How to Make a Rope Basket

3 Materials
2 Hours

After the 4th burn, I was really questioning my sanity! WHY and HOW do I get myself into these things?!

I decided to start small for this project because I had no idea what I was doing. My supplies included: plastic cup for my mold, plastic wrap, hot glue gun and cord purchased at Hobby Lobby.

See those words "plastic wrap"??!! That was my huge mistake. I thought I was being clever by using Saran wrap around my plastic cup. I thought, "this will peel off easily and not stick to the glue." HA HA HA...wrong!! The Saran wrap wouldn't come off the plastic cup, the hubster had to smash the cup and then try to get the "basket" away from the Saran wrap. By the time that was all said and done, I had nothing but a pile of rope. Since I immediately threw it in the trash, there is no photo.

Take 2. I used parchment paper and kept moving the mold around every couple of turns. It worked and this was my result...

I would take the cup out, glue a few spins without the mold, then put it back in and continue. I decided to stop halfway up the cup mold, created a handle and added some paint on the bottom...

Note to self...paint causes smaller woven cord to shrink. I was ready to give up at this point and just settle for what I ended up with.

Take 3. I decided to go back and purchase the larger cord to see if I could actually do this challenge. I was going to use a rectangular mold but couldn't get it started properly, so I changed to a round pot. I didn't have to use parchment paper to protect the pot.

The cord was much sturdier and the glue rarely stuck to the pot along the way. Why would it? Most of it was stuck to my fingers...thus, 3rd degree burns on my fingers. pfft...

Finally, I could see a basket taking shape. I did the same as with the cup, I would remove the pot, glue a few turns without the mold, then put it back inside the basket for shape. I created my handles and finished with this...

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  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 23, 2019

    I have recently trimmed a piece of carpet with rope. After burning my fingers, I used some old garden gloves. Problem solved.

  • Debbie Berry Debbie Berry on Jun 30, 2019

    How did you make the handles?

  • Stephanie Mills Stephanie Mills on Jul 07, 2019

    How many feet of rope did you use for the large basket and what diameter was it?

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  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Jan 21, 2022

    Lovely basket. I have to admit I was laughing at your explanation of how it all went down. The funny thing is that is how all of my projects (or attempts) go down, always. Picturing your husband smashing the cup and a blob of rope... 😅 You have the patience determination to keep going. I just lick my wounds and stop. Hats off to you and thank you for the hysterical events that led you to your end result. Here's to getting back on the horse (pun intended).

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 21, 2022

    Wish I had read this before I wrapped the twine so very artistically around a wine bottle .... which I covered first with saran wrap. I've given up trying to get it off, it's just not happening. Like you, on to Plan B!