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On a recent trip to the hardware store, I found myself drawn to an aisle of colorfully patterned ropes. The variety of shades and designs was so inspiring. I was smitten (maybe even slightly obsessed)—so much so that I had to create these easy summer updates that will work in just about any room. You’ll see how sophisticated a rough-hewn material can become with a little help.

Hitch It

A bold blue-and-white rope paired with a brass hook becomes a curtain tieback fit for the captain’s quarters. Almost any rope will work here, and the possibilities for design and color combinations are endless, so get creative…

What you’ll need:

  • a thick rope (mine was about 50 inches long and 1/2 inch thick)
  • a thinner contrasting rope (for embellishment)
  • a glue gun
  • a brass hook
  • an eye strap or a small cup hook (one per tieback)
  • scissors
  • a lighter (singeing the ends of the rope after you cut it will prevent fraying)

  1. Cut your rope to the desired length, and thread it through the end of your brass hook. Glue the cut ends together.
  2. To conceal the joint and bind the rope together, wrap a smaller contrasting rope around several times. Secure the ends of the smaller rope in an inconspicuous place using the glue gun. Repeat this step to add embellishment along the length of your tie.
  3. Attach the eye strap or cup hook to the wall, and secure the brass hook through it.

Resources: rope from Home Depot, brass hook from Home Depot.

 

Coil It

Coiling and gluing are the only skills required to create these graphic rope bowls. Perfect as desk accents or as nightstand or vanity vessels, they’re a modern take on maritime life.

What you’ll need:

  • a spool of white rope (the kind used for clotheslines)
  • a spool of nylon rope
  • a glue gun
  • 1 package of small gold cord tips
  • a small bowl
  • scissors
  • a lighter (singeing the ends of the rope after you cut it will prevent fraying)

  1. Using a ceramic bowl as a form, begin to coil the white rope inside it, gluing the layers as you go. Don’t worry; the second layer of rope will conceal any glue mess. Continue until you have reached the desired height. Finish the end of the rope by gluing on a gold cord tip.
  2. Remove the white coil from the ceramic bowl and set it aside. Begin to coil the colorful rope inside the white rope bowl, gluing the layers as you go. Be careful not to get any glue on the exposed side of the colored rope. Continue to the desired height, and finish the end with another gold cap.

Resources: gold cord tips from M and J Trimming, rope from Home Depot.

 

Love this shipshape shelf? Check out the full how-to on Design*Sponge.

For more rope ideas, visit us on Facebook to see how I used some excess rope to create the perfect summer bracelet!

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