How to Make a Rope Mat

Follow the steps below to make this DIY project from HGTV Magazine.
By: Jodi Kahn
DIY rope mat

DIY Rope Mat

Try this DIY rope project at home.

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D (Crafting by Ashley Page Norton)

Marko Metzinger/Studio D (Crafting by Ashley Page Norton)

Coil Rope

Start coiling polypropylene utility cord as tightly as possible, hot-gluing the rope to itself and sticking strips of heavy-duty white duct tape underneath as you go.

Secure Shape

Once you’ve coiled the rope so the mat is about 13 inches in diameter, cut the rope, then melt the end with a match or a lighter so it doesn’t unravel, and secure it with hot glue.  

Add Another Color

Following the instructions in the first step, use a new color of rope to continue the coil until the mat is 19 inches in diameter. Finish the rope’s end as described in the second step. Then continue the coil with the first color of rope until the mat is 24 inches in diameter. Finish the rope’s end.

Trim Ends

Trim any excess duct tape.

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