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DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade

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Today I am sharing a tutorial on my DIY nautical rope lampshade. Apparently I was only half kidding about covering all my furniture in rope after completing my nautical rope mirror. Due to coming down with the flu ( I can’t believe I managed to get sick 2x in the last 30 days! Definitely time to start working out again) and not being back to 100%, I decided to work on a project that would be fun but not require too much time.

DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade

I got this awesome yellow lamp at a thrift store recently and then bought the lampshade at Target which I already attempted to makeover. A few weeks ago I decided to add some ribbon and thin rope to the lampshade and after seeing a few posts on Pinterest I gave it a try – only to fail miserably. The ribbon didn’t lay flat against the shade and you could see the glue right through it. I knew I would have to re-attempt to make it pretty, but put it on hold since the epic fail and ruined lamp shade pissed me off.

So now that I had some extra rope lying around I figured I would try to salvage what was left of my DIY disaster. Turns out that the rope was the perfect ingredient to hide the glue/ribbon mess I had previously created.

 Here is the lamp base and the lamp shade prior to my botched job:

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

And below is my DIY ribbon lamp shade FAIL!

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Here are the supplies you will need for this project:


I decided to keep the thin, light blue rope as a guideline and then ended up adding another line of that rope to the very bottom. This is a fairly simple project as all you have to do is glue the rope directly onto the lamp shade. I turned the lamp shade onto the side and glued a couple inches as a time. I then cut the rope every time I went around full circle so there are actually 3 sections of the thick rope and 2 separate sections of the thin blue rope. I was covering up my previous attempt, but would recommend starting from the bottom of the shade and working your way up.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

And here is my completed nautical, rope lamp shade! May not be perfect, but it’s soooooooo much better than it was before! All I have to say is if you decide to add ribbon to a lamp shade, make sure it’s thick and I wouldn’t recommend using a glue gun unless the fabric you use is VERY thick, or if you use rope it should be all good.

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com Here is a tutorial on how to make your own DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Shade and how I was able to recover from a Pinterest FAIL. UpcycledTreasures.com

Whew, it’s definitely looking much better than it did, don’t you think?

Comments

  • Dad

    Pretty cool. I like the pics you took through the process too. I want a mirror like that. OXOX

    February 16, 2013

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