Make Your Own Natural Fiber Sisal Rope Basket

This is one of those projects in my head that I was determined to somehow make work. Once the basics were figured out though, it is a really simple project and I just love the coolness of the completed basket that can be used to hold practically anything.
{You can’t go wrong with a little more organization, right?}

Last week when I announced the monthly projects for the Martha Inspired Craft Along, I immediately loved the idea for the Rope Baskets and even mentioned using a more natural rustic material like sisal roping. Of course the texture of sisal roping made it a lot harder to work with compared to the cotton roping used in the original; however with just a couple alternations I ended up with a sturdy durable basket that I just adore.

Materials Needed:
Sisal Roping
Hot Glue
Gorilla Wood Glue

Additional Supplies: a basket or box to use as a ‘form’, a clip of some sort, and a paint brush.

The sisal roping was found at the local hardware store and runs about $6 for a 100′ bundle. Any size container can be used for your ‘form’ – I used a wire egg basket I found at a thrift store. You want to make sure the container you use is smaller the bottom so once you have wrapped the rope it is easy to remove.

Start by turning the container ‘form’ upside down and building the bottom.

Begin by rolling the end of the sisal rope in a tight spiral and continue wrapping the roping in a circular pattern – Dabbing a tiny bit of hot glue as you are winding to hold the roping in place.

Use a clip to hold the spiral as you are winding – this ensures your spiral is flat and even. Once you have a spiral that is approximately 2 inches in diameter – squirt a tiny bit of Gorilla Wood Glue on the top and let sit to dry. { you only want to squirt the glue on the exposed roping – do not apply under the clip} This step will give you a nice base to work with and once the glue dries it will harden the rope. {I love working with the Gorilla Wood Glue as it dries pretty quickly and clear – not to mention the awesome hold}

Note: Do not cut the roping at any point – You want to keep it one piece until you have completed the entire basket

Once it is completely dry, continue wrapping the roping using the hot glue. Use the clip as you work your way round the spiral to ensure and even flat roll.

Continue wrapping until your base is large enough to cover the bottom of your form. The basket form I used was 9 inches in diameter.

Apply another coat of Gorilla Wood Glue – just squirt the glue on the top of the spiral…

…and use a paint brush to brush it into the crevices. Keep in mind the glue dries clear so you can use a liberal amount of glue making sure the roping is completely covered.

The extra glue steps make the roping stable to work with and create a good base for the basket.

Once the glue is dry continue wrapping the roping using the hot glue. Work your way around the entire base and then up the sides of the form until you reach a desired size.

When you get to the end, cut the sisal rope on and angle and apply hot glue to the end to hold the fibers in place and attach it to the rim.

{Note: this picture was taken after the basket had been removed from the form, however, you want to cut and secure the end prior to removing.

Remove the completed rope basket from the original form. The basket will have some give to it making this step a little easy, though it does take some gently maneuvering to get it out.

Apply a final coating of glue to the sides of the basket as well as the top rim, making sure to cover the cut end.

Use the paint brush to brush the glue into all the crevices and bottom rim – let completely dry.

I am just thrilled with how this basket turned out. The top of my basket measures 11 inches in diameter and is 5 1/2 inches tall. You can pretty much create any size basket using this technique and because a huge roll of sisal roping is relatively inexpensive – these are much cheaper than buying a pre-made natural fiber container – plus the fact you made it yourself is pretty cool!

Sisal is not the softest material available, but durable and natural, and I like the rustic look.

My little guy still loves to play with blocks, and we have a ton; these make perfect sorting bins to carry them from room to room and keep them contained in style ~ Enjoy!


  1. I see why you are happy with it…looks outstanding!


  2. That’s awesome! What a clever way to keep things organized – and I love the sisal rope. Is the basket a little flexible or does the glue make it rigid?

  3. Amazing idea! I kind of want to drop everything and run to Lowe’s right now to get some rope. The possibilities for this are endless. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow, what a neat idea! Looks great.

  5. That is very cool! How long did it take you?

  6. Homepodge – The basket is still a little flexible but the glue makes it durable and sturdy. The sides do have some give but you can’t actually fold it in half if that makes any sense. =)

    Katie – It took a few hours but that is only because I had to wait for the glue to dry. The wrapping goes pretty quickly even with applying the hot glue.

  7. Those look great. I’m thinking a rectangular box/basket would be amazing for storage and organization in my living room!

  8. What a neat idea! I love it!

  9. Looks great. Nice project.

  10. Love your post and the rustic look of the basket. Can you tell me where you got the natural sisal roping? I’d love to create one myself…

  11. This is amazing!!! I can’t believe you made a basket! It’s so great. I love it!

  12. Your basket looks fantastic! What a fun project. I can think of many uses for a sturdy basket like that. Can’t wait to try it! Susie

  13. Stephanie, I gotta hand it to you, you are the project queen you come up with the coolest stuff, I enjoy seeing everything you do.


  14. I can’t believe how cute the basket is! It turned out great.

  15. That is such a great idea! I am going to put that on my list of crafts that I want to do! Thank you!

  16. it,s unique design.. i like it..

  17. Wow, I really like this idea=) I’ve added it to my bookmarks…IF I ever get around to doing it, I’ll be sure to link it back to you=))

  18. Great idea! Very much my style – This is why I subscribe to you 🙂

  19. I love, love this idea! I wonder if it would be hard to make a table? I have been drooling over the rope looking tables in pottery barn. What do you think? Would it be sturdy enough?

  20. Hi Stephanie Lynn! I featured your fabulous basket today in my Crush of the Week post!

  21. This is so cool and what great photo instructions! I’d love for you to head on over and submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

  22. This is so cool. (I love crafty and practical!) I am definitely going to bookmark this one! Very nice. I’m a new follower too! Looking forward to what else you have in store!

  23. Very Cool! It’s great how you can customize them to wherever you need them.

  24. That looks fantastic!! I’ve got to try this one.

  25. That is adorable Stephanie! I love the idea.

  26. Great project! That idea caught my eye from Martha’s book, but I forgot all about it. I’m glad that you reminded me of it. Your version is terrific!

  27. Your metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

    Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

  28. This is a beautiful craft! I love it! I would like to make a few baskets now, but was wondering how well they are holding up? You only used Gorilla Wood Glue?

    Wow. I am just loving this! 🙂

  29. I can’t wait to try this! I have all the materials on hand … how creative and useful!

  30. Found this on pinterest. Great timing, as I am braiding baler twine into a rope and have been wondering what to do with it! (I’m all about recycling, and it seems a shame to waste the plastic twine we use on our hay bales…. there’s so MUCH of it!)
    Can’t wait to try this.

  31. I used your instructions and made a wonderful basket. The only drawback I have found is that I can see the hot glue. Do you have any tips to prevent the showing of the hot glue on the outside of the basket? I thougtht about building the basket using the inside of the bowl-form rather than the outside. My thoughts are that if the hotglue shows on the inside, I could create a fabric basket liner to hide the unsightly dried hotglue. I wanted to make these as the base to my christmas gift baskets.

    • Hi Tracy. Try taking a paintbrush and brushing the glue as you form the basket. Also using a glue that dries clear is key. Love the idea of using these for Christmas gift baskets!


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