How to Craft a Rope Basket

Updated on June 8, 2017
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Melissa obtained her B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management, minoring in Biology. She enjoys creative writing, art, and gardening.

Falling in Love With a Rope Basket

I fell in love with rope baskets the first time I saw them appear in the marketplace. At the time I didn't even realize making them was a possibility, but with time and patience, not only can you craft your own custom-designed rope basket, but you will have a beautiful work of art to brag to your friends about.

Below you will see some examples of rope baskets that I've created in the past. Keep in mind that the options are limitless on what you can do when creating your own. Adding embellishments is often part of the fun.

Rope Baskets

Selecting Your Rope

Rope comes in all sizes, materials and lengths. It is a good idea to experiment with various types of ropes and see what kind of results you get. I have used each of the three ropes shown below to make rope baskets.

I will forewarn you that the skinnier the rope, the longer it takes to make the basket, so perhaps it's best to think small when using skinny ropes. Thick ropes can make very large baskets in a short amount of time. Those shown below are still rather skinny ropes.

For example purposes, I will be using the cream-colored rope on the left.

Rope Options for Rope Baskets

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You will need a glue gun and rope of your choosing.

Step 2: Creating the Basket Bottom

After warming the glue gun, gather the rope by the end and begin by gluing the rope into a coil. PLEASE BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF WITH THE GLUE! The start of the rope basket is usually the most difficult part. You want to keep your coiled rope straight as you alternate between gluing and coiling so that the bottom of the basket lies flat.

This may take practice, don't be discouraged if your first basket is a little lopsided. (It adds to it's charm!)

Continue gluing and coiling until you have the desired size of the bottom of your basket.

Step 3: Building Up the Sides

I find this step to be the easiest. To start building up the sides, you start coiling your rope until it starts to lay on top of the rope below it. Glue as you go.

Build the sides up as high as you want them to get the desired depth of your basket.

Step 4: (Optional) Add Embellishments

Now that your basic basket is formed, you can decide if you want to continue using the rope to create handles, or add embellishment's like buttons, yarn, fake foilage, the outsides of your basket.

Remember in design simple is always best, however these are YOUR OWN, so do as you please!

Starting the Basket


Wrap the Rope Tightly as You Glue


Start Building the Sides


Keep Wrapping and Glueing


Finished Basket


Keep a Lot of Embellishments Handy for Decorating

What is your Favorite Rope Basket Embellishment?

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        Melissa 11 months ago from United States

        Thank you so much and I agree both suggestions are great!

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

        Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

        This is so creative and beautiful! I loved all your rope baskets and would try to make them myself.

        Surely it's a good idea to use natural raw materials to create useful items. This helps the environment and also provides the joy of creativity. Great to involve the kids for holiday projects.

        Thanks for sharing!


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