Simple Stenciled Basket
Inexpensive baskets are plentiful at yard sales and thrift stores. Use this easy project to transform them into stylish storage.
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- willow basket
- dark walnut wood stain
- chip brush
- clean rag
- satin polyurethane spray
- 1" round, stiff-bristled brush
- blank stencil
- permanent marker
- craft knife
- cutting board or mat
- painter's tape
- cream acrylic or latex paint
- computer with word processor
Stain and Seal Basket
Using a chip brush, apply dark walnut wood stain to entire basket, inside and out. Work in small sections, wiping off excess with a clean rag. Allow to dry until stain is no longer tacky. This may take several hours. Once dry, spray a coat of satin polyurethane over entire basket. Allow time to dry.
Make Custom Stencil
Using a computer, design stencil in a word processor program and print. (Old English font in 400 point was used for this project.) The design can be a monogram, significant date or random typography. Using a permanent marker, trace printed design on blank stencil. Tip: Simple lettering is best for a custom-cut stencil.
Use a sharp craft knife to cut stencil on traced lines. Protect work surface by using a cutting board or mat.
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