Make your own nautical lamp using hemp rope #Do It Yourself#crafts#lamps#lighting#nautical September 15 2011 | Guest post by Laura Tharpe On the left: basic supplies. In the background, you can see a completed lala lamp. This is a pretty simple lamp to make. You can use any type of lamp — one you've already got or one you scoop out of the clearance bin. The first lala lamp, in the background of this photo, cost just $20. The bones of this lamp cost a bit more. To begin, gather your supplies. You'll need: a lamp hemp rope or twine fabric of some sort a glue gun needle and thread a rotary cutter or scissors Plug in the glue gun for a few minutes. When she's warm, take a length of hemp rope and begin by tying it around the top of the lamp. Then lay down a bit of glue and start winding the rope around the lamp base. Glue, wind, glue, wind. Keep working. Wind it all the way down the column. Wind, glue. Wind and glue. Related Post 5 lamps you can handmake to add sculptural surrealism at home Cheap good lamps are hard to find, am I right? I've been on the search for them in big box stores, clearance aisles, antique shops,... Read more When you've completed the base, add an odd number of vertical strips all the way around. Remember: an odd number! Just glue them right on top of the horizontal hemp. Now, begin weaving a new string of hemp over and under the verticals. Wrap a second layer around the base and the top, and then you're done with the hemp. Now for the shade. Draw a flower on your fabric, then cut it. Gather the middle of the flower and stitch round and round from behind. I've also frayed the edges of my flower. I hot glued an applique to the center (and doubled up the flower on this one). Once all the flowers are completed, glue them to your lamp. Plug in and enjoy! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Laura Tharpe Laura (aka Lala) is the mother of Offbeat Empire Associate Publisher Megan, and she's an interior designer. When she's not getting crafty in her Maui island home, she's bouncing between her other living spaces in Texas and Los Angeles, and helping people make their homes pretty all over the US. http://pinterest.com/lauratharpe PREVIOUS Don’t store camping gear over the winter — repurpose it all year long! NEXT Gather up Thing 1 and Thing 2: it's time for a Dr. Seuss-themed birthday party Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Pretty! and it would be easy to adapt with different colors and materials 1 agrees Reply What a beautiful job, Lala! Interesting contrast of textures and colors. Great instructions, too. Thanks for sharing your talents. 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.