The next time you get a package in the mail, think twice before tossing the box. This idea for an upcycled box rope basket turns out super cute! You can make it in different sizes too.
Upcycled Box Rope Basket
We did this upcycled box rope basket in a jean type material and natural twine as we wanted that farm-style look. However, you can change it to your liking/style.
Much like the DIY Sweater Box I made, I am going to show you how to make this basket. So gather up your supplies and let’s get started.
The amount needed for the rope, twine, and fabric will depend on the size box you are using.
- Rope thicker than the twine
- Hot glue gun (with glue sticks)
- Empty Cardboard Box (can also use things like tissue boxes)
- Twine rope
- Denim (From an old pair or fabric of choice)
Start with an empty cardboard box. The size of the box you use is up to you and what you want to use it for. You can either cut off the top flaps or you can simply fold them inside the box.
Covering With Fabric:
Measure and cut the fabric long enough so that it covers the inner side of the box and a few inches that fold over the top. Then you can start to wrap the fabric around the box. Make sure to apply glue on the fabric when you start it so that it stays.
As you cover, remember to fold some over the top edge. You only need it to be an inch or two that folds over. Apply glue to the ends to hold the fabric in place.
Now you need to measure the inside bottom surface of the box. Cut out a piece of fabric that is an inch larger all the way around than what you need.
On the backside of the fabric cut out, fold 1 inch along all 4 sides and apply glue to hold in place. Trim as needed so nothing is sticking over the edge on the corners.
Then place that inside the box facing right side up like pictured above.
Adding Twine & Rope:
Start wrapping the rope around the outer side of the box. You want to start from the bottom. Try to keep the twine neat and even. Apply a dab of glue after every 2 or 3 times around to hold it neatly in place.
Keep wrapping until you are about an inch from the top of the box. Apply some glue to the end to hold in place. Cut off any of the extra rope.
Now we added some handles for the look. It can not be carried by them but looks super cute. Use a thicker rope then you used to wrap the box.
Simply cut a small piece of rope appropriate for a handle size of your box. Then attach with glue to the ends of the box forming a loop with it.
You can decorate your box however you want. For this one, we also attached a layer of thick rope (same rope as used for handles) around the box. We placed it where the twine and fabric touch.
That is it! You now have a super cute farm style box you can display in the home. You can repeat the steps to make as many as you want and need. You can also change it up by doing a few in different sizes.
If you liked this idea to reuse a box, be sure to check out this post on Ways to Recycle Boxes.
Debbie B. says
Really Cute. I am wondering about reinforcing the bottom of the box as it looks like it could easily fall apart.
Reuse Grow Enjoy says
It all depends on the box you use. If you will be putting heavier things in it, then you could tape the bottom of the box with a little extra tape before starting.
I also thought about reinforcing the bottom but wondered if wrapping the bottom fabric around a piece of cardboard the same size as the bottom would work. I love them and will probably make some for me crafts area as I am trying to reorganize.
Reuse Grow Enjoy says
Depending on the quality of the box you start with you should not need anything extra added to the bottom of the box.