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!




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