Monday, January 28, 2013

Jute Wrapped Lamp PB Inspired

Natural fibers such as jute, burlap and hand woven wicker are very trendy right now.  Stores such as Horchow, Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs have jumped on the bandwagon offering fabulous items made out of these once delegated "cheap" textiles.  Even Michaels, a craft store, is offering an array of natural fibers available in pastel colors this spring.  While looking through an assortment of "new" items at Pottery Barn, I came across a couple of hand woven wicker lamps, here and here, that really inspired me to change my somewhat dowdy looking lamp that I've had for years. Instead of woven wicker. I wrapped my lamp in jute and am quite pleased with the results.

See the finished project and the comparison:
                           Mine                                                          Theirs -  Pottery Barn
The Pottery Barn lamps were quite an inspiration, don't you think.

 Pottery Barn describes their lamps this way: "bands of galvanized metal wrap these whitewashed wicker lamps for a pleasing mix of colors and textures.  Each band is accented with nails that have rusted finish for the authentic look of a found object."  The most expensive one on the right sells for $299.00

I covered my ceramic base lamp with continuous wrap of natural jute using hot glue.  I finished the look off with galvanized tab tape that I found in the plumbing dept. of Home Depot and braids of jute that I created.  Since there were holes in the tape, I didn't want to add rusted nails.

  Here is a picture tutorial of the process:

 What was once an ordinary lamp is now a trendy jute wrapped lamp of yards and yards of jute rope trimmed in galvanized metal and braided jute.  

I've created a wonderful whimsical addition to my decor that was totally inspired and copy-catted.

Until next time,

Take a little time to enjoy!

Fox Hollow Cottage

Linking To:

A Diamond in the Stuff

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Shaken Together

Creating with the Stars


  1. To be honest Gail, I like your better! Awesome job!

  2. OMYGOSH, girl...this is AWESOME. Your lamp is much prettier and I would love to do one like it.
    Love it....

  3. That looks SO PROFESSIONAL! I'd never ever guess it wasn't from a high end store. I just donated an old brass lamp that I'd painted flat black. It would have been perfect for this makeover. :((

  4. You did a great job, Gail. I read that wrapping jute/sisal etc. is very hard on the hands. Did you use any kind of protection for your hands?

  5. Very cool! And the price even better. Thanks so much Gail for sharing with the party.

  6. It turned out great! You are so clever! Thanks for sharing with us! Blessings, Tammy

  7. Your lamp turned out beautiful! I had to do something similar when my kids were little. They knocked a lamp off a table and broke it. I glued it back together and then wrapped jute around it like you did. I like the addition of the tape. It's the perfect finishing touch.

    Visiting from The Dedicated House-Make It Pretty Monday.

  8. I love to work with that plumbing strapping - it really was the right touch for your jute lamp. I like yours better than the inspiration lamps. How long did it take to wrap all that jute? Inquiring minds want to know.

  9. I actually like yours better than PB. I would love to have you share it at my Restyled Sundays party. Grea job

  10. Wowza! That looks like the brand name thing! You did a great job. There's no limit to what you can do with glue and patience! Thanks for Following my blog too!

  11. WOW. Move over Pottery Barn, Plum Perfect and Me is about to take over. Your version looks AMAZING. Thanks for sharing your secret so we can all have a frugal version of PB's lamp.

  12. wowser!Gail this is fantastic,I love yours better.What a great idea!

    I appreciate you!
    ~Jo @ LoblollyLane

  13. Hello,
    This blog is so much creative and inspiring. Nice to meet you.

    Hugs from İstanbul

  14. Wow! You did an amazing job on this!! I think I might have to try this. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  15. Awesome! Your lamp looks so wonderful! Did the jute hurt your hands?


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