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Make Your Own, Cute DIY Rope Basket on a Budget

I’ll show you how to make a DIY Rope Basket out of a Dollar Store Wastebasket and some Jute Rope.

Are you one of those people who feels like you can never have enough baskets in your home?  They are so handy to hold blankets, plants or kids’ toys, and they look so pretty too.  Baskets add texture to a room, and they can also act as fillers to fill up otherwise empty spots.

But I often find myself walking away from baskets in a store when I just disagree with the price tag.  That is why I decided to make my very own DIY Rope Basket, and you can too!  All you need is a Dollar Store, thrifted or old wastebasket or bucket and some jute rope.

DIY Rope Basket - Blanket Storage |

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Make Your Very Own, Cute DIY Rope Basket on a Budget |

This basket made it in time for this month’s Thrifty Thursday:  Less is More roundup post.  I’m joined by Martina from The Lived-in Look, Sara from The Inspired Decorator and Erin from Practical Whimsey Designs this month.  We all share thrifty and frugal décor projects, and I hope you check out the other posts as you will get a couple of great new ideas!  Links are at the end of the post.

Step 1:  Gather your supplies

You will need an old bucket or wastebasket, or you can grab one from the Dollar Store or thrift store.  Then you also need jute or hemp rope, make sure you have enough to cover the entire basket before you start.  I used rope in varying thickness and patterns to create interest in my basket, but it is totally up to you.  And lastly, you need a glue gun with lots of glue sticks.

DIY Rope Basket Supplies |

Step 2:  Glue your rope to the basket

Once you’ve decided on the pattern, you can start attaching the rope to your basket using hot glue.  I started at the top of my basket, as it had a rim at the top, which helped to keep the rope in place.  Just keep on coiling your rope around the basket, making sure to add enough glue.  Don’t skip spots; you need all the rope to be securely attached.  Also, be sure to fit the rope coils nice and tight to each other, or you will have bare spots, or in my case, polka dots showing through.

I used a couple of rows of each type of rope to create sections.  Be sure to keep you overlapping and start/end divisions in one line.  This will keep the rest of your basket neat. 

Step 3:  End it off neatly

I continued onto the bottom of my wastebasket to create a neat end.  Next, you can move to the top of the basket again, and glue rope to the top rim and continue a little bit down into the inside.  Or you can hot glue a linen liner on the inside to finish it off nicely. 

Lastly, you can use a craft knife or scissors to remove any glue that might have peeled out and are showing.  Be careful not to tug on it, but cut it out with the craft knife or scissors and slowly remove it.

DIY Rope Basket - Neat inside edge |
DIY Rope Basket - Great texture |

Now you can start using your DIY rope basket.  You can use it for indoor plants, to hold blankets and much more.  Of, course, I will use mine to keep toilet paper in our powder room.  But it looks so beautiful with a plant, that I might end up making another one.

DIY Rope Basket - Complete |
DIY Rope Basket - Plant |
DIY Rope Basket |

Please take a look at the rest of the Thrifty Thursday, August edition posts

Here you can see the before images from left to right:

  1. Martina from the Lived-in Look made DIY Rustic Table Lamps, and I love the look!
  2. Erin from Practical Whimsey Designs transformed an old folding table.
  3. Sara-Lynn from Then Inspired Decorator made a memory pillow from one of her Grandfather’s old shirts!

Be sure to check out these creative and budget-friendly projects!

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Make Your Very Own, Cute DIY Rope Basket on a Budget |

If you love baskets and often find them at thrift stores – be sure to look at how I transformed this basket.

I’ll be back next week with my Kitchen Reveal post, and I can’t wait to show you how it turned out!

DIY Rope Basket |

Until then, take care!

Junette |

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  • Sara

    I can’t get over how good your rope basket looks. This is a great diy flip Junette! I love the two-toned look

    September 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Sara. It was so fun & easy to make! My Mom has already ordered one.

      September 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm Reply
  • Erin

    This is such a great tutorial. Who knew a dollar store garbage can could look so good. What a beautiful transformation.

    September 14, 2020 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • Junette

      Thank you, Erin. It was kind of fun to get rid of those dollar store polka-dots too!

      September 22, 2020 at 4:28 pm Reply

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