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Hemp rope mat DIY

10:16 AM

A simple project using hemp rope and a hot glue gun to prettify your home
With the rains having pretty much said their final goodbye last week until next year, I feel more inclined to get into DIY projects and refresh my home decor.
I don't know about you, but the monsoon usually puts me in laid back mode and all I seem to enjoy doing is drink tea and just do nothing.

Anyway, for a while now I have been toying with the idea to get into a rope DIY project, and I thought it would be nice to have one to prettify my dinning table. And YES! I know, the mat is on the floor in the picture above. It just happens that my tiled floor is a bit more photogenic than the dinning area in this flat.

This is how it actually looks on my dinning table :

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I put it on top of this painted dupatta turned table runner I made a few years back. Simply because the two complements each other and it offered a much better contrast for my photo than just putting the mat straight on the table.

This project is fairly easy, but you will spend a few hours at it depending the size of your project.
Here is what you will need to pull it:

First you will need a bundle of rope, I went for this Hemp / Jute one (affiliate link). It's 10 meters long and 6mm thick. For this project I used roughly 6 meters of said rope. I plan to do a different project with what is left of it in the future.

I also used cotton embroidery threads, a hot glue gun, All Fix glue and small white pompoms (not in the picture).
Be aware that you will need a LOT of hot glue gun sticks, I went through 3 of them for that project and toward the end I had to alternate between length of all fix glue and hot glue. So do stock up on those sticks before starting this project.

The process is fairly simple but a bit messy, so I strongly recommend you cover your work surface in plastic or work straight on a tiled floor like I did.

The first thing you need to do is apply a little hot glue to your rope and coil it around itself going from the center. You can see in the picture that some of the glue is showing. This is the trickiest part of the project, you will need to have a strong "core" to build upon.

As you go, take your other glue (the All Fix one) and apply a few dots of it to the rope before twisting a length of decorative embroidering cotton around it.
I went about it, coiling the cotton thread in random spot on my rope, making 2-3 colored portions at the time before going back to coiling my rope on itself using the hot glue gun.
That way, I could decide which thread color I wanted next, and rouchly estimate where I wanted to fall so that my "pattern" was even enough.

Continue coiling the rope on itself until you have reached the desired diameter and cut the rope before gluing the end neatly.

It is very important to keep your rope mat completely flat on your work surface and apply the hot glue to the already coiled section of your rope. You'll get a much cleaner look that way as the glue will be closer to the bottom part and more or less hidden once your project will be put to use.

Also remember to work fast with hot glue. It solidifies as it cools down and once it is off the gun it happens quickly. So only apply glue on about 15 centimetres of rope at the time and coil immediately to ensure a good bond.

This coiled rope mat is a no-sew project, all you need is a hot glue gun and a little creativity.
Then, either using the hot glue gun, or the All Fix glue, place pompoms at regular intervals on the edge.
Start by applying a pompom where you cut the rope to make the rope end look clean and properly finished. Once your pompom glue has dried, your project will be done and ready to use.

On a dinning table it can be used to place warm pots and dishes at meal time. BUT be very aware that it is natural fibre rope that doesn't really do well being soaked in water to wash and that doing so could result in your beautiful mat getting ruined.
So if you plan to use it as a hot pot mat, make sure it's non messy food you are serving, or be very careful not to spill anything on it.
For example I would definitely not put a pot full of dal or an Indian gravy dish on it, the turmeric is very likely to leave a nasty permanent stain.
It can only be spot cleaned with a damp towel you gently pressed on its surface.

An alternate use would be as a floor mat, and if you have the patience and the right amount of glue sticks you could make a nice big one to place by a door, or in the middle of your living room. With enough rope the sky is pretty much the limit.
In fact I keep thinking about making a bigger one for my balcony in the future...oh the possibilities!


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