Make a “Lamp Wrap” {using an oatmeal container}


I know, you’re probably thinking, “Yep, she’s officially lost it.”  Like most of my DIY projects, I cannot explain what part of my brain this one came from.  It was fun though and cost $ZERO!

The lamps in my son’s room have never felt right to me.  They are dated in my opinion and not chunky enough…and I love a good chunky lamp!


Like I said, this is a fun, free, quick project.  All you need is an empty large oatmeal container, hot glue gun, rope (I purchased a roll from Home Depot) and of course, a lamp!  My lamp bases just happened to be the exact same height as the oatmeal container so this was a snap!  If your lamps are taller then just use 2 oatmeal containers and cut one to size, then just glue them together.


To start, I cut the bottom out of the container.

bottoms out

Then glued an end of the rope to the container.


Now just glue. Attach rope. Repeat.


almost done

When you’re at the end of your rope (ha ha!) put a large glob of glue to be sure it sticks really well.  That’s it!

done wrapping

I just love the way this looks.  I think I’m going to feed the family oatmeal for breakfast the next 2 weeks so I can make some more of these, but use them around the house.  Pen/Pencil holder? Vase? Craft supplies container?  Yes. Yes. Yes.

Next I removed the old shade and slipped what I’m now calling my “lamp wrap” over the base.

it fits

It fits!  I was a bit worried that the decorative ball and pull chain would show, but after rummaging through my stash of lamp shades, I found the perfect one.  It’s a white linen one I purchased ages ago at Home Goods.


I was amazed at the transformation!  It makes me chuckle knowing I turned a blah lamp into something chunky and cool for free!!

close up

Here it is in my son’s room.

before and after

And here is the before and after!  Now to sound like a child of the 80′s…it’s totally awesome, huh?  :-)



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6 Responses to Make a “Lamp Wrap” {using an oatmeal container}

  1. What a great idea! It’s a beautiful lamp upgrade. I’m hosting a giveaway for a beautiful chandelier that you should enter!

  2. Melissa says:

    Love that idea! Would have never thought of taking something and making it look that good! You have me inspired! Time to pin! May I share on my blog and FB page?

  3. leslie says:

    Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #35! Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea with us last week!

  4. Adia Sinead says:

    Nice! just finding this post. I just made myself some oatmeal and noticed I have 3 of those empty containers in the closet. I’ve been wanting to look up ways to upcycle them. Thanks for sharing!

    xx Adia

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