Hand Made: Coiled Rope Bowl

coiled rope bowl - house of earnest

A few weeks ago I saw a coiled rope bowl at some store with a price tag in the triple digits.  I was a little shocked to say the least and took it as a personal challenge to make a simple, sweet bowl of my own.

One trip to the home improvement store and $4.00 later, I had eight feet of rope to try my hand at this project.  All it took was a hot glue gun and a strong grip to complete and I saved over a hundred bucks (not that I wouldn’t have spent it).

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rope bowl workflow

ONE clamp one end of the rope in a tight fold.  TWO glue the fold and let it completely cool as this is the biggest stress point for the rope.  THREE  after establishing a round flat base for the bowl, begin to overlap the rope slightly to form the sides. FOUR for the last coil, flip the bowl around so that you can ensure all glue is hidden beneath the rim.

Rope Bowl Diptych

My version of this rope bowl is quite simple, but just think of the many variations you could make!  I’m actually thinking about buying another (longer) length of rope and making a large, flat bowl for a coffee table centerpiece.  Now that the initial idea is out of my brain, taking it into different directions is so much easier.

What do you guys think?


p.s. Don’t make fun of my fake apples!  I am going on vacation starting today and have no fresh food in my house!


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  1. says

    Honestly, I had to scroll back up to see that they were fake apples! Totally missed that. I love this bowl and will be attempting it soon! I think bowls may be my new tray addiction…

  2. says

    Now I totally have to do this!! This weekend is going to be my personal Pinterest Challenge weekend to actually do some projects I’ve pinned and I think I’ll add this to the list! Thanks!

  3. says

    I totally have to agree with Sam, I never would’ve guessed! But I do love this DIY, it is so simple, and I love the rustic look of it. I definitely will have to make this for my apartment :)

  4. Haley says

    This is very cute and doable! An idea that popped into my head, maybe use a couple different colored ropes and layer them for a stripey look :)


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