Rope Rug

Introduction: Rope Rug

How to turn an old rope into a cute little rug with almost no sewing! This project is similar to this instructable/ , but this project has a different approach. The project came from here originally.

Step 1: Materials

1 Used Rope, 60m is pretty common for climbing ropes.
1 Tube of Caulk
1 Caulk gun
Needle and Thread
Duct Tape

Rope wash

Step 2: Work Day 1-Get Clean

Wash your rope!

You can skip this step if your rope was used primarily indoors. If it was an outdoor rope, washing it is going to be essential.

You want to use a mild detergent. Sterling Rope sells rope wash that you use with a washing machine. You can also wash it by hand. A great way to keep your rope from getting tangled is to tie it into a daisy chain. Look at the photos to see how to tie it, and how to untie it.

Hang it to dry!

This might take a few days. Remember to keep it away from direct sun and all that. Since it's about to become a rug, this may not be that important, but better to develop good habits.

Wait until dry.

Step 3: Work Day 2a-You Spin Me Right Round

Coil your rope. I recommend stitching the start and end of the coil. A few passes through the sheath on each side should be fine. I coiled mine on our wood floor, so I could spin the coil around and keep everything flat.

Step 4: Work Day 2b-Getting Caulky

Smear your caulk all over that rope. I tried to use the caulk gun to get everything in place, but ended up using my finger to get the caulk between the rope.

Let it dry for at least a day. I let it dry for 2. Drying time will depend on where it is, the type of caulk, and so on. When in doubt, read the side of the caulk.

Pro tip: use the caulk gun to cut the caulk tube open. It's made to do that! See photos.

Step 5: Work Day 3-Finish

Add duct tape. First a layer all going the same direction, then a second going perpendicular. This will prevent anything from moving around, or becoming uncoiled.

The tape should hang over the edge, then trim everything down at the end.

Flip it over, the rug is done!

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    1 year ago

    Good instructions but to add to the longevity of your rug dont just stitch the beginning and the ends.
    Before you add the glue/caulk/silicone get a big diametre STRONG darning needle and fishing line, from the centre work through the sheath of each rope and stitch each strand together, out and back, repeat until you have sewn all around the rug.
    It takes ages but trust me its worth the extra effort as the rug will last for years.
    Made around 40+ of these and various other rope mats and rugs and never had a one returned for repair yet.


    2 years ago

    I wonder if you were to get one of those non-slip pads you use for rugs and just glue it to the bottom if that would help more than the duct tape, or on carpet, it is just a burlap backer, you might be able to do that as well. Although burlap is a bit scratchy. Great instructable, I certainly would love to try this, thanks so much for posting!


    4 years ago

    Do you add the duct tape to the same side as the caulking or the other side? Do you permanently leave the duck tape or remove after it's dry? It's a really nice rug.


    Reply 4 years ago

    The tape is on the same side of the caulking. This means that the surface you step on is simply rope. The tape stays on the rug permanently.



    8 years ago on Introduction

    I like this. You could make it more oval shaped too if you start wrapping the rope around a one foot lenght. Good work.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    simple concept, clear instructions, beautiful rug. thanks! now to find an old rope . . . . . .