Hello PinkWhen readers! It’s Bethany from Whistle and Ivy here, and today I wanted to share this super easy, super cute rope and crate shelf. It was so fun to make, and it doesn’t take much time or even skill!
How do I make a Rope and Crate Shelf?
To make this rope and crate shelf you will need:
- Small crate
- Small, thin piece of craft wood
- A length of rope jute rope
- Top coat or Varnish
- Wall Hook
Steps to make a rope and crate shelf
Begin by sanding both of your wood pieces a bit. They should be pretty smooth, but you want to make sure you don’t have any splinters or sharp edges.
Next, measure your crate and make a corresponding mark on your craft wood. The wood will be your shelf inside the crate, so you want it to be as exact as possible. Once you have it marked, use a saw or other tool to cut it.
To secure the shelf in place, run a line of wood glue on both sides and the back of the shelf.
It is easiest to put the shelf inside the crate at an angle, and then carefully straighten it once it’s in.
If you need more glue, use a toothpick to dab it in places it is needed.
When you have the shelf level and glued, put it upright on its side and place a few heavy books to apply pressure as it dries.
If your shelf is going in a moist room, like the bathroom, apply varnish to your shelf crate at this point. Once it’s dry, attach the rope. Start by pulling one end in between the slats on the side of the crate.
Next, tie a big, chunky knot. Unfortunately, I don’t really know any knots other than a square knot! I just wrapped and pushed it through randomly until I had a sturdy, chunky knot.
Trim your rope and repeat with the other side.
That’s it! To hang your shelf, you will need to install your wall hook. This shelf will not hang on a nail or wall tack because of its depth, but it looks very nice hanging on a big hook.
I think this shelf will go perfectly in my bathroom, which I am redecorating with a nautical theme!
I hope you give it a try.
See you next time!