I Could {Sooo} Make That!


Burlap & Wire Lamp Re-vamp

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 11:25 PM



Once upon a time, I was having a

"Tim-Gunn-Make-it-Work" moment {see video at bottom}

with a cylinder-shaped tabletop lamp I was fussing over.  I was thinking it was destined for the circular file for sure.  I didn't quite know what to do with it as it was not complimentary with the house any longer. {sorry, no 'before' pic} It was a color that had expired with me and had a base that wasn't necessary so I grabbed a pendant kit that I once used for a rice paper lamp that tore.Then I went rummaging through

my fabric box and went to town. 



All you need is:

Lamp Shade

Pendant Lamp Kit

{Ikea... dirt cheap!}

A little bit of burlap


Coiled wire or Floral Wire

{desired gauge}

Wire Cutters

Glue Gun or Spray Adhesive



Step One:

My lamp shade had twine of complimentary colors wrapped around it so I stripped it down {cue burlesque music} to the shade base. 

If you have a traditional lamp shade then you will start with that.  However, this step is just as easy as purchasing a shade at a thrift

store or finding one in your garage... {you know? The one you wore it on your head at that unforgettable party?}


Step Two:

Using the shade as a guide, roll it onto the burlap and cut to the desired size.  It's ok if it frays.  That's the beauty of the burlap.  It comes with it's imperfections.  You may even want to do this on purpose.  If so, take the scissors and play with the edges by snipping haphazardly to give it a natural look.  Or just ruffle it up with your fingers.

You can do this before gluing or after.


Step Three:

Using glue gun, apply a line of glue lengthwise on one side of the shade and lay down the starting edge of the burlap and wrap around all the way and apply hot glue again at the end to finish.  Instead of hot glue, you may want to use spray-adhesive and just roll the shade up into the burlap. 


Step Four:

Start wrapping the heck out of the wire and don't be to cute or try to be perfect because again, it is supposed to be rustic.  When the wire ends at your desired point, snip it off and loop the end piece around some of the coiled wire so it doesn't come loose.  I liked that because it was packaged round, when I was coiling it, it kinked sometimes. 

This gave it more of a abstract rustic look.



You are not limited to the materials listed here.  Instead of burlap you can use any fabric.  {Keeping special attention to the heat of the bulb in relation to the type of fabric for safety precautions}  Instead of wire you can wrap anything you want. 


Good Luck and Have Fun!


Just for fun, I thought I'd add a video of a classic scene on season 2 of one of my favorite shows, "Project Runway".  Designer Santino Rice does an impression of Tim Gunn...flawlessly, I might add.  Check it out. 

If you're a fan, you'll crack up. And If not, well... you need to be. 

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You can catch "Project Runway" Season 8, Thursday nights at 9:00p on Lifetime.

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1 Comment

Reply Wendy
9:12 PM on September 7, 2010 
Love the lamp Pam! Great idea!