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Make A Sisal Rope Tree With A Starfish Topper

I made a sisal rope tree. I may need an intervention. I ordered a big thing of sisal rope earlier this year and I can’t stop using it in projects.

Sisal rope is usually for Summer or Spring decorating. But I think my DIY tree would work for the Christmas season too, especially if you live on the coast and decorate with nautical decor. 

Make A Sisal Rope Tree Topped With Starfish Petticoat Junktion project 5


I started writing a round-up of my sisal projects a week or so ago and thought of another idea for the rope while writing the post. I forget things really easily, so I opened a Word document and wrote the idea down…just so I wouldn’t forget. While killing time the other day, waiting on paint to dry, I went to work on the sisal project. I’m glad I wrote the idea down earlier.

reclaimed board

I found the board in my wood stash. I think I was playing with color combos once upon a time and this was the test board.

white washed wood

I did a little white wash over the blue and green paint then distressed just a bit.

supplies for sisal tree

I gathered my supplies and started cutting the sisal into various lengths. The starfish were purchased with the idea of using them as stars on a flag. I’ll get to that project one of these days. You might remember I used one of the starfish on my rusty seashell bucket.

hot glue for craft projects

I didn’t measure the sisal pieces. … just eyeballed, chopped, and chopped some more. Remember, everything doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s better that way. Hot glue worked the best for getting the rope down with the least amount of effort.

Sisal Rope Tree with Starfish topper Petticoat Junktion nautical beachy coastal decor

Make A Sisal Rope Tree Topped With Starfish

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You have to see the furniture drawer with sisal rope handles…just click here!

If you noticed in the earlier supply photo there are only two starfish. I kept working and placing those two and couldn’t get them to look just right….so I added one more. I love asymmetry.

I’m stepping away from the sisal for the remainder of August….promise.

Do you like my little tree? It’s definitely a nautical or coastal look. Could hang in a beach home year round.

See you guys tomorrow when I unveil my “red” project. Have a great day.

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love this! My mind has been turning to Christmas ideas lately and I think this will be the first Christmas project I do this year!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Just lovely! Sometimes the most simple projects turn out to be the best. Thanks for creating and sharing.

  3. I think I’ll be trying the sisal rope tree very soon.
    Thank you for the inspiration, Robin