted them different colors, to keep with the overall gumball theme.

Here is the globe all covered. Love the colors!

Painting wood feet to go under base of lamp

Step 7: A Little More Gluing

I glued the dowel caps onto the bottom of the base. You can screw them on as well for a more secure application. I didn’t think it was necessary.

Glue the painted wood balls to the bottom of the plaque for the diy lamp ideas

Step 8: How To Make It A Lamp

I added my light kit. Now, with the base raised, the cord can run out from underneath the lamp and not throw it off balance.

Add light kit to the lamp base

Step 9: Add The Bulb

I added an LED lightbulb.

After figuring out how to make a lamp and put it together you can screw in a lightbulb

Here it is all put together.

All the ping pong balls are attached for the Lamp diy ideas

Now with the lights turned off.

Gumball lamp lit up

I think it looks just as cute during the day as it does at night!

lamp diy idea finished gumball lamp

That’s it! I have it sitting in our guest room. The only people that use our guest room anymore are the grandkids and they love the lamp!

I had commentary from Reagan that it’s much better than the other ones, which she thought were “ugly”.

Finished gumball lamp lit up for fun lamp diy ideas

I’m over the Tiffany-style ones too, but ugly seemed a little harsh. Out of the mouth of babes…


Someone brought up to me about wanting to paint the clear glass. As you saw, I did two layers of the ping pong balls because one layer left gaps.

The person said they liked one layer better and could they paint the glass, so you would not see the lightbulb. Absolutely, but you would want a glass paint that was not opaque because you don’t want to block the light entirely. If that is the direction you want to go, you could just buy a globe that is white already.


If you have any fun lamp DIY ideas that you would like to see or that you have tried, I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!!

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8 thoughts on “Gumball Lamp DIY Ideas: Garbage to Gorgeous® Episode 25”

  1. Love your gum ball lamp. Where did you find your lamp kit? I can only find ones that are for a regular light bulb which is too big and would melt the ping pong balls. And what kind of lightbulb did you use? Looks like a chandelier bulb but I didn’t think these little bulbs where made in LEDs.


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