Painted Rope Jewelry

Cotton utility rope is knotted and painted with craft paint to make fun and easy jewelry…

Painted rope bangles need no closures - they just slip on and off the wrist.

The older kids can make these on their own.

The knots on this necklace are painted to look like beads.

Stripes add interest and contrast.

A great little piece to wear in the summer.

For this project you will need: cotton utility rope (sold by the bag at Home Depot and in grocery stores), craft paint and a flat paintbrush.

To make the bracelets, measure out a length that will fit your wrist with a few inches added on (you are making a bangle, so you want these to slip on easily - but stay on too). You can leave it smooth or decorate with simple knots. Tie the ends closed and trim excess rope.

Holding the bracelet taut in your hand, start painting. I highly recommend using a flat paintbrush for this - it will help you make straight, clean edges.


Paint one section at a time - allowing to dry about 15 - 30 minutes in between. I used a clothespin to keep the painted rope elevated while it dried.

To paint the necklace, I clipped the rope to a firm paper plate that had a deep rim. To paint the other side, just turn the rope and clip back on. The necklace can dry this way too.

I hope you give this a try - they're fun to make and turn out great. Enjoy! XO, Camilla

Comments (3):

  1. MARY

    May 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Like! Thought rope would be rough on the skin, but this cotton rope would be just fine. Lovely!

  2. Alexis

    May 27, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Holy Moly, you are a Genius…thank you, thank you…we now have our 4th of July craft!

  3. Samantha

    May 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    So simple and cool.

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