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Rope Crafts

Updated on September 11, 2014

Crafting with Rope

Crafting with rope can be a fun hobby that results in some useful objects with textures you just don't get with another medium.

Macrame is a well-known technique where rope is used to create all sorts of items like belts, plant hangers, jewelry, and more. There are a lot more crafts that can be made with rope.

Rope crafts can be as simple as tying knots in rope to create a hanging holder for a gourd, for instance, to complex weaving techniques to create rugs or other objects that become design you'd want to display in your home.

Old rope mat shown in photo. Source: killick1 at sxu.hu

Rope Crafts Photos - with links below. Click a small image below to enlarge it.

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Braided doormat made from rope. Click the links below for instructions to Martha's rope crafts. Source:  MarthaStewart.com.Rope bookends to make. See link below for directions. Source:  MarthaStewart.comLamp covered with rope. See link below to see how its made. Source:  MarthaStewart.comStools covered with rope. Link below with how-to instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.comRope coasters to make. See link below for instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.comRoped baskets. Link with directions below. Source:  MarthaStewart.comKnotted napkin rings. How-to link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.comRope-wrapped cachepot. Link below with directions. Source:  MarthaStewart.comMake a rope basket using Under the Table and Dreaming's directions with step-by-step photos. Source:  www.bystephanielynn.com
Braided doormat made from rope. Click the links below for instructions to Martha's rope crafts. Source:  MarthaStewart.com.
Braided doormat made from rope. Click the links below for instructions to Martha's rope crafts. Source: MarthaStewart.com.
Rope bookends to make. See link below for directions. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Rope bookends to make. See link below for directions. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Lamp covered with rope. See link below to see how its made. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Lamp covered with rope. See link below to see how its made. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Stools covered with rope. Link below with how-to instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Stools covered with rope. Link below with how-to instructions. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Rope coasters to make. See link below for instructions. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Rope coasters to make. See link below for instructions. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Roped baskets. Link with directions below. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Roped baskets. Link with directions below. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Knotted napkin rings. How-to link below. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Knotted napkin rings. How-to link below. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Rope-wrapped cachepot. Link below with directions. Source:  MarthaStewart.com
Rope-wrapped cachepot. Link below with directions. Source: MarthaStewart.com
Make a rope basket using Under the Table and Dreaming's directions with step-by-step photos. Source:  www.bystephanielynn.com
Make a rope basket using Under the Table and Dreaming's directions with step-by-step photos. Source: www.bystephanielynn.com

Paracord for Crafts

Make bracelets and weave belts and more with paracord.

"When you reach the end of your rope,

tie a knot in it and hang on."

~ Thomas Jefferson

How to Make a Rope Basket -- Honey Basket - JD of Tying it All Together

The Honey Basket is the fusion of several (relatively) simple tying techniques. Made with one continuous strip of rope, the basket is useful as a means of holding materials for survival, or other everyday purposes.

Rope Crafts for Kids - Girl Scouts Rope Crafts and More Crafts That Use Rope

These fun crafts using rope, cord, and string let kids learn about making knots to create something new from almost nothing. Friendship knots can be used to make friendship bracelets, lanyards, and scoubido strings.

Rope Crafts Books - Learn More About Knots

What do you call

a tangle of scared rope?

A frayed knot

"Give him enough rope

and he will hang himself."

~ Charlotte Bronte

Are you a rope crafter?

Have you ever made any rope crafts?

See results

Books of Knots - Learn to tie knots from experts

If you know how to tie knots, you can craft till the cows come home.

The River Bar -- Bracelet or Other Length of Rope - by JD of Tying It All Together

The River Bar is a fresh way to make a paracord bracelet, or generate a decorative narrow strap of rope.The observant will note the design looks very similar to the pattern of a Chain, or Caterpillar Sinnet. However, the River Bar's "rope pummeling technique" makes it different.

"We learn the rope of life

by untying its knots."

~Jean Toomer

Soft cotton rope is great to use to make

handles for totes, purses, log carriers,

basically anything that needs a good sturdy handle.

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    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 

      5 years ago from Ireland

      I've always enjoyed things connected to rope and knots Perhaps it's because of my sailing days or maybe my fathers interest in teaching me knots when he was a chief scout in Africa.

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      getmoreinfo 

      5 years ago

      These rope crafts are really neat.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The doormat looks like a really nicely finished craft.

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      DecoratingMom411 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. Very creative ideas!

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      Such a neat lens! Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I forgot to mention before that I have made baskets and rugs out of rope, and covered the ropes with colorful yarns and patterns. I really should start another project to give as a gift...been years since I've done it. :)

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 

      5 years ago

      great ideas, I love crafting!

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      lesliesinclair 

      6 years ago

      Sure you can. I like the example projects. They have a friendly look.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Hi there! Yes... I love rope crafts. I used to do macrame (flower pot hangers, mostly) about 40 years ago (OMG am I that old?) but seriously, it was in my early 20's!! My favorite rope craft on this page is the lamp with rope covering it. Very elegant!

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      qasimalhammad 

      6 years ago

      As Always, another great idea with lot of instructions and options.

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      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      All I can say is great work.

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      6 years ago from Kansas

      Love th rope rug. I've not used rope as a craft supply. I may have to rethink that!

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. I do many crafts but I have never try rope craft's, looks interesting, might try to see what happens, Blessed.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      I guess somehow this is different than macrame, whatever it is a great idea.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very cool rope crafts! Love these ideas :)

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      dream1983 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      QuiltFinger 

      6 years ago from Tennessee

      Fantastic lens. So many great craft ideas here. I just found out that other days that macrame started as a pastime on ancient trade ships. Virtually every develop country in the world has some type of macrame. Today, it's just as accessible, versatile and artful.

      P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my pysanky lens way back in April. I'm finally making my way around the interwebs!

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I always loved the feel of a rope mat under my feet while doing the dishes. Reminds of vacationing at my grandmother's by the lake when I was little. She always had delightfully scratchy mats that felt great to rub your feet on.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Fun craft ideas - I think Martha's rug would be the first I would try. *blessed

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      markadamdouglass 

      6 years ago

      Fascinating designs. I am a scout from way back... maybe I should dust off my skills and put them to rope craft use...

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      bossypants 

      6 years ago

      Oh, the puns!!! I love the look of these crafts. Okay -- you made them so appealing I may have to try one.

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      KatBar 

      6 years ago

      Love the crafts. Thanks for sharing.

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      Snakesmom 

      6 years ago

      What a cool lens, I like this rope craft making idea!

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      6 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Fun lens! I liked the quotes and all the great ideas. Thanks!

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      BestRatedStuff 

      6 years ago

      The Martha Stewart rope mat is gorgeous, actually everything is. Nice to pass the evenings.

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      CruiseReady 

      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I had never even given rope crafting a thought, but you sure have me thinking about it now. The rugs look very appealing.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      Interesting lens - who knew rope could be so fascinating?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      wow again. seriously you are a great craftsmen

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      good idea, really interesting

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      6 years ago

      When there is a need to ensnare somebody you give them a long one;

      Its most sinister use is to make a noose, to get the ultimate job done.

      There so many beautiful things, however, that can be made with a rope,

      Like those shown here; Of fun, such activity can be, a kaleidoscope.

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      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed seeing the craftwork. Very pretty.

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      Katie Harp 

      6 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      cajkovska lm 

      6 years ago

      Interesting... I will try to make Rope Basket... :)

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      jimmyworldstar 

      6 years ago

      A doormat from rope, I guess I don't have to buy them anymore!

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      batsinthebelfry 

      6 years ago

      As an ex sailor who learned to tie knots in the navy, I find rope crafts very interesting

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      sheezie77 

      6 years ago

      Another great lens! squidlikes

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      Traceeshobbies 

      6 years ago

      I love the new ideas

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You roped me in here and have me wondering where I packed away the rope to do a little crafting, what beauty from simplicity...blessed!

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      Bob 

      6 years ago from Kansas City

      Great lens, really enjoyed it! It's really a lot of fun to do things like this with your family while you're hanging out in the living room or even when out camping.

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      Diane Cass 

      6 years ago from New York

      LOL! I loved that braided rug. It was really pretty. I think my husband will kill me if I take on another project and leave it unfinished...as I am prone to do. : )

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      ladykida 

      6 years ago

      Even my hubby likes this lens, he especially likes the honey basket....he's weird like that.

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      Godsgraciousgift 

      6 years ago

      I like your lenses.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Rope crafting would be a new endeavor for me, but I can't wait to make that braided doormat. How cool!

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Very attractive crafts - wonderful stuff!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love knots and rope crafts. I learned a bunch of new knots when I took a ropes rescue course and it's fun to know just the right knot for the job. It's also fun to know how to wind ropes to create designs and displays. For the last few years I've wanted to make a nautical knot board - a display of ropes - it's still on my to-do list. :)

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      Sojourn 

      6 years ago

      I really like the braided rope doormat and would love to give that a try. What a great idea!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @hsschulte: Thanks so much for the blessing, Heather! I really appreciate it.

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      hsschulte 

      6 years ago

      I like the lamp and rug. Cute ideas for using rope!

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      I especially liked the flower pot cache and stool covers from the photo gallery above. But all in all, your selection of rope crafts looks like fun and unique.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Joan Haines: Yes, it counts!

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I used to do macrame with thick cord. Does that count?

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I enjoyed this lens tremendously. So many things are done so beautifully with rope...so nicely textured they catch the eye. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chris-H LM 

      7 years ago

      These look like fun! I may have to try a few. Years ago (too many to count, lol) I tried macrame as a kid. My recollection is I had fun with it, but after I spent my first allowance on supplies that was it.

      This is a great lens!

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      bechand 

      7 years ago

      I love the doormat !

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      Really great lens, Peggy. Love the pics and then the links. What a wonderful idea! Glad you "shared"!

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      Laura Fincannon 

      7 years ago from New Orleans and South Florida

      Neat ideas.

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      myraggededge 

      7 years ago

      Nicely crafted lens. I am learning to crochet - which must be close, yes?

      Love your Squidoo name, by the way :-)

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      I would love to learn the art of rope crafting. Thanks for sharing.

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