This year I’ve really been trying to reuse, reduce and recycle my home decor in an effort to be kinder to our planet. With Earth Day around the corner and the whole mess with being quarantined, I thought it would be a good idea to share some DIYs with items I already have laying around the house. Rope is the one thing I seem to always have since I heavily gravitate towards nautical decor! Two of my DIYs even use the same batch of rope but in two completely different ways. Check ’em out:
I’m excited to share my latest DIY with you! This DIY is for a nautical rope tray which gives that perfect coastal vibe to an entryway or coffee table. I used mine on my entryway table and I love it! Not only does it help brighten up the small space but it always creates a stylish vignette with pieces I already had grouped together. I used the same rope from my other DIY, DIY Coastal Rope Planter. I had a bunch of rope left over from that project and still have some more even after making this rope tray. Not sure what else I can do with it, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something. Check out the step by step to create your own nautical rope tray for your space:
DIY Nautical Rope Tray
- liquid stitch
- something to protect your counter or table
*Note for size reference: The first bend you make and how many times you go around that bend with rope will determine the overall size of your finished tray. I made a bend at about 1.5″ and my overall tray size was 8.5″ x 7.25″.
Step 1: Make the first bend of your rope and glue together using a line of liquid stitch. You’ll want to tie a piece of thread around the bended portion (see below) to help hold it in place while the glue dries. *Note: Make sure you don’t get any glue on the thread, this will let you cut the thread and pull it out once you’ve finished your tray. **Also note that you will not need to keep tying thread around every bend just one or two in the beginning.
Tying a piece of thread around your first bend after placing a line of liquid stitch will help hold it together while you work on your piece.
Step 2: Continue adding a line of liquid stitch as you move your way around. I only needed to tie one more piece of thread and the rest of the tray held together pretty well, even while I was still working on it. Keep going around till you get to the size that you would like.
This is what my tray looked like finished while drying. You can see the two pieces of thread tied in the middle. Once the tray was fully dried, I cut them and pulled them out from between the rope.
Step 3: (Optional) I added a short wall around my tray to give it more of a tray like feel and less of a large coaster vibe. This step is optional and if you don’t want to add a wall then your tray is done. If you would like to add a wall, simple start putting the liquid stitch on top of the rope and stacking it. Very gently press down on the stacked pieces of rope as you go around to ensure connection. This way you won’t have any gaps in your wall once the glue dries.
A closeup of my finished rope tray.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached the wall height you would like, cut the rope and voila! your tray is finished! Let dry for a full 24 hours or per instructions on your liquid stitch, before placing objects in the tray or placing the tray on a table.
Last week I spotted something (gasp!) unsightly in my home. A clay pot that about a month ago I’d painted white, was slowly reverting back to brown. After a few weeks of watering, the clay color was starting to come through the paint. (pictures below) Instead of repotting my plant, which it didn’t need, I choose to give it a little makeover. This DIY coastal rope planter is incredible easy! Although I suggest using a planter that doesn’t currently have a plant in it. Check it out:
Above is the after pic. I had all the materials on hand and you really don’t need that many. I would say it took me about 45 minutes BUT only because I left the plant in the pot and used a very skinny rope. It would have been a lot quicker if this was just an empty pot. Not to mention that a thicker rope will take up more space, which in turn will take you less time to cover it.
You can see the brown clay starting to leak through in this close up (yuck!)
- Clay pot – any size will do
- Rope – I used macrame rope because it was what I had on hand but again a thicker rope would take you less time!
- Glue – I used E6000 which you can pick up at any craft store. You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough glue for your project because you’ll be using a lot!
- Toothpicks – I used these to dab the glue onto the pot because I found it allowed for neater gluing
- Something to cover the table – I used parchment paper to put the pot on and a ziplock bag to put the glue on
- Lazy susan – I didn’t have one on hand but it would have made the whole process a lot simpler!
- Bag clip – You’ll need something to hold the end of the rope until it’s done drying once you’ve finished the project
I made sure to start my rope at what I considered the back side of my planter. I put a huge pile of glue of the ziplock back and dipped the toothpick into it. Then dotted the glue along the outside of my pot. (See arrow in above pic) Initially I started without the toothpick but the glue comes out in large goops that showed through the rope, something I didn’t want. The toothpick allows for a much neater and cleaner look. As you start to glue it’s also important to lightly push down the rope so your pot isn’t showing through in any spots. This also allows for much neater horizontal lines of your rope. You’ll keep going till you get to the very top.
I found that once I got to the top of my pot that dabbing the glue on the pot wasn’t enough. Put a dab of glue on the pot AND on the top of the previous rope. This helps hold your rope in line as you go along the very top portion of your pot. Below is a bird’s eye view of this.
Once you’ve completed gluing the rope around your pot, you’ll want to grab your bag clip to hold the end of the rope in place while it dries. I picked up these cute anchor bag clips at Home Goods (see below)
I gave my rope planter a good 72 hours to dry. Another tip that I realized before starting this diy project: Make sure you don’t need to water your plant during the time it will take your glue to dry. I made sure to start a full four days ahead of when I would need to water my plant.
Here’s a close up of the before and after. I think my Coastal Rope Planter looks so much better now!
After I finished my coastal planter I wanted to put her somewhere she’d be seen. Especially since she looks so much better in my white and turquoise home than all the brown clay pots I have! I really love the look of this planter and how it fits in perfectly with my coastal home. I have enough leftover rope to probably do two more smaller pots. I also like the idea of using a thicker rope on the bottom of the planter and a thinner one on top (or vice versa!). Just to change up the look a bit, since I don’t want all my planters to look exactly the same. You can see more pics and a close up below of the finished project.
I love this fun and super easy DIY I spotted on honestlywtf blog. It requires very few materials and it’s very easy to get started. Lately I’ve been on a search for baskets to put my plants in, one because I love the look and two because I think it might help keep the dog out of my plants! Got to protect my plant babies from their furry nemesis!! I’ve never been one to shy away from color and I love that this DIY allows you to add as much color and pattern as your heart desires. Take a peek:
assorted acrylic paint
1/4″ flat paint brush
Instructions: Paint away!