DIY: Industrial Rope Lamp

_MG_4621Apologies for the long absence, y'all. I've been dreaming of summer and haven't felt much like cooking lately, but with lovely produce and the sun finally shining in Brooklyn, I'm excited to get back into the kitchen. First, however, I have a DIY tutorial that I came up with a few weeks ago. Bored by the hand-me-down floor lamp we had in the living room, I decided it was about time I found something with a little more personality -- but after some searching, it's hard to find a good floor lamp for less the a couple hundred dollars._MG_4623 Instead, I decided to try my hand at creating my own floor lamp with materials that you could find at any hardware store -- and altogether, everything was less than $50. It's definitely not perfect (the cords to plug it into the wall are kind of awkward), but I'm really happy with how it turned out overall. For the price breakdown and step by step instructions, click below.

Materials:

2 industrial clamp shades, $9.99 each

1 broom handle, $5.99

2 pieces 1"x 12"x 12" wood, one with a 7/8" hole drilled through the center, $2.00 (make sure that it is big enough for your broom handle to fit in)

Approximately 25' rope, $12.99

Black paint (or the color of your choise), already owned from this project

Hot glue gun

2 lightbulbs

Steps:

1. Glue wooden squares on top of each other so that the sides are flush and the hole is in the center. Let dry.

2. Paint base the color of your choice (I chose black). Let dry at least one day.

3. Place one end of broom handle into hole in base. Using an electric drill, drill a screw through the bottom of the base and into the handle, making sure it's secure.

4. Choose placement of lamps at top of broom handle. (I staggered mine a few inches). Fasten cords to handle with twist ties every few inches so that they stay taut._MG_4617

5. Heat hot glue gun. Starting at the base, glue rope to handle and press to adhere. Begin to wind rope around handle, glueing every few inches. Once you encounter lamp cords, make sure that they are pulled tightly and wrap rope around them and handle. Continue until you reach the top of the handle. Then, holding tightly, trim rope and glue to top.

6. Add an extension cord to lamp cords if necessary, light bulbs, and enjoy!

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