Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Round-up: Rope Crafts

Rope has a multitude of uses within the home. It can be functional, decorative, or both. Rope made out of natural fiber, like jute or sisal, have a neutral, golden color that make them an easy match to any decor, and their sandy texture can add a bit of the rustic to your home. Best yet, they're easy to glue to any surface. See for yourself in these four easy yet innovative projects that use rope:


Lampshade
Transform a plain table lamp into a rustic or beachy piece. It's quick and easy: just glue several feet of the rope around the lamp shade, as seen in this tutorial.


Coasters and Placements
Pottery Barn-inspired coasters and placemats to make your dining table fit for a magazine spread. Working from the center, make a flat circle with a length of rope until you reach the desired size. Use hot glue to stick each layer of rope to the next. It's simple enough, but you can also follow this tutorial.



Mirror Frames
Spiff up a mirror by gluing a length of rope along the inside of the frame. You can opt for a rustic vibe with sisal or jute, as in this photo. But you can also use braided rope made out of cloth in the color you want. 



Hanging Shelves
You'll need a length of rope, a wooden plank, a drill, and two large hooks for this project.. Making sure they line up with one another, drill two holes on either end of the plank, at least an inch from the edges. Secure a length of rope through each hole and tie the end into a sturdy knot. Hang from hooks on the wall or on the ceiling.



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