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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 (yes, I am basically a raccoon, always rummaging around in other people’s trash). While I loved the shape of the basket, the broken handle limited what I could really do with it.
After letting it sit in my shed for a few years, 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:
As far as DIY projects go, this was one of the easier ones I’ve ever done. Overall, it took about 30 minutes to do (most of that time was spent trying to figure out how to arrange the flowers, as I have no idea what I’m doing).
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