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Create additional storage for your home with this easy no-sew braided basket – made from an old pot!
Today I’d like to share a way you can turn an old pot into a basket without any sewing. Using this approach, you can take an ugly plastic pot like this:
And turn it into a basket that looks like this:
Upcycle an old pot into a pretty no-sew braided basket
- An old pot, washed thoroughly.
- Jute rope.
- This is for the handles. You can also just use the same rope you use for the main part of the pot. I used this because I had some off-cuts from my no-sew mini baskets I wanted to use up.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- An old pillowcase
- Several safety pins, two hair ties, and a pair of scissors.
Calculating how much rope you’ll need
How much rope you’ll need depends on variables such as the size of your pot (width and height) and the thickness of your rope (the wider the rope, the less length you’ll need). The easiest way to figure out how much cord you need is to buy one packet of rope, braid it, then wrap it around your pot.
If your braid covers 1/3 of the pot, you’ll need to buy 2 more packets. If it covers 1/2, you’ll need to buy 1 more packet, and so on.
I’m sure someone more talented at maths can come up with a formula, but that person is not me. I can’t even do long division. I don’t even know what the ‘long’ in long division stands for.
To begin, cut your rope into three equal parts. Tie the strands together with a hair tie, then braid the cord as you would your own hair.
To limit the amount of tangling, I would braid for a bit, then use an additional hair tie to keep the braided part in place while I untangled the rest of the rope.
When you’ve finished braiding, slide the top of the braid through one of the holes at the bottom of your pot. Remove the hair tie and apply a generous amount of hot glue to attach the rope to the pot.
With your rope in place, begin wrapping the braid around the pot. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back of your braid as you go to keep everything nice and secure.
Stop braiding when you’re about 2 inches from the top of the pot. When you’ve reached this point, it’s time to make the handles.
To do this, drive a pair of scissors into the side of the pot to make two holes. Repeat on the other side.
Cut a piece of jute rope approximately 12″ in length. Tie one end of the rope and thread it through one of the holes:
Loop the rope through the other hole. Tie it off like so:
Repeat on the other side of your pot so that you have two handles.
With your handles firmly in place, wrap the remaining braid around the pot until you reach the top. Secure the end of the rope with a generous amount of hot glue.
The final step is to create the lining for your basket. You can do this with an old pillowcase. Just put your pillowcase inside the pot, fold the opening over the top of the pot, then use a safety pin to pin it in place, like so:
And with that, your no-sew braided basket is all finished!
Have a lovely day xoxo
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