You have a tin can stash don’t you? I do too 🙌 ! Everyone who lives with a crafter can testify that all tin cans shall be thoroughly cleaned and neatly tucked away for “figuring out what we can do with them later”. If you’re looking for a living room update, here’s an idea that will lower your current stash: make a DIY table lamp wrapped in jute twine for a touch of Boho / Farmhouse!
I didn’t think making a lamp would be this easy but it was! The idea is simple: glue tin cans to create a large cylinder shape wrapped in twine. This sculptural lamp will cost under $5 if you can salvage a lamp socket from an old lamp (which is what I did). Otherwise, lamp kits are pretty cheap so it’s still a great way to give new life to old materials!
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- Thick jute twine (at least 3mm)
- Clean tin cans
- Glue gun
- Lamp kit
- Sand, gravel or anything to provide bottom stability
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Step 1: Create the DIY table lamp base
To start, make sure your tin cans are clean and glue a ziplock bag full of sand or pebbles into one of them. This will provide ballast to make the lamp more stable – tin cans are pretty light on their own!
Next, apply a line of hot glue around the rim of a can and press the 2 cans together to join them.
Tip: work fast, hot glue starts cooling down as soon as it touches metal!
Once the glue has cooled down, wrap the tin can cylinder with masking tape. This will even out the ribbed texture of the tin cans. It seems like a detail but it will improve the final look of the DIY table lamp!
Step 2: Wrap the lamp base with twine
Now, figure out which way is the bottom! Remember you glued a bag of sand into one of the tin cans at the beginning? Feel around to find out which end is heavier: that’s the bottom of the lamp.
Start by gluing the end of the jute twine at the bottom of the cylinder. Wrap your yarn around, applying glue at regular intervals.
Once you’ve reached the top of the cylinder, turn it upright and continue wrapping the twine over the top until you completely cover it up.
Step 3: Attach the socket and lampshade
Place the lamp bottom down and glue the light bulb socket onto the top. Mine was easy to glue on because the socket had a flat underside. If yours isn’t, use some air-dry clay or Sugru and mold it to attach it to the lamp base.
And voila! Add an ecru or light beige lampshade and you’re done 💚