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From Rope To Rug


From rope to rug – this DIY tutorial will show you how to create a stunning outdoor accessory that rivals the look of an expensive jute rug.

I’m supposed to be working on our master bedroom makeover.

But when an idea sparks your brain in your sleep, you know you just have to go with it – ASAP.

So – I would like to show you how to take a boring rope, and magically turn it into the most charming rug (or floor mat) you have ever seen.  (Zero sewing, by-the-way).

At first, I was a little skeptical of my “brilliant midnight revelation”.  Those kinds of ideas don’t always work out, ya know.  I’d seen rugs made from rope in a circular fashion, but never DIY’ed like I had dreamed.

I was simply going on the faith of a half awake thought.

I was hoping in the end, it would rival an expensive jute rug – mini sized.

I imagined it would make the perfect rugged outdoor floor mat, and would grab all the dirt from little ones toes before they entered my house.

I knew I would love the color, lines and texture of rope lined up nicely in a row.

So the next morning, I set off to the local hardware store to buy some rope that would suit my fancy. (Here is the exact rope I bought, but from Amazon – click HERE)

After a little trial and error, I managed to duplicate the rope rug from my dreams.

We love this new addition to our home so much . . .

. . . I almost can’t wait to fall asleep again in hopes of another vision of loveliness.

I will certainly let you know if that happens 🙂

In the meantime, I wish to assure you that dreams do come true.

And that is a wonderful thought.

If you love this little floor mat as much as I do, I wanted to be sure to show you how to make your own.

So let’s first talk about the supplies you will need and then I’ll show you step-by-step how to recreate your own rope rug with fringed edges.


  • Rope
    • Right.  That’s kind of obvious.  The type and variety is so flexible.  You can choose from natural fibers or synthetic, all depending on the look you desire.  You can also select a variety of thicknesses.  I opted for a natural fiber rope which was 5/8 inch in diameter.  (HERE is the exact rope I bought, but from Amazon).
    • How much do you need?  This is a super tough question to answer.  It really depends on the size of rug you want to make and how much you want to spend.  You may need to sit down and do a little math.  I did this to kind of ballpark how much I would need.  I determined how long of strips I would want and then used a measuring tape to mark 5/8 inch markings down to the size I decided. My rope cost .58 cents per foot so the rope cost around 30 dollars. I ended up buying 60 feet of rope, which ended up being slightly too much. Not bad for a rug you could see at Pottery Barn, am I right?
  • An inexpensive outdoor mat
    • This is to glue your rope onto, to give it the structure it will need.
    • I found a 3 dollar door mat from wal-mart which worked great.
    • This mat I found was way larger than I planned to make, because I would have needed twice as much rope to fill the surface (and I had already spent more than I wanted to for a rug).  I wasn’t concerned about that because I picked a mat I could easily cut to the size I planned.
  • Heavy Duty Liquid Nails (with caulk gun)
    • If it says indoor/outdoor use that is all the better.
    • My husband and I debated on the best type of glue for this project, and after it is all said and done – I feel like this glue was perfect for the job.  The rope is very secure.

The first thing you’ll want to do is cut all your rope pieces to size.  I measured them up to the length of the mat, and then added a few inches extra to each end, for the fraying effect.  To cut the rope quickly, we used a sharp razor blade cutter thing from my husbands pile of tools.

Then I just began spreading glue in rows and laying my rope directly on top of the glue and pushed as closely together as possible.

Some things I did learn, was that this process took longer than hoped. Because the liquid nails does not dry quickly, your rope may shift from where you place it down.

I found it best to lay a few rows down, place heavy books on top of those rows for a couple of hours or so – and then the glue was dry enough on those previous rows to be added to.

But once that glue was completely dry, the rope feels like it will never move.

After my door mat was completely covered with the rope, I took some extra rope and unwound the coils so I had some smaller threads to work with on the ends.

I simply wove the threads through and around each open rope on the ends.

Then I put my 8 year old daughter to work to help me unwind and fray each end piece.  This did get a little messy.

But the results looked fantastic.

And that was really all there was to it. A very quick and rewarding project.

Feel free to pin an image to your boards so you don’t forget where to find this tutorial!

I would love to hear if you like the look or not, and if you give it a try!

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I’m Cami! Welcome to my blog TIDBITS. Follow me along for beautiful home decor ideas and inspiration for do-it-yourself living

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