How to Add a Rope Border to a Basic Outdoor Rug

For a nautical touch, use cotton rope to make a border on a basic rug. Add lots of plants, lanterns and bowls of seashells to create a coastal-inspired outdoor space, no matter where you live.

Outdoor Rug With Nautical-Inspired Rope Border

Outdoor Rug With Nautical-Inspired Rope Border

For a nautical touch, use cotton rope to make a border on a basic rug. Add lots of plants, lanterns and bowls of seashells to create a coastal-inspired outdoor space, no matter where you live.

Materials Needed

  • a basic outdoor rug
  • cotton clothesline rope
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Materials

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Materials

For this project, you'll need a basic outdoor rug, cotton clothesline rope, a hot glue gun and glue sticks.

Glue Rope to Rug

Make a line of hot glue starting a few inches from the corner of the rug.

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Glue Rope to Rug

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Glue Rope to Rug

Make a line of hot glue starting a few inches from the corner of the rug. Press the rope into the glue.

Press the rope into the glue.

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Glue Rope to Rug

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Glue Rope to Rug

Make a line of hot glue starting a few inches from the corner of the rug. Press the rope into the glue.

Keep Gluing

Continue gluing the rope onto the rug. When you get a few inches from the corner, turn the rope and continue gluing.

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Keep Gluing

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Keep Gluing

Continue gluing the rope onto the rug. When you get a few inches from the corner, turn the rope and continue gluing.

Start a Second Row

Glue the rope all the way around the rug. When you get to the beginning, glue the rope inside of the first row. Glue another line of rope all the way around the rug.

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Start a Second Row

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Start a Second Row

Glue the rope all the way around the rug. When you get to the beginning, glue the rope inside of the first row. Glue another line of rope all the way around the rug.

Finish Rope Border

Start a third row once you get to the beginning.

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Start a Third Row

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Start a Third Row

Start a third row once you get to the beginning. Make your border as wide as you want; here, I did five rows of rope. The border gives the rug an easy, instant nautical update.

Make your border as wide as you want; here, I did five rows of rope. The border gives the rug an easy, instant nautical update. 

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Finish Rope Border

How to Add a Rope Border to an Outdoor Rug: Finish Rope Border

Start a third row once you get to the beginning. Make your border as wide as you want; here, I did five rows of rope. The border gives the rug an easy, instant nautical update.

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