West Elm inspired Woven Lampshade

Have you ever had something that you’ve pined for?  I mean really, truly, you’re-sure-your-life-will-be-better when you get it – pined?

Well for my husband and me, it’s the ever elusive screened in porch.  You heard me – a screened in porch.

Now, we have a patio and it’s a fine patio, but this screened porch will be all that and a box of chocolates.  This screened porch has high beams… and a fireplace… and a table to gather around… and comfy furniture to nap on… and every time we discuss it our plans get bigger and more elaborate and then we realize how many more pennies we will need to save.  And so we pine

Then the other day I was looking through West Elm’s new catalog and found the perfect pendant light for my someday-screened-porch.  But in case you’ve forgotten, we are saving our pennies and there are a lot to save.  So instead I decided to make my own, and here’s what happened…



Lampshade frame
Jute twine
Thick hemp jewelry twine (I found mine at Walmart)
Yarn of choice
Glue gun
Light kit  


I ran out of twine halfway through and had to start with a new roll. The colors on the two twines were a bit different, but it turned out to be  a happy accident.  I love the color variation and almost stopped right here! 

But, moving on... 


I chose various twines and gray yarn for material because I'm more of a muted, textural kinda gal, but this lampshade could be really fun in bright yarns and string and would work great in a playroom or kids room!

To hang as a pendant I attached a light kit, wrapped jute rope around the cord and hooked it up to the ceiling. 


For fun, I strung the cord through a vintage pulley to give the illusion that it's on a pulley system.

So for now woven lampshade you hang in the corner of my dining room, waiting patiently for your new home in that someday-screened-porch.  You will be there soon I hope…

perhaps sooner than we think!

Beth Boston1 Comment