{DIY} Sisal Bowl

After jazzing up my plain cork trivets last week, I was left with a small roll of sisal rope. I love the natural texture it brings to spaces, so decided to create something for our Master Bathroom.

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I’ve seen tutorials online for wrapping existing bowls, but I was just looking to use up the rest of my rope while my glue gun was still hot, so I grabbed a glass candle holder from my stash. (You can find them anywhere, including the Dollar Store.)

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I didn’t want the glass base to show, so I started with the rope flush with the counter, and glued it to the base. Instead of wrapping the rope inward in a bullseye pattern (like the trivets), stack it vertically, adding glue between each layer.

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Keep the rope in one continuous strand, glueing and wrapping as you rotate the base.

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Once you reach the end of the rope, just tuck it inside and secure with more hot glue.

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The bowl feels very Summery to me, so I piled it with seashells collected on different beach trips.

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You’ll want to carry it by the base since the sides are only secured with hot glue, but the bowl is surprisingly sturdy! Especially with the solid glass base.

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You could make it as wide or tall as you want, depending on the size of the base and amount of rope. I’m pretty pleased with my 5-minute, freebie bowl! Have you whipped out any quickie projects this Summer? Can you believe I left this bowl natural?! My painter finger is twitching, but I’ll resist for now.

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And a happy, happy birthday to my beautiful Mom!!

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  1. Sometimes I am blown away by creativity……I would have NEVER thought of that:). So cute!

    Posted 6.28.12 Reply
  2. What a cute little bowl. I love it with the seashells inside. A nice, summery touch!

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  3. Your creativity amazes me! Love the look of the rope and seashells!

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  4. Niki wrote:

    Cute! BTW – have we even seen your master bedroom before?

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  5. Oh my, I love it! Thank you for easy and fabulous diys!!

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  6. I love this girl. I would love to feature this for one of my take five projects. May I? 🙂

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  7. Simply LKJ wrote:

    Love this!! Such a clever idea.

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  8. Erin wrote:

    So cute! I love it. I am definately going to be making that this weekend. I have some leftover jute string from a project I did last weekend (wrapped vases, check out the results at wraparoundmyhead.blogspot.com). I was trying to figure out what to use the rest of the string for and now I have a great idea. Thanks, Cassie!

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  9. Love it. What a great little project!

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  10. Aw, happy birthday to mama!!! And did you just say to yourself when you were done with this project "holy crap, I just made a bowl!"??? Of course not, silly me, you are Cassie: DIYer extraordinaire!!! You can paint stuff with a single finger, make bowls from nothing, and make the whole blogosphere drool in a single bound. Kudos, chica (c;

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  11. Caitlin wrote:

    CUTE!! I really like this… I came for your trivets and was excited to see you had done more!

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  12. So cute! I definitely love the way it looks with shells!

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  13. I like it natural, but I can totally see you doing the dipped look with it too. It's summer, I need to bust out my shells too! 🙂

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  14. Alison wrote:

    Who knew how versatile and cute sisal rope was?! You have a good eye for fun craft projects. Love the look for summer.

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  15. Very crafty! Looks great in you bathroom.

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  16. Michaela wrote:

    SO cute. I love the texture!

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  17. This is great- I'm going to have to add it to my craft list for this summer

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  18. Shannon wrote:

    What a perfect little bowl! I never would have thought to not wrap the "sisal" around a bowl!!!

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  19. Valerie wrote:

    That's really clever. I love the imperfect shape and the texture… Lovely!

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  20. I totally want to (gulp) attempt something like this. In giant scale. Love how your bowl turned out!

    Bernadette from http://www.b3hd.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.13.12 Reply