Sisal Rope Lamp Shade Makeover

Diana Wearing
by Diana Wearing
Covering a plain jane lamp shade with sisal rope turned a cheap lamp from boring to beautiful for a lot less than the cost of a new shade ~ cheap & easy my favorite kind of project!
I was looking for lamps (the cheaper the better) when we remodeled our basement, I ended up with a set of two table, one floor and one accent lamp from Target I paid around $40 for ~ you know the kind, you can’t believe they could fit all the pieces one box yet somehow they do.
The plain white shades weren’t going to give me the rustic cabin look I was going for and new shades would cost more than the lamps so I gathered some supplies & got to work ~ I started from the bottom and attached the sisal to the shade with a hot glue gun ~ around & around & around & around, it was easy just took some time (and fingerprints)
I ended up with the look I was going for without needing to spend a lot! Win!
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  • Christi Scott Fillhard Christi Scott Fillhard on Dec 06, 2016
    Since it has been a little while since you have done your lamps, how is the hot glue holding up? I was going to do this same thing to a lamp and then my husband thought the lamp would get to hot and melt the glue so I am curious if you have had any problems. Thanks, Christi
  • Kat13684468 Kat13684468 on Feb 01, 2017
    Any advice on how to neatly finish the top of the shade with the sisal?
  • Mary Jillson Mary Jillson on Feb 01, 2017
    Is the lamp shade very dark?
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  • Cud15744056 Cud15744056 on May 05, 2017

    Christi said thanks and I guess I will be "diying" my shades. Not sure what that ment ? Thanks but no thanks ? I can't wait to try this. I might even try to change the rope color as I go. We'll see.

    • Trish Sykes Trish Sykes on Mar 20, 2019

      Initially, I also thought Christi was saying 'dyeing' (as in colour change) but, if you look closer, I think she's saying '' as in doing the same as Diana!!

  • Trish Sykes Trish Sykes on Mar 20, 2019

    Thanks, Diana! I want to try this for ceiling light shades - presumably it would work just as well? Now to see if I can source some lime green sisal rope.....