Though it’s not listed on my About page, one of my major pastimes is browsing Wayfair, adding pretty things to my cart and then never buying them. I’ve come across these beautiful dipped baskets many times on the site and I love how they look:
Instead of shelling out the cash, I thought I would take inspiration and try upcycling an old basket I had at home (with some added flair). Get ready because this upcycle is truly easy and CHEAP.
You will need:
- Old basket
- Acrylic paint
- Square paintbrush
I’ve collected a number of baskets over the years. This one used to hold my purses and wallets. It’s soft-sided, loosely woven and looks like sea grass. If you don’t have an old basket lying around, thrift stores are great places to find one.
Throw Some Colour on it
I had a lot of fun painting this basket because it doesn’t require much precision at all. Basket weaves are not kind to paintbrushes so I would suggest using one you won’t miss. A square-shaped brush that’s on the stiffer side is good for getting in the nooks and crannies. I used the woven rows as a guideline (no measuring needed) and added the white strip to clean up the look a little bit.
If you’ve never made tassels, now’s your time. They are one of the easiest things to craft and all you need is your hand. Check out this tutorial from Megmade with Love.
I used a medium-weight cotton yarn and wrapped it around my hand 40 times to make this size tassel. You can make them as wispy or bulky as you want, depending on the yarn you choose and how many times you wrap it. Making all 4 of them took about 5 minutes. Then I trimmed the bottoms so they looked relatively even and tied each tassel to the basket!
I’m really happy with how this came out! The tassels are a fun addition and scream spring/summer to me, but can be easily removed when I get sick of them (which WILL happen). My beautified basket found its new home in the living room, holding storybooks.
I hope you enjoyed this little upcycle! It cost me a tube of turquoise paint and a small ball of yarn. If you have a random old, fully-functional basket kicking around, I challenge you to spruce it up! And if you do, post it and tag me. I would love to see your creations.