March 17, 2015
You can make your own take on this lamp with thin rope, thick rope, jute rope or nylon, and you can coil the rope around almost anything — like a flower pot, a funnel, or a bowl — to get various shapes. For this project, I used a round vase with an inflated balloon in the top, but if you happen to have a glass display cloche sitting around, it would do the job just fine.
Head over to the Etsy blog to see the step-by-step photos!
1. Inflate balloon so that its circumference is slightly smaller than the opening of your cylinder. Press it into the cylinder’s opening and tape around the seam with painter’s tape.
2. Hot glue a small strip of white felt around the end of your rope to prevent the end from fraying. Cut the rope on a sharp angle.
3. Begin wrapping rope around the base of the cylinder, with the cut end facing up. As you wrap, apply glue in between the layers of rope. Apply the glue continuously, but be mindful not to let too much ooze out the front or the back (the latter will glue the rope to the cylinder and make it hard to release). Continue wrapping the rope up and around the balloon, making sure to closely follow its shape, until only about an inch of opening remains at the top for the light’s cord to pass through.
4. Pop the balloon, then glue another strip of felt around the first two inches of loose rope near the opening. Cut the felt-wrapped end, tuck it inside the opening, and hot glue it against the inside of the shade.
5. Remove the cylinder from the shade, using a ruler or a long dowel to help slide the cylinder out if needed.
6. Tape off the area that you intend to paint, covering at least a few inches of the part of the lamp you don’t want painted, and apply the paint of your choice. (You may need to apply a few coats, as the dye can soak into the cotton.) Let dry, remove the tape, and hang with a pendant light cord.