For a rustic or nautical look rope is perfect.
Create an instant and cool container with a can or glass jar, a little rope and some glue. Wash out the can or jar of your choice, remove the label and any glue residue and dry thoroughly. Apply glue to the bottom inch of the container. Make sure the end of the rope is firmly attached at the bottom. Then start winding the rope tightly around the container all the way to the top. Glue the end of the rope firmly and there you have it.
When using a can I prefer to leave no gaps, but on a glass jar it looks pretty to leave space to see through. You can buy cord or sisal rope from any craft store.