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Easy DIY Rope Basket

With spring cleaning creeping in I find myself wanting to purge and get to organizing! From the craft supplies to the bathroom goodies, I want to make sure everything has it’s place and also looks oh so stylish doing so. I am a sucker for the natural and rustic look, so when I saw this sisal rope for cheap at the hardware store I grabbed a bundle and got to dreaming up some ideas. I always have loved the cute baskets you see at Pottery Barn and Restoration hardware that look as though they were each lovingly handmade- but who has time to weave baskets? Well here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own sisal basket, also just in time for a cute Easter related basket too!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy

Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
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  • Sisal rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
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Start by folding the end of your rope like a “U” and then add a dollop of hot glue to secure this shape…don’t burn your fingers!
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Next start to wrap the rope around that “U” creating a circle shape and layering the rope, once again secure with glue….
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Keep rolling and gluing, rolling and gluing until you create the size base you want your basket to be…
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Once you have the base you want (mine was about 5 inches or so) then you can start to create the “walls” of your basket by continuing your layers but on top of the base you created….
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Once again, more rolling, stacking and gluing….
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I  grabbed a popsicle stick to assist with spreading the glue that wanted to seep out and also managed to save myself some hot glue gun burns in doing so. I made the “walls” of my basket 10 layers high…
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A quick snip of the rope and now it is time to tuck the loose tail in and glue to secure…

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You may want to add some hot glue at the end of the rope to prevent it from fraying...
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The tail is right under my fingers, I applied pressure to make it hold and it just naturally swoops down into the basket creating a “disappearing” effect.
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Time to style! Since Easter is right around the corner I decided to go with the Easter decor route but these would be great little baskets for organizing crafts or in the bathroom as well! You could even make a little lid or handle too!
Stay Zesty!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Sisal Rope
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors

To see more: http://zestitup.com/easy-diy-rope-basket/

Got a question about this project?

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Mar 18, 2017


  • Peggy
    Peggy Susanville, CA
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I love baskets! This is definitely an idea I am going to do! Thanks for sharing!

  • Annette
    on Mar 19, 2017

    This would work for a bunny butt basket I was just looking at from yesterdays blog. Thank you for your GReat Idea.... Grand kids will love them this year.

  • Sharon McMasters
    Sharon McMasters Bozeman, MT
    on Mar 21, 2017

    I will definitely will try this project! I think I will make various sizes to hold various weight yarns. For yarn, I will line them with cotton fabric which I will have glued in place with my glue gun. Thank you for this great idea!

  • Lucy Marie Bernier
    Lucy Marie Bernier
    on Apr 2, 2017

    Nifty and a lot easier then rodeo rope. That's what I make mine out of. I use a wood burning tool to join the seams.

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