You may remember that back in December a bunch of bloggers decided to do a Secret Santa/ Thrift store flip blog hop. If you want to see the fun gifts I received from my Secret Santa, you can see them HERE. I absolutely loved what I got and have rearranged my whole vintage camera collection just because of the new one I received. I'll be sharing more about that later, but today is the thrift store challenge reveal day!
As much as I liked my personal gifts, I was quite unsure about my thrift store flip items 🙂 The criteria for the flip items was that the item/ items be $5 and under.
My item was this green basket.
After pondering what to do with this green machine, I came up with a good plan and got to work on it right away. I love baskets and use them all over my house to stash a variety of things from pillows, blankets, craft project to books. I decided to try to make this ugly duckling fit in with the many other baskets I have around the house. Most of my existing baskets are rope or brown wicker. Since it was a nice size, I could easily see it being used to house small items.
I decided to wrap the entire thing in sisal rope! This required a lot of patience, but not expertise.
Here are the steps I took to upcycle this into a brand new basket.
SISAL ROPE BASKET MAKEOVER
Items Needed for Project:
hot glue gun and LOTS of glue sticks
1. I decided to spray paint the inside white. I didn't bother with the outside because I knew it would be covered, but I did not want the inside which you would see to be the green, so instead I opted for white.
2. After letting the spray paint dry, turn basket over and begin hot glueing rope around the bottom.
3. Use a lot of glue both on the basket and the rope in the row above. The goal is to get it to stick not only to the basket but to the row above so there is not a gap between rows.
4. Continue working your way around and up the basket row by row gluing as you go. One trick I used was after gluing one section, I would push it as close to the one above as I could and then move on to the next section.
5. I decided to take the rope all the way around the lip of the basket and cut the strand off at an angle. Tuck and glue the finishing piece up and under to complete the look.
To finish it off, I decided to add a small chalkboard that I picked up at Michaels. I cut off the loop and hot glued it on the front.
I found the perfect spot to house some small books that I frequently use in my reading chair.
I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
What do you think?
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