DIY Woven Jute Lampshade (made From Soil Erosion Cloth)

I guess it's no secret that one of my favorite things in all of the world is to take an item and repurpose it for home decor. And, I'm not just talking about random household items, I'm talking about finding and using the bizarre and unusual.
Case in point. This woven jute product is soil erosion cloth. You know, the kind they place on the side of the road or in fields over newly tilled soil to prevent it from blowing or washing away?
Well, in this instance, a lamp that was too big, too dark, and blocked the view to the outdoors needed a redo. What this lamp needed was a new shade and a new paint job. But, the shade, in particular, also needed to be inexpensive, unique, and see-through. Yes, HomeTalkers. See-through.
To get the ball rolling, I found another lampshade from my stash of old, abandoned lampshades and ripped away the fabric. Although the shape and size of the frame were good, it still needed something.
A few days later, I was shopping for upholstery fabric and ran across this loosely woven jute fabric in the burlap section of the store. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was exactly what the doctor ordered. At the time, I didn't know what the heck it was, but that didn't stop me. I bought a yard anyway and got started on making a new see-through lampshade.
Since the fabric ravels quite a bit, I used a wrap, cut, wrap, cut technique. No other item, other than the original cloth was used. No hot glue. No tape. Nothing.
I guess you could say that I wove the fabric onto the lampshade frame. And, when it was all said and done, I had a new lamp with a see-through shade.
The lamp also got a wash of chalk paints made with gold, purple, and aqua paints. They came from the Oooops section of the home improvement store, so I have no idea what the names of the colors are.
But, this lamp redo only cost about $6.00, unless you add in the low-heat LED bulb. Then, the cost goes to about $10.00 total.
For more details about how to wrap and cut this fabric, please hop over to the blog at the URL below.


And, as always, it's a pleasure to share ideas, how-tos, and decorating fun with all of you.


Thanks a million and have a blessed day.
Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog
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  • Sandy Hartnett Sandy Hartnett on Oct 29, 2015
    I like your insight!

  • Heather Witt Heather Witt on Jun 02, 2019

    this Is so stinking cute! I thought it was one of those seagrass baskets (that I love but can’t bring myself to pay full price for). Hmm... now I want to get some and some modge podge and just see what happens. I bet there are endless things to do with this! Thank you for sharing!

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