How to Weave a Rope Door Mat

by Linda Shepard
You can weave rope into a sturdy door mat.

You can weave rope into a sturdy door mat. Images

A sturdy rope door mat will keep the dirt out of your house while adding a stylish element to the doorway area. An uncomplicated rug loom can be made from scrap wood, so you can make your own rope door mat. The mat also makes a thoughtful, homemade housewarming gift for a new homeowner. Look for a variety of rope color options at hardware stores.

Items you will need

  • Large piece of 2-inch thick scrap wood
  • Tape measure
  • Two sawhorses
  • 100 4-inch long nails
  • Hammer
  • 12-foot length of 1/2-inch diameter rope.
Step 1

Draw a 3-foot-by-5-foot rectangle on the scrap wood with the tape measure and a pencil. Mark every 1/2 inch on the rectangle.

Step 2

Place the scrap wood on the sawhorses and pound nails through the wood at the 1/2-inch markings, allowing 2-inches of nail to protrude on the opposite side of the wood to make the loom.

Step 3

Turn over the loom and wrap the rope around the short edge nails from edge to edge to create the warp.

Step 4

Weave the rope under and over the strands of rope on the loom, wrapping the rope around the nails to create the weft and ending at the beginning corner.

Step 5

Cut the rope and tie the two ends of the rope together securely in a double knot. Lift the completed rug from the nail ends.


  • "Fun with String"; Joseph Leeming; 1974
  • "McCall's Golden Do-It Book"; Joan Wyckoff; 1962

About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.

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