Freeze! This is a stick up. Go gather some twigs RIGHT NOW, and in about 10 minutes, you can make this little DIY lamp.
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Rustic DIY Lamp How To:
1. Play Gatherer, go get some sticks.
You can certainly buy sticks to use for this project. A popular lamp of this type is commonly done with driftwood. If you’re not a beachcomber, or live in say Iowa, your best bet may be to simply buy your sticks online. I gathered mine from my yard. I made sure they were good and dry before using them in this project. Mine actually came from our fireplace kindling supply.
“Cleaning” your sticks or twigs is not a bad idea, either. I would recommend wiping them down with a damp paper towel, and shaking loose any extra bark or dirt that may be clinging to them, but the process need not be any more cumbersome than that.
2. Chop some wood.
Once you have your twigs, sticks, or driftwood, you’ll want to cut it to length. Simply determine the desired height based upon the height of your lamp. I wanted my sticks to be a bit short of the lampshade, so mine ended up being around 11″.
3. Heat your glue gun, and stick ’em up.
Time to glue. I recommend glueing an interior layer, or ring around the lamp, then secure it with twine. If the twigs feel wobbly, use some of your hot glue to better secure them. Continue glueing the sticks in place. There isn’t too much rhyme or reason to this process, just try to find sticks that will lay properly in certain positions. Since not all twigs are perfectly straight, just play with the configuration until it looks and feels most secure.
4. Once all sticks have been placed, secure with twine.
Lastly, once all your sticks have been placed in their desired locations and secured with hot glue, simply wrap twine around the mid-section of the lamp. I used a fair amount of twine because 1) I like the look and 2) it helps keep all of the twigs as secure as possible.
That’s it! Your Rustic DIY Lamp is Done!
Super simple? Yep. That’s my favorite kind of DIY project, after all. Well, super simple, and super inexpensive. And this one fits both bills. #Winning.
Usually, these lamps live in our basement. I made them for this space because the room was lacking natural elements. These little stick lamps were an easy way to pull that element into the room.