Wednesday, April 03, 2013

altered easter baskets

There is a good chance if you have kids, you probably have Easter baskets leftover from last weekend. I can't bear to get rid of a good basket (I use then to organize my supplies) but I also don't have much use for pastel baskets with big handles. So I went to work altering some Easter baskets in three different (and simple) ways...

The first thing I did was cut the handles off the baskets. A basket without handles is easier to use for storage in different places. 

Wrapping the surface with different materials is a simple and fast way to transform a basket. 

I used upcycled fabric, braided it and wrapped it around the basket, using hot glue as I wrapped.
Cord (ribbon, fabric, string, yarn or anything that can be wrapped) will work!
Covering a basket with fabric is just about the easiest way to make it new. All you need is a piece of fabric (an old scarf, t-shirt, scrap of fabric) and some hot glue.




With a little spray paint you can easily alter a basket. Keep it plain or add details. I used a white paint pen to add details. 


11 comments:

  1. What a good idea they look great xxx

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  2. Wonderful idea - thank you :)

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  3. What a good way to recycle those Easter baskets! Even if you don't have some left some the weekend I bet there are on a good sale right now! Thanks for sharing

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  4. many thanks for the info,,,,,,,,,

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  5. Terrific ideas for those Easter baskets! Particularly like the black and white painted basket. I also have a question and cannot find an email for you so: I purchased your book SEW WILD when it came out and I LOVE it!!! The DVD is in a "sticky sealed" clear plastic envelope in the back. When I pulled my DVD out of the plastic, apparently some of the "sticky" adhered to it and messed it up. Do you have a suggestion as to how to remove the sticky stuff safely so it doesn't stall and skip when I am trying to watch it? Thanks so much for your help!

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  6. thank for the information,

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  7. Very cool. I've accumulated many over the years that are hanging out in my attic.

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  8. I like them, thank you for sharing.

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  9. WOW~~~ ; )

    Love your window seat too. I love coming to your blog, you are such a positive inspiration.

    xo
    Monika
    artist in Canada

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  10. you are brilliant as usual, alisa!! :) especially love the braided fabric one!! :) xoxo

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  11. this is really clever! I especially like the black and white one-- and I was like duh, of course cut off the handles, why didn't I think of that?!

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