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DIY Lamp Redo Tutorial

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A couple of months ago I bought this hot mess of a lamp from the Goodwill for 3 whole dollars.
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At the time I knew the lamp was perfect for a quick DIY/crafting project but I wasn’t quite sure where my vision would take me. But today in Target I found this beautiful newspaper-inspired wrapping paper in their dollar section. *You know what section I’m referring to. The one you make a b-line to as soon as the automated doors welcome your presence.*

So this fabulous wrapping paper is only a buck for 40 whole feet! I thought it was a steal.
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I found a bunch of other cool stuff I dare not include in this post because it’d just cause me to go off on an unnecessary tangent. But let’s just say I’m sure I’ll be using the goodies in a new project. So stay tuned.

Now where was I?

Oh yes! So I thought this wrapping paper would do wonders for this hot mess pink lamp and I already had some 1/4 inch sisal rope at home that I envisioned would be a perfect match.

Here’s how the process went.

I gathered supplies:

Sisal rope
Wrapping paper
Hot glue gun and sticks
Scissors
Glue stick

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First I measured (or rather eyeballed) the length of the sisal by wrapping it around the lamp shade. Then I cut a few pieces of sisal. I took one strip of sisal rope at a time and glued it to the lamp shade.

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Technically, I should have taken a midway pic but it literally took me a couple hours to hot glue the sisal. I’m a slow worker, especially when I’m making dinner/bathing and entertaining a toddler. The average undistracted adult could probably get this project complete in 2 hours from start to finish.

So after I finished the shade, I started on the lamp base. This part was actually VERY easy because I wanted it to have a newspaper collage look.

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So I cut out 1 inch strips of wrapping paper, put glue stick on the lamp base and/or wrapping paper strip, and placed it on the lamp base. SIMPLE.

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The one thing to keep in mind is if you’re working with a sphere shaped lamp, as I was, be sure not to cut the wrapping paper strips TOO LONG. Somehow mathematically (I was never good at that subject) a rectangle or square can not fit around a sphere without ending up with crimply edges. In other words, experiment with what size strips will work for the base of your lamp.

That’s it! Here’s the finished product!
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Now off to do schoolwork. Nigh Nigh…

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