Yes, We Actually Used Cotton Clothesline to Make These Artisan-Inspired Bowls

Three DIY cotton rope bowls hung on wall black and white graphic patterns
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Create an eye-catching arrangement for your walls or coffee table with a trio of cotton rope bowls. Using just a glue gun and cotton clothesline, you can easily make your own. Painting a simple design on each bowl lends a handcrafted touch, making a graphic patterned statement when grouped together. More than just eye candy, these bowls also pull double-duty as mini storage baskets to hold all your favorite trinkets and treasures.

Three DIY cotton rope bowls hung on wall painted in black and white patterns
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Things You'll Need

Step 1

Roll the tip of the rope into a coil, and secure with hot glue. Don't use too much glue, or you risk it oozing from the sides.

Tip of rope rolled into a coil and hot glued in place
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Step 2

Continue coiling the rope, gluing 1- to 2-inch sections at a time.

Clothesline rope rolled into a coil and hot glued in place
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Step 3

Once the base of the bowl is the desired size, start stacking the rope on top of the row below it, and gluing it in place. Don't stack the rows directly on top of each other, but rather slightly around the outer edge of each row. This will produce a wider, more shallow bowl as opposed to a deep bowl.

Stacking and gluing rows of rope on top of each other to create bowl
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Step 4

Once the bowl is the desired size, cut off the excess rope, leaving a 2- to 3-inch tail.

Excess rope cut off with two inch tail of rope left on end
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Step 5

Form the tail into a loop and secure the end to the rim of the bowl with hot glue.

Tail of rope rolled into a loop shape and glued in place on the rim of the bowl
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Step 6

Use a small paintbrush and soft fabric paint to create unique designs on the bowls. We stuck to simple patterns, painting just the rim of the largest bowl, dashed lines around the medium bowl, and pyramids on the smallest bowl. But get creative with colors and patterns that you love!

Three cotton rope bowls painted with black graphic patterns
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Once the paint dries, you're all set to hang your new trio of rope bowls on the wall.

Three DIY cotton rope bowls hung on wall painted in black and white patterns
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Or use them as storage bowls to house your prized possessions.

Two DIY painted cotton rope bowls on table with jewelry inside
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Trisha Sprouse

Trisha Sprouse

Trisha is a writer, video producer + maker with a knack for creating modern DIY content. When her hands aren't covered in paint, she's most likely holding a camera or power drill or both.