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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!


20 Comments on “Hand Made: Coiled Rope Bowl”

  1. Sam February 26, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    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…

    • Erin | House of Earnest February 26, 2013 at 6:50 am #

      Haha! I guess I shouldn’t tell on myself! I figured people would be like, “who’s she trying to kid with those fake apples!”

  2. Tara February 26, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    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. Milynn February 26, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    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. FripperyVintage February 26, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Great idea. Very easy, never would have guessed the apples are fake!

  5. Stacey February 26, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    I didn’t realize they were fake apples either! Have a wonderful vacation!

  6. Stacey Lynne February 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

    That is an awesome project and so simple!!

  7. Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop February 27, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Looks great! Who would have thought that’s all it would take? Thanks for sharing!

  8. KAAM February 28, 2013 at 11:12 am #

    I will definitely give it a try as i need more bowls in my new flat:)

  9. Beth February 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    This is really cute! I didn’t even notice that the apples were fake. :)

  10. Ashley February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Lovely project! I adore that bowl, might have to make this myself! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. victoria | vmac+cheese March 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I can’t believe you made this. Looks so good and is so ingenious!

  12. Haley March 8, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    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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