5 Brilliant Basket Ideas and Crafts
Baskets are something that mysteriously accumulate in my home. I think between flower arrangements and gifts of fruit, they just pile up in my hall closet, waiting for their time to shine again. If you can relate, take a look at these cool crafts and ideas for baskets and get inspired to use yours for something beyond bananas, pears and apples.
Old Basket = New Light Fixture
This idea from Brian Patrick Flynn is perfect for deeper baskets that already resemble lampshades. The rope adds a touch of coastal-cool to this nautical light fixture.
Make This: Repurposed Basket Light Fixture
Old Baskets = New Wall Art
Wall Decor With Woven Baskets
Shallow woven baskets (like ones found at basketsofafrica.com) in a mix of sizes and colors can make for a super-graphic wall display. To hang the baskets, hammer a nail with a small head near the center of each so the edges of the baskets overlap. Start with one big basket and work your way out.
If you’ve got quite the basket collection at this point, turn it into an eclectic 3D wall art installation. This example from HGTV Magazine is the ideal mix of varying colors and sizes.
A variety of polyurethane ceiling medallions (available at home improvement stores) make expensive-looking wall art when they’re painted similar shades. The medallions are lightweight, so they’re easy to hang. Use strong glue like Liquid Nails or, for a temporary hold, try strips of Velcro. Nail the back part of the Velcro to the wall to make it extra secure. “Trace the medallions onto kraft paper. Stick the paper circles to the wall with painter’s tape to help plan your design,”—Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Smart Home 2014
Pick a date that has special meaning to your family, and group a collection of those numbers. Different sizes and silhouettes look best, so mix house numbers, framed prints, and plastic or metal block numbers from flea markets or eBay. Hang framed prints from picture hangers, house numbers from nails, and block numbers from nails or screws tapped partway into your wall. “To keep an arrangement of different-size objects from looking too crazy, anchor them around a shelf or piece of furniture that has a straight top.”—Vern Yip, Live in Vern’s House
Shallow woven baskets in a mix of sizes and colors make a super-graphic display. We found most of these at basketsofafrica.com. To hang the baskets, hammer a nail with a small head near the center of each so the edges of the baskets overlap. Start with one big basket and work your way out.
Platters and Cutting Boards
Show off serving pieces on a kitchen wall. Hang wood cutting boards that have a handle from nails. Use plate hangers for lightweight platters and plates, and heavy-duty plate hangers (find options at ooks.com) for heavier pieces, like the rectangular silver tray below. “Another easy way to hang a plate is to attach a picture hook to its back with superglue.”—Nicole Curtis, Rehab Addict
Old Basket = New Hanging Plant Basket
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This might seem like a no-brainer, but an old basket makes a darling hanging planter. All you need is a plastic liner and metal chain or rope for hanging.
Make This: Hanging Plant Basket
Old Basket = New Bathroom Storage
Adding a simple white stencil to an old basket can be enough to bring it back to life. This beauty from Marian Parsons has been repurposed as stylish bathroom storage, but the possibilities are nearly endless.
Make This: Simple Stenciled Basket
The Benefits of Baskets
"Baskets not only hide a multitude of sins, but they are also a great way to add texture to a room," interior designer Judith Balis says. Available in a wide range of shapes, styles and colors, baskets can be used to add attractive storage to almost any space. Design by HGTV fan LaylaPalmer.
Baskets on Bookshelves
If you have a large bookcase, fill the bottom shelves with baskets, Balis recommends. "They can help to add visual weight if you have numerous small items and keep everything in balance," she says. Design by Judith Balis.
From utensils and gadgets to canned food and fresh produce, baskets are great for storing all kinds of kitchen items. Best of all, attractive baskets can be displayed proudly on countertops or open shelving, keeping your kitchen essentials close at hand. HGTV fan LaylaPalmer removed her cabinet doors to showcase the baskets she found that perfectly fit the shelves.
Ideal for keeping toiletries and other items out of sight, a few well-placed baskets can take a bathroom from cluttered to calming. You can also use baskets to store magazines or towels or to display decorative soaps on your vanity. For a small bathroom, Balis recommends stacking baskets with lids on the floor. "Not only are they a great way to stash extra rolls of toilet paper and toiletries, but they can also add visual interest to a room with limited space," she says. Design by HGTV fan leal6.
Toy Box Alternative
In kids' rooms, designating baskets for toys, books, art supplies and clothes makes clean-up easy for both you and your little ones. Consider labeling each basket to help children learn where their belongings go. HGTV fan jak1975 created a chic look by filling a modular bookcase with a mix of wicker and black-and-white polka dot baskets.
Bulky blankets and extra sheets can take up a lot of room in a closet. If you're short on space, store these items in a basket underneath or at the foot of your bed. HGTV fan em-80 adorned this bedroom with a set of three matching baskets, stacking two of them next to a reading chair to create a makeshift table.
Woven Wall Hangings
Baskets don't always have to be functional — for a purely decorative addition, try filling baskets with flowers, shells or wicker balls or using them as wall hangings. In the HGTV Dream Home 2010, interior designer Linda Woodrum added three-dimensional texture to a smooth wall surface with subtle, yet stylish, hand-woven bowl baskets.
Old Basket = New Baby Shower Gift
If you have a clean basket that’s in good condition and a friend with a baby on the way, this idea is for you. Fill a basket with luxe spa essentials that will pamper a new mother or mommy-to-be and wrap with a bow. (Hey, it’s not re-gifting if you add new gifts to it!)
Body butters feel great and can also be used to prevent and treat stretch marks, so a mango body butter will make a perfect addition if you're creating a baby shower gift kit. Natural sponges are a great choice since this is something mom can enjoy alone or (eventually) together with baby!