How to Make Rope Letters

So if you’ve been following along with my kitchen makeover (and you are, right?), you know there’s been all kinds of DIY decor going up on my kitchen walls lately! A giant chalkboard, a plate wall, distressed wood signs, food photography worth drooling over… Lots of fun stuff! I recently shared an old wood shelf that I painted and hung in my kitchen for some shelf space and a place to hang my new apronAnd by the way, I’ve hardly taken that thing off since I made it! I’m just so smitten with the masculine stripes coupled with the feminine ruffle on bottom! I put together a pretty display for my shelf of vintage finds, white dishes, and painted mason jars, but there was still a big, empty space above the shelf that needed something…

I brainstormed all kinds of ideas, but nothing really hit me. I wanted something different and unique that would totally catch your eye when you walk in the house. That’s when the light bulb finally went off, and I came up with these fun and fabulous rope letters!

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor

Aren’t those the cutest things you’ve ever seen? I was inspired by a photo from Green Wedding Shoes and knew these rope letters would be the perfect statement to hang over my kitchen shelf! This is a bit of a messy project, but it only takes a few simple supplies and is really easy!

I started with a package of jute rope. I thought the light natural color would be perfect in my kitchen, but you can find it in other colors too!

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To shape the rope and hold it in place, I created a mixture of glue, cornstarch, and water. I used 4 ounces of Mod Podge because I already had it on hand, but you could also use regular white school glue. Just dump the glue into a bowl…

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
add 1/2 cup of cornstarch…

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
and 1/4 cup of warm water. Whisk the mixture until it is completely smooth. Then go wash your whisk. You don’t want dried bits of glue in your next batch of pancakes. Your family will not be very impressed!

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I measured the wall space where I wanted my letters to go so I knew exactly how big to make them. Then I laid down two large pieces of wax paper (I wanted my letters to be pretty large, so one piece wasn’t going to cut it). I measured out on my paper how big I wanted the letters and made pencil marks as a guide. 

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor

You’ll want to use a shorter word if you’re planning on hanging it on the wall so it doesn’t get flimsy in the middle. I chose EAT for my kitchen, because well… I think that says it all! I first sketched the word on scrap paper to find a design I liked. After I liked the way it looked, I drew my design on the wax paper with a pencil, making sure to stay within my guidelines. You’ll want to pay attention to how your letters will connect and bend. The rope won’t make perfect sharp angles, so allow for some loops and curls. Think about where you’ll hang the letters too!

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
I took my rope and roughly placed it over the letters to get an estimate of how much rope I would need. Always cut more than you need, and you can trim any excess later! 
Now comes the messy party… dipping the rope! I dropped my rope into the glue mixture and made sure it was fully coated. 

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
I let a bit of the excess glue drip off and placed it on the wax paper along my pencil marks. The rope is covered in white glue now, but don’t worry, it will dry clear! I had a bit of extra rope after my last letter, so I made a little embellishment underneath. I think it turned out really cute! And if your letters look like a 5 year old’s handwriting… It’s okay! They are supposed to look messy! Or “rustic” as I like to call it : )
If you are having trouble with parts of your letters not laying flat on the paper, you can place another sheet of wax paper on top and weigh it down with some books. Now you just need to let it dry! I let mine dry for a full 24 hours just to make sure they were completely set. 

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
After everything was dry, I carefully removed the rope letters from the wax paper. I had a few of the connecting pieces break apart, so I just used a tiny bit of hot glue to hold them back in place. 
I held the letters up on my wall and made a pencil mark where I wanted my nails to go. You can see the four spots where I hung the rope here: 
How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
And that’s it! The rope is a great compliment to the decor in my kitchen, and it is such a fun, graphic piece of artwork! It fills the blank space above my kitchen shelf perfectly!
How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
And you could use this technique for all sorts of different things! I’m thinking about creating my boys’ names to hang on their bedroom wall and creating just a single letter monogram to hang on my front door. The possibilities are endless!

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor

How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor
How to Make Rope Letters for fun DIY home decor! Tutorial at LoveGrowsWild.com #rope #diy #decor

Do you love these rope letters as much as I do? They would be perfect in almost any decor!
What if I told you that you could get materials you needed for this project sent straight to your door for the same price or less than you could buy them at the store… Well you can!
I recently discovered the most amazing craft company, Craftistas, and they are working with me to create a bundle of products specifically designed for some of my upcoming projects! They have an amazing online store where you can purchase all kinds of fun craft items, but by using the Craftistas widget below, you can buy the exact jute rope and Mod Podge I used for my project! How cool is that?? All you’ll need to supply is the corn starch, wax paper, pencil, and water… which I’m willing to bet you already have!
And what’s even better is the super awesome girls at Craftistas are offering an exclusive 10% off discount to Love Grows Wild readers! That’s even MORE savings! Just use the widget below to select the items you need and enter the discount code craft13 at checkout!

Do you love the idea of getting all your project supplies delivered to your door? Would you like me to offer more of my projects like this? Tell me what you think!

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Craftistas supplied me with the products for this project, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Comments

  1. It looks great! What a fun idea. :)

  2. I love the idea of getting crafts supplies delivered to my door! I am almost an hour away from a Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

    This project is great! Been trying to come up with fishing/lodge ideas for my rustic bedroom and bathroom and rope may be perfect!

  3. You are going to have the coolest kitchen ever!

  4. Liz! This turned out so great! What a creative idea :)

  5. Love these, Liz! And I LOVE the Craftistas option. It’s such a great idea!

  6. Yes! I love how this turned out – it goes with your kitchen makeover so well! I’m so honored that we get to work with you, Liz!

    -Ashleigh, Craftistas

  7. I love this liz! It turned out fabulous! I pinned and shared : )

  8. I really like this! You did a great job :) You are right, using different words/letters it has so many applications for different rooms. Pinning!

  9. oh em gee!!!! this is awesome!

  10. This is very cool!!

  11. Love this, girl. Super cute!

  12. Wow! This is too stinking cute! I have to try this very soon! I’m here from the create an inspire link up. New follower now your blog is full of so much great stuff!
    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

  13. These are fantastic!!!! I absolutely love them. I am so inspired to do this in our master bedroom. How creative are you!

    New follower from Absolutely Arkansas.

    Kylie
    absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

  14. This is really so cute! I love the texture on rope. You really came up with a nice twist to just plain old word art. I’m pinning this to try sometime! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Awesome! It looks great on your wall!

  16. VERY cute! I love this idea! So many fun ideas you could do with rope letters! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Love this! So easy and a great conversational (literally, hehe) piece. I think I see an Eat going up in my kitchen very soon. I’ve been wanting to redo one of my walls. Pinned!

  18. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
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    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by:
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    We hope to see you there!

  19. These are amazing!! I’m a sculptor and have used a similar technique for a table sculpture using 1 gallon of elmers glue and a table cloth, messy process but pretty rewarding :) Do you think you could share this on my link party.

    http://gracelangdon.blogspot.com/2013/09/making-monday-3.html

    ^if you don’t make it this week I would love for you to come over with anything you’d like in the future!!

  20. Fabulous idea girl! The possibilities are endless with this – I can picture rope letters all over my house!

  21. I love this idea. I need to do some work in my kitchen – it’s so boring right now. Maybe after the bedroom project I’m working on. :)

    If you’re interested, I’d love to have you share this at my Show & Tell party going on right now. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/09/show-tell-42.html

  22. So super cute!! I just love this whole wall with your adorable shelves and everything you’ve done. Love that we’re “kitchen sisters” right now. Yours is incredible, girl!! :)

  23. Oooooo, that is so cool! I want one…and a bigger wall to put it on :)

  24. I am SO doing this Liz! What a fabulous project!

  25. It’s beautiful Liz!!!!!!!!

  26. This is so awesome. Great work! I can’t believe you made it!!

  27. You are just too smart! I would of never tried that, and yours turned out so great! Your kitchen is looking awesome! :)

  28. I love this! I was thinking too, that if you did something smaller, you could put the letters in matted frames. Such as a set of 3 – maybe SWEET, SAVORY, and EAT? Thanks for the great idea. I just found your blog, but will definitely be following.

  29. A friend of mine wanted me to make a sign for her son’s room and I couldn’t find the right type of rope to use. Most of them were so rough! The jute rope you used will be perfect for the project. Thank you so much for the tutorial and link for buying it!

  30. i love it! thanks!!! can’t wait to try it!! =)

  31. Sloppy and unattractive. My 9 year old daughter could do better. Cute idea if done right.

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