Dress up your entryway with a pretty, durable and affordable DIY rug. Here’s How to make a rug with rope with a rustic touch!
How to make a rug with rope
Our house is still under construction and there’s still so much to do, including finishing the patio which looks even more sad with the old rug I got a while back. So I decided to breathe new life into my poor patio and add a handmade rug that matches my taste and budget.
I find this rug pretty, I’m so smitten with that fluffy, thick fringe! And I like that it seems so durable, it’s perfect for outdoors, thanks to the materials I used (heavy duty rope and construction adhesive); it really stands up to that high traffic area. And it’s also pretty cheap to make and so easy. And did I mention how much I love that rustic touch?
If you like this rope as much as I do, read along to see how to turn humble rope into a beautiful outdoor rug.
How to make a rug with rope tutorial
- Natural fiber rope (similar here). How much you need depends on the size of the rug you want to make.
- A cheap outdoor mat.
- Fast dry construction adhesive fit for outdoor projects.
- Caulking gun
- Sharp razor blade cutter
- Cut all your rope pieces to size. Measured them up to the length of the mat (cut the mat to desired size if too big as I did with mine), and then add a few inches extra to each end, for the fringe.
- Begin spreading adhesive in rows and immediately laying your rope directly on top of the glue. Push the pieces as closely together as possible. If you use an adhesive that does not dry quickly, your rope may shift from where you place it down so place heavy books on top of those rows for a couple of hours.
- After your door mat is completely covered with rope, take some extra rope and unwind the coils so that you get some smaller threads to work with on the ends and keep the fringe from fraying.
- Weave the threads through and around each rope on the ends.
- Unwind and fray each end piece which will get messy but it’s totally worth it!
- And that’s it! This is how to make a rug with rope in just a few easy steps!