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Learn how to make (and wire) this jute-wrapped cord light
Industrial meets rustic, and fear not -- you too can wire a lamp with no trouble.

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  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, make sure your cord is not plugged in. Seriously. It's worth checking.

    Thread the cord through the socket cap so that the narrow end of the cap faces the plug, and your wires are emerging from the wide end.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 2
    Step 2

    The wires correspond to two different screws (one silver, one gold, called "terminal screws") on the socket interior, and you can remember which goes with which by their plastic casing. The casing with the ridges will attach to the silver screw, and the casing that's smoother will attach to the gold.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 3
    Step 3

    Clip off the copper tips from the ends of both wires. I pulled them apart gently to help them separate a little more. That way I had more space to work with.

    Then I carefully removed some more of the plastic casing from each wire to expose more of the wire. This will make it easier to wrap around the screw later. (Don't despair if you accidentally snip the wire off along with the casing. Just separate the wires a little more, and start again. Make sure both wires end up the same length and exposed the same amount.)

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 4
    Step 4

    Twist the wires tighter in the direction they were already going.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now is the time to make an underwriter's knot if you're into that kind of thing (I didn't do this, mainly because I hadn't heard of it yet, but I think skipping it is okay for this project).

    Next, loosen both terminal screws from the socket interior using your screwdriver.

    Hook the wires around each screw (make sure they're corresponding correctly, ridges to the silver screw, smooth to gold) in a clockwise direction, and tighten with the screwdriver.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now is a good opportunity to test and make sure you've wired everything correctly. Screw in a lightbulb, plug in the cord, and flip the switch! If everything works, turn it off, remove the lightbulb, unplug the cord, and proceed to the next step.

    If the light doesn't turn on, remove the lightbulb, unplug the cord, and check to make sure your wires are corresponding to the screws correctly (see above). Correct if necessary and test again.

    If everything works, slide the socket shell over the interior.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 7
    Step 7

    Slide the socket cap down over the interior and shell and click it into place.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now for the jute wrapping! This took about two episodes of "Big Love" when done all at once, but it's an easy project to pause and pick up again as needed.

    Tie a knot in the jute close to the socket.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 9
    Step 9

    I kept the rest of the cord wrapped up with its twist-tie during this process, letting it out as needed; this made the wrapping much easier and faster.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 10
    Step 10

    Dab a tiny bit of glue and start wrapping.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 11
    Step 11

    I pushed the jute down every few rounds to make sure it was tight and that no cord was visible.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 12
    Step 12

    Every few inches, add another dab of glue and keep wrapping. If you need to take a break, use the bag clip to hold the jute in place.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 13
    Step 13

    When you're finished, cut the jute, leaving a tail of a few inches. Tie another knot, add a dab of glue, and wrap the tail, making sure all of it is secured with the glue.

    Clip it for a little while until the glue has completely dried.

  • How to make a wall light. Industrial Wall Lamp (Under $40!) - Step 14
    Step 14

    Wrap the cord around a wall mount, plug it in, and yell, "Let there be light!"

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