Shipping tubes, hot glue and twine are all you need to make rope-wrapped containers. They’re super easy to make, utilize items you most likely already have, and best of all, organize your workspace in a cool-looking way.

We wrapped and glued twine around sturdy shipping tubes of different widths, making sure to leave no gaps in between rows. Similar containers like those for oatmeal or wrapping paper could be used too, as long as there’s an end cap or bottom for the container.

A razor handsaw makes it an easy task to cut thick cardboard but, with a little muscle, you could use a utility knife instead. Just be sure to cut straight across.

Sift through your collection of acrylic paints to find just the right colors to go with your décor. Whether for your desk, kitchen countertop or craft room, these rope-wrapped containers will organize your space with a modern touch.

How to make rope-wrapped containers

How to Make Rope-Wrapped Containers
  • 3″-wide shipping tube with end caps
  • 4″-wide shipping tube with end caps
  • ruler and pencil
  • razor handsaw or utility knife
  • hot glue gun
  • spool of twine
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint and brushes
  1. Keeping the end caps in place, measure and mark 6″ from one end of the 3″-wide shipping tube and 4″ from the other. Cut the tube straight across using a razor handsaw or utility knife. Repeat using the 4″-wide tube to make one or two more containers as desired.
  2. Turn one tube upright so the end cap becomes the bottom of the organizer. Apply hot glue to the end of your twine then, starting at the bottom of the tube, glue the end of the twine to the tube. Working one row at a time, apply glue then wrap the twine tightly around the tube until it’s completely covered.
  3. Snip the end of the twine, glue to adhere then trim away any stray ‘hairs.’ Repeat with the remaining tubes.
  4. Use different colors to paint the top 3″ of the twine on each tube. Use the rows of twine as a guideline.
  5. Once dry, fill with supplies and place on desk or countertop.
Using a thick twine or rope will cut down on the amount needed and the time spent to wrap the container.