diy jute wrapped light

Happy monday, wonderful people! Hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was filled with pumpkin patches and football games, and we hope you enjoyed some great family time as well!

On Sunday, I decided to do a quick spruceup with our entry way light.

I’ve never liked it. It just felt…expected. So I decided a little switcheroo was in order. I wanted something casual, and kind of different. I’m usually a big chandy gal, but this seemed like a fun, simple project when it popped into my head, and I had to try it out.

I had this drum light that wasn’t being used, and some leftover jute from this project. 

Securing my strand with some hot glue, and pulling it tight, I wrapped it all the way around the shade. 

It took about a roll and a half, and one episode of trashy television.

But when it was finished, I loved the look.

By continuously wrapping it all the way around, anyone who comes in our entry way and looks up…will see more jute. Not icky glued parts. It looks seamless and simple. I started and stopped a few times, because of tangles, but was able to camouflage each section as I went with more jute on top with little dabbles of hot glue.

I then took a pendant kit…the same I used in this project, but a dark finish, since it was in the entryway.

We simply unattached it from the ceiling plate, and threaded it through the top part of the lamp, and installed.

I even got a shot of this guy changing out our outside bulbs, while I took a few of the new addition. Potentially creepy, huh? I think he should hang out here for Halloween. But on the other side at night. Because we’re weird like that.

Tada! An entirely new, simple look for our entry way. With 15.00 for the pendant kit, and around 5 for the jute…{the shade, we already had, but I’m pretty sure you could pull it all off for around 30 smacks.}

A quick little light redo, for more of a custom look in your home. Let me know if you knock one of these little projects out!

Happy Monday, everyone!


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44 Responses to diy jute wrapped light

  1. I love it! I would love to do this but am always afraid of re-attaching the new light & frying myself! I have 2 flush mount lights in my foyer I would love to make some lantern hanging pendants for….hmmm, i’ll have to investigate getting them hung!

  2. Catherine says:

    I just did this with one of my wooden letters! I love it. It’s a lot of work, but the texture is so great.

  3. Scarlett Roney says:

    I love love love it…Have you gave a tutorial on the frames in this picture yet? I was wondering if you painted store bought frames or made them. I probably know the answer to this :) YOUR HOUSE IS TOO FABULOUS…I learned about your blog by watching Nate and have checked in daily ever since :) ‘Thanks for sharing your home.

  4. cassie says:

    LOVE it! it looks amazing and very resourceful!

  5. katie s says:

    Very cool, I love it! We don’t have tall enough ceilings to do a pendant lamp, but my boys floor lamp is just waiting to be updated.

  6. Sarah says:

    I LOVE this! It looks so great & goes wonderfully with the decor you already have. So pretty! Nice work :)

  7. I love it. It would be a nice change in my hallway where the laundry closet is.

  8. Casey says:

    looks awesome! I also really like your frames! are they attached to painted wood? I might try something like it, probably not using wood though but something to get the same look

  9. thanks sweet ladies for all your kind comments! I am in the process of a major DIY for all those frames. stay tuned!

  10. Laura says:

    Oooh, I love this! We were just at Ikea yesterday, & while looking at hanging lights, I was torn between the natural fiber shades, and the simple shapes of the drum shades. This is a great way to marry the two. I may have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Shaunna says:

    Super cute….love, love. In process of making a pendent for Gray’s man room. ;-)
    xoxo
    shaunna

  12. Dorothy says:

    I’m definitely going to try this in our entry, which still is suffering from the ghastly 1978 smoked globe pendant that was all we could afford when our house was built. I’d never have thought of a drum shade for it, but now i’m going to shamelessly copy you. :)

  13. Fabulous and the best part is it costs next-to-nothing and does not take too long to complete. Love the woven, textured look.

  14. Great idea. Jute, rope, twine it’s so fun to use. I am thinking of using a little to trim out a hollow core door.

    I have a couple of dusty lampshades that I think need an update too.

  15. michaela hoenigman says:

    I am drooling over this! It is so do-able!
    However, I am having a hard time focusing on the lamp because of those AMAZING picture frames in the background!!!!!! Where did you ever get those! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me. I am desperate enough to ask you every day till I find out……..;)

  16. Denise says:

    What a fun idea, i was just looking to make a lamp shade…your Monday post came right in time!

  17. Sarah C. says:

    I did this too! But I wrapped an Ikea pendant light fixture (horizontally, instead of vertically like you did).

    http://fauxmadebysarah.blogspot.com/2011/04/let-there-be-light.html

  18. Jen says:

    What does it look like when it’s on??? My husband thinks it would be dark… I’m not sure. I really want to do this to one of our lamps. :D

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  22. Kimberly Caverly says:

    Thank you So Much I definately want to try this on one of my old shades (but my favorite lamp). Have a Great Day and Thank you Very Much for sharing I am NOT A CRAFTY PERSON. ;-D

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  24. Joanna Morelli says:

    Any chance you have a picture of it lite up? I love this idea!

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  26. Rebekah Hock says:

    I love this idea and I’ve started making it but I’m a bit concerned that it wont be fire proof and could burn?

    Any ideas x

    • Hey Rebekah. Our drum light is large enough, and our bulb is low wattage, so we just haven’t had any problems. We also just don’t leave lights on when we’re out, or if we do, they’re select ones. Though now that I think of it, most of our lamps in our home are old and reclaimed. It comes down to a choice, I guess. Hope that helps!

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  29. Another project from you guys that I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE and wish I could make (or just have miraculously show up in my home)! I featured it in my roundup of jute craft projects here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  31. Pippa Perestrello says:

    Hi! Great idea! my old lamp shades have got a dark green painted line on the outer edge which I dont like; do you think that you would still see it even with the jute, when the light was turned on?
    Pippa

  32. Jo Anna says:

    You may have just saved some cheap lamps I have hated for years. We bought them when we first got married and had no cash or frankly style. I’ve wanted to pitch them for nearly five years. I’m seeing some potential here :)

  33. celia durbin says:

    just wanted to say that I love the lamp shade, awesome! I’m going to do it myself, wish me luck! I too am a freak for used things, I love old stuff that I remake all my own. Thanks for the super neat ideas. Will keep following for more fun ideas.

  34. EA says:

    this is too gud!!
    thank you :)

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  36. Jennifer says:

    I love this craft! I would love to do this for my living room table lamp but honestly, I am constantly trying to figure out how to keep my house clean with two dogs and two guys. Any issues on dusting or cleaning?

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