You don't have to be a fisherman or a sailor to appreciate the many uses of rope. This texturally beautiful and durable line is the perfect medium for dozens of DIY projects. Rope accents and furniture bring a more rustic and charming feel to your home. Fortunately, it is both inexpensive and easy to work with. Below are just a handful of the many great uses for rope at home.
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These nesting bowls make the perfect addition to any coffee table or dresser. Here's what you need: rope, bowls for molds, a high temperature glue gun, and clear sealant spray paint. Experiment with thickness, colors, and shapes, and coil your way to a great rope bowl. Click here for a tutorial.Photo Courtesy of Centsational Girl
This kitchen essential has been charmed up with the use of sisal rope. Again, the materials are simple: 50 to 75 feet of sisal rope (1/4 inch pictured here), a metal basket with handles, and a hot glue gun. In less than an hour you can glue your way to a ropey-fabulous bowl, perfect for the kitchen or any other room in the house. Click here for a tutorial.
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Coil rope around a mirror to add some character. Here's what you need: an unframed mirror of any shape, rope, cardboard, duct tape, twine, and a hot glue gun. You will use the cardboard as a mock frame to create the shape of your rope frame. After your frame is complete and tied with twine, you will glue the frame to the mirror's surface. Click here for a more detailed tutorial.Photo courtesy of me and my very own living room
Create your very own rope picture frame with an old frame, some rope, a hot glue gun, and a picture of course! You could also use this for artwork.
Rope LampsPhoto courtesy of The Avarice
We have covered DIY lighting before, but it never ceases to amaze me how many things can be painted or glued onto a lamp to make it DIY-incredible. This lamp lamp went from shabby to fabulous with a few coils of rope. The usual suspects are needed to create this polished look: rope and a glue gun. You will also need a lamp and a shade (white pictured here). Click here for a tutorial.Photo courtesy of Design*Sponge
This planter basket pendant lamp is inexpensive and can add a warm and textured look to any room. You will need rope, a planter basket, a pendant lamp kit (available at your local hardware store), a single round outlet cover plate, white spray paint, and of course, a hot glue gun! Click here for a tutorial.
Now that you know how to wrap your way to rope fabulousness, its time to pick up that hot glue gun and get to coiling!