DIY Nautical Rope Lamp Knockoff using a Sisal Rope Wrap

Today I am here to share a little project for my son’s bedroom revamp: a DIY Nautical Lamp Knockoff that I created with a paper tube and some sisal rope!  So easy and fast and the perfect addition to his DIY chalk painted striped nightstand.

DIY Nautical lamp with sisal rope wrap and lanterns at thehappyhousie

I have seen some high end lamps with this look and they retail for a pretty penny!  The one below retails here for $625!  A little out of my budget for my son’s room.  More like quadruple the entire budget for his room.  I created this knockoff with a $15 Walmart Lamp and half a $4 package of sisal rope.  You could probably do it even more inexpensively if you used a thrifted lamp but we already owned this lamp so I used it.

rope wrap lamp original

As I said, I started with a basic lamp that I picked up at Walmart a couple of years ago.  I also used sisal rope (bought in the Walmart rope/hardware section), my hot glue gun and glue, as well as a thick cardboard tube.  This particular tube was from a large roll of paper.  You could use a large tube from a roll of wrapping paper instead.


I started out by measuring the lamp base to determine the length that the tube should be.


Next I measured and marked the length I needed on the tube itself.


I then cut the tube using a serrated kitchen knife.  If you have read any of my DIY Chalk Paint projects then you likely know that I love to craft it up with my kitchen tools:)


The tube I used was made of quite thick cardboard so it was a little hard to cut through but I managed…


Next I sliced down the side of the tube so that I could wrap it around the lamp base.


I used a little hot glue to secure it to the lamp base in one spot.


Now for the sisal rope wrap… I put some hot glue at the base of the cardboard tube and start pressing on the sisal rope.  I didn’t add glue all the way around the tube, just on one side.


I continued adding glue on one side and wrapping the rope around and up, pressing the rope tightly together as I layered the rope up.


I didn’t find that you needed very much glue… I only glued the rope down every few wraps around.

You may notice that my cardboard tube and rope only go to the same height as the metal base.  That way there won’t be an issue with heat from the light bulb being near the cardboard and rope.  You can also see that where it ends there is an open area between the tube and the original metal rod – but this can’t be seen once the shade is placed on the lamp.



DIY nautical lamp at thehappyhousie

I love the way it looks with his new little chalk painted nightstand with it’s DIY rope handle…

DIY nautical rope lamp knockoff boys nautical bedroom at thehappyhousie

I also like how the natural fibers in the lamp base and the burlap pillow give a rustic earthy touch and balance out the strong colours in the room.  They also tie in with the  natural wood bed and some of the other natural wood in his room…. more of which you will see soon!

DIY nautical rope lamp knockoff at thehappyhousie

DIY nautical lamp with sisal rope wrap at thehappyhousie


I’m loving the nautical touches in the summer.  Have you added any nautical touches to your décor lately?  Anything beachy? Or are you using natural materials like sisal or burlap in your décor?

Thanks for reading! And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day.  Enjoy the journey.


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    • says

      Thank you – it is now a major work in progress again because we just moved our two sons in to the same room. Back to the drawing board (well, sort of). But the lamp stays!

  1. says

    This is such an awesome idea and it looks great in your son’s room. I love how you used the paper tube to wrap the rope, so clever! I would love it if you would link this project up at Make Along Monday. This month’s theme is Nautical DIY!

    • says

      Hi Abby! I love how the cardboard tube made the base much thicker and gives the whole lamp more presence… easy little fix! Thanks for your kind comments friend!

    • says

      Hi Trish! Lol- you are too kind. Trust me, there is plenty I can’t do… but we don’t have to get into that:) Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting your fabulous party every week!!

  2. says

    Krista, just popping in again to thank you so much for joining us and sharing both of your awesome projects at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and sharing your lamp on FB today. Have a happy Sunday!

  3. says

    every time I read one of your posts, you impress me Krista, I love how you created the lamp base, I would’ve never thought of that and of course you know how much I love the sisal rope to it, the lamp looks great against his nightstand! :-) & wow, I can’t believe the one from Plantation is over $600, too much for a lamp! 😉
    hope you are having a great weekend! :-)

    • says

      Hi Ingrid! I know, isn’t $600 insane… that is like triple the budget for my son’s entire bedroom, let alone for the one lamp!!

      • says


        I’ve run into a snag. The base of our lamp is square!! So I ask, what would you do? Mount the round tube on the square base? Or make the stem square? I will have to repaint it too, as currently it’s a dull grey – I am thinking red. SOS!


        • says

          Hi Ella! Maybe you could make a square base with cardboard and packing or duct tape… it doesn’t matter if it is ugly underneath the rope!! What color is your lampshade? That may help you pick the base colour…

  4. says

    Clever girl, I hope your son appreciates your hard work and great imagination!!! I love the shelf above the bed – displaying books is better than a picture, and you could change the books seasonally – you know, Easter, Christmas etc…

    • says

      Thanks Petra:) I hope he appreciates it too but it is sometimes hard to tell with a five year old!! I love the book display too because I think it reminds us both about the importance of reading every day!!

  5. says

    Krista, the lamp is just adorable! I love the use of rope and it looks really great in the room. Very clever to use the cardboard tube! :) Pinning! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • says

      Thanks so much Cindy! I am glad figured out about the tube – I prefer the thicker base with the rope then it would have looked around the thin base. Thanks for your visit and always kind comments!!


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