3 Animal-Themed Rope Crafts
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2. Let your child spray the rope with non-aerosol fabric spray paint in his favorite colors. Make sure he wears gloves and old clothes—this paint won't come out! Let dry completely (at least three hours).
3. To create the handle: Bend one end of the rope into a 6-inch-long loop. Use hot glue to attach the end to the body of the rope (an adult's job), then wrap the overlap with leather lace cording; knot to secure.
4. To create the clasp: Thread the end of the rope through a rotatable swivel lobster-clasp clip ($8; amazon.com), and bend back to make a 2-inch loop. Hot-glue the end down (an adult's job), then wrap the overlap completely with leather lace cording; knot to secure.
2. Cut a 42-inch piece of 1/4-inch sisal rope into 3 equalpieces. Gather them together and sandwich a 14-inch piece of floral wire inside the bundle of rope. Peel a strip of duct tape off the parchment paper and wrap it around the middle of the rope and wire, then wrap 2 strips in the other color on either side. Repeat as desired along the whole length of the body.
3. Cut off all but 1/2 inch of the handle of a bamboo spoon. Tuck the end inside the ropes, secure with tacky glue, then wrap with duct tape. Use a marker to draw eyes onto the back of the spoon. Fold a strip of duct tape in half lengthwise, and trim to 1/4-inch wide. Cut a V for the forked tongue, then tape to the inside of the spoon.
4. Secure the snake by wrapping an 8-inch piece of tape around the end of the rope bundle.
2. Begin gluing the rope on top of the outer ring. Continue building the sides by adding glue every 1 to 2 inches, until the basket is 4 1/2 inches tall (6 inches for the larger one). To make the ears, bend the rope into an ear shape, then hot-glue it to the rope on the layer below and on either side of the ear (an adult's job). Leave a 2-inch space, then repeat for the second ear. Trim the end, glue it down, and let dry.
3. Cut three 4-inch pieces of black embroidery floss, and knot them in the center. Lay the basket on its side, ears up. Glue the knot and whisker ends to the basket, then glue a pink button to the knot.
4. Draw eyes onto 1-inch oval wooden craft shapes with a marker; glue in place. Glue a 12-inch piece of rope to the back bottom edge of the basket for a tail. Let dry completely.