Farmhouse Rope Bunny Tray

Welcome to another Under $10 on the 10th blog hop! I’m so glad that you’ve dropped by to join in on the fun. Each month on the 10th, I join up with some other wonderful bloggers, and we each create a project that can be made for less than $10. April’s theme is spring/Easter. What’s more spring-ish and Easter-y than a bunny?! So, I’m sharing a white cotton rope bunny tray that goes perfectly with farmhouse decor. After the tutorial, stick around to check out the projects shared by the other ladies in the hop.

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Cotton Rope Bunny Tray Supplies:

All of the supplies come from Dollar Tree unless noted.*

  • 3 packs of white cotton rope- DT has 2 types of white cotton rope, one thinner, one thicker. I used the thicker one that comes in a package of 6.4ft.
  • stove eye cover or splatter screen
  • hot glue gun & glue
  • ribbon for a bow- I used a 1/2″ aqua ribbon from Walmart (97¢)
  • fat quarter of fabric- I used 2 different ones, but 1 will do. I used a pink bunny print & blue & white buffalo check.)
  • scissors
  • thick wire (a wire clothes hanger or something similar)- I used two pieces of a witch hat wreath form leftover from upcycling one into a burlap carrot wreath.
  • transparent tape

The three packs of rope and each quarter of fabric were $1.25 each so this project can be made for $6.25! I already had the ribbon, but if you need to buy it as well, you’ll still only pay $7.25 for it. That’s quite a deal!

Supplies for rope bunny placemat: white cotton rope, fabric, and hot glue gun.
Rope tray with bunny ears made with pink fabric with white bunnies on it extending from the top of the tray, a scrap fabric & ribbon bow, and a handle on each side topped with aqua bows.

Begin to Coil the Rope for the Tray

Making a rope tray is very easy. Last year I made a tray using Dollar Tree’s nautical rope in about 30 minutes. This project is just a little bit different because the white cotton rope is not as stiff as the nautical rope. Therefore, you will need a base to hold it up. You can use a DT splatter screen, a round pan, or a stove eye cover like I did.

When I began the project I didn’t realize it wouldn’t hold on it’s own, so I started the tray outside of the eye cover. You live, you learn, no biggie. In my pictures you’ll see that I’m making it without a base, just do what I do in the photos, but inside or on top of your base.

Place some hot glue on the end of the rope where the tape is. The tape is there to keep the rope from unraveling.

Adding hot glue to the end of the rope to start to form the rope placemat.

Roll the rope in on itself, forming a flat ball.

Rolling the rope into a flat ball starting the bunny placemat.

Squeeze hot glue on the outside of the rope ball and continue to roll the free rope around the forming flat ball.

Continue to glue and roll until you run out of rope or the base is full/covered. If you run out of rope before the tray is covered, add hot glue to the end of a new rope and press it right up against the end of the first one. Keep going in this manner until the pan or screen is covered.

You won’t need to do this, but since I didn’t start my bunny tray in my stove eye cover, I had to move it there at this point. I added hot glue to the inside of the cover and placed the formed tray inside.

Rope bunny tray with pink fabric ears, handles with teal bows, and a cup with flowers on the tray.

Cover the Outer Rope Tray

I wanted the tray to seem to stand on its own, so I the stove eye needed to be covered a bit more. Add hot glue to the top edge of cover (or splatter screen, whatever you’re using) then press the rope onto it. Keep adding glue and rope until the entire thing is covered.

Cut the rope and cover it with tape so that it doesn’t fray. Then glue the end to the tray and against the rope where it started.

Taping the edge of the cut rope so it doesn't begin to fray on the tray.
Spring rope bunny tray with flowers and Easter egg pick on it.

Form Bunny Ears

With the base of the tray made, it’s time to create bunny ears. You can use a good thick floral wire or a wire coat hanger. The coat hanger will probably hold up best. After I upcycled my witch hat wreath form into a carrot wreath, I had two triangle shaped wires leftover that had once formed either end of the hat’s brim. I thought those would make the perfect bunny ears.

Shape your wire into a point in the middle, then bend the ends out a bit, finally bending them back in a little, forming a not quite fully formed triangle at the other end. It’s probably easier if I just show you. This is how your ears should start:

I mistakenly thought I could glue the ears to the back of the tray, so I made the ends like this:

They are too thick to be glued to the back of the bunny rope tray, so you’ll need to mold the ends of the ears to sit against the round outside of the tray.

Bending the bottom of the bunny ear flat so it can be glued to the rope bunny tray.
Spring rope bunny tray with flowers and Easter egg pick on it.

Cover the Bunny’s Ears

Go ahead and iron the fabric if need be.

Ironing the fabric to cover the ears for the bunny rope tray.

Lay the fabric facedown then place the bunny ear on top of it. (Ignore the fact that my ears are pointed at both ends. I had to horrendously fix this later by removing part of the fabric. AGHHH! Yours however will already be formed correctly so that won’t happen to you.)

Metal bunny ear shape laying on pink fabric.

Cut around the wire, leaving enough fabric to wrap around it and glue in place. Add hot glue to the end of the wire and wrap the fabric down on it.

Hot gluing fabric to the metal bunny ear.

Continue adding glue to the wire and wrapping the fabric over it.

I slightly bent my second bunny ear so that it kind of points to the side. I like the character it gave to my little guy. If you do the same with yours, make sure you do it before you cover it in fabric otherwise the fabric will be too0 tight to allow it to bend.

With both ears now covered in fabric, it’s time to trim them with the rope. Add hot glue to the edge of the wires and press the rope on to it.

Cut off the excess rope and tape it so that it doesn’t fray. Then, glue it in place. Repeat these steps on the second ear.

Rope bunny tray

Attach the Bunny Ears to the Rope Tray

Squeeze a few lines of hot glue, as wide as one of the ears, on the top of the stove eye cover. I would suggest adding the glue just to the side of where the two ropes on the outside of the tray meet. That way you can cover the two pieces of tape with a bow later.

Gluing bunny ear to the rope tray.

Place an ear on top of it and hold it in place for a few moments while the glue dries.

Gluing bunny ear to the rope tray.

Leave about 2.5″ of blank space then add the second ear.

Rope bunny tray complete with a white mug, flowers, and Easter egg pick on it sitting out as spring decor.

Add Rope Handles

Next, you’ll add two handles to carry the tray with. Measure and cut two pieces of 6″ rope. Again, tape off the ends.

Shift the rope to the side a bit so that you can access the bottom of the eye cover, about 3.5″ from the outside of one of the ears. Squeeze hot glue into the bottom and place one end of a handle into the space.

Leave about 3″ and glue the other end of the handle in place.

Repeat the process on the opposite side, placing the second handle.

Make a Bow

Choose your favorite ribbon and make a bow for the top of the bunny. A simple two loop bow will look best. Or- you can do what I did and create a rag bow to match the fabric and/or patterns that you’ve used this season. This spring I’ve gone all out with buffalo check, so I felt I needed to add it to this piece as well. A few weeks ago I picked up some blue and white buffalo check fabric from Dollar Tree, so I used it for my bow.

Cut about eight strips of fabric that are about 1″ by 6.” I used the buffalo check as well as the pink bunny fabric from the ears. If you’re only using one fabric, you’ll need sixteen strips.

Fabric strips cut in 1x6 pieces to use in a bow.

Lay them out in a crisscross pattern, alternating prints.

Fabric strips cut in 1x6 pieces crisscrossed to a bow.

Once you have all of the fabric laid out, secure it in the middle with a pipe cleaner or piece of floral wire.

I wanted to add the aqua color that I’ve used in my other spring decor, so I added a small two loop bow made with `1/2″ aqua ribbon. I glued it to the pipe cleaner with hot glue.

Gluing an aqua bow to the fabric scrap bow.

Add Bows

Squeeze hot glue on the back of the bow and place it on the outer rope, right between the bunny ears, thus covering the joining of the two rope ends.

Finally, make two small bows using the 1/2″ ribbon. Place a dot of glue on the back, then place one on the middle of each rope handle.

Your bunny rope tray is ready for its place of honor!

Easy peasy right?! I love how my little fella turned out!

Spring decor rope bunny tray with flowers and Easter egg pick on it.

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21 thoughts on “Farmhouse Rope Bunny Tray

  1. How cute is this? I love it! And I have everything ( except the stove cover to make one) Our Dollar Tree doesn’t carry the stove covers. However, I think I can come up with something similar . So cute!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you! They usually have them on the wall in a two pack, one small & one large. It’s been a while since I bought them, so they may not see them anymore.

  2. Well, this is too adorable!! I just love how clever your sweet bunny tray is Niki! And to think you made it for considerably less than $10 is amazing! Super super cute and a great tutorial, thank you!

  3. Niki, how sweet! I love your adorable tray. Such details too. You know, it is so cute, I could easily see making a few more and using them as chargers too. I can see all the smiles from your guests when they see all the goodies served from this unique and original tray for Easter. I am sure it is perfect to arrange all sorts of items on it for some stunning vignettes. Thank you for sharing all of the steps involved. Happy Easter!

    1. If I can get enough rope, I may do that! It took me forever to make this one since I took it apart so many times, but I think the others would go a lot quicker.

    1. Yes! That would be a great idea. I did that with some nautical rope trays that I made last year. If I can get enough rope, I may do a little tablescape with them. I don’t post most of my tablescapes, since I mostly do tutorials, but if I make that may of these trays, I’ll certainly do a post on that lol!

  4. Love this Niki! Such a creative idea and it turned out gorgeous! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. Pinned! Happy Easter!

    1. Thank you! I’m uploading another version tonight that I’m using as fun placemats for our Easter dinner tablescape. I couldn’t stop making them because I thought they were so cute!

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