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At this point, you should know that this blog is nothing if not a bastion of crafting and frivolous storytelling. So in an effort to live up to the legacy, I bring you “Tales of a Bargain Shopper.” Alternate title: “How I spent all my money on a whole bunch of stuff I do not need because it was on sale.”

I guess it’s all my husband’s fault. He sort of has this rule where he will buy anything if it’s 80% off or more. Anything. I’m pretty sure he would buy a pallet-full of enemas if they were cheap enough. For a while he was buying mp3 players by the truckloads. Every week, another mp3 player would show up in the mail and he would just smile and tell me what a great deal it was. Now, I get it. mp3 players were the jam back in the day. But when you only have two ears, it’s sort of ridiculous to own thirteen of them. Call me crazy but I think I’m right on this one. No normal two-earred man needs to own a baker’s dozen of electronic musical devices.

…but I think it’s rubbing off on me. This week, while I was in Tampa shooting at HSN, I got the chance to shop at the employee store where all sorts of goodies are for sale a big ‘ol discount. It’s the best. And I bought up the place. Suffice it to say, I came home with enough statement necklaces to make Mr. T blush and enough craft supplies to pimp my ride with patterned paper. I can’t turn down a good deal, even if it begins to resemble hoarding.

The same thing basically happened with my embroidery floss obsession when I partnered with Commonthread. As a part of my work with them, I needed to stock up on supplies and was able to get it at a big ‘ol discount. Which means loads of DMC Embroidery Floss. I’m talking box fulls of embroidery floss. I put all that floss to work in today’s DIY and I’m pretty excited about how this turned out!

DIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask love

What you need:

  • Two paper mache cylinders (one medium sized, one large sized – I picked mine up from Hobby Lobby)
  • Assorted colors of DMC Embroidery Floss 
  • Hot glue gun
  • cotton cord (available at the fabric store)
  • Dark permanent marker pen
  • Craft glue (not pictured)


  1. Pair the large paper mache lid with the medium paper mache bottom
  2. Use the hot glue gun to glue the cotton cord to the bottom of the cylinder


  1. Wrap the cord around the entire cylinder
  2. Secure the cord with a clip


  1. Use the permanent marker to draw a pattern onto the cord
  2. For my pattern, I went with southwestern diamonds and drew lines in several places onto the cord.


  1. Unwrap the cord from the cylinder (though the end of the cord will remain attached to the cylinder where you hot glued it into place) Once unwrapped, use your lines as a guide and wrap embroidery floss over each line. I used a colored marker before unwrapping the cord so that I would know what color to use on which pattern. Note: Don’t wrap the embroidery floss tightly! This will shrink the diameter of the cord and distort the finished pattern.
  2. Once you’ve finished adding embroidery floss to the cord, add craft glue directly to the cylinder.


  1. Begin wrapping the cord around the cylinder again and you’ll begin to see your pattern come to life!
  2. Once you’ve finished wrapping, use the hot glue gun to secure the end of the cord.

DIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask love

The finished product is super impressive but also really affordable…since you spent all your money on necklaces. You can get crazy with the designs of this and make it your own. Trust me – this is a fun one to make!

DIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask love

DIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask loveDIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask loveDIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask love

DIY Wrapped Rope Container | damask love

Another Commonthread project is in the books, sisterfriends! I’m really enjoying working with yarns and such…I hope you are too!  You can check out my other Commonthread posts here and here,

Much love to Commonthread for partnering with Damask Love on this post. I received payment, product or both in exchange for this original content. All project ideas, photographs and wackadoo stories are all my very own.


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24 thoughts on “DIY Wrapped Rope Container

  1. With all due respect: SHUT UP!!! (shaking my head) I don’t know how you do it, but I’m sure glad you do (and share)!!

  2. all of your turtorials make me want to run out and buy all the supplies! I will reign it in and only buy the necessary things (just received my crop a dile yesterday- can’t wait for notebooks galore!). Love these rope containers,so pretty!

  3. I don’t know how you think this stuff up – how incredibly creative!!! And I love that you used this super cute container to hold the floss! You made me laugh when you talked about buying anything when it is a super good deal. I’m glad to know I am not the only one with that issue. 🙂

  4. You had me rolling here Amber! My (two eared) husband also has way to many personal music devices too! That and flash lights! I don’t know what it is, but it is maddening. Your addiction to crafts supplies is way more reasonable 🙂 This project turned out so cute and just got my creative juices flowing with fun ideas for all those beautiful colored flosses! Always so inspiring when I stop by here 🙂

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  6. Amber this project is super cute. I think I’ll make my niece one, who will turn 2 next month for her birthday to put her hair bows and barrettes in. I know her mom would appreciate it. Lol! Thanks for the idea!

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