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Rope-Handled Caddy

Presenting—a stylish catchall for your odds and ends that can be effortlessly carried from room to room.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2011


Tip: Banish frayed ends on a piece of rope. Lay a piece of waxed twine against rope, in same direction as the unraveled strands. Secure twine by winding more twine around rope, until at least 1/2 inch of fraying portion is covered. Knot and cut twine.


  • Wooden tray (Pictured: Blond wood tray, 12 inches by 12 inches by 3 inches,

  • Drill with 1/2-inch drill bit

  • 1/2-inch-thick natural-fiber rope

  • Twine

  • Cement glue

  • Painters' tape

  • Craft knife


  1. Drill 2 holes 4 1/2 inches apart on ends of tray.

  2. Cut a 13-inch length of rope for each handle. Feed it through the holes.

  3. To hold rope in place, wrap twine around each end 3 times, gluing it as you wrap.

  4. Use tape to secure twine until dry. Remove tape, and trim excess rope with craft knife.

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