16.3.12

DIY: knotted lamp cord

I know I promised you the how to for the knotted lamp cord from the Rue Magazine shoot last week, but jeesh the how to took longer then the do!
Grace and Kate over at Design Sponge loved it as well, so the whole post went there, and now here...ta da! 
It's really super simple and can be done in a hour or so.  I'm thinking the next time I do it I would use 2 contrasting bright colored ropes for a more modern less rustic look.
We recently completed a gut renovation of a charming farmhouse.  Of course as we neared the end our budget was stretched thin so expensive lighting was out of the question. We headed to Ikea and found the simple Foto hanging light for over the dining table but the black cord was a bit blah.
Using some inexpensive twine and a few simple knots I was able to transform the light into something a bit more stylish and unique. 
This entire project cost less then $40.00 and took about 2 hours.

Materials

I used the Ikea Foto lamp but any lamp with a bare cord would work
1/2" Sisal rope
3 ply Jute twine
Bar clamp
2 hand clamps
scissors
hot glue gun

Instructions

Note- this project works best with 2 people, one to keep things steady and one to do the knotting.

1. Stretch the cord between 2 fixed points. There are several ways to do this.  If you have the tools the easier way to hold the cord is by making a jig with 2 pieces of wood. Another way is to clamp a bar clamp to a table and then using 2 smaller clamps secure the cord to the bar clamp. 
2.  With the jute twine start off with a common whip stitch for the first 2", pull the knot tight and then continue
tightly wrapping the twine around the cord until you have the length you need.  Then tie off the end using 2 clove hitches.

3.  At this point I did a bit of adjusting of the twisted rope and pulling it tight to make sure it covered the cord and looked even.
4.  The jute tends to have a lot of little hairs, I simply trimmed the longer ones off with a scissor to neaten it up.
5.  Using the Sisal make an overhand knot and continue with the Chinese Staircase knot, see here for how to. Be sure to tighten each knot down evenly.  This knot will twist around as you are working, it looks messy at first but will soon form an interesting pattern.  Continue until you reach the other end.  
6.  At this point I adjusted the knots positioning them evenly and could tell if I needed to continue with anymore.  
 7.   Cut the end leaving about a 1/4 ".  A small dab of hot glue at both ends will keep the ends from fraying. 
Thanks to the fabulous Mr. for his helping hands.
1st and last image Emily Anderson, all others moi.

5 comments:

  1. That's a great idea to add a nautical touch to a lamp - just the right thing for a sailor minded guy like me:-)

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  2. LOVE this! Thanks for the DIY!

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  3. What a great idea!You are so brilliant!Love the idea!

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