Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY : Rope Wrapped Baskets

As someone who is new to the idea of "neat", and housekeeping in general, the enormity of cute homey-stuff is pleasantly overwhelming. I feel I need just about three lifetimes to get the loot that's officially on my house wishlist! Even though I'd rather spend that money on my friendly neighborhood Death By Chocolate sundae (swoon).

When all's a lost cause - pretty rope baskets that I've been eyeing on retail for a long time now - DIY comes to rescue. I don't think most rope baskets tend to hold their shape and I wanted ones that are both pretty and practical.

Here's how you can DIY your personalized rope basket to beautify your home (more importantly - hide the mess)

What you'll need:

  • Plastic storage boxes 
  • Cotton or Jute Rope (lots of it)
  • Fevicol (or any strong craft glue)
  • Super-glue (or E6000)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Varnish
  • Scissors

Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Line up the sides of the box vertically with thin strips of scotch tape - about 10mm width should be ideal.

Step 2: Start by putting a line of craft glue along the length of the box, leaving aside the scotch tape. On the scotch-taped bits, put in a drop of super glue. Place the rope on the glue, pressing down on the scotch tape with the super glue on it. Once, the rope is firmly glued here, press it down onto the plastic with craft glue. Wrap on all four sides of the box like this, once.

Step 3: For round two of the wrap, add a layer of craft glue on the top portion of rope that is already glued. Add in drops of super glue onto the scotch tape. Press the rope down on the glue as done in round one.

Step 4: Continue to do the same around the box up till you reach the top. This might be a bit tougher to do with jute rope than the cotton one, but its worth it.

Leave to dry overnight.

Step 5: If you're using jute rope, you can add wood stain to the box for a beautiful rustic look.

Step 6: Cover with a layer of varnish to seal and give a neater finish.


Good luck making unique and interesting storage baskets to style up your home!

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