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February 2, 2012

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diy | yarn covered lamp

I recently bought this round, wooden lamp at the thrift store for $2.  It was a bit scratched up, and had some green wax stuck to it, but it was wooden and it was $2.  Hard to pass up.  When I got it home, I gave it a good wash (something you should do with all your thrifted purchases!) and thought about how to decorate with it.  Then I found myself experimenting with yarn, and I absolutely love how it turned out.

Sorry I don’t have step-by-step pictures of this little lamp do-it-yourself.  It’s difficult for me to take pictures of myself while doing a DIY (I don’t know how some of you awesome ladies do it).  But the process is super easy.

1. Find a round lamp at a thrift store (this should be relatively simple; since buying this one, I’ve spotted about 5…just keep your eyes open!).
2. Pick out pretty yarn.
3. Collect your supplies – I used yarn, a paint brush, watered down wood glue and scissors.
4. Begin by spreading the water + glue mixture with the paintbrush around the top inch of the base.  Stick yarn to glue and wrap around and around.  I wrapped about 2-3 rows and then stopped and held the yarn in place for about 30 seconds so it dried a bit.
5. Repeat step 4 until you reach the bottom.  When you have covered the entire base, you can neatly tuck the end of the yarn into the row above it, using a little extra glue to keep it in place.

Voila!  Your lamp is done, and now you have a cozy, Anthro-West Elm-esque lamp.

Hope you have a great day, friends!

till tomorrow,
Rebecca

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  1. Kyla

    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Oh I love this idea! I definitely haven't seen this before, it's so fun! Also…gotta love Design Sponge! 😉

  2. Chantel

    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is such a great idea, it looks so perfect on this lamp! Love it!!

  3. Noémie (As Ink Remains)

    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE this idea!!!!! You're a genius! 🙂

  4. Chelsea C.

    February 2nd, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Dude, this is AWESOME! Totally something you'd see at a cool home boutique.

  5. sherri lynn

    February 2nd, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Love this idea! You are so creative!

  6. Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket

    February 2nd, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    it turned out so cute- and it seems so easy to do.

  7. Daly

    February 2nd, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I LOVE this. Good job

  8. Ren- Lady Of The Arts

    February 2nd, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Very cute project

  9. Nicole

    February 2nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    you're right, it doesn't look homemade so much as very artsy and vogue. cool DIY!

  10. simplemittens

    February 2nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    oh good grief this is the best idea ever!

  11. Lindsay @ Delighted Momma

    February 3rd, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Helloooo this is super creative!! Love the finished version

  12. Lisa {A Piece of Lisa}

    February 3rd, 2012 at 11:02 am

    That's so cute! 🙂 Brilliant idea!

  13. Lauren

    February 3rd, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Wow! What a great lamp! I have tons of yarn in my stash, I just need a lamp. And a place to put the lamp!

  14. Jennifer Young

    February 4th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    WHOA. This is awesome, Rebecca! Amazing idea–thanks for sharing!
    j.

  15. Lena at A Crimson Kiss

    February 4th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    How clever, and cozy!

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