DIY Sisal Rope Storage Ottoman


This month our chosen item was sisal/manila rope, and it took me awhile to figure out what to make. I finally came up with a storage ottoman; made from a milk crate!
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I started with thick sisal rope from Home Depot, as well as fabric, foam cushion, wood, a milk crate, and a few other items.
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I glued an end of the rope to the bottom of the crate, and kept wrapping. I added glue as I went, making sure to pull tight as it dried.
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I kept wrapping until I got to the top, and then added more rope on the top of the crate so no green would show through.
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I cut some wood to fit just inside the "lip" of the crate. I then traced the wood onto some foam cushion and cut it out.
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I then flipped the wood and cushion over onto some fabric, and cut out the fabric about 6 inches bigger on all 4 sides so I could staple it to the back.
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Using my staple gun, I pulled each side tight and stapled it down on the back.
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I folded the corners like a present and stapled them, too. Then I attached a piece of ribbon so I could easily lift the lid off the crate.
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And that was it! While it was time consuming, I'm in love with how it turned out and it was totally worth it!
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It's perfectly functional as storage (and currently houses toys!), and a relaxing ottoman!
diy sisal rope storage ottoman, how to, organizing, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, reupholster
diy sisal rope storage ottoman, how to, organizing, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas, reupholster
To see the more detailed tutorial, head on over to my blog below!
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  • Michele
    on Jul 8, 2016

    I'm in love with the fabric. Where did you find it?

  • Denise Dome
    on Jan 16, 2019

    It looks like this is a posting from several years ago so I'm wondering how well its holding up & did you use a high heat or low heat glue gun?

    • JoAnn
      on Jan 22, 2019

      It says high heat. If you follow the link to amazon for the glue gun.

  • Kathy
    on Feb 26, 2019

    what are the measurements of the wood piece for the top?

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  • Elinor Poll
    on Jan 22, 2019

    I'm always looking for new decorative ways for storage and/or to hide my clutter. My concern with this project is that my cat will use the rope as a scratching post.

  • Kymberlee Ann Conry Cheney
    on Jan 23, 2019

    I have a ton of these kind of creates that i use for storage and catch all in the shed, yard, garage and laundry but I've always hated the way they look. I've covered then with contact paper Wich was a waist of time and money but this looks like it will hold up pretty well and much much nicer looking. Thanks for the great idea, I'm gonna be busy for at least a week with this one.

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