Rope baskets are incredibly versatile and beautiful as well, having a certain charm that’s rather difficult to describe in words but very easy to observe with the naked eye.
Also, in case you didn’t know, rope baskets can be handcrafted and are actually quite easy to make. If you’d like to give it a try we have the perfect project in mind: a small basket that can be used to store jewelry and other small and precious items. This is how you can craft one for yourself:
Materials needed for the jewelry rope basket:
- hot glue gun
- pink acrylic paint
- silk ribbon
- lace ribbon
How to make the rope basket: step by step guide
Step 1: Cut out a cardboard circle
Place the cardboard flat on your work surface, then place the tin on top face down. Trace around the tin with a pencil to create an outline. Then use the scissors to cut out the circle. This will later be used to make a lid for the basket.
Step 2: Wrap and glue rope around the tin
Before you proceed to the next step, make sure the tin you decide to use for this project is nice and clean. You should remove any labels or glue if necessary and make sure the edges are smooth and don’t have visible imperfections. Then apply a thin line of glue onto the tin starting from the bottom and start wrapping the rope around it, adding more glue as you go. Make sure the rope is nice and tight and follow the edge in a straight line.
Step 3: Cut the excess rope and secure the ends with glue
When you’re done covering the exterior of the tin with rope, cut off the excess and secure the end with hot glue, making sure it blend nicely with the rest of the rope and doesn’t look out of place. You can flatten it and press it down as the glue dries and you can also cut it at an angle to make the transition smoother.
Step 4: Glue some lace onto a piece of ribbon
The next step is to prepare a little loop handle for the lid of your rope basket. Cut out a piece of sink ribbon double as long as you want the loop to be, then cut a piece of lace ribbon the same size and glue the lace on top of the ribbon. Apply a thin line of hot glue and try to center the lace onto the ribbon. Gently press it with your fingers and allow it to dry.
Step 5: Glue the loop handle onto the cardboard
Take the piece of ribbon you’re prepared, gently fold it in half and spread the ends with your fingers, centering the ribbon onto the circular piece of cardboard you’re cut out previously. Make sure the loop is positioned at the center. Glue the ends flat onto the cardboard to secure the handle.
Step 6: Cover the cardboard lid with rope
Starting from the center where the loop handle is, apply a bit of hot glue onto the cardboard and start making a rope coil. Add more glue and secure the rope onto the cardboard lid until you’ve covered the entire circle. Make sure you also wrap the rope around the edge of the cardboard at the end. Then cut off the excess rope. You will no longer need it for this project.
Step 7: Paint 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 it is if you prefer a simple design. We chose pink acrylic paint that matches the little loop handle on the lid. Take the paintbrush and start painting a simple pattern onto the basket. It can be anything you want and you can get really creative here.
Once the paint is dry, your rope basket is complete. Enjoy!