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How to make a no-sew frayed edge rope door mat for your home.
A few weeks ago I made a frayed edge rope door mat for our new home. I’ve been meaning to post it for a while, but I’ve been going back and forth to hospital for the last month and a bit due to my ever-so-excellent health, so I haven’t really found the time.
But right now I’m stuck in a hospital room for the next three hours while they monitor me post-treatment to make sure I don’t spontaneously combust or whatever. Outside of staring at a white wall and raiding the free biscuits (hehehe), I’ve not got a whole lot to do, so I thought I’d pass the time by showing you lovely people the aforementioned door mat.
The process for making this no-sew door mat is basically the same as the one I used for the no-sew braided rug I posted a few weeks ago. But I thought I’d share it anyway because it’s cheaper, quicker, and easier than the other rug, so I figured maybe you’d find it useful if you liked the idea of the other rug but were put off by the time/cost involved.
As I mentioned in the original braided rug post, full credit for this idea goes to Cami @ Tidbits. I found her DIY rope rug tutorial when looking for DIY rope rug ideas on Pinterest and it helped me a lot in the creation of both the braided rug and this rope door mat.
- I used sisal rope because it was easy to come by. If your mat will be directly exposed to the elements (i.e. you don’t have a covered porch), hemp rope is a better alternative. Sisal rope will still work, but hemp rope is better as it retains less water (guess that’s why they used so much of it on ye olde boats).
- The exact amount of rope depends on a few variables including your mat’s size and the width of the rope. I used 22 metres (approx 72 feet) of 10mm wide sisal rope to create a 67cm x 40cm (26″ x 16″) mat.
- Heavy duty liquid nails. Look for a brand that says “extra strength” or that’s marked as safe for outdoor use.
- Caulking gun.
- Jute twine.
- A cheap outdoor mat.
- This will form the base of your rope mat. I used this $1.50 mat from Kmart Australia, but I imagine you can find something similar in a store near you.
To begin, cut your rope into roughly equal lengths. The exact length of the rope depends on how wide you want your door mat to be. I just eyeballed the length and ended up cutting pieces of rope that were about 67cm long each.
Thick rope can be a little bit difficult to cut, so what I like to do is slightly separate each of the strands then cut them individually. I find doing it this way is quicker and reduces the amount of cramping I get in my hand.
Once you’ve cut the rope, grab your caulking gun and run a thick line of liquid nails along the bottom edge of your mat, like so:
Press one of the pieces of rope against the liquid nails. If you find that the rope curls up and off the mat, you can use some clothes pegs or some heavy books to keep the rope attached to the mat until the liquid nails sets.
Once you have the first piece of rope down, you can add the rest of the rope in groups of four or five pieces to make things go a bit quicker. When I was making my mat, I added four or five pieces of rope at a time, then rested some heavy books on top of the rope until the liquid nails was set enough that the rope didn’t curl up (about five – ten minutes).
Keep adding pieces of rope to the door mat until you’ve covered the whole thing.
Once the liquid nails is dry, flip your mat over so that it’s face down. This next step is sort of hard to explain, so forgive my sub-par instructions here.
Basically, what you want to do is use a long piece of twine to tie a knot around each individual piece of rope. This will stop the rope fraying beyond a certain point so that you have a frayed edge mat, not a ‘frayed mess of a mat’.
To do this:
- Cut a long piece of jute twine (about 1.5x – 2x the length of the short side of your mat).
- Tie a knot around the first piece of rope.
- Loop the jute twine under and around the next piece of rope.
- Tie another knot.
- Repeat until you’ve tied a knot around each piece of rope on both sides of your mat.
To finish, use your fingernails to pick at the edges of the rope until it unravels slightly, creating a frayed effect.
And that’s pretty much it!
I’ll hopefully update this post with pictures of the door mat in use once we’ve settled in to our new place. But knowing me I’ll probably forget. So if you’re reading this in 2021 and there aren’t any more pictures…sorry, my bad.
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