When I was younger, I had a basketball coach that loved to use the acronym KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. While this was not the most genteel way to get his point across, the phrase stuck with me and still rattles around in my brain when I overcomplicate things. That means it rattles around in there all day, every day because I am a professional when it comes to overcomplicating.
This rope bowl is a simple solution to any storage problem. You only need a few materials, you can easily customize it to the exact size you need, and you can add as much or as little flair as you want. Simple is perfect when it comes to this project!
- Rope - I used 3/4 inch rope we had lying around, but you can use pretty much any rope you want. I love the look of this bowl when it is made with cotton clothesline.
- Hot glue gun/glue
- Embroidery floss (optional)
- Bowl (optional) - If you have a bowl that is the size and shape you want for your rope bowl you can use it as a mold. Just follow the directions below, but wrap the rope around the bowl (being careful not to glue the rope to the bowl) instead of doing it freehand.
- Put hot glue on the end of the rope and fold it over on itself.
- Continue putting glue on the rope and winding it around until you get a base size you are happy with. You can also stop here are just make rope coasters!
- Once your base is complete, start gluing and wrapping the rope towards the outer edge of the rope to create a bowl shape.
- If you want to add some splashes of color you can add embroidery floss to the mix. As you go, glue one end of the embroidery floss to the bottom side of your rope. Wrap the floss around the rope a few times and cut and glue the other end. Continue gluing the rope bowl together as normal.
- When your bowl is the size and shape you want, trim the end of the rope off at an angle.
- Put glue on the cut end and press it down to the top of the bowl.