Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Some (MAJOR) changes and a DIY nautical knot lampshade tutorial

First off, there have been some huge changes around here, the biggest being that we have MOVED! Yes, we put so much love and work into our last house but we always knew we would be leaving before long.  The Mr. got a new job in Phoenix, Arizona so we put up a For Sale sign and headed south.  We plan to be here for about 1-2 years so for the time being we are renting a house in an awesome neighborhood just outside of Phoenix.

Renting has presented a whole new set of storage/decorating/organizing challenges, and it seems I have been tackling them all at once! Back in Utah my biggest project was making our playroom pretty and organized (you can catch up on old posts about it here and here), so that is where I want to start.  We are still sticking with the nautical theme for the playroom and before I reveal the entire finished room I want to share this nautical knot lampshade I came up with today.

It was easy to make and I am totally in love with how it turned out. 

I bought the plain beige shade at Walmart along with the lamp that was a dark copper color until I gave it a few coats of white spray paint.  The rope is from the laundry isle (hangers, baskets, clothes pins, etc.) and is meant to be a clothes line. I am so glad I picked that up! I wasn't sure what I would use it for, but at less than $2 a package I couldn't lose.

I searched on Pinterest for a tutorial showing how to tie a nautical knot and found this one which is actually for a knot headband but there are good, easy to follow instructions for tying the knot.
      I was in love already!
                Hello gorgeous! Where have you been all my life?

After I got the knot nice and flat I hot glued it to the shade. 

  Then, zig zagged hot glue across a few inches of the rope and stuck it on the shade.  I just repeated that all the way around the shade with all four groups of rope strands. 

 And I was done! I told you it was easy!

Here is a sneak peak of the playroom with the lamp all finished!

Thanks for stopping by after all this time! I can't wait to share everything else I've been working on!



  1. Yay- I love reading your blog!! You are so dang creative. I love this! Such a great idea! I sure miss seeing you and your cute family.

  2. I cant wait to see the whole playroom and the rest of the new house.

  3. Nice one.Great idea to bring a unique look to the bedroom.I will definitely try this.

  4. I just made this...but how did you finish off the back???

    1. Oops! I guess I left that part out. I just continued the rope all the way around to the back until the two ends met up. I lined up the knot to be directly opposite from the seam in the lampshade, so in the back the rope ends meet at the seam.

      I hope it worked out for you!