Weekend Project: Sisal Rope Art


Below the wall hanging, the Experimental Decor Bud Vase holds a trio of blooming yellow flowers.

A few weekends ago, torrential-like downpours in the Bay Area reconfigured my plans from playing outside with my dog all day to sitting in a tiny apartment with few pieces of furniture, no internet, and a hit-or-miss selection of DVDs. With tons of sisal rope and hot glue at my disposal, I decided to tackle a DIY project from one of my favorite blogs ever, Design*Sponge. Many of Design*Sponge’s tutorials overwhelm my simple senses, but I still enjoy clicking through for fun and inspiration. Luckily, this rope DIY project required no more than a few easy-to-find materials and a hearty heaping of patience. After the jump, read about how I made the sisal rope wall hanging pictured above!

Sisal Rope Art
From Design*Sponge

Sisal rope (I purchased a 50-foot length package from my local hardware store)
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Large piece of cardboard to use as a surface for gluing
Hammer and a few tiny nails to hang your wall art!

1. Begin by coiling the sisal rope as tightly as you can. Apply glue to the outer edge of the rope every few inches to maintain hold. You can start out with a cut piece of rope, or coil directly from the rope itself.

2. Experiment with different lengths of rope for coils, and different coil formations. Once you create a few coils you’re happy with, glue those coils together. Or, glue two coils together, and then wrap a few lengths of rope around that formation. The arrangement of your rope art is entirely up to you, which is part of what makes this project so fun!

3. Once you’ve arranged and glued together your rope art, you may hang the entire piece on your wall using a few tiny nails, appropriately placed to balance and hold the weight of the wall art.

4. Annnd, you’re done! Proudly display your piece of DIY art wherever you see fit. You may also use this technique to create earthy coasters or placemats. Simply coil the rope in the size of a mug or plate and use the coils to protect your table surfaces!


Clockwise, from bottom left: detail of a rope spiral, a close-up of the sisal rope wall hanging, three rope spirals act as coasters for theFur-realism Mug, the Peas Pass the Salt and Pepper Shakers, and The Fuzzy Navel Phone Glass.

Have you tackled any DIY projects lately? We’re dying for more suggestions of fun projects to do over the winter season!

About Annie

Thrift shopping and cupcake baking are the two main constants within Annie's life. When she's not scouring for finds of a lifetime or indulging in calorie-laden confections, Annie enjoys bicycles, dogs, fashion, long stories, and inside jokes.

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6 Responses to Weekend Project: Sisal Rope Art

  1. Lu 11/05/2010 at 7:11 am #

    The pics don’t open.

    • ModCloth 11/05/2010 at 1:52 pm #

      Sorry about that! They should be fixed now, Lu!

  2. Erin V. (ModCloth) 11/05/2010 at 1:55 pm #

    This is awesome! I’m gonna have to try this.

  3. Sophie 11/06/2010 at 10:02 am #

    My family had coasters in this style that my dad got in Mexico like a million years ago. Sadly they fell apart because we used them so much! I think you just inspired a Christmas surprise for dad!

  4. Kirsten @ S&P 02/08/2011 at 8:51 pm #

    This is simple, but gorgeous!

  5. Carrie 05/13/2011 at 12:48 pm #

    My mom use to have a piece of art on her wall in the shape of a huge like handheld fan when I was a kid. I love this idea. I didn’t care for it much when I was a kid but now … not too bad. Thanks for bringing back some memories & great ideas. I shall go home & attempt some art of my own! LOVE IT!

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