HOW is July already half over?! This summer is seriously flying by. I think it needs to slow down just a tad. But, you know what the 15th of every month brings, right? A new Home Depot Gift Challenge!
If you’re new around these parts, The Home Depot Gift Challenge is a monthly challenge where a group of fabulous bloggers and myself get together and make something from a chosen item from Home Depot. The person who chooses the item also chooses a person to gift it too (you can check out my previous projects using these other items: copper tee, wooden dowel, pegboard, 2×4 wood, cement).
For July, manila/sisal rope was chosen, and the gift was to be made for our best friend. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration; but it actually made it harder to think of an idea! Does that ever happen to you? Despite having 50 different ideas in my head, I finally came up with a winner as I was cleaning up one day. In our garage, we have several mismatched plastic milk crates that store some of my paint and craft supplies. As I was putting some paint away, it came to me; a storage ottoman!
I ran to Home Depot and got my supplies. While this project is super easy, I will advise it is not quick. It took me 3 days (3 natpimes, to be exact!) to get the sisal rope wrapped around the milk crate. But I gotta say, I’m totally in love with the end result, and it’s so worth the time!
To make your own DIY sisal rope ottoman, you’ll need:
- Three 50ft sisal rope packs (the picture shows 2 but I ended up needing 3!)
- Plastic milk crate with “filing ledges” inside for wood to rest on (I had this one in green)
- Glue gun + LOTS of glue sticks (I used upwards of 30!)
- Staple gun + staples
- Fabric (I just got 1 yard, but 1/2 yard should be plenty!)
- 1/4 to 1/2″ thick plywood, cut to fit inside the lip of the crate
- 1″ thick regular density cushion foam (I got mine at Joann’s)
- Optional: duct tape
I started by gluing down one end of the sisal rope to a bottom corner of the crate.
This is what took so long, and I used a LOT of glue sticks. I probably didn’t need to, but I wanted to make sure there were no gaps and that the rope was really going to stay put! At first I was going to leave the very top of the crate without rope, but decided it looked bare. I didn’t want any of the crate showing, so I ended up going all the way to the top with rope. When the lid is on, you can’t see the crate at all!
After it was all wrapped, it was time to work on the wood top. I ended up using particle board because I only needed a small piece (and it was so much cheaper!), but a piece of 1/2″ thick plywood would also be perfect.
I flipped them both over and laid them on top of the fabric. I cut the fabric to fit around the wood and cushion, leaving about 6 inches on each side so I could fold it up around both the cushion and the board, and still be able to staple it down on the back.
This would have been easier if I had an extra hand helping to pull the fabric and hold while I staple, but it worked just fine with 1 person. I started on one edge, and pulled up the fabric over the wood and cushion. Be careful to make sure your cushion stays in place and doesn’t shift around (to help, you could also spray some adhesive on the cushion and press into the wood so they’ll stick together).
While pulling the fabric tight, I stapled along the edge. Unfortunately the staples didn’t go into the particle board very well, so I ended up hammering most of them in afterwards. For the corners, I folded them in like a present and then stapled the extra fabric on top.
I wanted something to help me get the top out easily so we could store whatever we wanted to inside, so I found some thicker matching ribbon and stapled it to the back. That way, I could easily just pull the ribbon “tab” and the top of the ottoman will come right off.
And that was it! While the process was quite easy, it just required a little bit of patience on the sisal rope wrapping. I think I’ll even go as far as adding a little piece of plywood on the bottom of the crate as well and attach some casters so I can move it around easier. It’ll also help to keep smaller things from falling out of the bottom of the crate.
If you want to see some other fabulous manila/sisal rope projects, check out what my bloggy friends have created by clicking on the pictures below!
Have a great rest of the week!
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