So simple and so cost-effective, these fun craft projects with cotton rope are an easy way to add some texture to your decor
Cotton rope placemats and coasters
+ As a base for the rope to sit on we used an MDF coaster and placemat.
+ Apply glue to MDF and, starting at centre, wind rope around itself to make a spiral.
+ We used 1.3m rope for coaster, 7.7m for mat, but depends on thickness.
+ Tuck end under coil or seal with clear craft glue.
Cotton rope key ring
+ Thread a key ring onto 30cm of cotton rope then fold in half with ring at loop end.
+ Take embroidery thread, knot one end around rope 5cm below loop and wind around middle section of rope; use single colour or create stripes with different colours; knot at the end.
+ Unravel rope ends to create tassels.
Cotton rope plant pots
+ This is a great way to add texture and revamp tired plant pots.
+ Apply clear craft glue to pot’s top edge and wind rope tightly around top.
+ Keep winding, adding glue to pot sides as you go down. A big pot needs about 10m rope; smaller ones about 6m.
+ Tuck end under itself or seal with clear craft glue.
+ Make sure you start and end on same side so you can stand pot with joins at the back.
Cotton rope shelf
+ Take 3 pieces pine 60cm x 12cm x 2cm and drill 2 holes at each end.
+ Holes should be 3cm in from edge and big enough to fit rope.
+ You need 2 x 3m (approx) lengths of rope.
+ Take 1 rope and thread through a front hole on bottom shelf, knotting underneath (leave 15cm rope under knot to form tassel).
+ Tie a knot about 20cm up rope and thread on second shelf; repeat for third shelf.
+ Allow 1m of rope for hanging before threading rope down through front holes on other side, knotting as before.
+ Repeat with second rope for back holes.
+ Hang. (Paint wood first if desired.)
Created by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.