15 Creative DIY Rope Projects For Your Home

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I’m pretty obsessed with rope and twine, no matter the thickness, type of rope, or color, so these DIY rope crafts have got me so excited!

It’s also reassuring to know that rope such as hemp and sisal are 100% biodegradable and therefore won’t leave an impact on the environment should some ever end up in a landfill.

Every time I go to the Dollar Store, I always check the craft section and chances are, there’s a new type of rope there just waiting to be purchased. Since I’ve got so many types of ropes sitting in a box, I decided I needed some inspiration for some DIY rope projects.

As someone who lives near the ocean, I am absolutely in love with coastal decor and pretty much anything to do with the beach. Rope is easily one of the best ways to bring some ocean vibes into your home.

I also find rope perfect for rustic decor, which I also love, so it makes sense why I’m a little obsessed. (I can’t be the only one.)

The fact that you can usually get some rope at the Dollar Store is another plus because we all enjoy crafting on a budget. One of the reasons for doing it ourselves is to save some money, right?

These DIY rope craft ideas will surely inspire you to get to craftin’ because they are super creative – I want to do them all!

Here are some of the best rope crafts for you to DIY.

1. Sisal Rope Ottoman

ottoman made from sisal rope and an old crate

This rope DIY transforms an old plastic crate into an ottoman for the living room with the help of some rope!

What you’ll need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Plastic milk crate
  • Glue
  • Staple gun + staples
  • Fabric
  • Thick plywood
  • Cushion foam
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Ribbon

Learn how to make your own DIY sisal rope ottoman over at Dwelling in Happiness.

2. Braided Dog Leash

DIY braided rope dog leash

Walk your dog in style!

What you’ll need:

  • Cotton clothesline
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Leather scraps
  • Brass swivel eye hook

Although not quite home decor, this braided rope dog leash by Lia Griffith will still look pretty hanging by your front door!

3. Sisal Rope Pendant Light

DIY sisal rope pendant light

For a cheap and easy DIY that will look amazing, create a pendant light!

What you’ll need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Plastic mixing bowl
  • Marker
  • Utility knife
  • Inflatable rubber ball
  • Decoupage glue

Learn how to make a sisal rope pendant lamp over at DIY Network.

4. Monkey Fist

rope monkey fist DIY

For the perfect accent to your mantle, make a monkey fist using sisal rope!

What you’ll need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Check out Sustain my Craft Habit to get information and the video tutorial to make this DIY rope monkey fist!

5. Rope Placemats

round jute placemats

Use rope to make beautiful nautical placemats for your dining table.

What you’ll need:

  • Jute rope
  • Glue
  • That’s it!

Get the tutorial for these DIY round jute placemats by City Farmhouse.

6. Candle Holders

DIY rope candle holders

For a super easy DIY idea using rope, wrap some candles in some rope for a coastal flare!

What you’ll need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Glue
  • Glass candle holder

Go see Four Generations One Roof for more information on these DIY rope candle holders.

7. Lamp Shade

rope lamp shade DIY

Decorate a lampshade with some rope for the perfect coastal touch.

What you’ll need:

  • Sisal rope
  • Lampshade
  • Glue

Check out Sand and Sisal to learn how to make this DIY sisal shade.

8. Rope Basket

DIY rope basket

Wrap an old plastic laundry basket with rope for an amazing and inexpensive makeover!

What you’ll need:

  • Jute rope
  • Round laundry basket
  • Paint + paintbrush
  • Felt, fleece or muslin
  • Glue
  • Utility knife

See Lydi Out Load for the tutorial for this DIY metallic rope throw basket.

9. Wall-Hanging Rope Rainbow

DIY rope rainbow

Using rope and yarn, you can make this pretty little rope rainbow.

What you’ll need:

  • Thick rope
  • Thread or yarn
  • Wire
  • Cotton
  • Normal straight needle
  • Curved upholstery needle
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutting pliers
  • Tape
  • Ribbon, for hanging

Check out Pure Sweet Joy for more information on this rope rainbow DIY!

10. Rope Netted Bottles

bottle wrapped in rope net

Make your own net around a bottle for the perfect coastal addition to your home.

What you’ll need:

  • Jute rope
  • Jar
  • Sea glass spray paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Binder Clips

Go see A Wonderful Thought to learn how to make this DIY sea glass rope lantern!

11. Rope Mat

DIY rope doormat

For a simple DIY that’s perfect when you’re on a budget, make your own doormat out of rope!

What you’ll need:

  • Rope
  • Glue
  • Plastic tarp or cloth sheet

Check out 204 Park to learn how to make your own DIY rope entry mat.

12. DIY Woven Rope Doormat

DIY woven rope doormat

Put your weaving skills to the test with a different take for a rope doormat!

What you’ll need:

  • Manila rope
  • Electrical tape
  • Garden gloves
  • Glue (optional)

Read the tutorial for this DIY woven rope doormat over at Gardenista.

13. Plant Hanger

DIY rope plant hanger

Make your own cheap and easy plant hangers out of rope.

What you’ll need:

  • Jute rope
  • Plant pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Screw hook
  • Scotch tape
  • Potting soil and plant

Check out Make It Love It for the tutorial on this DIY rope plant hanger!

14. Cat Scratching Post

rope cat scratching post

A cat scratching post that doubles as home decor? Count me in!

Learn how to make this DIY rope scratching post over at Fairytale Slavery.

15. Rope Beehive

DIY beehive home decor made out of rope

How cute is this DIY rope beehive by Salvage Sister and Mister?

What you’ll need:

  • An object for your mould
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Glue
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Black paint
  • Painter’s tape

You might be surprised to know that this rope craft is actually pretty easy to make!

Final Thoughts on these DIY Rope Crafts

I’m in love with all these DIY rope crafts, especially that cat-scratching post! What a great way to incorporate a practical item for your cat that also doubles as home decor. Who would’ve thought?

Rope is super versatile as you can see, and is perfect for anyone trying to add some coastal or rustic vibes to their space.

A lot of these rope crafts call for sisal rope but you can easily swap it for different types of rope.

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