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DIY Rope & Cork Lamp – A Lamp Revamp

I’ve had this lamp in my room for over a year. I originally got both the pieces at Goodwill & recovered the shade to make it match my pink & blue pinstriped preppy bedroom. However, my new room has more of a natural feel, so I needed to change it up. So, I decided to turn it into a DIY rope and cork lamp.

DIY Rope & Cork Lamp

Here’s what I started with:


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So, I started off by cutting strips out of the leftover cork. I rolled the shade along the roll & traced the long rectangle that it made. Then I just used hot glue to attach it to the shade, right over the old shade.

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It was super-duper easy. Here’s how it looked after I was done, sort of ghetto sitting on top of the lamp, without the bulb or the shade attached correctly.

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Then I started to recover the lamp. I figured I would give it a totally different look using left over rope from our coaster project.

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I once again used hot glue to attach it. I just started at the bottom and slowly spiraled my way up. It took forever, but was easy to do while watching House Hunters.

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I cut the rope & started a new piece on the other side of the plug, just so there wasn’t a weird lump.

Here’s how it looked in the end:

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I can’t decide if I like it yet or not. I might switch it up & throw a white or solid fabric shade on the lamp & put the cork on a solid lamp. We will see where it ends up.

Here is the DIY rope & cork lamp on the cheapo side table that I can’t wait to replace (but where I need a lamp):

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& here it is on the side table that we refinished here.

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