The lamp in my living room was my nemesis. There are worse ones out there, sure, but this one has a shade that collects dust like it's its job, has a bulky shape, and in my opinion is generally just a total downer . So....
I moved it to another room and went lightless for a few months....
Until I remembered this awesome project that I found. I've been wanting to make this forever, and I finally got a chance this weekend. Instead of hemp, I decided to use sisal b/c I like the messy texture and the color looked better for this spot.
Sisal twine (I got mine at Hardware city, our local hardware store, but I'm sure most any hardware store would carry it. Look in the rope section. The whole 200+ foot roll was about $6:
Then I got this big playground ball from Target ($2.88)
And I reached my hand into this:
and coated the sisal twine a few inches at a time by running it through my modge-podge covered hands (very messy so you want to be sure to put down a dropcloth of some sort). As I covered the twine in modge podge I began winding it around the ball in a haphazard criss cross pattern. I left a few inches uncovered at one end so that I could get the ball out later...Then I let it dry for two days, before deflating the ball and pulling it out through the hole. It stuck to the sides a little bit so I gently reached in and peeled it away from the places it was sticking.
Then I used a light kit from ikea ($3) and ran it through one of the criss cross openings in the top, and mounted it with a ceiling hook: