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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
Using rope is a cheap and easy way to dress up common items to match rustic, nautical, bohemian, or farmhouse decor.
Sisal rope can be purchased online or at just about any hardware store.
1. Storage Ottoman
This footstool with removable padded lid was made from a plastic file crate. Not only would it make a great place to store linens, shoes, or toys, it could also double as a coffee table or extra seating for small kids. Get the full tutorial here.
2. Storage baskets
Baskets, especially large ones, can be pretty expensive. These homemade ones look great, can be made inexpensively, and can be a good way to reuse items that might have otherwise been thrown away.
This storage basket was made from a cardboard Amazon box. This video demonstrates how to make it, including a clever way to make the fabric liner (no sewing machine required!).
On her blog, Amanda shares how she repurposed a popcorn tin to make this toy basket.
While it looks like something you might purchase at a pricey home decor store, this ombre basket complete with fabric liner was made from a cheap plastic laundry basket. Find out how to make it here.
4. Curtain rod
A rope can be used as a cheap and cute alternative to curtain rods. You can see how this project was done here.
5. Towel rack
Instead of purchasing a towel rack, why not make your own like this one?
6. Decorative trim
This idea has so many possibilities: along the top of a slideout, around the inset panel of cabinet doors, around a door frame….see more photos of this project here.
If you are not comfortable burning candles, you could put flameless battery-powered ones in these homemade candle holders made from PVC pipe couplings. (If you love beach or nautical themed decor, be sure to check out some of the other projects from this blog, Sand and Sisal!)
You can also just wrap rope around candle holders you already have, like in this DIY project.
9. Wall Sign
10. Hanging shelves
If you would rather pay somebody else to build one for you, there are several similar shelves for sale on Etsy. This one would be ideal in an RV since its “walls” would keep things in place.
11. Fruit bowl
Watch this video to see how to make this bowl using only rope, a hot glue gun, and a glass mixing bowl.
Maybe you could connect three of them together to make a hanging fruit basket similar to this one?
12. Bar stool (or chair) makeover / (cat scratching post?)
The great thing about the bar stool project demonstrated in this video is that it could probably be done in a way that would be reversible. Instead of glue, perhaps you could cover the stool legs with removable acrylic mounting tape before wrapping them with rope. If you don’t have bar stools, how about wrapping chair legs?
13. Drawer pulls
This rope handle was actually added to a vintage box but would also look cute on kitchen or bathroom drawers. Learn how to make it here.
14. Drink coasters
15. String Lights
I love the dried herbs hung with sisal twine from this pretty DIY strand of lights made from ping pong balls! This string of lights would also look nice hung outside from an RV awning.
Learn how to turn empty cans into cute flower pots, succulent planters, or an herb garden here. (Be sure to check out some of their other cheap DIY projects!) (Click here to learn about growing plants inside an RV.)