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
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
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.
- A tote bag made from straw or some type of woven material (I snagged mine off a clearance rack at the craft store!)
- Jean rivets and a riveting tool
- A hammer
- Two 1-yards strips of suede material (1/2″ width)
- Four metal D-rings
- Two large sew-on snaps
- Embroidery thread and needle
- Marking pencil
Begin by determining where the straps of the picnic basket backpack should lie. Continue Reading
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.
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.
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
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
Well, THESE are awesome! I’m not a big basket person usually, but I would definitely make an exception for these DIY beauties.
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!
‘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!)
- a couple of colorful paper cups and a few packages of ‘gourmet’ cocoa
That all being said, you could also *recycle last year’s Christmas cards, finding a motif that would work as a focal point for the basket’s center. Continue Reading
Jeffery Rudell never ceases to amaze me. Today he shows us how to weave a basket out of newspapers. A cleverly ironic way to recycle newspapers that will store newspapers waiting to be recycled!! LOVE it!
What will you need to make one? These items:
- a scissors
- a stapler
- craft glue
And that’s it! Well, besides Jeffrey’s tutorial over on Craftstylish.