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Lariat Rope Basket
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Kate    Posted 09-04-2002 at 07:25:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking for instructions on how to make a basket out of an old lariat rope. I have searched the net, and can't seem to locate any how-to info, although there is a wide variety of baskets for sale. Any info is appreciated !

Thanks and have a good one~

Kate in TX

Chele    Posted 06-10-2008 at 09:16:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is not that hard to make a rope basket from a lariat rope. I have been doing it as a business for 7 years. You dont need a pot or anything to go around to get your design. Mine are all free hand shapes. Poly ropes do not hold together that well. It takes alot of practice. And each one turns out different. I do baskets,mirrors,picture frames,wall sconces, lazy susans anything is worth a try.

Thresa Morris    Posted 12-20-2004 at 08:03:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband team ropes and the old ropes are stacking up. I've been doing some looking and some asking since I too can not find actual instructions. Glue gun will NOT work. Those I have spoken with say the coils have to be melted together by either a soldering iron or woodworking iron. Use a bowl or pot as a mold and go from there. But some of the ones I have looked at are burnt on the inside. So I'm going to give it a try -- Good luck and keep me posted.

Katrice    Posted 11-30-2005 at 20:53:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Try going on this website. I think it might behelpful for you.
I use old Lariat ropes to make many differnt items from wreaths, basket, trivets, etc.


Claudia Klawitte    Posted 10-21-2004 at 12:30:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Genuine "steer ropers'" Lariats are almost like working with a piece of steel wire. My husband make great baskets without a mold (pot) of anykind. He uses a sodering gun (not sure that is spelled correctly) to melt them together. I have been trying to find out where they make the Lariats. Anyone know? Thanks.

Clemsonroper    Posted 07-19-2006 at 19:53:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
New ropes can be found any number of places on the internet. Notable websites are,, and If willing to pay (just a few dollars usually) for used ropes, which tend to have a more authentic look, contact a local rodeo association discussion board via the web. Hope this is of some help...

Sandy    Posted 02-25-2003 at 21:34:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you ever find any instructions on how to make a lariat rope basket? I have purchased some rope and am trying to locate instructions but have not had any luck so far.


Debra    Posted 11-01-2006 at 07:08:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am looking for directions also..please help.

chris in Ne.    Posted 09-04-2002 at 19:49:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know what you are talking about. If it was me I would use a 3/8 scant poly nylon throw rope or probably better yet a striaght poly as it is easier to work got pretty much the same charasits as a rheata rope. Find a pot the size you want, do the base first till you get to the edge of the bottem of the pot then put the pot on it and start working up. If you got a pot belly ( the pot)when you get up the side where it starts coming back in take it out unless you what to plant something in it I would probably leave it in. Take the end for the handle and loop it like you what. By the way I would probably use the best hot glue I could find. Hope this helps you a little. Good luck, Chris Ne.

ol Henry    Posted 09-04-2002 at 08:44:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
How about wraping it around a big pot of somekind and planting a cactus in it?

JoeK    Posted 09-04-2002 at 07:39:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try this

Margaret    Posted 12-07-2003 at 10:31:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you find a solution? Most I have seen are done with wood burning tool but haven't found instructions.

Kate    Posted 09-04-2002 at 07:59:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, I saw that site already, but a needle and thread would be awfully difficult to pass thru a lariat. I am thinking some type of stiffener or maybe even hot glue would work

Thanks again!

Kate in TX

G Glover    Posted 09-05-2007 at 19:29:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have found that a torch works. I use pliers and heat a nail to red hot, and melt it on the inside of your bowl, following the coil seams.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 09-04-2002 at 16:18:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Saw something like that in a truck stop (Cherokee Village west of Okla. City). It was around a flower pot and held in place by horseshoe nails. Pretty cool! But it was way too expencive for my budget.

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