"Ballard Knock-off" Sea Grass Lamp Shade

I adore getting the "Ballards" catalog. So many beautiful things, such gorgeous rooms, and lots of inspiration.

Large grouping of similar photos.

Botanical Prints

Topiary, bulbs and a gorgeous mirror

 I spent a whole month drooling over this lovely sea grass lampshade. I kept trying to justify spending $40, plus shipping.

After searching the internet, I found that $40 is pretty much the going rate. So I decided to improvise.

Here is what I used:
- 2 packages of sisal rope (found in the 'hardware' department at Wal-mart or at Ace Hardware)
- 1 lamp shade
- lots of hot glue

Take one of these...

 Then hot glue this all around it.

And here is the finished product.

It's not sea grass, but it is sisal :)
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Check out some other great project ideas here.


  1. it may not be sea grass but it's still super cute! What a great idea :)

  2. It looks great--and I love your little desk nook, too.

    ~ Sarah

  3. This is great! I would love to do something like this in my grandchildrens room when I decorate it in a sailing theme...

  4. great job! I love ballard, but so expensive, I'm going to try this!


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