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DIY Lamp Redo Tutorial


A couple of months ago I bought this hot mess of a lamp from the Goodwill for 3 whole dollars.
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.

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
Glue stick


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.


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.

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.


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!

Now off to do schoolwork. Nigh Nigh…

Linking to Jennifer Rizzo