by Janice Anderssen,
Here’s a very simple way to make your own rope baskets.
Use sash cord, a plastic bin and a hot glue gun to make your own rope baskets. You can make them any shape or size and you can use sisal or other rope as an alternative to sash cord.
For more hot glue projects I use a Dremel Glue Gun. The Dremel 940 is a high temperature glue gun with a drip-control exchangeable tip. It has a removable cord that allows it to be used anywhere without available power. It is ideal for light DIY jobs around the house and outdoors, such as repairing furniture, gluing wood, ceramics, etc.
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1. Use masking tape to mark your form for the height of the basket.
The height of my basket is 12cm.
2. Wrap the remainder of the form with masking tape.
This will make it easier to remove the rope basket once finished.
3. Start wrapping the cord or rope around the form.
Apply hot glue in a thin bead along the bottom cord or rope.
Work in small sections so that the glue does not cool and set.
GOOD TO KNOW: Twist the cord or rope slightly so that the
glue will be towards the back.
4. Quickly press the cords or rope together, twisting the cord
back so that the glue is not visible from the front.
GOOD TO KNOW: As you wrap and glue, wait until the glue
cools and sets and place your hand underneath to loosen and
prevent the glue sticking to the tape.
5. Continue to wrap and glue until you reach the base of the form.
6. Cut a piece of Evowood (Masonite) or hardboard to fit at the base.
If you are making a round or oval basket, you could also use rope
and glue to shape a base. My form is a rounded rectangle and
I decided that a solid base would work better.
7. Carefully continue to wrap the cord or rope so that is wraps
around the insert.
8. Apply hot glue as you work your way around the insert.
Also add a layer of glue to the rope / base for added strength.
9. To finish off, look for a suitable point to wrap the cord or rope
and secure onto the base.
10. Wiggle the form and gently tug on the basket until it releases.
11. For the handles I used the same cord and simply made basic knots.
12. The handles were glued to the side of the basket, on the inside.
And there you have it… an easy way to make your own rope baskets.