Celebrate western heritage and the love of the Old West with rope crafts. With a few household items and a length of authentic rustic western rope you can construct various types of crafts that contribute to a rural ranch decor style symbolizing a hard work ethic full of character. Create these crafts to adorn your home or as gifts for family and friends.
Create a circle on a piece of cardboard with a compass to create a round rope coaster. Begin the coaster in the center of the circle by gluing the rope end onto the cardboard. Wind the rope around the center, gluing as your twist. Secure the rope in place with straight pins. When you reach the outer rim of the cardboard circle, cut the rope at an angle, dip into the glue and fold it under itself. Allow the coaster to dry overnight before removing the pins. Repeat to make a rope coaster set.
Western Rope Wreath
Completely wrap a 12-inch styrofoam floral wreath base in burlap material and secure with straight pins. Nestle the burlap wreath into a 16-inch straw craft wreath and hot glue western-style rope pieces to the area where the two wreaths meet and another piece on the outside of the straw wreath. Dab hot glue on the reverse side of the wreaths at the seam for stability. Decorate the wreath by hot gluing a rope coil and some western-centered ornaments such as a small cowboy boot and hat to the wreath.
Kids Rope Horse
Twist durable craft wire within the braids of three 12-inch pieces of western rope. Bend one end of a piece of rope to create a loop resembling a horse's head and adhere together by tying a piece of craft string around the loop. Pull apart the braiding on the opposite end of the rope to create the horse's tail. Tie the remaining two rope pieces approximately 5-inches apart along the length of the rope to appear as two sets of horse legs. Bend the rope into a horse shape. Glue fringed rope pieces to the neck of the horse for a mane and add a ribbon or craft string halter to the neck of the horse for a decorative touch.
Construct a cowboy pot for your houseplants with a length of western rope and a garden pot from a discount store. Use fast-dry craft glue to adhere braided rope around a plastic pot, starting at the bottom and gluing as you wind the rope around the outside of the pot. If choosing a hard plastic or glass planter, use a low-heat glue gun to adhere the rope around the pot. Glue a cowboy or horse appliqué to the planter for an Old West look.
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