Welcome to July’s Home Depot Gift Challenge. If you’re new around here, the *HDGC is a monthly challenge that a group of creative bloggers take on. Here are my projects so far… copper tee handle, industrial pipe 2 x4 shelf, and concrete feather sculptures.
Each month a specific item is chosen from Home Depot, and we all come up with a DIY gift for a chosen recipient. The assigned material for July is natural rope. My task was to create a gift for a BFF using natural rope.
I am a fan of using rope in home decor, accessories and just about anything.
So, I created a rope clutch handbag perfect for summer and for any BFF.
I started with natural rope.
Natural rope is stiff and itchy so I boiled it for a couple of hours in attempt to make it softer. It worked a little- but it could have used a few more hours of boiling. FYI- It makes your house smell weird.
After the rope was done boiling ,I dyed the rope teal.
After a couple hours I removed the rope from the dye bath and allowed it to dry in the sun.
Using a old frame, I created a DIY weaving loom. Do you remember making those pot holders in school? I attached strands of teal rope to the loom initially with hot-glue, and later reinforced the strands with nails.
I alternated colors of teal natural rope, white clothesline and hot pink mason twine.
I folded the woven rope to create a clutch handbag. I attached the sides with embroidery thread.
Now, for my favorite part of the Home Depot Gift Challenge… Check out how 11 other creative bloggers tackled this challenge.