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The best DIY quick home fixes

We’re so quick to jump out to the shops or browse online when it comes to faulty or worn items, or issues, but there are things we can all do ourselves without having to break the bank. Try out these DIY quick home fixes to surprise yourself on what you can actually do!

Cracked or shabby vases

Forget throwing out a cracked or shabby vase, get creative instead! With natural ropes and a hot glue gun, you can update it in no time, concealing any stains or cracks. Just simply coil the rope around the vase, glueing it down with the hot glue gun, and you’ll have compliments over judgement. If you have a lamp shade looking a bit tired or if it’s been cut, you can do the same.

More storage

By using some leftover planks of wood and rope, you can create some hanging shelves for a rustic storage piece. Sand down your planks, making sure they are all equal in size. Drill holes about 3cm from the edges of the planks, and thread thick rope through the drilled holes, tying knots at the bottom of the bottom shelf. Place the next plank where you want it to sit, then open the rope under it, inserting a dowel or nail through it so that the shelf can rest on it. If the rope is a thin one, you can also rest the plank on a knot in the rope to keep it in place. Attach the hanging ropes to the ceiling using swing hangers. Then, place your items on your shelves for more space.

Securing a loose floorboard

Stepping on a loose floorboard is super annoying. Stop that annoyance with this simple, quick DIY fix. For loose nails, try driving them deeper in with a nail set. If the board is bowed, use stainless steel screws over nails, and cover the heads with wood filler. Before you do this, check for pipes or electric cables underneath! You do not want to hammer or drill into a pipe, especially one that could shoot hot water at you.

Creaky stairs

The next time you hear a creak up the stairs, try sprinkling some talcum powder into the joint of the creaking steps. If it keeps happening, you’ll need to strengthen the joints. You can fit glue blocks between the riser and the tread. Prise away the blocks, and inject wood glue into the joint before refitting the blocks.

DIY coasters

Running low on coasters? Use sisal rope and a hot glue gun to make your own. Simply start by coiling the rope and glueing it in place as you coil it. When you’ve reached the size you want, chop off the end and glue it in place. Just by using a bit of rope, you now have your dinner set complete with a nautical, rustic feel. 

Drawer rope handles

Missing some drawer handles? Maybe they’ve fallen or broken off? Cotton rope can be a handy alternative that will last. Simply drill some holes where the handles were and thread thick rope through, tying a knot on the inside of the drawer to keep it in place. Make sure there’s enough length on the outside to grab and tie a knot at the end. Now you can grab and pull your drawers easily without worrying about any knobs coming loose. 

Funky dresser with rope handles

Stuck sash windows

If you’re painting a sash window, keep moving the panels whilst the paint dries to prevent sticking. If a sash does get stuck, score the edges with a craft knife, then use a filling knife between the beads and sash – easing from both sides. Grasp the meeting rail, and shake the sash to break the paint seal. If you need to replace a sash window cord, look no further than here at Rope Source, we have all colours to suit. 

Rehanging a coat rail

Look out for screws in your coat rails pulling away from the wall. Unscrew the rail to review the fixings, and consider adding another in the middle for more support. If the wall you’re attaching it to is made of bricks that have gone soft or crumbly – making screw holes worn and now too big – use a chisel to fashion a tapered peg from a piece of wood for the screw. Knock the wooden peg into the wall and saw the end off to create a flat surface. 

Unless you plan to repaint, put a thin sheet of card underneath the blade and press the blade with your free hand for a straight cut. Mark the centre of the wooden peg, then drill the rail to fix it in place, but don’t fully tighten the screw. Hammer a peg to the other side, then use a spirit level on the top of the rail. When it’s straight, tap a nail into the other peg to hold it in position, then drill your hole and insert the screw. Tighten all the screws up.

Awkward keys

If you’re finding your key is becoming more awkward to work with, then there are easy things you can try. If the key is new, go back to the locksmith for them to take a look at, it may need some fine-tuning. You can also use lubricating spray to ease it in – avoid oils which can attract dirt and could clog up the mechanism. If all else fails, use a locksmith before you replace the key as it could be a simple fix. 

Wobbly chairs

You don’t need to go out and buy a brand new chair, instead do a DIY home fix to save a wobbly chair. Instead of levelling chair legs by sawing them down, build up a shorter leg by putting the chair on a flat surface, and sliding an off-cut, flat piece of wood underneath until it is stable. Draw around the chair leg and saw off the circle with a fine-toothed saw. Glue and screw the chair leg to the wood to keep it firmly in place. You can also minimise movement by placing sticky-backed gliders on the bottom of the legs. 

Before spending a lot more money, try out your skills for DIY home fixes first. You can train your domestic skills, as well as save some pennies. For any rope, cord, or twine materials, we’ve got you covered here at Rope Source. Contact us today for any length or spool requests. 

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The best rope decor ideas to renovate any home

Feeling like you need a little renovation in the home? You can do so much with something as simple as rope! Here’s our pick of the best rope decor ideas to renovate any home. Get the glue gun out!

Hanging rope mirror frame

For a nautical rope hanging frame, like this from Lily Pad Cottage, you can either glue coiled rope to a large circular mirror or glue a mirror to the centre of some study foam board by cutting a large circular frame to fit around the mirror. For the top, cut a slit in the foam board to slide the rope through to cover unsightly rope ends. Then, wrap and coil the rope around the outer edge of the mirror, cutting the ends and taping them so they don’t fray. Once you have coiled to make a good frame –  four coils is good, but it will depend on your rope’s thickness – glue down with a hot gun. To cover up taped ends, unwind a portion of the rope to get a thinner piece and thread it through the slit you cut earlier and wrap around, repeating until it covers all the ends. Hang the mirror and frame with a length of rope, and for a true nautical style, hang it from a dock cleat.

Basket box

Create a homely box basket using some twisted jute or natural rope. All you need is a cardboard box, your rope of choice, a hot glue gun with glue sticks, and scissors. Begin by cutting the top flaps off the cardboard box with your scissors. Then, start the wrapping process, glueing the rope to the box along the way until you reach the top. Glue the final rope in place and use scissors to cut the end. Glue down any frays. Use some fabric (white muslin fabric is in the picture above) to create a custom-size liner. Now you have a perfect bathroom storage unit!

Rope vase

Add a touch of rustic style to your home with a rope vase like this from Julie Blanner. All you’ll need is a good size vase, twisted jute rope, a glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, and a heavy clip. Grab your twisted jute rope, and add some hot glue to the inside of the rope end and attach it to the base of the vase, then begin to coil it around the base tightly, adding glue every so often to the rope. When you reach the top coil at the end, add an extra dab of glue. Use a heavy clip to clamp the rope so it is secured and let it sit for a few minutes until the glue is all set.Then cut the hanging rope end with scissors and glue down any frays.

Rope coasters

Make your own quirky coasters, like these nautical ones from Making Home Base. Using sisal rope, begin the coil base and use a hot glue gun to adhere it together as you coil. Keep coiling until you get to your desired size. Add more hot glue to stick down the final coil and rope end. From there, you can use a stencil by simply cutting out a shape on some card or vinyl, and place it over the middle of your formed coaster. Then use craft paint to colour in the stencil shape. Leave it to dry before peeling off the vinyl or card and voila.

Hanging rope shelf

Create a rustic hanging shelf for your kitchen with the use of wooden planks and thick natural ropes. Sand down some planks that are all equal parts. Drill holes into each corner, about 3cm from the edges, and thread the ropes through, creating knots at the underside of the bottom shelf. Thread the rope through the next shelf, holding it in place of where you want it to be. Open the rope under the shelf and insert a dowel or nail through the rope so that the shelf can rest on it. If the rope is thin, you could also rest the plank on a knot in the rope. To attach the rope to the ceiling, use swing hangers.

Sisal lamp shade

Create a DIY sisal lamp shade by coiling around sisal rope to a lamp shade, starting from the bottom and using a hot glue gun to stick the coils in place. Make sure the bottom seam is not showing under the rope. Continue coiling and using hot glue as you go until you get the rinal top row and glue down the end. And there you have your sisal lamp shade!

Rope pouffe

Use natural ropes to create your very own rope pouffe. Find an old rubber tyre, attach some strong card to the top, and use a hot glue gun to adhere the rope from the centre, coiling around until you get to the outer edge. Keep using the hot glue to keep it firmly in place. Then take more rope, and coil it around the edges, again using hot glue as you go until it’s fully covered. 

Have your creative juices begun to flow yet? Let Rope Source help with all your crafting needs. We have twines, ropes, cords, and lines all in one place! Contact us for any requests for spool sizes and lengths, or for any questions you have. 

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Eco-friendly ways to do household chores

Chores can be the bane of our lives, but making them more efficient and less harmful to the environment can turn them into motivating tasks. Get the gloves on, turn up the music and follow our tips on how to do common household chores in an eco-friendly and fun way.

Reducing water usage

Install water-efficient appliances around the house if you can and turn the tap off when it isn’t needed. Only use what you need and get into the habit of doing just that. If you have a shower and a bath, mix up your routine every now and then. When bathing, fill up with hot water first below the halfway point, and then add in cold water so you can create the right temperature more efficiently. You may find you need less hot water than your first go. 

Green laundering

The most efficient way to do your laundry is to wash with full loads to use less water and energy. But, if you find that you have a small load or just a few tea towels and clothing items that you could do with cleaning and using, don’t forget good old-fashioned handwashing. Wash with cold water first and use low temperatures for the washing machine. 

Hanging washing out to dry

When clothes are washed, instead of using more energy with a dryer, hang them out on a washing line rope, clothes airer or ceiling airer. Better yet, when hanging laundry on a clothes line, use an organic, natural cotton clothes line or a jute clothes line.

Composting and food waste

Nowadays, we’re more apt at recycling and some local councils provide households with food caddies and green bins for our food waste. Make sure you’re always on top of the stock of your biodegradable food bin liners and that you’re using them! Food waste is also brilliant for composting, so you can help your garden as well as the environment. 

Being more methodical with your car journeys

You may be the household taxi driver, dropping off everybody to their clubs, parties, schools and workplaces. On top of that, you need to do shopping trips and any other errands. Have you thought about your fuel wastage here and carbon footprint? Often, people get a bit complacent and end up heading out a few times in a short space of time to end up covering more mileage when they could have got a few errands done in one trip. Taking the time to plan out your journeys better, thinking about grocery shops and other trips that could be done on that same outing can help you save on fuel and money.

Using the same bags for your groceries

The constant increase in the prices of plastic shopping bags drills into us how important it is to minimise our plastic bag usage, so we mustn’t forget our own reusable shopping bags. You can get bags for life and fashionable or plain shopping bags that you can use time and again. You can even get shopping bags that come in small easy-to-carry-and-store bags. Use a rucksack to help carry loads on your back, and keep those reusable bags in the car ready.

Gardening for green waste

When you need to do the lovely chore of weeding, or clearing up garden waste, remember your green bins. All the green waste collected (which includes compostable food waste) gets transported to a composting facility in the UK, where the compost created gets used in farming, landscaping, horticulture, and as a soil improver.

Eco refills

There are many refillable cleaning products out there now. Many brands are creating pouches or big tubs of cleaning products like washing up liquid and hand wash for you to refill at home. Once the containers or pouches you have used to refill bottles at home are empty, you just simply send them back to the company.

Zero-waste shops

There are brilliant zero-waste shops on the rise, where you can go in and only top up what you need, therefore reducing packaging, whether it’s cereal, pasta, oils, toiletries etc. Some even offer eco-friendly cleaning products, like reusable bamboo towels, biodegradable coconut kitchen scourers, eco cleaning brushes, and biodegradable dishwasher tablets. So, from topping up fridges and cupboards to household cleaning, you can do it all in a significantly more eco-friendly way with zero-waste shops.

Sweep over vacuuming

Stick to sweeping where you can, especially on harder floors. We may turn to the vacuum out of habit, but you’ll be using more energy each time, when you may only need to sweep. Plus, when your household cleaning soundtrack is motivating you, sweeping won’t drown it out like a vacuum will, and a sweeping brush makes a great home concert microphone stand. 

There’s also the mechanical carpet sweeper that doesn’t use power, but uses brushrolls to lift dirt – they’re also great for spot cleaning. And if you do use the vacuum, you can get energy-saving models; just remember to empty them out regularly so that they’re always working efficiently. If the vacuum is full or near to, it will have to work harder, using more energy.

Declutter and donate

Next time you’re doing a clear-out, think about donating or even upcycling. Fabrics and clothes work great for arts and crafts or house DIY projects. Decluttering is not only brilliant for the whole household to make more space and to improve organisation, but it works wonders on the mind and can be very therapeutic. Sorting and decluttering can create order in our lives and helps us organise our own minds. And you may be surprised what you find or forget what treasures you had stored away.

Eco-friendly cleaning

With vinegar, water and baking soda, you can get a whole lot of cleaning done without having to stock up constantly on fancy cleaning products, building up plastic in the house. Some examples are with:

Oven cleaning: 

  1. Mix a half a cup of baking soda with a little water to make a paste
  2. Apply the paste on the inside of the oven, staying away from heating elements (gloves recommended)
  3. Allow the paste to sit for half a day
  4. Use a damp cloth to clean out the dried paste
  5. Spray some vinegar on any baking soda residue
  6. Wipe the oven clean with a damp rag
  7. Enjoy a sparkly looking oven again!

Cleaning the fridge:

  1. Create a solution of vinegar and water, using equal parts
  2. Empty the fridge’s contents
  3. Removes drawers and shelves
  4. Spray down the fridge with the vinegar-water solution
  5. Let it sit whilst you clean the drawers and shelves
  6. Then, scrub and wipe down the fridge
  7. Before putting back the contents and food items, make sure they are all clean on the outside


Again, using a vinegar and water solution, simply wipe down condiment bottles to erase germs and grub from those greasy hands that have passed them around.

Recycle pet bedding

Double check with your local council and recycling, but in general, pet bedding can go in your green food and garden recycling bins. So that’s hay, straw, chipped wood, sawdust and wood shavings that can all go in the green bin. 

Microfibre cloths

Sponges can get the job done, but they often are disposable because of the germs they harbour and plastic deterioration. Paper towels aren’t always effective and you have to go through rolls and rolls. With microfibre cloths, you get high-quality cleaning because of the technology of the fibres designed to pick up and wipe away germs and dirt effectively. They’re also reusable and machine washable, so they’re more hygienic than sponges and retain fewer germs.

Now that you’ve got some inspiration in how to make your household chores more eco-friendly, it’s time to put that playlist on and get started! Then after, why not unwind with some relaxing candles – saving on electricity. 

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