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Project Pinterest: DIY Braided Rope

Sneak peek!  I’m still adding to my collage wall of nautical art.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

I needed some way to hang this anchor medallion, but I wanted something a bit more interesting than a plain ribbon.  I pinned this idea from my favorite elementary art blog, and figured it was worth a try.

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It was so easy, I was able to knock out a quick rope in about fifteen minutes – including foraging for supplies and taking pictures!  Check out the original tutorial for great pictures and clear steps – I took a few pictures of the process below, but her tutorial is great!

DIY Braided Rope

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

Time: 10-15 minutes

Cost: Free, since you probably already have the supplies

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

Supplies:

  • ribbon or yarn
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • glass/cup with 3-inch diameter

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

Instructions:

1. Find a cup or other round object that measures about three inches across.  Trace the circle on a piece of cardboard (I used an old envelope box that was headed toward the recycling bin).

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

2. Draw four lines as shown in the picture – I used a straight edge but eyeballed the placement, in this case precision isn’t important.

3. Cut out the circle and then cut a slit about ¼” deep on each line.  Then cut a hole in the center of the circle.

4. Cut seven 18-inch lengths of ribbon/yarn/twine/etc. and tie them in a knot at one end.  I added a slip knot since I wanted one end to hang on a hook.

5. Place the knot in the center hole, and then hook each strand of ribbon onto each slit, leaving the top center slot empty.

6. Take the strand in the 4 o’clock position and move it to the 12 o’clock position.  Rotate the circle until the empty slot is at the top again in the 12 o’clock position.  Repeat – move the ribbon from 4’oclock to 12’oclock, rotate, Repeat again.  Keep the ribbon taut.  As you rotate, the rope braid will start to form in the center hole.

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

7.  When you’re happy with the length (or you run out of ribbon), tie the ribbon ends together and you’re done!

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

Bonus points if your cat sits on the table and stares intently at the twirling ribbons while you make the braid… quite a test of self control for a cat!  Cora did not win the battle of self control and had to be removed from the premises.  Oh, Cora…

The Amateur Librarian // DIY Braided Rope

I used this easy braided rope to hang a medallion, but obviously you could use it in any way you want.  As a bracelet, book mark, tassel, etc.  I need a sunny day to take some pictures of my nautical collage wall, and then I’ll share the latest version with this little DIY braid in action!

Once again, Pinterest to the rescue!

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