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Rope Bowl

Put a new twist on traditional round baskets with a bowl made from a single strand of rope.

Rope bowl holding napkins and mats

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Hot-melt glue gun
  • Hot-melt glue sticks
  • 14" terra-cotta pot or mixing bowl
  • Knife and cutting surface


  • 40' of 1/2" manila rope, #66455

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Step 1

Turn the terra-cotta pot upside down on your work surface and use as a form. Place the end of the rope at the center of the bottom of the pot and begin wrapping the rope in a flat spiral. Use dabs of hot-melt glue where needed to hold the coil together as you go. Continue with this spiral design until the rope extends past the bottom edge of the pot.

Good to Know

You can use a mixing bowl or another container to create different shapes.

Step 2

With the bottom coil of the bowl held together with just dabs of glue, go back and add a continuous bead of glue to the seams of the coil to reinforce the bottom.

Step 3

Continue coiling rope around the side of the pot to begin the bowl shape. Spot-glue as you go until you make five to six complete circles.

Step 4

Lift the rope/bowl off the pot and set the pot aside. Coil and glue the rope an additional five to six layers, tapering inward slightly as you go. Apply hot-melt glue to the end of the rope to keep it from unraveling. Add a continuous bead of glue to the seams of the coil on the inside of the basket.