Sometimes you fail. Sometimes your body tell you it’s time to stop and take a breath.

That happened to me this week. On the day I was going to do the pictures for this project my body told me I had to take it easy. So I had to apologize for the delay deliver.

It’s ok. I know it’s not easy to accept, but in life – and in your creating process – sometimes things don’t go the way you planned them to. It is ok, trust me. Just take care of yourself – after all, you are the creative force in your DIY’s!

That said, let’s get to business. This month, as I organized some old cabinets I found a bit of rope that looked ragged and old… aka very charming! It’s been awhile since I wanted to try building something from scratch with rope, so I immediately set it aside to work with it. We are going to build a cup/a vase/a pen holder – something like that.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Rope (I used two kinds)
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Scissors

That’s it. The list is not long. Most of the work is going to be with your hands, anyway.

So in order to create a base for our cup I started with one end of the rope and rolled it around and around to create a flat circle of rope. If you decide to stop right here you already have some nice coaters for your classes, am I right? So if that’s something you’d like. Go ahead.

The sides of the cup are the tricky part, but there’s a trick if you want: grab a cup, a can, something that you can have inside the rope and use it. Just keep in mind that if you use something inside to keep integrity, you are going to sacrifice that cup because the rope is going to be glued to it instead of each other.

So, I took the long way and free handed the rope build. It was challenging, but I was also going for the imperfect look for the finished product. So when I was satisfied with the width of the circle I started piling up the rope layers with glue. I tried to put the glue more to the inner side so that you wouldn’t be able to see it from the outside, but it’s not that easy.

Just keep piling the layers of rope until you are satisfied with the height of the cup. Pick up the scissors to cut the end of the rope and glue it so it doesn’t strand itself off. And don’t forget to assume that it might get slightly curved if – like me – you don’t cut the rope and build in sections (first the circle, then the walls). I thought it would look cool if it was a continuous line.

At the end of this project I remember I had a thinner type of rope that could look good in a decorative fashion. So I tried several options: braiding it, knotting it, etc. I ended up just placing it as simple I possible and gluing the ends in a discrete cross, as the tips laid loose.

 You can use this cup to put a small plant in it, some pens, make up utensils, etc. Your project, your choice! As always.