Pottery Barn Inspired Knotted Cement Rope

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$6
3 Hours
Medium

Ever since I saw a YouTube video on how to DIY the Pottery Barn knotted cement rope using air dry clay, I knew I had to do it.

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Pottery Barn’s Knotted Cement Rope was priced at $89!

So…. last night while watching TV, I rolled some clay into approximately 1” balls and poked a hole through using a chopstick. This left a big enough hole for some thicker jute rope to go through.

This morning it was dry enough to work with. Theoretically, it would take about 3 days to dry completely, but I have painted air dry clay before it was completely dry in the past so I knew I could. I will still let it air dry now for 3 days before doing anything more with it. I used my aged stone technique to make the clay beads look like they were made of cement. I painted the beads with our Missouri Limestone Painting Company chalk paint in “Gray Goose”. I added some baking soda and kind of pounced it on to give the clay the texture of stone. Once dry, I applied liming wax then wiped excess off.

I knotted mine similar to Pottery Barn but added a tag on one end I had made. I thought it fit perfectly with my cement rope.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!

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  • Cindy Cindy on May 07, 2022

    I’ve seen this as well but it actually looks like some type of light blue glass or heavy blue beads (like the color of ocean). Do you have any suggestions to do this same project but with the turquoise blue colors? Thanks!!

  • Cindy Cindy on May 07, 2022

    I’ve seen this as well but it actually looks like some type of light blue glass or heavy blue beads (like the color of ocean). Do you have any suggestions to do this same project but with the turquoise blue colors? Thanks!!

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  • Gilmer Gal Gilmer Gal on May 06, 2022

    So glad I read this post before making. I saw the one with the video, and your idea of using clay was sooo much easier! I could only imagine the gigantic mess I would have made. Also, I like that the rounds were not exact like the ones with the mold. Makes them so much more unique. I've rolled my rounds, poked the holes in, and used a cheap emery board to sand them down. Cannot wait until I get the paints and lime wax on, then I get to string them on the rope! Super excited about this project. I'm going to make some for my friends! 😉Thanks for posting!!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 19, 2022

    It would be a cute necklace for Wilma Flintstone. 🤭


    Thanks for sharing your project.


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