Four ways with cot­ton rope

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Cre­ated by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

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.

KEY RING

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.

PLANT POTS

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.

SHELF

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.)

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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.

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