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5 DIY Rope Vase Ideas to Add a Nautical Flair

If you want to add a little nautical flair to a room, be it your living room, nursery, or your child’s bedroom, all you need is a few old vases, a few lengths of rope, and a little bit of DIY know-how to make four beautiful DIY rope vases.


Simple Rope Vase

To make your DIY nautical rope vase, you’ll need a few simple materials and tools. A clean glass vase of any shape or size is the first thing you need. For your first attempt, you might consider a simple shape like a plain round canister, instead of something more elaborate that will be more difficult to decorate. You will also need enough rope to cover the entire vase, so be sure to buy more than enough—especially if you’re planning to do more than one vase!

Use whatever type of rope you think would look attractive wrapped around your vase. You can go with a very chunky jute rope for a classic nautical look, or you could use a much finer twine if you want to cover a small bud vase. If you’d like something a little more colorful than plain beige rope, you can try a synthetic rope, like nylon.

You’ll also need a pair of scissors for cutting your rope and a hot glue gun to adhere the rope to your vase. Hot glue is well-named, and you don’t want it on your skin, so be mindful of safety as you work and try not to rush yourself. Make sure you read the instructions completely before using a hot glue gun.

To begin, start at the bottom of your vase by putting a small dot of hot glue near the base. Carefully press the end of your rope to the dot of glue, and begin wrapping your vase, adding more dots of glue every few inches to make sure the rope doesn’t slip or unwind. Work slowly so you do not accidentally burn yourself. For the best results, don’t try to measure and cut your rope beforehand. Wait until the entire vase is wrapped before making a cut.

When you reach the top of your vase, cut your rope and glue the end to the edge of the top of the vase. If you don’t like the look of the blunt end, you can trim it at an angle to make it a little less obtrusive. Let the glue dry completely. Now you have a DIY rope vase!

Once you have a little practice, you can experiment with different variations on the nautical rope vase theme. Try out different ideas until you find the one you like best.  


Colored Rope Vase

If you love color, why settle for neutrals? Using different colors of rope, you can easily make stripes by wrapping one color around the vase a few times, cutting it, then gluing on the next color. Continue the pattern until you reach the top of the vase and try using nautical colors like blue, red or seafoam green.


Painted Rope Vase

After the rope is glued in place, you can try painting it in a variety of ways. This allows you to incorporate more nautical patterns like dots, waves or vertical stripes. Or, you can personalize the vase with your child’s initials.


Rope and Glass Vase

You don’t necessarily have to cover the entire vase if you don’t want to. Wrap only one-third of it in rope and leave the top two-thirds bare for a pretty variation. To give this version of your DIY rope vase even more nautical flair, paint a silhouette of an anchor or boat on the upper part of the vase, or fill it with seashells.


Fun Ways to Display Rope Vases

A single nautical rope vase can be displayed on a shelf or bedside table, but if you have several of them, you can create an entire arrangement to be displayed on a table, windowsill or mantelpiece. Remember that vases can be used to hold things besides flowers, too; your child can use a rope vase to hide all kinds of tiny treasures. And once you’ve mastered the rope vase technique, you can use it on other décor, as well. You can use rope to decorate photo frames, bowls, lamp bases or other storage containers to bring nautical style to all the rooms of your house.