By June 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat

Nautical Knot Doormat

My friend Margie has these wonderful Nautical Knot Doormats scattered throughout her house. She makes them herself out of recycled climbing rope. Pretty ingenious! Margie and I have talked for a long time about getting together and making one. Well, we finally made it happen.

This is a great project to do with a friend. Margie and I had a delightful time making our doormats. Nice weather allowed us to work outside on her patio. As we worked, we exchanged funny stories about our lives and families. We really became closer friends.


nautical knot

The first step to making the rug is laying out the rope in the shape of the knot. Margie and I used the pictured instructions for a nautical knot rug by Lesley Shepard. However, I recently found instructions on the Martha Stewart website  which I think are easier. Once the initial knot shape is laid out, it’s just a matter of weaving the rope through the knot continuously until all the spaces are filled.

Margie gave me some really good tips for making my doormat.

Rug top loops & end loopsWhen you are laying out the starting knot keep in mind the basic shape of the outer loops of the rug. There are three loops at the top and the bottom and one loop at each end.


rug knot loopsIf you keep referencing these loops, and try to keep them relatively even as you weave the rope, you will have less adjusting to do later.


rug - weaving the ropeWhen you start weaving the stands of rope through the knot shape, pull the rope through a whole section, from side to side, at one time.  A big time saver! Also, as you pull the rope through a section keep track of the starting end of your rope. That way when you start weaving a new section you don’t have to go hunting for the starting end in your pile of rope. Another time saver!  I tried to keep my starting end in my lap.


rug - starting a new ropeSince this was my first rug, Margie thought it would be easier for me to work with shorter pieces of rope. I ended up using three pieces. I joined the pieces with a rubber band.

Once I had my doormat woven, I spent some time adjusting spots where the rope was either too tight or too loose. The rope strands should fit snuggly side by side, but not over lap.  With beginners luck, I had very little adjusting to do. Margie, however, spent quite a bit of time adjusting her ropes to make sure they were all even and tightly spaced. She’s a perfectionist.


Lisa hot glue gunWhen all my stands of rope were adjusted perfectly, I pulled out the old hot glue gun.


RUG JOINING ENDS_edited-1First, I worked on the joints where I changed to a new piece of rope. I burnt the ends of the rope to seal them. Then, I hot glued the ends to the rug.


rug start and stop ends_edited-1I did the same with the beginning and ending rope. I decided to have a top and bottom side to my rug, so I was not too particular as to where the ends started and stopped. But, if you want to use both sides of the rug it’s possible to place the joints and your rope ends where they are quite inconspicuous.


rug gluing_edited-1

To keep the ropes in place I squirted a little hot glue under the over lapping sections of rope.


nautical knot

rug w shoes

My sturdy nautical knot doormat is now outside of my back porch door, where I’m sure it will get years of use. Richard commented that it looks too nice to use. But, with all our desert dust Richard won’t be thinking that for long. Thanks, Margie, for a great time and a fabulous doormat!

If you want to make one of these doormats, try getting free climbing rope from a center that teaches climbing. Margie says most of these places are only allowed to use the rope so many times before it is discarded, and usually they are happy to see their rope put towards another use.

Posted in: Crafts, PROJECTS

1 Comment on "DIY – Nautical Knot Doormat"

Trackback | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Niki says:

    You gave great instructions and very clear photos.

Post a Comment