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Shabby Chic Wicker Basket Upcycle

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Wicker weave, even when old has just such beautiful texture and dimension that it’s great to hold on to whenever possible. See how you can create a beautiful shabby chic wicker basket upcycle with just a few materials!

DIY Wicker Basket Upcycle

I’ve been cleaning out my fireplace and giving it a makeover (part 2 is here)!  And as I was going through the junk in the  old wooden storage washtub I found this:
Bottom of a basket, The Crafty Bottom

 Do you all know what it is?   It’s the bottom of an old basket. Yes, the bottom fell out of the basket. 

Basket, The Crafty Bottom

 Initially I was going to burn it in the fireplace but I liked the pattern so I kept it thinking I would do something… anything but let it burn.

 Wooden washtub with basket bottom, The Crafty Bottom

   I went to my trusty paint stash and selectively added some white. ​

Painting the bottom, The Crafty Bottom

 I had recently bought a whole big roll of burlap ribbon and was itching to use it somewhere.  This was my chance!

Burlap roll, The Crafty Bottom

      I folded it in two and threaded it around the edge of the circle, like this. 

 Threading the burlap, The Crafty Bottom

      I then threaded some yellow yarn through the twigs and the burlap that way it will stay put!  And it also gave it some much needed color. 

Adding yellow yarn to the edges, The Crafty Bottom

    I tied the ends on the bottom and artfully arranged the yarn! 

 Knotting the bottom of the burlap, The Crafty Bottom

      The last step was to add something special to the center.  Since I had that great big roll of burlap I tried to create some burlap rosettes…  this was an epic fail. I’m not going to show you how I made them.  Instead you can go to You Tube and learn from the experts of which I am not! And the proof is here!

A rose made from burlap, The Crafty Bottom

    On this one I just threaded yellow yarn in the flower. 

A rose with yellow yarn, The Crafty Bottom

Here I attempted to  get fancy and did the rosette with the burlap and a white and gold ribbon… because I’m so good I can afford to get fancy…lol!​

A flower made with burlap and ribbon, The Crafty Bottom

    I tried to glue all these flowers to the basket bottom, which should not be called that anymore.  It has been upgraded and is now … a crafty bottom!   Not having the patience to wait for the glue to dry so I used some wire and attached them to the back. 

Fastening the flowers with wire, in the back, The Crafty Bottom

The Crafty Bottom
The Crafty Bottom

    And there it is – my crafty Bottom. I don’t really know what you would call it. A wall hanging?  I certainly would not go so far as to call it art…lol. All I know is that I saved that poor bottom and turned it into something pretty. I do believe this is the junkiest piece I’ve ever repurposed.  What have you repurposed that you had considered to be junk?

using the bottom of a basket to make a wall decor with burlap yarn and ribbons, #Easywallart #CraftyArt #Repurposedbasket #RusticwallArt The Crafty Bottom
using the bottom of a basket to make a wall decor with burlap yarn and ribbons, #Easywallart #CraftyArt #Repurposedbasket #RusticwallArt The Crafty Bottom

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Wednesday 4th of April 2018

This, Mary... this is a wonder! How on earth do you see all this potential? I love it. Such a good save.


Thursday 5th of April 2018

Thanks Julie, sometimes I ask myself the same question. ;)


Thursday 14th of April 2016

What a fantastic upcycle. This would make a lovely decoration for the door.


Saturday 23rd of April 2016

I was thinking that too Dalia, right now I have it hanging on the wall in the staircase. Thanks for your visit.


Thursday 14th of April 2016

oh, yes! it turned our so so so lovely! it is a sucess, after all! you know, both greece and croatia share their mediterrain culture, so weaven baskets like this were very common. but, unfortunately, very few people know how to weave it nowadays, so they are pretty hard to find, both new or old. I got some from my grandparents and that's it. Can't find new on market for years now. So, this is actually a great find. From trash to treasure, indeed.


Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Thank you Ana! I am afraid I don't know the first thing about weaving but I know there are many baskets here. I actually had this one from my mother in law.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Oh, you made a pretty woven wreath! So creative, Mary! Love the burlap flowers, too!


Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Thank goodness I managed them Gail, I was so impressed with the video but my initial attempts were


Thursday 14th of April 2016

This is so darn cute! I love to find something that looks like trash and turning it into a treasure! You did a fantastic job of that with this project. Maybe you could even call it a wreath? Lol! Love it!


Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Thank you Martie, Sometimes the projects that I come up with at the last minute turn out to be the most successful.

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