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DIY Rope Cord Cover in 30 Minutes

So many of you commented on the pendant light in the reveal of our Farmhouse-Style Breakfast Nook. It was a local find from one of my favorite small shops in Lexington, KY. It had an industrial feel, which both my husband and I love, but the cord drove me crazy. It seemed small compared to the large light and wrinkled easily, as well.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

I wanted to add a cord cover, but the standard scrunched or pleated fabric covers seemed too traditional in style compared to the modern vibe of the pendant light. Instead, a rustic jute twine seemed like a much better compliment to the industrial design of the light. It was a pretty simple project, taking under a half hour, to create a rustic cord cover.

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How tomake a Rustic DIY Rope Cord Cover + 10 DIY Rustic Lights using Rope by @CraftivtyD


DIY Rope Cord Cover: Supplies

Flex Tubing
Scissors
Jute Twine
Glue Gun
Hot Glue


DIY Rope Cord Cover: Instructions

Fit the Flex Tubing over the light’s cord and cut it to length. You can do this even if it is a ceiling light that is already installed because the flex tubing is split down the center. This allows it to be opened and placed around the cord, as opposed to sliding it onto a cord from the end.

Next, take the Jute Twine and hot glue it at one end of the tubing. I chose to start at the top, near the ceiling. Once the glue has hardened, start wrapping it around the flex tubing until you reach the bottom. Be careful to keep the wrap consistent, not loosening or tightening the twine as you go. When you reach the bottom, hot glue it to finish the end.

How tomake a Rustic DIY Rope Cord Cover + 10 DIY Rustic Lights using Rope by @CraftivtyD

Quite simple, right? It really gave the light more presence in the room and balanced the size of the large pendant. The cord on our light is about 4 ft long and I spent approximately a half hour on this project. Obviously, a shorter cord would be quicker and you could also speed it up by having someone to help. I was working alone and it was manageable, but the second set of hands would have made it easier.

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This is a versatile project, you could use it on pendants, chandeliers, lamps — or even to hide desk cords. If you’ve got a desk floating in the middle of a room, this would be a great way to hide all the cords.


Do you like the rustic look of rope and twine? It works well for industrial, farmhouse and coastal styles. Here are 9 more lighting makeovers using rope:

10 rustic rope diy light projects

#1: Wrap chandelier bulb mini-shades with twine.
10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

At Home on the Bay

#2: Create a woven pendant from rope and a planter.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Design Sponge

#3: Make a rope knot base for a lamp.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Down Home Inspiration

#4: Wrap a lamp shade in twine.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Sand and Sisal

#5: Use twine to wrap an entire chandelier.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Remodelaholic

#6: Wrap the downrod and switch out the shade on builder-grade pendants for a new look.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Bless’er House

#7: Makeover the base of a simple lamp with rope.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Style Me Pretty

#8: Pair Hula hoops with twine and create the look of a high-end pendant.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Anythingology

#9: Craft delicate lanterns with jute string and mason jars.

10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Love Create Celebrate


10 DIY Rustic Lights using rope + DIY Rope Cord Cover by @CraftivtyD

Most of these projects are fairly inexpensive since twine and rope aren’t pricey items. Take a look at the light fixtures around your home. What could use a rustic touch?
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Shani | Sunshine and Munchkins

Monday 22nd of August 2016

I love simple DIY projects! I don't have a lot of time to do anything complicated. I hate cords but never thought about wrapping them.

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Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

It's an easy way to clean up a mess of cords.

Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

Monday 22nd of August 2016

You are so talented, Lora! I love how the light turned out. And you're right, the jute twine really goes perfectly with a modern industrial look. Great job!

alina

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Such a beautiful collection! I would like to try the twine to wrap and entire chandelier.I think it looks really neat and I could probably get around it with using a second-hand chandelier anyway will be all wrapped up.

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Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Yes! I think that is such a cool idea -- and, like you said, would be an easy update for a second hand chandelier.

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