I’m so excited to show you another DIY! This time I made a rope basket, and it came out really good in my opinion!
And don’t worry, I did not forget about my makeup challenge, you WILL see my last look later today. I’m just running late and thought I could show you this first. If you’ve missed my weekend looks, here’s Day 28 and Day 29! Ok, moving on!!
I’ve been looking for ways to decorate the bathroom because it’s sooo plain and I came across several DIY Rope Baskets. They looked so neat and I decided it was easy enough for me to do as well. Let me show you how I made it:
DIY ROPE BASKET
- A box — I cut the flaps off mine in advanced
- Box cutter or scissors — if you haven’t cut the flaps yet
- Twine — I used sisal twine I found at Walmart
- Glue gun
- A LOT of glue sticks
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ROPE BASKET IN 2 EASY STEPS:
STEP 1: If you haven’t already, use your box cutter or scissors to cut the flaps off the box. I had already done this in advanced for mine so I didn’t need to do it.
STEP 2: Wrap the twine around the box with hot glue. This step takes the longest. I don’t know why I didn’t start at a corner, but I recommend you do because it’s hard to bend the end of the twine. And if you do what I did, fear not! It’s very easy to hide where you started so long as you place the twine close enough when you’re wrapping it around the box.
I think this step took me nearly an hour. At first I was just trying to be more precise, and once I got the hang of it, I was able to put hot glue all along one side and place the twine right on top before the glue got cold.
Another tip I can give you if you do this yourself, is to really press hard on the twine against the hot glue, but don’t press too hard that you’ll bend the box. If you’re worried about bending the box, put your hand inside the box and firmly press from both sides.
And it’s finished!
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But wait, I’m not done!
I didn’t plan on making this otherwise you would have seen this DIY long ago.. BUT, after posting it to my personal IG, I thought “It looks incomplete. It’s definitely missing that basket cover”.
So I decided to make it myself as well after getting some free fabric from a liquidation store. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE THIS BASKET COVER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO!
- Any kind of fabric — I’m not sure what kind of fabric I used since I got it for free, but I’d say feel free to use whatever kind you like in any pattern.
- Cloth tape measure — I didn’t have one so I used a regular one.
- Sewing pins — I didn’t have these either but they definitely would have made sewing much easier.
- Sewing machine — if you don’t want to sew by hand.
Since I didn’t plan on making this, I didn’t take enough photos of the process. But I do plan on making a second one for when I want to throw this one on the washer, so I will update this post when I make it. 🙂
STEP 1: Lay your fabric flat. Obviously mine isn’t, like I said, didn’t take enough photos but you get the point. Also, my fabric is baby blue, these photos are just a very washed out.
STEP 2: Measure height and width and add an extra inch or two (on all four sides) for the seams. Instead of cutting a huge rectangle of fabric, I just decided to cut out the corners to avoid doing an extra step.
NOTE: The fabric isn’t even on all sides, but that’s okay!
STEP 3: Sew the corners together. Since I didn’t have pins, this was a little hard but not impossible. Also, if you don’t want to sew by hand, feel free to use a sewing machine. I sewed by hand only because I don’t own a sewing machine.
NOTE: I don’t really know how to sew by hand, I just winged it and did what I remember my mom used to do. As you can see it’s not perfect, but this won’t be visible by anyone else but you!
And it is finally FINISHED!
I had so much fun doing this DIY, I can’t wait to do a few more so I can finally decorate my house! I’ll have the pleasure of knowing I made something instead of buying it because I’ve seen these baskets and they cost upwards of $15 for smaller baskets than this.
What do you think of this DIY?
Would you make it yourself to use for something else?
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