Repurposed Design

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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Stenciled Bathroom Basket

Materials Needed:

  • 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
  • printer

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.

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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