Get crafty with manilla rope

I first saw this brilliant post using jute rope to add some style to otherwise ugly extension cords on The Vow, and I had to try it on my own extension cords that ran from my record player and lamp around the corner into the living room.

What you’ll need:


I found a great deal on manilla rope from Knot and Rope Supply, and if you don’t already have a hot glue gun, Amazon sells the mini version with glue for about $5-$7.

So, I actually had two extension cords that I wrapped together, but you can cover just one cord, there are no rules here!


  • Starting at one end, glue the end of the rope to the cords, then wrap the cord over the opening.
  • Continue tightly wrapping the rope around the cord.*
  • Repeat glue process with other end.
  • Plug in, and coil rope, if possible.

*I underestimated how long wrapping the cords would actually take, it was fairly time-consuming, and a workout so just FYI this isn’t a 10 minute project! 🙂

Overall, I’m really happy with the way the cords turned out, and I don’t have to look at white extension cords running along my wall. I did use a mirror propped  to hide where the original cords met the extension cord, but that’s just one idea if your furniture won’t block all the plugs.

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Next project: using rope to wrap an old lamp.

What you’ll need:


Looks familiar, huh? Same deal, different item. The only difference is that you’ll need to apply the hot glue per every wrap, so far more frequently than with the extension cord.

Final results!

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Have you had any success in wrapping lamps, or using rope in other DIY projects? Comment below! 🙂


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