diy no sew rope baskets
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These chic DIY rope baskets come together easily with Elmer’s new CraftBond® Hot Glue Gun and Less Mess Glue Sticks (no more drips & glue strings!)!

DIY Coiled Rope Baskets

These DIY rope baskets are the perfect way to make your own customized storage and organization solutions! They can be made in a vast array of shapes and sizes, and they’re surprisingly strong and sturdy!

Supplies to Make a No-Sew Rope Basket
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What You’ll Need:

Use Elmer's Hot Glue to Coil a Rope Base for the Basket

I began by forming a tight coil of rope to serve as the base of my basket. I used my new Elmer’s CraftBond® Hot Glue Gun to glue the rope together every inch of the way, and I was pleasantly surprised that the “Less Mess” glue sticks really do live up to their name – I had NO dripping or messy glue strings during the entire time that I was working on this project! (Honestly, if you’ve ever used a glue gun before, you should realize that’s practically a miracle!)

How to Make a No-Sew Rope Basket with Elmer's Hot Glue

I covered a metal pail with a sheet of parchment paper to provide a layer of protection and to form a barrier against the glue. When my coiled rope base was the same size as my metal pail, I started wrapping the rope tightly around the pail (gluing the rope every step of the way!) to form the shape of my basket. When the basket was as tall as I desired, I simply removed the pail from the inside – easy peasy!

Optional to Sew the End of the Rope for Added Stability

Okay, okay, I know that I said this is a “no-sew” project, and it totally CAN be…but, for added strength and stability, I chose to stitch the end of my rope closed since the piping cord has a tendency to unravel at the ends. You can also use the hot glue to create a finished end piece.

Rose Gold Italian Leather Handles on a No-Sew Rope Basket

I love the natural color of the cotton rope basket, but I also wanted a little bit of glam and shine, so I added two handles made of of luxurious rose gold leather. It’s the perfect finishing touch!

Interior of a No Sew Coiled Rope Basket
Coiled Rope Bowl
Chic No Sew Rope Basket with Leather Handles

I’ve discovered that this basket size is incredibly handy for lots of different applications, so I’m planning on making a bunch more! This one is currently home to some of my favorite vintage sheet fat quarters, and it makes me happy every time I see it!

Coiled Rope Basket with Rose Gold Leather Handles

Speaking of vintage sheets, I decided to try my hand at a second version of the rope basket, based off of the fabric-wrapped baskets that my mom used to sell at craft fairs when I was a kid.

Vintage Sheet Fabric Strips

I started by cutting a vintage sheet into 1.5″ strips (note: I used about 1/3 of a full sized flat sheet).

Fabric Covered Rope

Wrap the fabric strips around the length of rope, and use your super awesome Elmer’s CraftBond® Mini High Temperature Glue Gun every 1-2 inches to adhere the fabric to the rope.

Making a No-Sew Rope Bowl

Using the same method that I used for the natural rope basket, I started with a base coil, and then built upon my vessel (in this case, a medium-sized Pyrex bowl) to form the shape of the basket.

Fabric Rope Basket with Handles

I omitted using hot glue from two 4″ long sections along the top coil of rope, and allowed them to bow up gently to create handles.

Vintage Fabric Wrapped Rope Basket

I love the way that it turned out, and it’s the perfect size for storing all of my spools of polka dot ribbon!

Vintage Fabric Wrapped Basket

I can see a LOT more of these vintage fabric covered baskets in my future as well! Maybe I’ll even mix and match my fabrics next time (just like my mom used to do!)!

DIY No Sew Rope Baskets and Bowls
DIY No Sew Rope Basket with Leather Handles

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diy no sew rope basket

DIY No-Sew Rope Baskets

These DIY rope baskets are the perfect way to make your own customized storage and organization solutions! They can be made in a vast array of shapes and sizes, and they’re surprisingly strong and sturdy!
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What You’ll Need:


  • Cover a metal pail with a sheet of parchment paper to provide a layer of protection and to form a barrier against the glue. 
  • Begin by forming a tight coil of rope to serve as the base of the basket. Working in small sections, use the hot glue gun to glue the rope together as you coil it.
  • When the base is the desired size (slightly bigger than the base of your pail), place the pail on top of it and begin to coil the rope vertically, using the shape of the pail to help you structure your basket.
  • When the basket reaches the desired height, cut the rope and use the hot glue gun to firmly adhere the end of the rope to the basket. Remove the pail from inside the basket.
  • To add handles, cut a strip of leather to size and attach to the basket with hot glue.
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely love both of these baskets and are now on my long list of projects to try. You did an awesome job and appreciate you sharing.

    1. The taller they are, the less sturdy they become. I would recommend keeping them relatively small if they are going to be used a lot. Thanks!

  2. The previous question about “can you make this in a square shape.? I woud like to know too. I looks like fun and easy. Thanks so much.

    1. I have never tried making it in a square shape, but I don’t see why that wouldn’t work if you had a square base to start with. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out! I’d love to see the results!

      1. This is what I wanted to do – rectangle – wondering how the base (if started as a coil…) would become non circular.

      2. For future readers:
        If you start by laying a length of rope straight for a few inches, then double back on it, and begin wrapping the rope around it you should get a rectangular base. The longer the initial length of straight rope, the longer and narrower your rectangle will be. An almost square could probably be accomplished with a very short straight starting length.(Picture that classic phone game, Snake)

  3. Can you do this with a square or rectangular box or plastic bin? If yes, how would you do the bottom since it isn’t round? Very interested in trying this but need a square or rectangular basket.

  4. I just finished making a Nautical Rope basket for my sister as a gift. I found your sight while looking for a way to cover up the glue that got on the inside of the basket.
    Your work is absolutely beautiful. I need to invest in the Elmer’s Glue Gun and Glue Sticks. Hope you don’t mind but I think I am going to try and make your fabric baskets.
    Thank you so much for the tutorial.


  5. Hi Heidi! A group of us girls want to get together to make these. Is it ok if use this picture and tutorial?

  6. Hi Heidi, I tried to make one of the rope baskets and I used the hot glue gun and parchment paper, but when it was time to take the parchment paper off the hot glue was on the inside of the bowl dried but it looked bad. I really what to try again and make one but how did you keep the glue from getting on the inside of the bowl?

    1. I used the Elmer’s hot glue gun which REALLY helped to cut down on blobs, drips, and glue strings. Take it slowly and be precise with where you are placing the line of glue so that it doesn’t spill out and over the sides. 🙂

    1. The parchment paper is non-stick, so it acts as a protective layer between the bucket and the rope. Any glue that gets onto the parchment paper peels off easily, and it does not stick to the rope cording at all.

    1. Yes, my handles are just glued on as well. I haven’t had any issues with them holding up, but I mostly use my baskets for storing fabric scraps and other lightweight items. 🙂

    1. Hi Kelly, the base and the sides are one single piece. If you look closely at the step-by-step photos you can see that I coil the base and then move the rope to the top of the top of the base to start coiling the sides.

    1. I don’t think fabric glue will have the same strength as the hot glue, but if you try it, let me know how it works out! 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        I made two in less than 2 hours, and one I used nautical rope and untwisted the 3 strands then braided it. I am no fan of hot glue lol!! I used Gorilla glue and found it was much easier to sponge on, it dried within minutes and I could wipe off any excess glue. Just a thought ☮️