DIY Sisal Shade thumb
I am excited to introduce to you, for the first time on IC, Kim from Sand and Sisal.   She is one of my new contributors.   I asked Kim to join the ranks to show you her serene sense of decorating.   She is a beach lover and brings that into her home through simple accents and sea-inspired décor.   Today she is showing you how to make a sisal covered lampshade which looks straight out of Ballard Designs magazine if you ask me.   Please give a warm welcome, and get click happy over at Sand & Sisal
Hi everyone! I’m Kim from Sand & Sisal and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be a contributing writer for Infarrantly Creative! As you might have guessed by my blog name, I adore sisal! Decorating with natural fibers adds warmth and texture to your existing décor and using sisal rope is an easy and inexpensive choice. Today I want to show you how to take a boring, plain lampshade and transform it into a custom Sisal Shade.
DIY Sisal Shade

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A lamp shade
1/4 inch sisal rope (approximately 2 rolls)
a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
sisal roll
Rolls of sisal rope can be found at most hardware and big box stores. The two rolls I purchased ran under $6 each. Let’s get started making our Sisal Shade. Find the back seam of your lamp shade. This is where you will want to start. You may choose to start at the top or the bottom of the shade. I chose the bottom. Apply about 3 inches of hot glue along the seam and press the sisal rope into the glue. It is important that your first row is aligned evenly along the seam and that the seam is not showing under the rope. All your other rows of rope will be based off of how straight you glue that first row.
gluing the sisal shade
Continue wrapping the sisal rope around the shade, gluing as you go. Pay attention to where the end of your sisal rope roll is. If you are nearing the end, then simply cut the rope so that it will line up at the back seam. This is where you will start again with your second roll of sisal.
making a sisal shade
Finish gluing the sisal rope, ending at the back seam. How easy was that? In just a short period of time, you’ve created a custom sisal shade which will add interest, texture, and softness to your table scape!   Think of other shades you might try this out on, like mini chandelier shades or a drum pendant. How cute would that be?   You’re only limited by your imagination!
Sisal Rope Lamp Shade
Thanks for letting me share this DIY Sisal Shade with you all today!
Kim Wilson from Sand & Sisal   Sand and Sisal





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  1. Very cute! But does the heat from the bulb being on loosen the hot glue? I made a rosette lampshade and once I had the light on for a bit they started coming off. Maybe because it was a small shade so the bulb was much closer.

  2. I have done this to lamp shades that are in my boys room. I LOVE them…and they look amazing. The only problem that I have though is that the shades seems to smell funny. I’m not sure if it’s the sisal rope, or the light bulb heating the glue. Has anyone else experienced this? Maybe it’s because I have two lamps in one room….too much for the space?

  3. That is beautiful! I have a new love for sisal. I made a lamp last week with sisal and now I am trying to figure out what else I can cover in the house with it! :o)

  4. Hi Kim~
    I’m so glad you like the lamp! This shade has a 16″ diameter base & a 75 watt bulb and I’ve never had a problem with the glue. If you are working on a small shade and are especially worried about it, you could always use “High-heat” glue sticks instead.
    ~ Kim @ Sand & Sisal

  5. Hi Elizabeth! They’d be adorable in a boys room! The smell is the rope. It does take a few months for the smell to fade, but to speed up that process I’ve found you can unwind the roll of sisal and set it outside for a week. Hope that helps! 🙂

  6. hi kim this is wonderfull but kim what kind of glue is this,
    is it the colourless paper glue,or what what kind of glue is this secongly why do you
    heat the glue why should it be hot
    thanks for your reply

  7. This project was actually done by one of my past contributors, Sandie. However, I believe the lamp would still give off light. You can certainly click over to Kim’s site and email her directly to see how much it limits the brightness.

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