And thought, how hard could it be? Well, it was a breeze, in a sense. It took nothing but time and patience. The patience of a saint. Oh, and hands of steel. See, it involves hot glue. Lots of hot glue. The results were so worth it, but the burns sting and the tedium could make you delirious. Here's how I did it.
I started with lengths of 1x2 cut to the size I wanted and screwed them together to make a frame.
If you're handy, or have a handy helper, gluing and stapling some corner blocks are a very good idea too, for added stability.
Gather your hot glue gun, sisal or jute rope (mine was actually manila fiber, which is a bit darker; any natural fiber rope will do) and start gluing at the top corner.
I glued the back and side and wrapped the rope around the front of the frame. I could have gone all the way around to create a truly wrapped frame but realized this would waste half my materials since you'd only ever see the front. I decided to cut and glue the other side and back and conserve my rope.
Keep gluing the rows, pulling as tight as possible, since the rope will stretch and you don't want it to sag. Mine drooped a bit, but it's not too visible, and I don't mind that too much in a handmade piece. And that's the project! Keep gluing and gluing til your hands burn and you're out of your mind with boredom. Then hang the frames and glory in your dedication! Here's a last look.