How to Make a Rope Basket

Updated on January 24, 2019
Bishop55 profile image

Rebecca loves sharing what she knows about alternative medicine, health, frugal living, fun, animals, and how to live a better life!

So cute!

Look how adorable for storing shedding vegetables like onions, garlic, and potatoes!
Look how adorable for storing shedding vegetables like onions, garlic, and potatoes!

Simple to make and great for storage!

This is such a simple craft. If you don't mind putting in a little time, you can make this cheaper than buying one, and repurpose some materials that you'd normally throw away. I love how this little basket turned out, and it was so easy to make.

You don't need to limit yourself on what these can be used for. You can use them in the kitchen for storage (as I have), or in the bathroom to hold bath & beauty products, media storage, bedrooms, and gift boxes. Any use you can dream up! You can also use any form you like. I used a cardboard Amazon box but will be using an old salsa jar for the next project. The finished look is rustic and really looks great with modern decor or metal. The best part of these is, you won't spend a lot of money to make them!

Supplies you will need

Here's a list of the supplies you will need, but by all means, get creative and add others you like to your project!

  1. Sisel rope, 50ft at a local hardware store is about $6 USD.
  2. A form, this could be an old box, jar, or whatever else you have lying around.
  3. A hot glue gun. You can find these for $3 at the dollar store.
  4. A pack of glue sticks, usually about $2 for 40pcs. I used the mini's, and had plenty left over.
  5. A roll of duct tape. (optional, if you want to cover a cardboard box to make it stronger).
  6. Scissors.

Estimated cost to make

  • $6.00 USD for 50ft of sisal rope
  • $2.00 USD for about 40 mini glue sticks
  • $3.00 USD for a reusable hot glue gun
  • $5.00 USD for a huge roll of duct tape
  • Forms and decorations FREE. Look around your house and get inspired!

Total cost: $16.00, and that's just to get started. I did not use the entire 50ft for this project, nor did I use all the mini glue sticks, or the duct tape. The box was an old Amazon box and paper I had laying around. And the twine bow on my project was what tied the sisal rope together. You could use any type of fabric to line your box or even a cheap old pillowcase from a charity shop. The glue gun is reusable and handy for a lot of crafting projects.

Sisal Rope, and form

Sisal Rope and Form I used, just an old cardboard box.
Sisal Rope and Form I used, just an old cardboard box.

Cover your form in duct tape

Reinforce a cardboard form by covering it in duct tape.
Reinforce a cardboard form by covering it in duct tape.

Form covered and ready to start glueing

Gluing the rope to the form.

Gluing the rope onto the form.
Gluing the rope onto the form.

So cute when it's done!

All done and so cute!  Holding my onions, potatoes and garlic.
All done and so cute! Holding my onions, potatoes and garlic.

Instructions on how to make your own rope basket!

  1. First, have an idea in mind of what you want to make, the purpose, etc. Find the form you will be using. Could be a cardboard box, a jar, whatever. Buy the supplies you need. If you're crafty, you probably already own most of them or have some junk laying around that you want to repurpose.
  2. Set up your workspace. Hot glue gun glue gets really hot, so make sure you protect your surface.
  3. Cover your form with duct tape if you need to.
  4. Do not cut the roll of rope you're using. you'll do that at the end. Start in a bottom corner, or at the top and start gluing the rope around your form.
  5. You'll be gluing for awhile. Take your time and be sure to press the rope into place until the glue sets. Watch those fingers so you don't get burned!
  6. Keep wrapping and gluing.
  7. When you get to the end, cut off the remaining rope you don't need and secure that with glue. Make sure you cover the ends well with glue to prevent fraying. Don't worry, it doesn't show.
  8. Add a liner to your creation. You can use fabric, old pillow cases, decorative paper, whatever your little heart desires. You can also add bows, or other decorative pieces, just glue them on.
  9. Fill your creation with your storage supplies! Give it away as a gift, or keep it all to yourself to keep your home organized.
  10. Clean up your mess, that's the part that is not fun!

Why I love this craft idea...

I love this craft because it's super cheap and practical. For people that want to get their home organized on a budget, but also have it look creative and actually "good" this is the craft for you. The glue holds everything together strong! If you make a mistake you can simply pull the part off, remove the glue and redo it. It's a forgiving craft, and very, very easy!

You can make these for the family; friends, use them to decorate a rustic wedding! They make great gift boxes! Fill them with beauty products, homemade soap, make planters for herbs, or for any other purpose you can come up with! They are stylish and decorative for media storage, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

I hope you love to make them as much as I do!

Rope Basket

Basket all done holding veggies in the kitchen.
Basket all done holding veggies in the kitchen.

© 2019 Rebecca


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)