Thursday, June 12, 2014


Hello, everyone!
I have a busy day ahead of me, so before it starts, I would like to share with you a recent project, 
a DIY rope lamp with solar lighting.

For now, we only have our back porch to sit and enjoy the outdoors, the rest of the yard is under construction in preparation for a new deck and outdoor kitchen, but even then, I want the porch to be cozy. Eventually we will have new furniture out there, but for now, I am working with what I have.

I am always looking for ways to repurpose things that I already have at home and that was the case with this lamp. Didn't cost me a dime! :)

I have a set of two very old ceramic lamps.
When I say old, I mean they have been with us for about twenty years. They used to sit in our family room sooo long ago and they have been in my storage closet this whole time.

To cover the lamp I used 3-ply manila rope I had in the garage. 
This is the rope I use to hold my outdoor curtains so they don't fly away. :)
For this size lamp I used about 75 feet of rope.

I did start gluing the rope to the lamp from the bottom using E6000 craft glue, but it didn't work very well, 
so I decided to just use the glue gun and it worked beautifully.

When the base of the lamp was finished, I cut the spike that came with the solar light in half 
and placed it inside the socket. 
Mine was a little wobbly, so, to secure it, I just used a little piece of batting to make fit really tight.

I used the original shade, but I will change it eventually. 
And that's it! You now have an outdoor lamp.

And it is fun to watch it light up by itself as the evening arrives and the sun starts going down.

I think once we finish our new outdoor space, I will make a few of these.
For now, I love the ambiance it gave to the porch.
What do you think? Is it a keeper?

Thank you so much for visiting. I am off to start my crazy day. :)

Until next time!

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  1. Maria, yes, it's a keeper or like this either you keep it or you can send it my way! Just kidding! It looks so PB, but let's not tell them! Perfect idea for anyone with a porch w/o an outlet where the seating is located. Love it!

  2. I love this lamp, and I'm so mad that I gave away my big ceramic lamps, now. I should keep everything, forever! Great DIY project, Maria!

  3. It turned out so lovely! It's so nice when you can just shop the house to create something new. Hope you get a chance to relax today. :)

  4. Wow - looks awesome... such a good idea!!

  5. Love it, looks store bought...really a great idea!

  6. What a terrific job you did on this lamp, Maria! The original lamp was just perfect for this project. I love it. Today I was at Homegoods and fell in love with a circular mirror with rope just like yours framing it. The nautical look is very "in" right now.

    I can't wait to see your deck and outdoor kitchen!!


  7. OMG Maria Elena, this lamp looks absolutely amazing! I'm inspired!

  8. Well, aren't you just the clever, clever girl? LOVE it. You did a great job and I love the idea of the solar lights. xo Diana

  9. Love the look Maria Elena and it's the perfect touch! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Wow that's a great idea-the rope looks fantastic! Aren't you the smart one using the solar light!

  11. This lamp is awesome - I just did a small one with jute twine and love the texture these ropes give to things... love the beachy feel of this lamp - pinned it for future reference... Cathy

  12. I love how this turned out! You'd never guess that you did it yourself:)

  13. Great idea! I love the rope look. Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a great idea! Love how it turned out! It looks perfect on your porch.

  15. I love this idea, how fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  16. This lamp is so gorgeous! Thank you so much for the instructions! You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week!

  17. Absolutely it's a keeper!! Maria have inspired me to cover an old lamp. Hope I can find one like yours at the thrift store. ;)
    Thanks for sharing your outdoor lamp makeover with us at Project Inspire{d}!

    1. You are going to be my feature this coming Monday! ;)

  18. It's earth friendly. Rustic. And brainless. My kind of amazing craft. Stopping by from the Merry Monday linky party! Thanks for sharing! -Treana @

  19. LOVE THIS. Because it the planet would approve and so would every ugly lamp ever made. Stopping by from the Merry Monday linky party! Thanks for sharing! -Treana @

  20. Love this look! Perfect for an outdoor space. Would love for you to come link up with us at The DIY'ers: We party every Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

  21. What a great idea I love that you even converted it to be a solar lamp!

  22. Definitely a keeper! I love this! Thank you so much for adding it to the Grace at Home party--I'm going to be featuring you this week! :)

  23. This looks amazing! Great job. Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. We love having you! Please stop by tonight at 7 pm and party with us!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  24. Maria, love this idea soooooo I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on my blog tomorrow at Tuesday's with a Twist link party, please stop by and take a peek. Have a great day. :-)

  25. Very pretty! Featuring you tomorrow at WIW! Hope to see you there!

  26. Such a neat project! It turned out wonderful!

  27. Brilliant! Love the rope and the solar light! Adding a ceramic lamp to my Thrift Store hunting list!
    ~ Ashley

  28. Maria Elena - love this - I am seeing more and more crafts with twine or rope - you did an awesome job! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  29. You did a fabulous job! We've been wanting a solar powered one for our deck but they seem so pricey! Never thought to make our own! I'll be on the lookout now for a lamp! Would love for you to share it at our link party, if you'd like please :) It is up on my blog now :)
    Kendra @

  30. These are in fact wonderful ideas in on the topic of blogging.

    You have touched some nice things here. Any way keep up wrinting.


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