Each month as a Lowes Creative Ideas Blogger, I am given various DIY challenges to complete. For the month of June, I chose to take on the challenge of creating “rope decor”. In the past, I have made jute napkin rings, jute wrapped lampshades, and rope nests, so I knew from previous experience that working with rope is fairly simple and fun. For this project, I was inspired by an image I saw in the summer Pottery Barn Teen catalog of a dream sign made out of rope. How fun! I chose to make rope word art for our dining room to celebrate the beginning of summer. The great thing about this project is that it can be customized to fit your choice of word. I think it would be cute to create a child’s name in rope for their bedroom or a birthday.
For this project you will need the following materials.
- Twisted Manila Rope
- Wood glue
- corn starch
- Parchment paper
- Rubber gloves
- Butcher paper
- mixing bowl
Step 1: Prepare your work surface and outline your letters.
Spread out your butcher paper on your work surface to protect it from any glue drips. I found it easiest to work on the floor. Place your parchment paper or wax paper over your butcher paper. Determine how high you would like your letters to be and measure and draw lines on your parchment paper. I chose to create 8 inch letters for my word so drew a horizontal line 8 inches from the bottom of my parchment paper. If you need to, sketch out your lettering on your parchment paper.
Step 2: Mix your glue and create your lettering.
Before mixing my glue, I lined a mixing bowl with a disposable plastic bag to create a no-mess and easy clean-up solution. Next, I recommend mixing half a cup of corn starch with a few tablespoons of water to create a blended paste. (I had some lumps of corn starch in my mixture that could have been avoided by utilizing this step.) Once the cornstarch is blended, add your bottle of glue and mix until combined. With gloved hands run the rope through the glue mixture until thoroughly coated and spell out your word on the parchment paper. The rope with glue will look yellowish when wet but will dry clear.
Step 3: Allow to dry.
My rope was rather unruly and was attempting to escape it’s form. When my rope was mostly-dry, I reshaped the unruly letters and used heavy objects to hold them in place until completely dry. I didn’t have any trouble removing the objects the next morning, but you might want to place another piece of parchment paper over the rope if this is a concern.
Step 4: Attach the rope art to the wall.
I used painter’s tape to place the rope art to the wall and then used small brad nails to attach it to the wall. My word had some flexibility to it and was not completely stiff, so I did need to secure it with nails through the rope.
Yay for summer! I love how it turned out and that it adds a simple celebration of the season to my dining room.
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