6 DIY Home Ideas with Rope or Wood

I love summer for DIY projects with natural materials.

From mini wooden shelves to rope lights there’s plenty to make using rope or wood.

Nautical ropes look rustic and add that beach vibe to any room. Ahh, what I wouldn’t give to be on the beach or by the pier right now. Anyway, wood can be really easy to work with and when the natural patterns come out, the finished craft looks fantastic. So, I’ve put together 6 of my favourite DIY ideas this for this season, all of which use either rope or wood as the bulk of the ‘do it yourself’ project. I hope you like them!

DIY Rope Plant Pot

diy rope plant pot basket idea

Photo by Nostalgiecat

Using a thick white rope and a colourful cord or cotton thread you can create this plant pot in no time. Blogger June shows you step by step how to thread the rope pot together to achieve a funky addition to your shelfie 😉

Find the full tutorial at Nostalgiecat blog

DIY Coastal & Beach Theme Rope Light

DIY coastal beach rope light lamp

Photo by Alina Ghost

I used giant rope from eBay to create this gorgeous wall light. I used the ‘pretzel’ knot to cover the wire and then added an awesome globe vintage lamp from Homebase to fasten to my lighting fixture. A summery idea for the garden I recon 🙂

Video and full guide at The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog

DIY Hanging Rope Planter

DIY 3 tier macrame rope hanging planter

Photo by The Lovely Drawer

Show off your plants and create this fabulous three tiered hanging planter. Blogger and DIY expert, Teri, used rope to hang three clay bases that held her terracotta plant pots. Perfect for indoors or outdoors and easy to make yourself.

Find the tutorial at The Lovely Drawer blog

DIY Wooden Decorative Ladder

wooden ladder home decoration ideas diy

Photo by Burkatron

This quirky storage solution to your fashionista problems is easier to make than you think. Using wooden poles and copper pipes blogger Caroline shows you how to complete your bedroom with a decorative ladder that’s as useful as it is contemporary!

Find the ladder tutorial at Burkatron blog

DIY Floating Mini Wooden Shelves

wooden floating mini shelves tutorial

Photo by Fall for DIY

A really cute idea for your bare walls are these mini floating shelves made from birch wood. Francesca, blogger and a well renowned DIY fiend, shows you how to make these with simply wooden rounds and tiny metal brackets. What a lovely project to show off your plants or frames.

Find the tutorial at Fall for DIY blog

DIY Wooden Letter

DIY wooden letter wood work crafts

Last but not least, I’m sharing with you my woodwork. I created this wooden letter ‘G’ for Ghost (my surname) and ended up using it as decoration at my wedding. As you can see above, it’s standing by my bride and groom that was knitted by my friend. Anyway, this will require a saw and therefore be prepared to sweat. It’s totally worth it though!

Find the full tutorial at The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog

So, as the weather is finally nice I’m definitely going to be making the most of it. I will be getting hands-on by making pretty home decorations with rope or wood. What about you?

6 DIY project ideas using rope and wood

Be sure to share your own favourite DIY ideas or projects below!


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • July 23, 2016

    Jess Helicopter

    I absolutely love the hanging planter idea. We are just about to move house and this is perfect for the look of my new office. I don’t know if i am crafty enough to make it without it being rubbish but i love it so much and things like this cost a bomb. I love the individual wood shelves too. Lovely style post.

  • Omg I love all of these! I will have to give some a try. Pinning!

  • July 23, 2016


    Very creative. We can try to do it here at home. Looking forward for more DIY ideas from your blog. Thanks.

  • July 24, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Creative designs here. Given me loads of ideas.

  • July 24, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I love rope wood I think it is beautiful and it might be a nice way to cheer up my little room I have just moved into!

  • July 24, 2016


    Whoo these are all great ideas, love the basket and light idea, also the poles and copper pipes idea!!

  • Oh I love projects like these.
    They are all fab! I do like the ladder, It would be perfect for a bathroom towel holder too.
    And the light is very creative, lots of inspiration, thank you! x

  • July 25, 2016


    Such fab ideas. I need to do more DIY type things for around the home.

  • July 25, 2016


    Hanging rope planter looks like a great idea, but I’m afraid that once I try it, it might just all go really wrong and end up on the floor. I will just have to go with the safer option of rope pot 🙂

  • July 25, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    I love the DIY hanging plants. That will look great in our conservatory 🙂

  • July 25, 2016

    Marie Barber

    I love all of these, i love the beach look, the beach is my favourite place, we are collecting diy projects for when we move this is defiantly being saved!

  • July 25, 2016


    I just want one of everything, it looks just so amazing and that light is fantastic x

  • July 25, 2016


    I think the floating mini wooden shelves are a great idea. I am actually looking into making some shelves for my souvenirs and I find these to be perfect!

  • July 26, 2016


    Oh I love all of these, such pretty ideas x

  • July 26, 2016

    Fi Ni Neachtain

    Rope is perfect for the beachy look. I love wooden letters too, great for personalising a space.

  • July 26, 2016


    So many great ideas. I’m not great with DIY but I love the wooden letters! 🙂

  • July 27, 2016

    Kara Guppy

    I used to make macrame hanging baskets…..wonder if I remember how as would love to make one

  • August 26, 2016

    Will Darcangelo

    26.Roped Birdfeeder; It’s always pretty having birds in ones garden, so simply make a your own birdfeeder that will attract all kinds of birds. 28.Hanging Little Planked Houses; Use rope and planks in shape of a house to hang some decor and pictures around the house.