Basket Makeover: 3 Ways

I went to IKEA a couple weeks ago to pick up a few things for our little man's nursery and came across these suuuuper cute baskets! I've seen the wicker basket trend coming alive in the past several months and I have a feeling it's here to stay for a while. Let's be real, baskets are great because they are so multi-functional and can be moved from room to room as needed. Buuuut, I definitely didn't want to spend $13 on a small basket from IKEA when I knew I could make my own version and get even more creative with it. 

Basket Makeover 3 Ways

Well, I finally made it to the thrift store and spend a whopping $14.50 on six beautiful baskets. I wanted to get a wide variety of shapes, styles, and textures to play around with and I wasn't sure how all my ideas would manifest themselves. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out though! Here are three ways you can makeover a basket for cheap, cheap, cheap!

 

 

paint those suckers:

Basket Makeover 3 Ways

I fell in looooove with these two baskets from the beginning. I was SUPER digging the yellow, but not so much the red. So I just painted the red one black. When I first started dreaming up this DIY, I had this really elaborate plan of how I would paint them but when it came down to it, I couldn't bring myself to ruin the yellow one I so desperately love and I like the simplicity of the black one. But there are so many possibilities! Don't be afraid to get creative. 

 

add some tassels:

Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways

Super simple guys. Tassels are so easy to make. I used larger yarn and made larger tassels, but you could make tiny baby ones with embroidery thread depending on what basket you are decorating. 

Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways

To make the tassels, wrap the yarn around your hand several times. Then, cut the yarn at the bottom of your hand. Using one piece of the yarn you just cut, tie it around the yarn in the middle. Fold the yarn in half around that piece and tie it again to make the top. I then used a large needle and more yarn to thread through the loop on the top and the spot on the basket I wanted to attach it. 

BOOM. Now you have a tasselified (yup it's a word) basket that looks super fab.

 

give them a pop of color with yarn:

Basket Makeover 3 Ways
Basket Makeover 3 Ways

You guys, so easy! This gorgeous basket that I got for $3.50 had some wear and tear around the edge. Using some macrame rope I had lying around the house, I just wrapped it all the way around the rim and tied it off. It's the perfect way to add a pop of color to an otherwise boring basket and make use of some yarn scraps you already have lying around! You could also use fabric maybe?? And now we have a beautiful basket to house baby's blankets. I'm considering adding a couple of tassels to this one too! 

There you have it. Three ways to upcycle old thrift store baskets. And now our little boy's room has some cute storage solutions!