My favorite part of storage and organization is finding cute baskets and bins to put things in. And it makes for some really cute home decor! This coiled rope basket tutorial was inspired by this storage basket from Target. Although I wanted to make one that was a little bigger.
After a little online research and a trip to Hobby Lobby, I had everything I needed for my coiled rope basket tutorial. The best part about this project is there is no sewing involved! This project is not hard, but it is a bit tedious and time consuming.
- Cotton piping (I used 1″ and about 30 yards)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Metal or plastic bucket (this will serve as your guide)
- Leather handles
- Leather hole punch
- 4 Screw posts
As always, I will give you some alternatives for each material in this post so you can make your basket to fit your needs and budget.
- Cotton piping- you could use actual rope (this is much heavier than the cotton piping and would require more glue. You could also dye the the cotton piping to make different colored baskets.
- Guide- you can use galvanized buckets, other baskets that you like the shape of, trash cans, plastic bins, ect
- Handles- braided leather, cloth handles, leave gaps in the fabric to make built in handles, or no handles
DIY Rope Basket Step 1: Starting the Bottom
Start by coiling your cotton piping into a large circle. You will want to glue the edge as you go around, making sure that each strand is firmly secured to the one before it. Make the base about 1 inch larger than the base of your bucket/guide to ensure that you will have room when you make the sides.
DIY Rope Basket Step 2: Making the Sides
Place the bottom of your rope basket onto the bottom of the bucket, with the bucket right side up. Then start coiling and hot glueing the piping around the sides of the bucket, with the bucket serving as your guide. You will probably get glue on your bucket, but that’s ok just make sure that you can get it unstuck. Coil your rope as tall as you want your basket to be.
DIY Rope Basket Step 3: Attaching the Handles
I love the looks of the leather handles with this rope basket and they were really easy to attach.
Use the leather hole punch to make a hole on either side of the leather strap. If you don’t have a leather hole punch, I used a utility knife to cut a small “x” in the leather. Make it just big enough to fit the rivet through. Next, you will need to use scissors or a screwdriver to make a hole between the ropes in your basket for the rivet. Then use your rivets to attach the handles to the basket. If the rivet seems a little loose, use some hot glue to secure it in place.
This DIY rope basket project was super easy and cost less than the basket I had my eye on at Target. I referred to the tutorial from Nadine Stay to get inspiration for my own DIY rope basket. She has the best home decor and interior design inspo!
I have been on a DIY kick lately! It has been a lot of fun to try and make new things or learn a new skill. Check out more of my tutorials here.