DIY Rope Vase or Utensil Crock

Once upon a time we went to a movie and bought a soda in an embarrassing large cup. If you ever find that your better judgement has failed and you have a cup the size of your head, there are things you can do to remedy your guilt. Know that the obscene amount of money you spent for a movie theater drink was not all in vain.

As we were leaving the theater I was all, “Don’t throw that away! I can make something with that.” Some might say hoarder. I like to say recycle, inventive, reuse, GENIUS! Because really, who knew garbage could look this good?

I am proud to say that I rocked that giant-big-as-my-head-cup and created a rope vase/utensil crock (whichever you fancy).

I used the free overly priced soda cup, my hot glue gun and rope I had once picked up from Goodwill for $1.99 to complete this project. The rope was another hoarder episode. The one in which I NEEDED the rope for some unknown, upcoming project. This rope and this cup are success stories. They are the supplies that ACTUALLY got used. Many are still waiting for their moment.

This is really a basic craft. I simply started at the bottom and worked my way up. I hot glued as I went along just wrapping the rope around the cup. When I finished wrapping I cut the rope from the remaining rope. I dabbed a bit of hot glue on both ends so we didn’t have some sort of unraveled disaster.

I immediately thought of two uses for my creation.

I am pretty sure a first grader could do this, so I am not quite sure why I am so giddy over this project. I just love the texture of the rope and I guess I love how a Goodwill find and garbage (ultimately) came together to make something: a.) useful and b.) beautiful.

What do y’all think? Any other craft hoarders out there? Any of you up-cycle something lately?


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  • PoofyBoutique

    Love it! I just pinned this because I can see a rope vase trio in my future šŸ˜‰

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Kelsey! Everything looks better in threes!!!

  • Rebecca Ellingsworth

    Nice! I might try this with some smaller cups to use as little pencil/crayon/scissor holders for my daughter’s craft table.
    I love random craft finds at Goodwill and other thrift stores. Recently, I found 3 doll heads still in their boxes from 1984 at a Salvation Army, and even though making dolls isn’t my “thing,” I just couldn’t leave the store without them.

    • Megan Bray

      How cute would those be on a craft table full of crayons, scissors, etc. Love it! Welcome to the craft hoarders club. You’ll have to share your dolls if you ever get around to making them :).

  • Ashley Hatton

    LOVE this!!! Is the cup plastic?
    New follower

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you! I really couldn’t tell you. It is pretty heavy duty and feels like a plastic/foam mix. I cannot quite figure out what it is.

  • Katie Jasiewicz

    Gorgeous job!!! I love the idea to snaz up an old cup and completely transform it!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you!

  • Carol

    Your description didn’t do it justice

  • Heidi @ Decor & More

    I’m with you on the texture!! I’ve got quite the collection of rope, jute, twine… all waiting for just such a project. Now no cup, vase, or lampshade will be safe in my home. :)

  • lfrank1018

    What a great idea! I’d love for you to come share this at our Pinteresting Party!

  • Bobi Jensen

    Coolest Idea ever! I love recycling “junk!”


    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! Me too. It is so thrilling :)

  • craftberrybush

    neat … I love these upcycles…xo

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! They are such fun :)