Household storage doesn’t have to be expensive. With this tutorial you will learn how to make a high-end looking DIY rope basket using an old box and twine.
I love our home. I really do! But there is one thing that makes it really annoying.
Let me back up a little bit. You see, we liver in a split foyer house, which means that right when you enter you have to choose between going upstairs or downstairs.
There’s barely room for more than one person at the door at any given moment, and there’s no coat closet on the main level.
And, we have little kids…
…who have a hard enough time remembering to put their coats on the hooks in the hallway.
So winters often turn our main living level into a mess of jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves strewn all over the place.
For many years we tried to keep the clutter at bay with a fabric storage tote, but it just wasn’t working. As items went in and out, the storage bag would lose shape and slump over, looking horribly cluttered.
Looking For A Storage Solution
When reorganizing the linen closet and open shelving last fall, I decided enough was enough and went in search for a solution that was both pretty and functional. Whatever solution we ended up with needed to fit these requirements:
- Storage that fits the open shelving at the end of the main level hallway
- Easy access for the whole family
- A system simple enough for even my 5-year-old to manage it on her own, and
- Keep the clutter almost completely hidden from sight.
The challenge is that the opening I wanted to use itself is a very awkward size at 16”H x 11.5”D x 20.5”W. And the cost of a basket that would only fit half the height of the opening can run close to $50!
Honestly, I nearly gave up on the whole project.
Then, one day I realized that an economy size box of baby diapers is practically the perfect size for our space.
All I had to do was find a way to turn an ugly baby box into something pretty. And after raiding my fabric stash, lots of glue sticks, some twine, and plenty of time, I had a beautiful DIY rope basket for barely more than $25!
Even though this DIY rope basket is made with a cardboard box, it looks fantastic inside and out, giving the whole project a high end look.
I used extra fabric to glue in a liner to make the inside pretty, and a felt bottom makes the box slide easily in and out of the shelf opening without scratching the hardwood floor.
You would never know that this used to be a diaper box!
Now everyone’s hats, gloves, scarves, and sunglasses are easy to find, and almost completely hidden from sight…well, that is when the kids actually remember to put their things in the DIY Rope Basket!
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How to Make a DIY Rope Basket with Twine and an Old Box
Materials & Supplies
- Corrugated cardboard box in your desired size
- Box cutter
- Hot glue gun & hot glue (about 40 sticks of glue for a large box)
- Spray paint (optional)
- Approximately 1/2 yard scrap fabric for lining
- Large piece of scrap felt for bottom of the box
- 1/4-inch Natural twisted sisal rope (about 400 feet for a large diaper box)
Preparing the box:
- Cut the flaps off of the box
- If the box has an opening at the bottom, glue one of the flaps over the inside of the bottom for stability.
- Spray paint the inside and outside of the box. For the inside of the box, choose a color that closely matches the fabric of the lining. For the outside of the box, choose a color you don’t mind showing between any possible gaps in the twine.
- Drape the lining fabric over the outside of each side and the bottom of the box. Cut pieces of fabric with at least 1/2 to 1 inch extra around each edge. This will give you plenty of room for a “seam”. You should end up with 5 pieces of fabric.
Gluing the Lining to the Box:
- Place one piece of lining fabric along the inside of one of the sides of the box. Fold your lining fabric under by 1/2 to 1 inch along one of the vertical sides and glue the folded portion as close to the corner of the box as possible.
- When the glue is dry, fold the lining fabric at the bottom of the box and carefully pull the lining fabric taught as you hot glue the fabric as close as possible to the bottom corner of the box. Stop gluing the lining when you get about an inch away from the next corner.
- Fold the final inside seam under (opposite the first glued corner), making sure the fabric is as tight as possible. Hot glue as close as possible to the corner of the box
- Repeat steps 1 through three with each of the sides of the box, finishing with the bottom piece of the box. When finished, the glued lining should look similar to sewn seams of a fabric liner.
- Fold the top edges of the fabric over the top of the box. Fold the corners of the fabric under like a present and glue each flap down onto the box.
- If your box has handles, carefully cut out the lining with scissors at the openings.
- If desired, hot glue a piece of felt to the bottom of the box before adding twine.
Wrapping the box with Twine:
- If your box has openings for handles, start by gluing a piece of twine just inside the opening, making sure to cover the edges of the liner with the twine. This should have the effect of gluing down both the lining and the twine at the same time.
- Starting at a top corner of the box, begin hot gluing the twine onto the box in sections of 6 to 8 inches at a time.
- As you wrap the box, the twine will try to unwind. After applying hot glue, quickly twist the twine back into place and hold it tightly against the previous row to hold in place. This will also help to reduce gaps. Finish wrapping at a corner of the box for the cleanest look possible.
- Wrapping twine around the handles: As you approach a handle, cut the twine at an angle and glue down tightly. Re-start the row at the opposite side of the handle and continue to glue around the box, cutting again as you approach each opening until you can wrap the twine underneath the opening in as straight a line as possible.
- Seaming together additional rolls of twine: Large boxes will require multiple rolls of twine. To create a nearly seamless look, make sure the end of the previous section of twine is glued securely. Then, snip off a small portion of the beginning of the section at an angle. Carefully add the second section directly against (almost overlapping) the previous piece of twine.
- As you approach the bottom of the box, you may find that your rows are not completely straight. Seaming in a row or two of twine along the sides of the box will help. (Note: Try to avoid gaps by making sure the twine is always as close as possible to the nearby rows.)
Now It’s Your Turn
I’m so glad I didn’t have to spend a fortune looking for a store-bought solution to our storage problem. And I love that this DIY rope basket can be adapted to fit any space! But I want to know…
Do you have any awkward spaces that would love a DIY rope basket?
What is the most difficult storage solution you’ve had in your home?