rope basket Versatile, go with many types of decor and add texture to a design. Handmade rope baskets are a beginner-friendly DIY, easy to make in a variety of shapes.
Today we’ll walk you through making a small rope basket, perfect for storing jewelry and other small trinkets.
- Hot glue gun
- Pink acrylic paint
- the rope
- silk ribbon
- lace ribbon
Step by step guide
Step 1: Cut out a cardboard circle
Lay a piece of cardboard flat on your work surface, and then place the tin you’ll be using on top, bottom down. Trace around the tin with a pencil to create an outline. Then use scissors to cut out the circle.
In the next step, you will use the cardboard circle to make a lid for your basket.
Step 2: Wrap and glue the rope around the tin
Make sure the tin you are using is clean. Remove any labels or adhesives if necessary and make sure the edges are smooth and free of imperfections. Then apply a thin line of glue to the tin starting from the bottom. Start wrapping the rope around the tin, adding more glue as you go. Make sure the rope is tight, and follow the edge in a straight line.
Step 3: Cut the excess rope and secure the ends with glue
When you’ve covered the outside of the tin with rope, cut off the excess and secure the end with hot glue. Blend the end with the rest of the rope so it doesn’t look out of place. You can flatten it and press it down as the glue dries, or cut it at an angle to smooth the transition.
Step 4: Glue some lace to a piece of ribbon
The next step is to prepare a loop handle for your basket lid. Cut a piece of ribbon twice as long as you want the loop to be. Next, cut a piece of lace ribbon of the same size. Apply a thin line of hot glue and try to center the lace on the ribbon. Gently press it with your fingers and allow it to dry.
Step 5: Glue the loop handle to the cardboard
Fold your ribbon in half and apply a dollop of glue to the bottom of the ribbon. Press the ribbons together to form a loop. There should still be extra tape on either side of the area you glued.
Place the ribbon loop in the center of the cardboard. Use your hot glue gun to glue the ends of the ribbon to the cardboard lid.
Step 6: Cover the cardboard lid with rope
Starting from the center, where the loop handles are, apply some hot glue to the cardboard and make a coil of rope. Add more glue and secure the rope to the cardboard lid until you have covered the entire circle. Finally wrap the rope around the edge of the cardboard and cut off the excess rope.
Step 7: Draw the basket
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches to your rope basket. (This step is optional, and you can leave the basket as is if you prefer.)
We chose pink acrylic paint to match the little loop handle on the lid. If you want to add a design, use a paintbrush and acrylic paint to add a pattern to the basket.
When the paint is dry, your rope basket is complete.