Old lamp cords often end up in the trash when redecorating or replacing lighting fixtures. However, these cords can be repurposed into many fun and creative projects to decorate your home. With a little imagination, lamp cords can be transformed into new useful items.
Before beginning any lamp cord project, you will need to gather some basic materials:
- Old lamp cords - Look for cords and electrical wiring removed from old table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, or other lighting fixtures. The cords should be at least a few feet long. Inspect them for damage before using.
- Wire cutters/strippers - Use wire cutters to cut the cord to the desired length. Wire strippers can remove the plastic coating to expose the inner wires.
- Needle-nose pliers - These pliers help grip and bend the wires into shape.
- Scissors - Scissors cut fabric and other decorative materials you'll incorporate.
- Adhesives - Hot glue guns work well for adhering lamp parts and fabrics. Craft glue adheres lighter materials.
Clean and Prepare Lamp Cords
Before repurposing, clean any dirt, dust, or grime off the lamp cords with a cloth and warm soapy water.
Use the wire strippers to remove any old lamp parts still attached, like light bulb sockets, switches, or plugs. Remove these first so you're left with the bare wiring.
If the cord's exterior plastic coating is cracked or frayed, cut away any damaged sections. Focus on keeping the inner wires protected.
Creative Lamp Cord Projects
Here are some creative ways to reuse old lamp cords to make decorative projects for your home:
Coiled Cord Bowls
Transform cord into a decorative bowl!
- Cut the cord to your desired bowl length. Longer cords make larger bowls.
- Coil the cord tightly around itself to form a bowl shape.
- Once coiled, use hot glue on the underside to adhere the coils together.
- Add a bowel-shaped base like wood, clay, or tin to the bottom for stability.
Decorate your cord bowl with spray paint, decoupage, or other embellishments. These bowls make great organizers on desks, counters, or tables.
Braided Cord Trivets
Protect surfaces from hot pots and pans with a braided cord trivet.
- Use 3 cords cut to approximately 3 feet long.
- Tie the ends together at one side.
- Braid the cords together tightly until you reach the other end.
- Knot or glue the ends to secure.
- Add non-slip grips like shelf liner or rubber dots to the underside.
Get creative with your trivet colors and textures for a one-of-a-kind kitchen accent.
Woven Wall Hangings
Weave cord into an artistic wall hanging in endless pattern designs.
- Cut cords in various lengths from 1 to 3 feet. Varying sizes create interest.
- Tie cords to a dowel or stick at the top to anchor.
- Weave cords over and under each other in any pattern.
- Once woven, knot or glue cords to the bottom dowel.
- Hang on the wall and display!
Experiment with different color combinations and textures for a unique wall accent.
Keep devices powered up with a DIY charging station made with lamp cord.
- Coil cord neatly around a board, tray, or box base.
- Attach a USB hub or power strip to the interior to provide power.
- Thread cord ends through holes or notches to plug into an outlet.
- Top with devices like phones, tablets, and e-readers so they can charge in one organized spot!
More Lamp Cord Project Ideas
For more inspiration, lamp cord can also be reused for:
- Coil bowls to hold keys, mail, or accessories
- Charging station desk organizers
- Photo or card garlands strung on a cord line
- Coasted cord placemats or trivets
- Woven baskets, trays, or totes
Be creative and think outside the box for unique ways to repurpose lamp cord around your home. The possibilities are endless!