Knock-off Rope Bowl {Tutorial}

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I love this rope bowl – Nate was right – it is so stylish and great and totally fits into my décor!
It is just so neutral but adds so much – and I know it will add to any room in your house too – and you can make one yourself for only… {wait for it…}

…$8! Eight Dollars!!

First: Head off to your local home depot and pick up a bag of 3/8” manila rope.

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Second: Both ends of the rope will be taped. This is to prevent it from fraying. I just left the tape on and folded the end over on itself and added a glob of hot glue.

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Third: I glued about 2” at a time and wrapped the rope – until it was the diameter I wanted.
Mine is about 5” wide.

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Fourth: To make the actual bowl part, I used a glass Pyrex bowl I have in my cabinet. I used it because then I knew it would end up a circle and not some wonky oval looking thing – and because as you wrap it around the base it makes a base for the rope bowl.

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Fifth: Glue your rope together all the way up until your desired height. I applied my hot glue on the top outside edge of the rope bowl so I wouldn’t glue my rope to the glass bowl. (note: I did get a little bit of glue on the glass but it washed right off in the dishwasher.)

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I glued my rope up until I reached the rim of the bowl and then I removed the bowl and added about 4-5 more layers of rope until I reached the height I wanted.

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Sixth: In order to keep the rope from fraying when I cut it – I knew I needed to add an end of some sorts. I didn’t want tape because I knew it would look tacky so I used some tan embroidery thread that I have.

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Seventh: I added a dot of hot glue and then tied a double knot pulling it tight into the glue.

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Eighth: I added a line of hot glue about  3/4” long and wrapped and wrapped the thread around.

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Ninth: I tied the two ends together and cut off the excess rope.

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Last: I glued the end down with the knot facing down so it was hidden between the two layer and I was done!

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Good luck making your own and if you do I would love to see it! Let me know if you have any questions!

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lucylu. said...

An amazing idea and look! Might do the same with some colored rope to match my decor. (:

lucy @ sharpest-lives@blogspot.com

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

That looks great! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

Leslie said...

Gorgeous! You make it look so simple, too!

juliecache said...

very nice looking. very easy looking. i need an excuse to make one!

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

Very cool! I just might have to try this project out for myself.

Kara @ Nest Candy said...

This is such a good idea! You could pay a lot of money for this in a posh store somewhere. Thanks for the cheaper alternative. :)

Terry said...

Great idea and fabulous tutorial. I would definitely glue my rope to my bowl so thanks for the heads up, lol.

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

This looks SO expensive! I love it and pinned it to Pinterest. Hopefully all manner of new people will be visiting your blog now!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Love this idea! I'm going to link to it on my FB page!

HI THERE! said...

I have been meaning to make one of these too. Yours turned out awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Pinning! Jenn :)

angie @ the cellar door stories said...

i have been wanting to make one of these ~ yours turned out great!

Anonymous said...

love it think I am gonna give it a try.

Chef in Training said...

Oh my gosh! I love this! Thanks for the great idea! I can't wait to do this! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Carissa said...

What a cool project! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Yours is the best looking rope bowl I've seen so I think I'll definitely give it a go.

I found you through the Tip Me Tuesday link party and am your newest follower. Come check me out, too, if you're interested @ Carissa's Creativity Space

Darcy said...

Now THAT is very, very cool!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Love the rope bowl. That is really smart to form it around a little glass bowl. Great job!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

What a terrific knock-off! I loved this so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/07/saturday-seven-no-18.html

Nancy said...

I Love it!! Thanks for sharing, something New I can't wait to make!!


Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Very clever! It looks great.

June@I will craft said...

Great bowl at an awesome price. I could see a whole set of these on a counter.

Danielle said...

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Vanessa at Rescued Goods said...

This is awesome! You did a great job-I may even dare to attempt this. Although, I can pretty much guarantee that I will be alot of hot glue on whatever bowl I use!

Anonymous said...

This is such a fun idea! I love the look of the bowl, and it's so easy. Found you from TT&J. Happy New Year!

milliemorganmedia said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! I'd love to make one for my fruit, so amazing! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. I would appreciate it if you followed me back at http://milliemorganmedia.blogspot.com!

Jenn said...

I love this idea. I want one!

Tisha said...

Can't wait to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

Reduce, Reuse, Renewed said...

I've had this on my to-do list for a while now and finally got to it. Thanks for the clear directions. It turned out great! I used a clothesline cord because I liked the colors. You can see it here: http://renewedprojects.blogspot.com/2012/10/rope-basket-from-clothesline-cord.html

Reduce, Reuse, Renewed said...

Thanks for posting such a clear tutorial on how to make this. I made one out of clothesline cord. If interested, you can see it here: http://renewedprojects.blogspot.com/2012/10/rope-basket-from-clothesline-cord.html


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