TGIF! I’m here today to share how you can make a towel holder with rope – a DIY project I did as part of my kids’ bathroom redesign. I hope to share the complete room redesign post soon but I still have a few more projects to finish up. The bathroom has a nautical/rustic feel to it and I love how this towel holder works so well in this space.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
• Rope. I bought white twisted nylon rope at Home Depot that’s 3/4″thick. The length depends on how far you want your holder to extend. My rope is about 30″ long. I didn’t use sisal rope because I thought it would be too coarse for this project.
• Sharp scissors or a utility knife
• Two 1/2″ galvanized clips. These can be found in the plumbing section of any home improvement store such as Home Depot.
• Glue gun and/or clear nail polish
• Screws and wall anchors
• Tools: drill, screwdriver, hammer, measuring tape
And here are the steps:
Ideally, you want to buy your rope to be the exact length of your towel holder so you don’t have to cut it yourself and seal the ends. Home supply stores will cut and burn the ends so it won’t fray but sometimes the edges turn black when they do this. So if you do need to cut your rope, you can do the following to prevent the edges from fraying: First, when you’ve figured out how long you want your towel holder to be, use a hair elastic and wrap it around the rope just above where you will be cutting it. Use sharp scissors or a utility knife to cut the rope and then hot glue to seal it. Clear nail polish would work too you just need a lot of it.
Next, tie a knot at each ends of the rope. I just did a single standard knot and this worked great. Don’t leave too much extra rope hanging.
Figure where you want your towel holder to be positioned on the wall and attach one of the galvanized clips where the right side of the holder will be. Make sure one end of the rope with the knot is through the clip. I used screws with wall anchors so I needed my drill, screwdriver, measuring tape and hammer.
Attach the other galvanized clip with the left side of the rope/knot to the wall where the other side of the towel holder will be. Be sure that both clips are even.
Hang your towel and admire your custom-made rope towel holder with a nautical/industrial feel!
I can’t wait to show you the rest of this bathroom transformation. I think you can see a hint of it in this picture. It’s been a slow process but it’s almost done. Enjoy!
Kaylor Little says
I love this idea!
What a super cute idea. Very nautical. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
Thanks so much Judy!!
Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Circle link party!
Thanks so much – and thanks for another great link party!
The Cofran Home says
This is adorable! Such a cute and simple idea I’ve never seen before!
Thanks, Mary! The kids love it!
This is such a cute idea!
Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll linky party!
Thank you and thanks for a great link party!
Hi, I’m writing a blog post about beach themed decor for a new RV makeover blog I’m starting. Would you mind if I included a photo and link to this tutorial in my article?
Hi Ashley – thanks for asking! I would LOVE it if you were to feature my post on your blog!! I love this project and it has held up so well – even with 3 kids! Thanks again!!
You’re welcome! And thank you!
Renee Eddings says
This is what I’ve been searching for! I’m decorating a small bathroom with this theme. There’s really no space for a towel rack. This will work perfectly. I’m so excited!
Yeah!! Good luck – you’ll love it!
Amy Hertzog says
I noticed in your bathroom idea that you happened to have the same wallpaper product that I was thinking of buying for my bathroom. It looks like wood planks. I was curious if you could tell me anything about this product since you have used it in your home. Was it easy to install? I have never worked with pre-stickable wallpaper before. I am afraid It might be hard to get it straight and then even harder to match up and get straight the second and so on pieces next to the one I start with to go across my wall. Any helpful suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. I was also curious on the durability of it for a bathroom environment. Has it begun to peel at all? Thanks so much!
Hi Amy – I got that wallpaper from a local store but the manufacturer is Brewster Home. I couldn’t find the exact color online but click this link – it’s very close: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B5B5336/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=grecodesignco-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01B5B5336&linkId=c9d78ce757d35d8ad7d03d83972b4d1a
It was very easy to install. It’s self adhesive and not permanent so I could move it a bit if it wasn’t lined up perfectly. It’s been up – in a highly used bathroom and it’s help up really well. Lining up the sheets wasn’t hard at all. My bathroom is small and I installed it myself. But I would suggest having another person to help hold the sheets. I would definitely try it! It’s on the beginner sale of difficulty.
Send pics if you do it! Good luck!
Love the towel holder.Thank you for the diy tutorial.
thank you!! Good luck!
DIY Crafts says
What a cute idea! Thank you for sharing this, I’ll add this in my next to do to list and try to make one cool like this.