Create Your Own Monkey Lamp

by Natasha|Revamp_interior
6 Materials
2 Hours
I’ve wanted a monkey lamp for ages. I keep seeing them but they are either seriously expensive or the monkey isn’t very cute and it puts me off.
I eventually wore my other half down. He wasn’t keen on this trend. But he is an electrician and I wanted his help on this one.
There is a much easier way of doing this without the fiddling of stripping wires and screwing then into the lamp holder and plug but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.
this could be easier or harder depending on the route you go down.
This is everything I bought.
I bought the monkey off of amazing for about £35 And the rope wire was another £10.although for a little more you can buy it already done.
Other options
I just typed onto amazon- Light wire rope effect.These options came up.

The link is here:

1.8 Meter Length Cord w/Plug Attached and in Line Dimmer Switch, Khaki Twisted Wire Cordset, Vintage Re-Wire Kit, Lamp Electrical Cord
Another option
Although this was a cheaper option I wanted brass/gold rather thank black for my lamp holder (bulb was to us non electrical minded people)

working with the rope is pretty fiddly if your prepared to go the full hog and wire this yourself.

Now to wire this yourself you’ll need some tools and a lot of patients.Tools needed:wire cutterselectrical tapescrewdriver

link is here:

Pendant Light Kit with Switch - Easric Vintage Lamp Cord with 15FT Twisted Hemp Rope E26 Soket Plug in DIY Hanging Lighting Fixture for Farmhouse Home Loft - Bulb Not Included
when you peel back the black tape you should be left with this.

the wire is covered with rope.

this is the tricky part as the rope it hard to cut away from the wire.
You will need to trim back the rope about 2 inches.l to expose the plastic wires underneath.

then strip the plastic about 1 to 1 1/5 com from the copper wire.Twist the copper then bend it over.

You should then have something like this.

now match the other side.
The folded part of the copper wire will now go into the plug.

loosen the screw to slide your wire into then tighten the screw back onto the copper wire.
Once you’ve done this, trim back any excess rope to be able to close the plug.

the rope will need to be inside the plug when you close it. So it doesn’t fray.

once your finished it should look like this.
Now do the same process with the lamp holder (bulb holder to you and me)

we have left the electrical tape on to hold the wires tight to fit into the holder. This was very tricky.

again the exposed copper wire needs to be twisted and placed under the screws.

fit the holder back together.
You should be left with something like this.

now is the best time to test that you’ve done it all right.

pop in your lamp/bulb and turn on the light!if it worked good job. If not you may have not screwed the wires into the right holes or not tightened the wires in.
Once your happy it works.

or if you opted for the easy option, by buying one of the other suggested ready made wires - this is where you’d join us.

wrap the wire around the monkeys hand securing the lamp into place.
This is how mine looks.

I wanted mine at an angle as if the monkey had picked it up. You can angle this how ever you like. Maybe the lighting could hang down?
then style your rope to hope you want it.

I went with behind the monkey.

Amazon also sell a standing monkey. A mum with its baby.This could easily be adjusted to a different style of monkey or animal as all your doing is wrapping the wire around the ornament to secure it.

the possibilities are endless.
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