Coastal Rope Tray - Life as a LEO Wife - DIY - Coastal Rope Tray

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Make this beautiful coastal rope tray to add some beachy summer decor to your home. I made some coasters and placemats from Dollar Tree nautical rope over the last week. I’m participating in the bloggers’ A to Z Challenge and the theme for today is the letter R, R for rope tray.

  • Supplies for your rope tray:5 to 6 packs of nautical rope (9.5′ each) from Dollar Tree
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • satin or wired ribbon (optional)

That’s it! You do need quite a few hot glue sticks. I used an entire pack of mini hot glue sticks making the tray and one placemat.

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Starting off

Check out my tutorial for my coasters and placemats if you need a full tutorial on how to begin the tray. I don’t want to bore you if you’ve been around the last few days. You will end up using about three packs of ropes for the base. Skip to the next step if you know how to make the placemat.

If you haven’t seen my placemats, I’ll give you a short tutorial on how to do this. Place hot glue on the end of your first rope and begin rolling the rope in a circle. Continue adding hot glue along the side of your rope and rolling as you go.

When you run out of your first rope, add hot glue of the tip of a new rope and a bit on the side of your rope like you did with the first. Press the new rope on the end of your first rope and against the flat circle that you have going. Keep going like this until your tray is as wide as you’d like. I stopped when I ran out of my 5th rope when the tray was 11″ wide as you can see below.

Build up the rope tray sides.

Once you’ve got the placemat finished, you will start to build up the sides. Place a strip of hot glue on the outer ring of the placemat, then put a new pack of rope on top of the hot glue.

Continue building up the tray, adding hot glue then layers of rope. You can stop adding hot glue and rope when you have four layers on top of the base layer.

Complete your rope tray.

You can choose whether or not you want to do this step. I thought adding handles looked a little more complete. Use a ruler and cut two 6″ pieces of rope. You’ll see in my picture that I used 8″ at first. That made the handles way too long! Learn from my mistake lol. I actually had to pry them out of my completed rope tray!

Cut two 6″ handles for the rope tray.

Use your fingers to see how wide you want the handles to be. I glued and made my handles about 2.75″ apart. Add hot glue to the end of one piece of rope and push it down on the bottom of the tray, right against the vertical layers. Measure and glue the other end 2.75″ or as wide as you want your handles.

Glue your other handle directly across the tray from your first one. Measure and glue this handle as wide as you did the first.

I decided to add a bow to the front of the rope tray. I’ve been using navy satin ribbon in my other summer decor I plan on putting out, so I decided to use it. I made a bow about 4″ wide. Then I glued it on the front, or what I wanted to be the front, of the tray. Now it’s complete!

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  • Linda Ross Linda Ross on Jul 13, 2022

    Nice. One could also use a pizza pan, pie pan, or cake pan for a sturdier version.

    • Definitely. If anyone is going to use white cotton rope, I highly recommend using a base. You can check out my DIY bunny rope tray here and placemats here. I have lots of other rope tutorials on my blog,, so I hope anyone looking for more projects will check it out! Home Depot & Lowe's have very thick sisal rope that's very sturdy as well.