Soften the look of metal pails by wrapping them with natural-fiber rope. Then put them to work as storage or flower containers.
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If necessary, clean up the end of the rope. Wrap tape tightly around the rope near the end and cut the rope at the middle of the taped section.
For a clean cut, use a fresh blade in a utility knife.
As the tape binds the rope fibers together, coat the end completely with melted glue. Press the tip of the glue gun into the rope as needed to cover all the fibers. After the glue cools, remove the tape and glue any fibers that come loose.
Wash the bucket in a grease-dissolving detergent and dry. Glue the end of the rope to the side of the pail at the bottom and begin winding the rope around the bottom edge. Glue the first two coils of rope to the pail and each other.
Without using glue, wind the rope around the bucket until you reach the indentation in the bucket under the handle and mark where to cut the rope to length. Cut and glue the rope end as you did for the other end. Uncoil the rope a couple turns, then rewind it tight against the bucket again. Glue the top two coils to the pail and to the adjoining coils.