Jute Rope Basket DIY

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There’s something about a jute rope basket that just feels so rustic and charming. Today I’m going to show you how to make one yourself!

Maybe it’s the natural color of the jute or the way it weaves around and around for a unique texture. Whatever the reason, jute rope baskets are both beautiful and charming. I love to use them for both storage and decor and I have decided to make one just like it. So let’s gather the shortlist of supplies needed and get started making one!

Jute Rope Basket DIY

Jute Rope Basket DIY

I have a french basket that I got at a vintage flea market years and years ago. It is my absolute favorite basket and I thought, why not try to make one.

I was inspired by a straw bag made by @dekorhomedekor and found the perfect box to use as the guide for my box.

It’s funny because when I look at this jute basket, I kind of can’t believe I made it.

Jute Rope Basket

I can’t wait to use my favorite basket when styling. I will use it in the living room for holding vintage Christmas balls or in my dining room holding fall leaves. Perhaps I will use it in my family room to hold balls of yarn. I am most excited to use it to make centerpieces with flowers. Just like I did here.

Jute Rope Basket DIY

How to Make a Jute Rope Basket

Since I am not a basketweaver, I decided to use jute rope instead. I used 1/4″ jute rope for this project. Below is a list of the materials you need to make this Jute Basket DIY:

  • 2 rolls 6mm (1/4″) Jute Rope
  • 1 Roll 2.3 mil thickness cellophane wrap
  • Dual Temp Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Empty Cardboard Box desired size of basket (I used an empty Amazon box)
  • Roll of Tape (as guide for handles)
  • Craft or Wrapping Twine
  • Wide Eye Needle
Jute Rope Basket DIY.

Materials Needed for Jute Rope Basket DIY

Jute rope Basket

Step by Step Directions

  • one – Start by choosing the box size you are going to build the basket around.
  • two – Wrap the box in cellophane
  • three – Determine how tall you want the basket to be and cut the cellophane accordingly.
  • four – Begin with the bottom of the box. Using the dual temp glue gun, lay down a strip of glue on the cellophane along the long side of the bottom of the box. Beginning with the end of the jute rope, lay the rope on top of the hot glue and hold in place until dried. Turn the rope (give it a little twist to keep the rope in tact) and lay another strip of hot glue along the previous row and then press the new row of rope into the hot glue. Hold until dry. The rope will cover the bottom of the box from bottom to top in a back and forth pattern, turning at the edges. The rope will be a continuous piece of rope. No cutting.
  • five – This is what the bottom of the basket should look like.
  • six – Once you have glued the wound rope to cover the bottom of the box, begin laying the hot glue on the sides of the box, wrapping the rope around the outside of the box in a continuous loop. Again, no cutting.
  • seven – Keep adding more hot glue and jute rope.
  • eight – Wrap the box in rope to the desired height.
  • nine – Once the box is covered with rope on the bottom and around the outside of the box to the desired height, t is time to add the handles. Hot glue the rope around the outside of the box one last time. On the short edges of the box, use the roll of masking tape to create a handle by having the rope go up and over the masking tape roll (do not glue it to the roll).
  • ten – Once you have the last row of rope in place and two handles, cut the rope and glue down the end so that it does not unravel. Trim any extra cellophane above the last line of jute rope.
  • eleven – Thread the thin craft/wrapping twice on wide eye needle. At each handle intersection take a minimum of three stitches to help secure the handles.
  • twelve – You can see how the stitches will secure the handles.

Be sure and head to my Instagram this afternoon to watch the video as to how I made this basket!

Here’s a close-up of the basket. I absolutely love how it came out.

Jute Rope Basket DIY

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14 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing pictures as well as directions on how to make this basket. I have been wanting to make a basket for a long time just needed your directions to help me out. How beautiful and can be used in so many ways. I am so excited!!

  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I have priced baskets “like this” online and they are expensive. Now I know I can make this and that makes me very happy! Thank you, again.

  3. I read the basket instructions twice. Did you remove the cardboard box after completing all the rope wrapping?

  4. Love this idea! I too had to re-read that yes you do remove the cardboard box and are left with a cellophane inner lining.
    Saved this for making soon!
    Thanks Leslie!

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