Today’s DIY is all about wall lights.
In design and technology in school I remember just about getting the hang (if you pardon the pun) of putting electrical wires together and soldering the intricate pathways on a board as the teacher requested. About a decade later and I can’t remember a thing…
That’s why this wall light DIY is super easy and doesn’t require you to be an expert electrician. It takes about half an hour, it’s pretty and rustic, and goes really well in any contemporary room.
A massive thanks to Homebase who set me this challenge.
What You Will Need:
- Rope (6 metres)
- Large bulb
- Light fitting
- Small basket/pot/jar that can be drilled into
- Hammer (or drill)
How to Make a Rustic Rope Light:
1.Rope Around Your Fitting
The first thing to do is fix your fitting so that it stays in place when you’re using the rope to wrap around the wire. You can do this by using masking tape at the very top and fixing it temporarily onto a wall or board, or lay it down and put something heavy on the very start of the wire so that it doesn’t move.
There are many ways to wrap a rope around a wire but I chose a knot that I feel looks like a pretzel. Take your rope and fold it in half, then mark it with a pen. Take that half way point and place it behind your wire, at the very top (where you’ve just fastened it with a heavy object or masking tape.) Start making “pretzels” with the rope all the way down.
I found it confusing trying to do the second pretzel but I worked it out; remember to keep wrapping the same way. So, if you’ve just brought the rope end from the back through the loop on the right, bring this very same end to the back left side and wrap the other end through on the right. Continue until you’ve covered the whole wire. This can be really tricky so I really hope the below images help!
2. Make your Light Shade
I used a small wicker basket (which originally came with a glass holder inside too but I took it out) to become my lamp shade. I used a large screwdriver and hammer to create a hole just big enough for the wire to go through.
3. Connect your large bulb
To feed through the wire, you must dismantle the light fixture. Make sure you remember exactly what part goes where. What you can expect is one wire being fed through one little hole and the other in another. You’ll need little screwdrivers to do this most probably. Once you’ve dismantled you can feed the wire and rope through.
Cut the remaining rope and glue the hole. Then, as my light fitting and bulb were both bayonet (B22) it’s really easy to connect them. Voila!
Here’s a video to help you make this light:
Inspired by Vintage Revivals Giant Light