DIY Rope Lamp

I have had a few of you asking me where I bought the lamp for little man’s room, so I figured I better share the tutorial for his DIY Rope Lamp ASAP!

DIY Rope Lamp - made with a pool noodle!

If you follow me on Facebook, you know a few months back  I posted about how I was crafting up a storm with a pool noodle, masking tape, and some rope…you know just a normal afternoon here at The Lily Pad Cottage…

Well, this was what I was making – I started off with this skinny little lamp we have had forever.

Lamp Before

I thought it would look cute and nautical and fit right in little man’s room if I wrapped some rope around it, but I wanted it to be chunkier.  My kids happened to be having an intense “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” (their favorite Disney Jr. show) pool noodle sword fight reenactment in the works, when inspiration struck.  We won’t talk about the melt down that ensued when I stole a pool noodle and sliced it open for home decor purposes, but I endured the tantrum and promised little man he would love his new rope lamp so much he wouldn’t even miss his battle sword…ahem, yeah, no he didn’t buy it…

Lamp redo with a pool noodle -

…but he calmed down when I let him help.  He loves a good DIY, that kid!  By the way, my kids do own clothing, I know almost every photo of little man features him in his jammies, but it WAS almost naptime :) After slicing the pool noodle and inserting it over the lamp, I wrapped the whole thing in masking tape to keep it on tight.

Lamp redo

You can guess what comes next – just wrap, hot glue, repeat…keep wrapping…run out of rope…curse yourself for not buying two bags of rope…hit up Lowes…and wrap again.

Rope Lamp DIY -

I got a bigger lamp shade from HomeGoods, because the old one looked a little small after I chunkified the lamp up and TADA!

DIY Rope Lamp AFTER -

Now go steal your kids toys and craft with them, they will LOVE it, I, er, promise? :)

Big Boy Nautical Room - thelilypadcottage

You can see the rest of little man’s new room here.


  1. Now, that IS creative!

  2. Such a fan of stealing my kids’ things and turning them into housewares :) Love how this came out, it’s the perfect accent in the new room.

  3. Becky Fuelling says:

    I am SO impressed! That is such a transformation and so easy. I love when you can “shop” your own home. His whole room is adorable. Really creative all the way around.

  4. This is a genius idea …. I have a few lamps like that and I’m going to lowes soon. Thank you !!!!!!

  5. Great idea and I love the little man wanting to help!


  6. shirl' anderson says:

    What a neat idea! I love things nautical without being overly themey. You hit the mark. Hope you have a great day!

  7. Kelly, how much rope do your need ?

  8. That is so funny. I did the same thing with my old lamp except I used a foam tube used to insulate pipes. I loved it but my daughter and her friends said it looked like a cat scratch post! Teenagers- what do they know!

  9. How could I not follow a link on making a lamp with a pool noodle!!!! Hilarious, and awesome!!! The lamp looks so great. I’m glad your lil one likes it. :)

  10. What a great idea! Love it!

  11. LOVE! I pretty much love any project that involves rope! Looks perfect in his new room!

  12. I have a lamp that needs some help. Look out pool noodles, here I come!

  13. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Awesome, awesome idea!

  14. This is so creative!!!! What a great upcycling project, it looks awesome in the room.

  15. Wow this is genius! I can never have too many rope projects, thanks for the idea!

  16. Wow that is amazing, what a fantastic way to recycle! Love the whole room by the way too!!

  17. Such a great idea and it turned out so well! I would not have thought to use the pool noodles! You are too clever!!

    Take care,


  18. What a great look … and I love that you used a pool noodle!

  19. I like the addition of foam to bulk it up! Very cool. I like roping vases, so something like this would match my things perfectly!

  20. Kimberly Sneed says:

    So cute! Looks a million times better Kelly – and fits so well! Love your vision! xo

  21. Carol Ann says:

    I loved that1 splendid job of taking ordinary materials and making them into some extraordinary

  22. You are SO clever Kelly!!! Love this makeover!! WOW!!!


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