Whether you call it a plait or a braid it’s still the same thing: three interlaced sections of hair, roping or other material. Say you know all about braiding? You know all about plaiting? Do you only do hair? That’s a shame! If you know how to braid hair then you already know how to make all kinds of things, from decor items, to personal items, to useful and protective things. And, whether you’ve been braiding for years, or only recently started, you’ll be amazed at the new things you’ve created!
Take onion bags – you know, the kind made from plastic netting – and trim them evenly across the top. Braid three of them together, turn them into a circle, then tie the ends together. These braided designs are perfect for scrubbing out pots and pans. Or, braid three of them together and tie the ends together with a rubber band. Place a bow on top and you have a unique kitchen wreath that can be decorated for any time of the year.
One of the most important things you’ll ever braid, if you have a toddler, is a protective edge for coffee tables and end tables. Toddling kids are famous for falling and hitting their face or head on the corners and edges of tables. These falls cause serious injuries – or worse – every year, around the world. Protect your child by braiding a pad that goes around tables. Use small foam tubes from a home improvement store or make your own tubes with cloth and stuffing. Braid the tubes together then choose a way to secure the ends. They can be glued together and the pad slipped over the table when needed (if stretchy or elasticized), you can use glue dots or strips to affix the braid to the table, or you can tie the ends of the braids off with ribbon, then use the ribbon to tie the braid around the table.
Make a long braid, from rope, cloth tubes, or other thick material, then hang it from the ceiling. To do this, cut one piece of rope to the length you want the design to be. Cut a second piece twice that length. Fold the long rope in half then position the end of the second rope at the fold. Now begin braiding. Although the middle rope is not connected it will blend right in when the braiding begins. This arrangement works well to suspend the rope.
Screw in a “c” hook and hang the loop of the braid from it. It can hang halfway down the wall or all the way to the floor. Now use any number of designs to complete the decor piece. Glue on painted clothes pins and use them to hang photos and notes or even to make a Christmas card display. Or, use adhesive “c” hooks, down the length, and use them to hold jewelry, scarves, hair ties and other things.
Create a different display by using glue dots to hold lightweight frames down the front of the rope. The frames don’t have to hold pictures of family and friends; they can have ocean themes for a bathroom or food themes for a kitchen. Don’t want to glue anything to the beautiful rope? Use metal “s” hooks, placed here and there down the rope, to hold assorted items. Instead of suspending the braid from the ceiling you can also hang it on a nail in the wall.
Braid flat pieces of satin ribbon together to create beautiful accents for any number of things around your home. These braids can be glued onto mirrors, cornices, hampers, lamp shades, headboards, foot boards, mantles and more. Use glue dots or strips and you can remove the braids any time you want. If you need really long braids, plait the first set of ribbons, then glue on additional pieces as you need them, and continue braiding. Extra-long pieces can be affixed to wallpaper borders or even baseboards.
Braid clothesline or similar rope to make rugs and more. After braiding a long strands begin twisting the end over itself, and wrapping the roping round and round to form a large circle. Stop when you’ve made a small circle, and stitch or glue the end down, or continue until you’ve created huge circles. Small circles work well as coasters, larger ones as table centerpieces, and huge ones as door mats or rugs. Instead of roping you can use rolled fabric, felt or even scarves.
Braid a toy for your dog or cat by starting with many lengths of yarn. You can make the toy as fat or as thin as you want; as long or as short as you want. Cut many lengths of yarn to one size, then the same amount of yarn pieces which are twice that length. Fold the long yarn in half then slide the other set of yarn pieces between the fold. Begin braiding the separate sections of yarn until you get to the end. Tie off the end and trim yarn if necessary. Thin braids for cats and thick braids for dogs will give them hours of enjoyment.
If you can braid hair you can braid roping, ribbon and other things. You probably already know that but maybe you haven’t braided something for your home in a long time. If that’s true then get busy braiding! Braiding is very quick and easy so you’ll have new things for your kids, yourself and your home in no time!