Make This: Simple Clothesline Basket

Learn to make these minimal clothesline baskets.

If you’re anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. Continue Reading

The Ultimate List of Perfect DIY Gift Basket Ideas

DIY gift basket ideas
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Themed gift baskets make amazing, affordable, and memorable gifts. The key is to pick the items carefully and to pay attention to the presentation. Here is a complete list of our very favorite gift basket ideas for everyone on your list, plus money-saving tips and tricks on assembling DIY gift baskets!   

 Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: Who doesn't?! The best gift baskets are the ones filled with stuff we love. Continue Reading

Ready for Summer? You Should Make a DIY Picnic Basket Backpack

Picnic Basket Backpack DIY

Picnic season is upon us. As a matter of fact, July is National Picnic Month! To celebrate, we’re working on projects all month that are best enjoyed outdoors. Today I’m here to show you how to transform a regular straw tote bag into a handy backpack, perfect for bringing an outdoor lunch to the park. Keep reading to see how this picnic basket backpack was made.      


Materials needed for this project


  • A tote bag made from straw or some type of woven material (I snagged mine off a clearance rack at the craft store!)
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Make It: Upcycle A Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Can you have enough baskets? I don’t think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.   


Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call “drop zones” for random things I need to set down.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn


Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn


I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor.  Continue Reading

Make It: Colorful DIY Braided Fabric Scrap Basket

Put old t-shirts, fabric scraps, and discarded bedding to use with this fun — and functional — DIY idea!      

I love the inclusion of handles and chunky beaded embellishments, which takes this traditional braided basket up a notch. Check out the full tutorial over on Corner Blog!

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How To: Make a Simple DIY Fabric Storage Basket

created at: 03/04/2013

We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.      

I decided to use pellon, a common material at fabric stores that adds cardboard-like stiffness to just about any fabric that can be ironed, giving you the freedom to match the design of the room! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Tribal-Inspired Painted Baskets

created at: 09/02/2012

Well, THESE are awesome! I’m not a big basket person usually, but I would definitely make an exception for these DIY beauties.     


created at: 09/02/2012

They remind me a bit of the basket from our Mother’s Day roundup, but more affordable and, obviously, totally customizable. Marion Melbourne has all the details, as well as pattern and color tips, over on her blog The Marion House Book — take a look!

Make a ‘Cozy Cocoa Gift Basket’


‘Tis the season of cocoa and gift baskets, so there couldn’t be anything more appropriate to combine them. The marriage? Dee-light-ful! The folks at Fiskars tell us how they did it, using Fiskars products, of course, but a bit of free hand cutting could produce equally cute results if you don’t have all the suggested tools on hand. Here’s a few things you’ll need to start construction:

  • a small wicker basket
  • card stock for trim, several colors and one coordinating print would be nice*
  • paper punches, if you have them
  • glue or sticky-back tape
  • a recycled cup cozy to use as template (love this idea!)
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