Sisal Rope Bowl

July 18, 2011

I once fell in love with a rope bowl, it was by David Stark for West Elm.  Sadly that awesome rope bowl is no longer available, bring it back, bring it back I say!   My latest crafty project was inspired by that bowl and I believe has something to do with my fixation on neutrals with layers of texture.  In fact, I think I need an entire Pinterest category devoted to it. 

I’ve had that rope bowl on my mind for many months, so I snagged a cheapo metal bowl from a craft store on clearance a few weeks ago, plus a couple of rolls of sisal rope from my local hardware store, and then got crafty with my glue gun. 

sisal rope bowl by kate


How to Make a Sisal Rope Bowl:

Grab yerself a vessel, whatever you like.  Aluminum handled bowls like this speckled one (reowr) work great.  Also grab a dozen glue sticks, your trusty hot glue gun, and 50 to 75 feet of sisal rope (mine was ¼ inch thick).


rope bowl supplies


Then follow these simple steps:

steps for rope bowl

1) Start with the handles, gluing the first part of rope in place.  2)  Finish each handle wrapping the rope as shown, hot gluing every second wrap around.  3) Begin the outside of your bowl by securing an end of rope under the handle, then keep gluing the rope all the way around.  4) Finish your bowl off by wrapping the rope around the inside.  You determine how far you want to go, all the way around the inside or half way, it’s up to you.  Or whenever you run out of rope . . .

And there you have it, in less than an hour, a sisal rope bowl to call your own.

kates sisal rope bowl


Both textural and versatile, rope bowls are a catchall for anything from fresh fruit, to bills, to your collection of quirky matchbooks.

Set me loose with some sisal rope and a glue gun on a galvanized bucket or a cake stand and we’re talking about even more rope fabulousness. 

rope bowl by kate

Sisal rope is your crafty friend.

You can quote me on that.

Got a recent rope project you’ve finished?  Go on and share it!




111 Responses to “Sisal Rope Bowl”

  1. BevTexas says:

    I see several mentions of candles wrapped in sisal or similar products. I like the idea, but is this not a fire hazard? If not, I’m going to try it…..Thanks

  2. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Bev, I think you’d be better off wrapping a glass candle, I would hestitate to wrap just a wax candle in sisal, yes that is a fire hazard.

  3. […] Add a vintage touch to your kitchen or any other room with a beautiful sisal rope bowl that can be used for storage. First you need to grab a vessel and a dozen of glue sticks, a hot glue gun and 50 to 75 feet of sisal rope. Start with the handles and wrap the rope around them. Then start the outside of the bowl and secure every second wrap around with glue. Glue the rope all the way around. To finish, wrap the rope around the interior.{found on centsationalgirl}. […]

  4. Melissa says:

    I am in love with this idea! So much so that I made one myself! I found your site via pinterest, and I love everything on it!!! Thanks for being an inspiration :) Here’s the sisal rope bowl I made:

  5. […] is another way of how to decorate with rope by Kate from Centsational Girl.  Isn’t this bowl gorgeous?!  You can read the tutorial by clicking on the […]

  6. Laine says:

    I wraped the bottom of a glass lamp. I no longer have it. Gave to my sister-in-law who was doing her boy’s room in a cowboy theme. I thought, I’ll find another lamp and make another, just never have. It really looked great. Just another idea.

  7. Kat says:

    What a great idea ! Could you paint or stain it ? I can’t wait to try it.

  8. […] DIY sisal rope bowl useful and picturesque.  […]

  9. […] check around the internet for more projects involving rope. I found one for a re-purposed basket at Centsational Girl, a set of coasters made of sisal at Shelteriffic, and a flower vase wrapped in…you guessed […]

  10. Jill says:

    Really love this, it would match our kitchen perfectly too!

  11. Jean Brown says:

    Saw this at a craft fair in Arizona three years ago. They had all different shapes, sizesand designs. Only used only rope and glue guns, no base shapes. Still very solid and beautifully done.

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