DIY Rope Rug

3 Materials
2 Days

To complete my Coastal/Boho look out on the deck, I wanted to make a rug!

I’d been looking for a natural/creamy coloured rug but couldn’t find one I liked!

So what do you do?

Make one yourself!

Previously I had been addicted to a type of rope - called cotton sash cord and loved making trays and baskets so I already had the rope and a hot glue gun with packs of glue sticks.


Here’s how I made it!

Firstly I bent the cotton sash cord around in a circular pattern, glued in between and held the cord together for a few seconds.

diy rope rug

I continued gluing until I had approximately twelve rows.

diy rope rug

I then decided to challenge myself by making a row out of loops. I just simply bent the rope into loops and glued.

diy rope rug

Then I repeated the plain circular pattern with twelve rows followed by another larger different loopy design.

All the loops are glued and need to be evenly spaced apart.

diy rope rug
diy rope rug

Another plain twelve rows were glued together before starting on the small circles.

The small circle designs were the most time consuming but also the most striking part of the rug!

As I came to end of making each circle I would place each one on top of each other to make sure they were the same size.

diy rope rug

It was also important to glue a few circles together before gluing onto the rug.

diy rope rug

To make the circles look tidy I tapered the ends down before gluing and also lined up the ends before gluing so that each circles position was the same.

diy rope rug

Just another tip - measure to see how many circles will fit around the rug so you know how to space them and what size you need to make.

In the end the Diameter of the rug measured 115cm and I made sure it was nice and sturdy!!

I did use approximately 8 rolls of cord and the price came in around $120 but I did use a more expensive brand of cord. It is possible to make it for under $80 with cheaper cord.

Another tip is to Scotch Guard the rug to protect it.

Even though it took a couple days to make, I thoroughly enjoyed watching it grow bit bit and so worth it in the end.

You don’t have to be a creative genius to make something like this - you just need a little imagination, patience and determination!


diy rope rug
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  • Linda McCain Morris
    on May 1, 2019

    did you put a backing on it? Was wondering how sturdy it was to pick up and move around.

  • C Chandler
    on May 2, 2019

    would it be possible to paint this to add color to it? I love the natural too, and your's is GORGEOUS!! but, have the grandkids room done in lighter to darker denims (used denim to go for girl or boy) and when I saw this, i thought if i could do a 'wash' of blue over it to look sort of like denim it would be fabulous for their room! THANKS!

  • Sharalen Lawhon
    on May 5, 2019

    How do you clean it?

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  • Angel Ashmore
    31 minutes ago

    Love this idea! I have priced these rugs and they’re expensive too so thank you for sharing your ideas.

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