How to Make a Climbing Rope Rug

Every climbing rope must eventually be retired; replacing worn gear will keep you stay safe on the crag. But your climbing rope's retirement doesn't have to be a sad event. Re-purposing your old climbing rope is a great way to get even more use out of one of your most trustworthy pieces of equipment. Climbing ropes can be re-purposed into a number of cool items. Here, we're going to show you how to turn your old climbing rope into a rug.

Climbing rope rugs are popular pieces of decor for climbers and non-climbers alike. The only supplies you need to craft this outdoor-inspired decoration is a climbing rope and a lighter. In this tutorial, we used a two-tone climbing rope. Half of the rope is solid green and half is a patterned green. Ropes like this are often used by climbers so they can keep track of how much rope they have to work with while climbing.

Step 1:

Make a simple overhand knot; the same knot you'd make to start tying your shoes.
Climbing Rope Rug Step 1

Step 2:

Loosen the knot you initially made until it resembles something similar to a large, pretzel-shaped figure. You should have about four to six inches of rope left at the base of this loosened knot.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 2

Step 3:

Take the outer part of the right loop and flip it to the left so that it is crossing over the inner part of the loop.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 3

Step 4:

Take the inner part of the left loop and flip it to the left so that it is crossing over the outer part of the loop.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 4

Step 5:

Pick up the left loop and lay it down so it crosses over the right loop.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 5

Step 6:

Take the other end of your rope (the long end) and weave it through the top-layered loop so that it is being pulled over the top layer of rope and under the bottom layer of rope. Pull the rope all the way through, but do not pull the knot tight.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 6

Step 7:

Grab the short end of your rope and weave it through the bottom-layered loop. It will start by going under the rope you pulled through in step six, then it will go over the top-layered loop, under the rope pulled through in step six, over the top-layered loop again, and under the bottom loop.

Step 7

Step 8:

Look at your rope and make sure it looks like the picture below. This is the base weave of your climbing rope rug.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 8

Step 9:

Take the long end of your rope and pull it through your base weave. Starting at the top left corner loop, weave the long end of your rope in an under-over fashion. The rope should go around the outside of the bottom right corner loop and follow the outside of this loop. Continue tracing the base weave until you get back to where you started.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 9

Step 10:

Following this pattern until you run out of rope or the rug is the size you want it to be. Once your rug is complete, cut any extra rope from the long end.

Climbing Rug Rope Step 10

Step 11:

Flip the rug over. Heat each end of the rope with a lighter. The nylon will melt and essentially become a glue stick.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 11

Step 12:

Once the end of the rope is heated, press it to an adjacent part of the rug while it cools. This will prevent your masterpiece from falling apart. Do this to both rope ends.

Climbing Rope Rug Step 12


Your rope rug is complete. Find a spot for it on the floor, on the wall or wherever you'd like to show it off.

Climbing Rope Rug

To see how it's done, watch our video. In the video we use paracord to show you the process.

posted by
Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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