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Summer projects~ DIY Rope Chargers

I love a simple project.
Especially one that can be made
with just a few elements and in about 10 minutes

Like these rope chargers

I wanted something with a chunky texture for a beach inspired table setting
that I am working on for a project
and rope chargers and serving trays came to mind. 

Rope or rope style chargers have been around for years- 
you can find them in various stores at different price points
but you can also easily make them yourself in just a few minutes 

There are several different diy tutorials out there on the best or easiest way to make these
but this is how I made them

What you need:

hot glue gun & glue
cardboard round 

My preference is the big, chunky- chunky rope
but that is sold by the foot and so will be more expensive for each charger
so I am also showing the smaller sisal rope version which is sold in a bundle
 and is much less expensive
The smaller sisal rope is a little more 'flat' and looks closer to a thin, woven charger 

You can choose which rope speaks to you 
or fits the look that you are going for.

For the cardboard round:
 I used those rounds you can get that are for cakes- you can get them in various sizes
but you can also cut your own if you prefer

You can start either in the middle or along the outer edge- whatever you find easiest to work with
I started in the middle and glued the rope as I wrapped it around

and finished by going just a bit over the edge of the cardboard to keep it from showing

To finish-  cut the end of the rope on a little bit of an angle
and dab it with glue it so it won't unravel.

Just a note: 
The larger chunky rope is not as easy to 'wrap up' so to speak
The one I used is about 3/4" thick and it is harder to cut and harder 
to make the end of the rope smooth.
If the abrupt edge look bothers you then an option is to take a piece of the smaller rope
 and simply add that around the edge (as shown below) 
to help make the finish a little more clean looking.

These would be perfect for an outdoor setting and 4th of July table as well.
Love a simple project. 

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  1. I love these! Very coastal too which is just my look! Thanks for sharing, going to have to try these! Happy Monday! Xo, Kathy@The Daily Nest

  2. This is perfect Courtney! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Gorgeous! I have to make these!! I too love the thick rope! xo Jen

  4. Great idea!!! Love the finished look!

  5. Great idea! I have also seen somewhere on the Internet little stools decorated in the same way.
    Just a simple rope and so many interesting things you can do depending on your imagination and creativity.
    And I admire your creativity!
    Love your blog!!!

  6. Awesome idea! Thanx for sharing.
    Have a LOVERLY DAY!

    Jo from Anne's Attic - Design

  7. Great idea Courtney...they look great and yes perfect for outdoor dining too!!

  8. Love these Courtney! So perfectly summer-y!

  9. Bonjour,
    Une idée très astucieuse et réussie... Merci pour le partage.

    Gros bisous ♡

  10. semplice ma bellissima idea. grazie!

  11. Lovely, lovely!! Thank you for sharing

  12. Great idea love the look of the rope charger! Thank you for sharing