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Turn an old or broken basket into a pretty hanging flower market basket with this quick and easy upcycling tutorial.
A few years ago, I salvaged a cute little basket with a broken handle from a pile of rubbish on the side of the road. While I loved the shape of the basket, the broken handle limited what I could really do with it.
After years of neglect, I decided to finally take the plunge, cut the handles off, and give the basket a little makeover.
This is how it looked before:
And this is how the basket looks now:
The whole upcycling process was super quick and easy. So today I’d like to share how I did it with you amazing people!
Upcycle a broken basket into pretty wall decor
- A basket.
- Wire cutters or strong scissors.
- Jute rope and jute twine.
- Iron-on transfer paper + this label printable
- A hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
- An assortment of artificial (or real) greenery and flowers.
I began by using wire cutters to cut the handles off the basket. I like to use wire cutters when cutting thick, rigid materials. This is because I am a puny weakling and they make cutting a lot easier. However, if you don’t have a pair, you can always use a sturdy pair of scissors.
Next, I made the rope the basket would hang from. To do this, I threaded some jute rope through a gap at the top of the basket and created a little loop, like this:
I then used jute twine to tie the loop together, like so:
I decided to use twine because it was less bulky than simply making a knot in the jute rope itself.
I then repeated the above steps on the other side.
Next, I cut a small rectangle out of a scrap piece of drop cloth. I used drop cloth simply because I had some on hand, but any fabric will do.
(Okay. Maybe not neon pink, leopard-spotted faux fur. Which, incidentally, I thought was the coolest thing when I was 12. I even had a book binder covered in the stuff.)
Using a piece of iron-on transfer paper I had leftover from my no-sew mini baskets, I transferred this design I made in Photoshop to the drop cloth. I then used a hot glue gun to stick the fabric to the front of the basket.
To finish, I filled the basket with an assortment of artificial flowers and greenery.
- The eucalyptus and lavender were taken from my oversize spring wreath, which I dismantled a few weeks ago. You can get similar eucalyptus here.
- The white flowers were found in a pile of rubbish put out for collection (yes, decorating with trash is a recurring theme on this blog).
- I bought the lamb’s ear at a store here in Australia, but you can get something similar here.
With the flowers in place, I popped the basket up on a hook in my entryway. And that’s it!
You can save this project for later here