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Want to make a nautical lamp for a space in your home but lacking in inspiration? You don’t need to do anything fancy, with a little rope or jute you can make a pretty gorgeous nautical lamp for any room in your home!
I will be honest and say I am absolutely in love with this cute-as nautical lamp I made for Cooper’s nursery! I really feel that FINALLY his nursery/room is coming together. It’s taken me so much time and really, he isn’t much of a baby anymore but I hope I can get it finished in the next month so he can enjoy it complete for a few months before I turn it into a toddler room. Though to be honest I think I will keep the nautical theme and try to just add some pops of colour and make it less baby and more big boy.
Anywho… So I made this nautical lamp and seriously you guys, you won’t believe just how easy it was to make. Le me being by telling you, no, I did not make the entire thing, that would make me pretty amazing! haha. I just gave it a good old makeover.
I recently painted and hacked some old ikea draws for Cooper’s room (which I can not wait to share with you guys) and once I got it in the room it was time to find some cuteness to pop on top of the cupboard. Every room needs a lamp and I won’t lie when I tell you I was very nervous of putting one within toddler reach. Locky and Cooper (my two toddlers under 3) love to run around in their rooms and pretty much use everything as toys. I’m not a huge fan of going them too many rules of what not to touch because I find I just end up being the one who gets upset and frustrated but recently I have had a little change in heart. I want my house to look nice, of course within reason, there are things you just can’t display around your home with small kids but I really felt strongly I wanted some cuteness on this little cupboard.
I found this simple but very lovely lamp in my local budget home decor store. It’s kinda the equivalent to the Dollar Store but some things are a bit better quality. It cost me around $14 for the base and the shade so I was pretty happy with that. Specially if I was risking it getting smashed in the first day or two.
It needed more and I have been wanting to use some rope I’ve had laying around doing nothing for a while. Since Cooper’s room is nautical theme, you just can’t go wrong with rope!
This project is actually part of a monthly DIY Challenge I hopped on board with. A small group of bloggers take on a challenge each month using the material YOU guys choose for that month. We give you 4 options and then you choose which you prefer us to use. Then we all get our little brains working and get makin’! I admit it has been SO fun and I can’t wait to share the other blogger’s projects with you. Please stick around because you can see the other project at the end of this blog post.
Welcome to the Create With Me Monthly Challenge! I think you guys will have so much fun choosing which materials we use each month AND if you use the hashtag #createwithme on Instagram and/or Twitter you can join in on the challenge each month and share your creations with us. We will then share on your gorgeous creations with our followers! 🙂
Alright, now let me get into this super simple natural lamp tutorial!
DIY Nautical Lamp Makeover
Here’s the BEFORE of the lamp,. I was actually a nice lamp, but just needed some “nautical” spice sprinkled on to it 😉 haha
What you will need:
1 x Lamp Base of your choice
1x Lamp Shade of your choice
Rope or Jute (length depends on the size your lamp shade and base)
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
How to do it:
This is such straight forward makeover. So here we go. Have all your materials laid out and ready to go. Make sure your hot glue gun in on and you have paper or cupboard under it so you don’t get glue on a good surface.
Begin making your nautical lamp by adding a large dollop of hot glue to the base of the lamp shade, at the back where the lampshade meets. Keep putting glue as close to the edge of the rim and stick down the rope as you go. Take your time and make sure to be thorough and generous with your glue. Not too generous though as you don’t want dripping glue everywhere.
Once you have come to the end of your first lop of rope, use sharp scissors and cut. Use a little extra hot glue and neatly glue down to meet with the other end of the rope.
Continue to do this a second time with more rope just above the first lot of rope you glued on. You can add more layers if you wish. I decided against this as I wanted a light accent of rope, not t cover the entire thing.
Glue rope to the top and bottom of the lamp shade.
Finish off the look and make your nautical lamp flow more by adding some rope to the base of the lamp base. You can either add small amounts of rope like I did, or cover the entire base.
And that’s it! Voila! You have yourself a cute and easy to make DIY Nautical Lamp. You can place this in any room but for me it was just perfect for Cooper’s room and I am so, so in love with it. I’m also so impressed neither of the boys have touched the lamp!
What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?
I would love you to take the time to quickly fill out our little surgery and choose which material you wish for us to use next month for the challenge!
Now, please take the time to check out my other Blogger Friends projects for the challenge! You will simply love them all! Click on the images to check out their blogs!
Here are this month’s Jute and Rope Challenge Projects!!
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