DIY Nautical Round Rope Mirror Frame Tutorial

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

One thing that I really wanted to include in our half bathroom makeover was a rope mirror. I have pinned a ton as inspiration, but y’all know that I love the coastal vibe of rope everything! In the past I have made a rope lamp, a rope vase, a rope doorstop, rope coasters, a rope bowl, and rope placecards for our wedding. So, I was totally ready to conquer this project as a DIY!

Here is what you will need:

  • A framed wall hanging mirror + hardware to hang
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Rope

Here is what you do:

I of course wanted to use the mirror that we already had to save cash. So, I simply took it off the wall and laid it flat to work on. We were painting so it had to come down anyways.
DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

I decided that I wanted 2 widths of rope – a thicker one for the middle and a thinner one for the border. I already had a lot of rope on hand but ended up picking up a 25′ roll of 3/8″ inch rope from Lowe’s for $8. My thinner rope is 1/4″ in width. If you mix ropes, plan to stick to a similar finish (these are both glossy white). The total length that you need will depend on the size of your mirror.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Pick a spot to start. I chose the bottom of the O. Hot glue your rope in place and work your way around the frame. I found it easier for me to sit in place and spin the mirror. I went around and around for about 30 minutes, gluing it down in 6 inch sections and then pressing it with my fingers to secure.

My biggest tip is that you neeeeeeeed a high heat glue gun. This is the one I have. It is not expensive and works amazingly – it melts the glue very quickly and keeps it going. It puts my old dinky gun to shame!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Next, we hung it up on the wall. Looking good!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

My final step is optional but makes a big difference. Hot glue can be stringy and messy. I suggest taking a hair dryer to the project to melt the strings and get a cleaner result.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

Pretty good for $8 out of pocket! Of course, I had a lot already on hand, but that’s the game in this project – for $100 make over, you really have to use what you have!

Be sure you check out the other participants in the $100 challenge this week:

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DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

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I love celebrating and decorating for holidays but I also like to keep seasonal décor that matched the style of my house. I’m sure that once we have kids, we will go crazy with colorful, non-matching holiday décor, but for now, I like for things to match. Much like we had a coastal Christmas tree, I was itching for a nautical Easter basket this year.

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

I shopped around a bit but couldn’t find anything that quite fit my needs, so I decided to DIY make one myself, and luckily for you we are here today with the tutorial to make your own nautical rope basket. I opted to make my basket without a handle simply because I liked the way that it looked and sometimes the biggest trick in DIY is knowing when to stop.

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

All you need to make this basket is:

  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Rope
  • A bowl or basket to use as a “mold”

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

We used a wooden fruit bowl as our mold and it really gave the basket a nice shape. To create the bowl, flip your mold-bowl upside down and start by forming a spiral from the rope in the center of the base of the bowl. Add hot glue along the edge and continue to spiral along itself. Once you get to the edge of the bowl, start working your way down the sides. At this point we found it much easier to rotate the bowl than rotate the rope coil itself.

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

This project is not difficult, but it is definitely made much easier with the addition of a second set of hands. I was lucky to have Sean to spin the bowl and help push the rope together as I added hot glue. Working together, it took about 15 minutes to completely form, and thanks to the miracle of hot glue, was dry right away. If a little hot glue gets on your mold-bowl and makes it hard to slip the rope basket off, we recommend using a butter knife to gently pop it off in those spots.

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

When it came time to fill the basket with my husband in mind, I wanted to be sure to get a balance between classic Easter candy (Jellybeans & chocolate bunnies!) as well as some coastal themed items for Sean. Candy-wise, I picked up the following goodies:

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

  • M&M’s® Easter Sundae – only being sold for a limited time and exclusively at Walmart!
  • Starburst® Strawberry Jellybeans
  • 12oz DOVE® Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny
  • 4.5oz DOVE® Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • Easter M&M’s® Milk Chocolate
  • Easter Mixed Brand Chocolates – includes SNICKERS®, DOVE®, M&M’s®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, 3 Musketeers®

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

In addition to the candy, I picked up swim trunks, a funny tank top, a straw hat, and sunscreen, all from Walmart. They fit the coastal theme but will also be well used by Sean as it warms up and we start getting beach & pool weather. He has been talking about getting a wide-brim straw hat to protect his ears and neck better than a baseball cap, so I was particularly excited about that find. He loved it, too!

DIY Rope Bowl Tutorial & A Coastal Easter Basket for Him - Charleston Crafted

Be sure to check out all of the seasonal candy and goodies currently available at Walmart and remember to use these coupons to SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) M&M’s® bags, DOVE® eggs (8oz or larger), SNICKERS® or TWIX® Easter Minis (11oz or larger) and SAVE $1.00 on any (2) bags of Starburst® Jellybeans (13oz or larger). Also be sure to check out the Hubba Bubba® $1 Bubble Tape, Skittles® $1 egg, and Skittles® $1 tube.

What are you putting in your Easter basket?

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Mini Decorative Monkey Fist Knot Balls

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

Our wedding is going to be held on a dock overlooking the shrimp boats of Shem Creek. Of course we are having a nautical theme! While I don’t want to have jars of sea shells sitting around, I do want to pull in certain classical nautical elements. One of those, to me, is rope. We plan on using rope in a variety of ways, but I don’t want to just have coils of rope sitting around. We’ve previously shared our DIY monkey fist knot doorstop, and I knew that I wanted to replicate the look at our wedding. Here’s some inspiration:

Monkey Knot Table Number - Charleston Crafted

Image via the Knot // Photo by Binita Patel // Design by Gracie Lou Events

Monkey Knot Table Number - Charleston Crafted

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Monkey Knot Escort Cards - Charleston Crafted

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Monkey Knot Tie Back - Charleston Crafted

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If you like this look as well, Monkey Fist knots are a relatively inexpensive and widely available on Etsy. But of course, I can’t resist the opportunity to DIY. We decided to use the knots to accompany our escort cards, so I will need to make over 100 small knots.

We are going with a navy, mint, and coral color scheme, so I thought that white rope would give the knots the biggest pop. I started with a nylon rope from Lowes (that I already had on hand) but decided that I didn’t like the glossy look of the nylon and went in search of a more matte cord. After looking at a lot of stores, I found this 3/16″ clothesline at Walmart. Whatever you select, it’s important that it has a soft and not plastic core. Plastic cores are stiff and won’t allow you to tie tight, small knots.

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

We wanted to make each knot end up around an inch and a half in diameter. We learned with our doorstop that it is much easier to get a well shaped knot when you have something spherical to slip inside it. I immediately thought of marbles for this project. Beware – marbles are hard to find in stores! I ended up picking up three 50 count bags from the dollar tree. I had to dig thru displays of flat sided marbles but I was able to find three mismatching bags.

One crazy thing about monkey knots is that they take a LOT of rope. My 1 1/2 inch knots took about 3 feet of rope each. I used an arm length (from finger tip to the opposite shoulder) to measure each length.

It’s a bit hard for me to put into words how to tie one of these knots, so I will direct you to youtube and give you some of my tips.

  • I did three loops of rope in each direction (3 directions total). This gives you enough coverage to get full coverage of the marble, without making the knot too big.
  • I typically do 3 loops around my 3 fingers (like in the video), then slip them off my fingers and do the three loops running perpendicularly. Then I use my left hand to sort of pinch those loops (they should be making an X ) and run the cord three more times – UNDER the inner most loops, OUTSIDE the outer most loops.

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

Before tightening (above)

  • Tie the knot loosley, then insert the marble, then tighten the whole knot twice. I tighten the knot by starting at one end of the rope, and pulling the long end (the end of the rope going into the knot) until it’s tight. Follow it thru the whole knot until you get to the other end. It’s a little tricky where the knot switches directions, but after a few of them you will get used to the pattern that it follows.

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

After tightening once (above)

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

  • When you have the knot tightened, clip the ends and tuck them in. I used a pen or the tip of a pair of scissors to help shove the ends under themselves. They stay secure, as long as they are tight.

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

After tightening twice (above)

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

 

  • Don’t be afraid to throw out wonky knots. Sometimes it just won’t go right. Don’t beat yourself up. Abandon that one and maybe come back to it later.

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  • It’s better to have extra rope than not enough. Yeah, it’s wasteful. But if you run out of rope, there’s nothing you can do – you have to start over with a longer piece. Especially when you are starting out, cut more rope than you think that you need.

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

This is clearly not one of our place cards (in size or color) but it gives you a general idea of how we might use them!

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

Here’s an example of the glossy nylon rope compared to the matte clothesline (above)

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

DIY Monkey Fist Knots for Wedding Decor - Charleston Crafted

I’m so excited to display these at our wedding – I think that they will be a fun nautical touch!

What have you been crafting up lately?

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Lamp Fail Part 2: Rope Redemption

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

 We have been sort of chilling on lamps around here lately – no new additions, no deductions. We were rocking this rope & cork DIY lamp in the bedroom and we were pretty pleased with it.

Master Bedroom April 2013 - Charleston CraftedAnd then, a certain furry creature knocked it to it’s demise. At least, the shade’s demise. RIP pretty, cork, 2 tiered shade.

So, I did what I typically do and stopped by Target on the way home from work one day. I spent entirely too long perusing the shades before finding this guy. I really dig the geometric shapes and since it’s the RE brand (what I consider the “dorm gear” brand at Target) it was cheap – only $15. Sold.

Now you may know where this is going if so you’re smarter than me. I brought that sucker home, Sean loved it, we put it on the lamp and got this:

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

Umm, no. Entirely, entirely too big for the lamp. So, I could have just gone and returned it. But I was already attached. I totally dug the shade. And we had no where else to put it. So I decided, hey maybe I’ll get a new lamp instead.

Sean’s eyes bugged out of his head. He said, oh no, I have a better idea! He ran onto the porch and brought back this guy. The infamous failed crystal lamp. It was lumpy purple but we confirmed that it worked and looked actually decent (proportionally) with the shade, so I agreed to give it a try (“or just stop hoarding it already.”)

I wandered the apartment looking for something to cover it with (it was far too lumpy to spray paint). Sean and I suddenly had the same idea – to cover it with sand! We had sand left over (hoarded) from our coastal christmas ornaments, so I figured, hey it’s worth a try.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

I laid the lamp down and painted a small area with white glue. Then I sprinkled sand over top and pressed it in gently. Then I let that section dry overnight just to see how it turned out. The answer is… badly.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

The purple lumps totally showed thru. Yikes.

So, after a bit of soul searching, we decided to just cover it with rope. My fallback guarantee. We used this thick nylon rope that we used as a garland for the tree. We attached it with hot glue to the lamp.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

Start right above your plug in the lamp if you want the end of the rope to be in the back. Then slowly wind up the lamp, adding glue to the lamp instead of the rope for best results. We had the greatest success with me gluing & Sean wrapping, but this could easily be a 1 person job.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

Make sure the rope is tight together so you can’t see any lamp thru the gaps.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

Keep winding and gluing til you get to the top. With about 2 wraps left, we measured how much more we needed and cut the rope. Then we used a lighter to melt the end of the rope so it wouldn’t fray. Warning: melting plastic may be toxic and is definitely hot. I don’t want to be responsible for any injuries!

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

I think it turned out super well. I like it even better than the “natural” rattan rope we had before.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

So, then I added the lamp shade. You know, the whole purpose behind this project (other than, you know, light.)

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

And, honestly, I hated it. The white on white next to the white headboard…. just, no. I started to pout & Sean (ever my voice of reason) pulled up target.com and realized that the shade also came in teal. Boom. We went to the store that night & made the change.

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

So much better. In fact, it has inspired me to incorporate more teal into this room. I love the yellow, grey, and white, but it’s getting a little matchy-matchy for my taste. Excitement is coming, folks!

DIY Rope Lamp Upgrade - Charleston Crafted

Ya dig? Have you wrapped anything in rope lately?

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Oops I Covered Something in Rope Again

So I have a slight rope addiction. Blame it on my proximity to the beach. I mean, have you seen my side table lamp, the set of spiral coasters, or the chandelier? Of course, I can’t stop there.

I’ve been wanting a rope vase for a while now. I’ve planned to cover one of my tall glass vases from the thrift store, but recently I’ve noticed that I don’t have any small “bud” vases. So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone.

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So, I started with this old jelly jar. I’ve hoarded it for a while, but I’ve got multiple jars this size, so I decided that I could live without one.

I also decided to use sisal rope (like on this lamp) instead of the white nylon I use sometimes (like on the chandelier.) I think that the sisal has a bit more of a natural rustic look, and I was digging that to contrast pretty flowers.

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

I attached the rope using simple dots of hot glue. I didn’t want to use too much glue- that leads to strings! So, i tried to get a big fat clean dot every 1/4 of a rotation of the jar.

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

In just five minutes, we were in business! I took the rope all the way to the top of the jar for one, solid look.

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

Finally, as I like to do with sisal, I gave the vase a little haircut. I like some rustic stringiness to the rope, but not too much.

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

I love it! This project cost me $0 and took less than ten minutes, and I could not be happier!

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

Rope Bud Vase from a Jelly Jar - Charleston Crafted

I think I’ll take a pause from rope… for a while! What’s your obsession?

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