Natural Rope Vase Makeover

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Transform an old vase into a beautiful natural looking conversation piece with my Sisal Rope Vase Makeover tutorial. Don’t miss out on more projects like this, check out my Home Decor Page.

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I bought this huge vase a couple of years ago at my favorite Goodwill store and I had planned to make it over with just some spray paint. But, like a lot of my crafty ideas, I fell out of love with it and it ended up stored in the back of my basement.

Eventually, the trends change, and a couple of months later I was out shopping and saw an expensive rope basket vase at Target. I knew then how I could make that crazy mint colored 80’s vase more modern! I bought some sisal rope from Lowe’s. Grabbed my hot glue gun and got to work. Here’s how I did he transformation~

Sisal Rope Vase


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Spray paint the vase with brown paint. Let it dry thoroughly.

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Start wrapping and hot gluing the rope at the top edge. Make the rows as close together as you can get them. As you can see mine needed to be a little closer.  Wrap the rope around the inner lip of the vase opening last.


Did you notice my sisal rope was a light color? When I made this post the stores did not sell dark shaded sisal rope so I had to stain the rope with wood finish.

Here’s what you do if you cannot find dark sisal rope: Cover the rope wrapped vase with the Spray-on Wood Finish to stain the rope. Wear gloves and rub the stain into the rope after each coat. I used the whole can. Love that they make this stain in a spray can! That’sit! Soo easy and that 80’s vase looks so much better!

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  1. 10.3.12
    Shirlee said:

    Hi. Love the vase especially the spray stain in a can; however, I cannot find it at the Minwax site. Can you tell me where you purchased it? I copied and pasted your exact wording in the tutorial. Do you have a picture of the can?
    Mini Wax Wood Finish Stain Spray Paint in Early American #230.

  2. 3.2.12

    Love this idea. Fun take on ‘wrapping’ something. Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend!

  3. 2.28.12

    How crafty are you!? Love it! Great job and thanks so much for showing off at my place! So darn cute!

  4. 2.27.12

    LOVE! I have a vase that’s going to get this treatment as soon as I can find my roll of twine in the garage. Thanks for linking up.

  5. 2.26.12

    Great look! I’m your newest linky follower-stop by for a visit!

  6. 2.25.12
    Rachel said:

    What a great new look! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  7. 2.25.12
    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real said:

    Love it! My mom has a large vase just like that…I am thinking I may have to sneak it out of her house and do this too! I am hosting my 2nd link party, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  8. 2.23.12
    Tiffany said:

    Wow! That turned out awesome!! I’m sure it took quite a bit of time, but the end result is great!

  9. 2.23.12
    Barb said:

    Love the vase. I love anything with sisal though, so I’m an easy mark! I’m working on adding sisal to our dining room chairs right now.


  10. 2.22.12
    Alyssa said:

    Super cute! Would you ever be interested in guest posting on my blog? if you want the details, just email me :)

  11. 2.21.12

    yes, it DOES look awesome.

    Thank you for your contribution to our ‘Time for a Party’ link-up. Tomorrow we’ll open a new party at and we’d love to see you there then again with a beautiful project like this.

    Till then! Keep up that great creativity!!!

  12. 2.21.12

    Very cool! I really like the color better after you sprayed it. Never would have thought to spray paint the rope.

  13. 2.21.12
    Jennifer said:

    this turned out so awesome! I love the look of rope and other natural fibers !

  14. 2.21.12
    Jennifer said:

    love this! it looks so great and I love the look of rope, natural fibers mixed with other combinations… thanks for sharing your “how to” tip!

  15. 2.21.12
    Ashlee said:

    I love it SO much! Thank you so much for linking this up, I love this vase, what a fun transformation. I’m featuring it today on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays

  16. 2.20.12
    Jessica said:

    Wow! This is stunning! I never would have thought to use rope on the vase, but it adds just depth and texture.

    Hope you’ll link up to my new link party!

    Mauvin’ Monday

    Jessica, your newest follower.

  17. 2.19.12
    Mallory said:

    This is adorable! I hope you’ll link it up to my new linky party! I’m a new follower! Hope you’ll stop by and follow along if you’d like!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  18. 2.17.12

    Love your vase! I didn’t realize they make stain in a spray can! Awesome! I’ve always avoided stain because it was so messy and looked hard to use. I think I could so do that!

    Thanks for sharing your project!


  19. 2.16.12
    Shelbey said:

    I’m new to your blog and I love it!! You have some really fantastic ideas here. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. I’ve shared this particular post on my blog as I think my readers will enjoy it as much as I have.

  20. 2.14.12
    Vanessa said:

    Looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this last weekend at Inspiration Friday! :-)

  21. 2.14.12

    love its new look!

  22. 2.14.12
    Abby said:

    Very lovely! I have a few vases sitting around that could use this!

  23. 2.14.12
    Jerri said:

    That is such a great idea! Pinned!

  24. 2.13.12

    Fantastic project!!! I’ve been wanting to do something similar with candle holders for the longest time – well, your results cinch it; and now, I’ve got some vases to cover too!!!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care,

  25. 2.12.12
    Katie said:

    What?! I didn’t know they made stain in a spray form! How awesome! I love how it tempered down the new rope! The vase looks awesome now!

  26. 2.11.12

    I like the make over. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:

  27. 2.8.12
    Kimberly said:

    Oooo… Love this too! :) Looks super cool now.

  28. 2.7.12

    Hi Kim, Very clever idea. Staining it first was a great idea. Have a great week. Joyous Wishes, Linda