Dog Rope Toy to Boho Container

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30 Minutes

So strolling through Dollar Tree, I ran across this cotton multicolored rope toy for dogs. I bought it thinking it would make really pretty rope handles for some project someday. By the time I got home, I had a whole new idea for Fido’s toy.

Dog rope toy before unknotting it

I started by trying to unknot it. Funny, because my dog could have probably figured that part out before I did. Apparently it’s knotted pretty tightly. I grabbed a letter opener( a butter knife would also work) and wedged it under a knot and started wiggling it around until I could actually loosen a knot. I continued to unknot the whole thing.

I think my dog would have liked a go at this

Once I got the end unknotted, the cotton rope began to unbraid itself . Not wishing for this to happen, I folded the unraveling part & put a rubberband around the end to keep it from unraveling too much. Once the dog toy was totally unknotted and both loose ends rubberbanded down, I got to work on my idea gluing the rope into a circle. ( My original idea was to make coasters) I quickly went from trying to make coasters, to deciding a little bowl thing would be fun to make instead.

Coaster attempt- not working

I started coiling the rope to form a round coaster. Although it was taking a round shape, the middle of it made it kind of bumpy and I wasn’t comfortable putting a glass on it to use as a coaster. However, I thought it would make a great bottom for a small bowl type of thing. So I kept going and decided to start gluing the coil to itself and going upwards. The bowl was beginning to take shape.

Starting of my rope “ bowl”

Realizing I wasn’t going to get a very big bowl out of my 7 feet of rope, I changed my plan yet again. It was now going to become like a drink cozy thing or plant holder or whatever. I continued coiling and hot gluing every inch or so in an upwards fashion.

I’m liking this so far

I continued coiling and gluing until I was pretty much at the end of my rope. ( pun intended)

Almost out of rope.

When I got to the end, I still had that frayed rope issue going on.

Frayed rope end

This fraying wouldn’t do, so I twisted it, glued down what I could and cut the rest off to use for the top of my rope container.

Frayed part to use

Next, I unraveled the scraps of frayed rope I cut off and ended up with some fluffy rope bits. Those got hot glued on to the top of my rope container for a finishing touch.

Using all of the scraps

Once everything was attached and fluffed out a little on top, I dripped some hot glue into the rope container to kinda keep the bottom from coming undone.

I went from making boho coasters- to a boho bowl to a boho container. It’s all a learning process. The rope container can now be used to hold pencils and art tools, TV remotes or even to use for a plant. If you use it to hold a plant, be sure to line it with a plastic bag or plastic cup first.

Loving my rope cup/container thingie

I sure hope you enjoyed seeing how a dog rope toy from Dollar Tree became a soft sided pencil holder. The particular rope toy I used had 7 feet of rope once it was all unknotted. It made a rope container that is about 3” in diameter on bottom, stands about 4.5” high and has about a 4.5” opening at the top.

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