While I was working on putting together the dining room I also made a little DIY Basket. I have no idea what I’m going to use it for or where, I do know that it was never going to be used as this blue bucket.
My kids had won a gift basket full of water toys and it came in this great blue soft-sided plastic bucket. We had been using it at our trailer to hold water toys, but since we sold the trailer and packed up the toys, I had a great, but ugly bucket. Makeover time!
What you need to turn a ugly bucket into a beautiful basket:
- Old bucket
- Macrame cord (I used 2 spools)
- Old sheet or other fabric
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
I started with the inside of the bucket. I used an old bed skirt to cover the inside. It had a nice grey pinstripe pattern that I used around the sides and I used a couple layers of the white portion that goes between the mattress and box spring for the bottom. I did the sides first, I used a bead of glue around the top and the bottom. Then I cut out several circles, glued them together then glued them to the bottom, covering up the end of the fabric from the sides.
The next thing I did was the handles. I did them now and not at the end because I figured that any loose ends could be covered by the wrap going around the basket. The first handle I did, did not go well. The coil around the handle wasn’t straight, it was leaning to one side so when I got to the other side it was all wrong. I ripped it off and started over, which was a pain because I had to use a ton of glue because it was all wonky. I figured it didn’t turn out because I started coiling at the very beginning of the handle, which was wider and angled. So the second time around I started after the wide part and just did the center part of the handle, then came back and did the two outsides. They still have a wonkyness to them but look 100% better than the first attempt.
Next came the body of the basket. I wanted to do a two-toned basket, I’ve seen quite a few around and liked the look. So I started at the bottom of the basket with some jute cord I had laying around. I coiled around the basket until I ran out. Then I switched to the macrame cord. I just coiled it around, using a little bit of glue every few inches, until I got to the top.
And viola, bucket to basket!
I still am not sure what I’ll use it for, maybe a plant or I was thinking a basket at the front door to collect hats and mitts, everything everyone usually throws on the floor! I’ll have to start tackling the entryway makeover before winter gets here!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to make your own! If you do, post a pic below, I’d love to see it!
P.S. Watch your fingers! I burnt myself so many times I’m surprised I still have fingerprints! Be safe out there!!