Four ways with cotton rope
PLACEMATS & COASTERS
As a base for the rope to sit on we used an MDF coaster and placemat. Apply glue to MDF and, starting at centre, wind rope around itself to make a spiral. We used 1.3m rope for coaster, 7.7m for mat, but depends on thickness. Tuck end under coil or seal with clear craft glue.
Thread a key ring onto 30cm of cotton rope then fold in half with ring at loop end. Take embroidery thread, knot one end around rope 5cm below loop and wind around middle section of rope; use single colour or create stripes with different colours; knot at the end. Unravel rope ends to create tassels.
This is a great way to add texture and revamp tired plant pots. Apply clear craft glue to pot’s top edge and wind rope tightly around top. Keep winding, adding glue to pot sides as you go down. A big pot needs about 10m rope; smaller ones about 6m. Tuck end under itself or seal with clear craft glue. Make sure you start and end on same side so you can stand pot with joins at the back.
Take 3 pieces pine 60cm x 12cm x 2cm and drill 2 holes at each end. Holes should be 3cm in from edge and big enough to fit rope. You need 2 x 3m (approx) lengths of rope. Take 1 rope and thread through a front hole on bottom shelf, knotting underneath (leave 15cm rope under knot to form tassel). Tie a knot about 20cm up rope and thread on second shelf; repeat for third shelf. Allow 1m of rope for hanging before threading rope down through front holes on other side, knotting as before. Repeat with second rope for back holes. Hang. (Paint wood first if desired.)
Kaisercraft MDF coaster, $1.19, and placemat, $2.99, from Spotlight. Tapas bowl, $59.90 set of four, and Tiro stone mug, $49.90 set of four, from Country Road. Crackle glaze vase, $19.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Rose gold spoon, $19 for set, from Kmart. San Diego planter, $29.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Kinli bowl, $14.90, from Country Road. Embroidery thread, $1.69 each, from Spotlight. Curve buffet, $899, from Freedom. Bird, $40, from Bob & Friends. Pots, $6-12, from Kmart. Union planter, $4.98, from Mitre 10. Bowl, as before. Monkey, $95, from Bob & Friends. Oak paperweight, $21.90, from Country Road. Soul Tickle money tin, $11, from Allium. Knotty pine, $16.78, from Mitre 10. Wall in Resene ‘Quickstep’. Rope, $2 for 5m, from Look Sharp.