DIY Rope Shelf Decor Gift Idea #2

I had this “grand” idea that I was going to post a DIY project once a month this year…not sure if my typical procrastinator self is showing true colors or if everyone is feeling that this year is flying already?!

Last month I scrambled to post the DIY Morse Code bracelets before January was up and now here this month’s DIY post is barely making it, and it doesn’t help that February cuts me shy a few days!!! …Of course this year is a leap year, thankfully, otherwise this post surely wouldn’t have happened!!!

Ugh but alas here we go, and the best part is this project is so darn quick, simple, and decor versatile that it keeps me excited about throwing this post together at the last minute!

Isn’t it sweet? Lets get started!

You will need:

a 1″ x 4″ pine board in a 6 foot length (which would make 5 to 6 shelves)

3/8 inch or 10 mm Rope Purchase through Amazon here (or rope of your choice)


Tape measure


Masking tape

Compound miter saw

Drill (with bit same size as diameter of rope)

Fine grit (220) Sandpaper and sanding block

Paint or stain (if preferred) with brush or rag

Total costs: under $25 but that gets you approximately six shelves made


First off you will cut your board to a preferred length, 12 inches seems to work nicely.

Then you will mark all four corners at a 1/2 inch.

Next you will need to drill all four corners.

If your material is rough now would be the time to sand all the flat surfaces and sharp edges…can’t stand this part FYI…

After sanding and wiping any sawdust off the board you may paint or stain.

After painting or staining allow your piece to cure for at least 24 hours. (Time frame may vary depending on temperature and humidity.)

On to the rope hangers!

You will cut two 33 inch pieces of rope. This needs to be pretty precise so that the pieces end up the same length. After cutting the rope you’ll want to twist any frayed ends together and then wrap masking tape around those ends to make it easier to feed the rope through the holes in the board.

One rope per end. Then tie knots at the end of your ropes leaving approximately a half inch tail on each end. Again this step should be precise so that your shelf hangs evenly once finished.

That’s it, last and best part is hanging it for display.

Note: If you plan to place items on the shelf that you will be using frequently then using the triangle display formation may cause the shelf to teeter once an item is removed therefore it may work better to hang your ropes individually, one rope per nail like so:

Thanks for “hanging” with me through this DIY!! Be sure to let me know if you end up making one of these rope shelves. Works great as a gift or to keep for yourself!

Also keep in mind all rope lengths and shelf lengths can all be customized to your liking as far as size or length goes.


We’ve also made a double rope shelf, which I’m not going to give directions on but it’s just a matter of using longer rope and tying knots under each board at your desired length. The picture below should be able to give you a good idea.

P.S. Thanks husband for helping put this post together, your photography skills, your wording, the cheap makeshift sanding block idea, your somewhat noteworthy patience with me…k I’m done!!😉

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

21 thoughts on “DIY Rope Shelf Decor Gift Idea #2”

  1. Very cute! So much work went into this post! Are you sure that you’re a procrastinator and not trying to do too much? Read my post on productivity on my God’s Kid blog. 😃 I was definitely trying to do too much. It sounds like you are, too, but that’s between you and God to decide. Love you Ali. Enjoy life. ❤ That's the page I'm trying to get on. It's definitely more peaceful when you don't try to do everything.

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    1. Definitely agreed…our sermon this past week was from 1 king 19 where Elijah calls Elisha and Elisha obediently “burns his plow” to go and do the calling of God..ya I’ve got some plows or distractions to burn for sure and I’m trying to sort that out. It’s tough, we also learned in the sermon that ‘the good is the enemy of the best’…so though the things I’m busy with are good they’re keeping me from the best…pretty sure I’m gonna give up the jewelry making for starters and then from there I’ll keep figuring out my next steps. Thanks for reading.❤️

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      1. It seems difficult to give things up at first. At least I wrestled with it, but when I realized that it was for the best I actually felt really good about it and much more peaceful. Love you Ali! ❤

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    1. Haha ya I think it is if I remember right!! I’m not terribly creative to come up with ideas on my own but I can usually add my own twist to something.


    1. Thanks!!! Not my own idea lol but they’re fun to make and can easily have their own unique flair! Let me know if you end up making one 😉thanks for commenting!!


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