Baskets are an organization and decor staple; you can never have enough! They’re a perfect spot to plop your pillows and blankets, stick a potted plant, or hide some junk when you need to do a quick house pick up before guests arrive.
Because there is no such thing as too many baskets, I decided to add another to my collection with this upcycle of a Dollar Tree laundry hamper to a DIY burlap basket for my office space!
Now, let me show you how to upgrade a plain laundry basket into a stylish burlap basket for your home!
Supplies Needed to Make a DIY Burlap Basket
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- Kenarry: Ideas for the Home Loose Weave Burlap Ribbon: 5 inches x 10 yards roll
- Small laundry hamper (I bought mine at Dollar Tree; here is a similar one)
- Plastic spray paint in the color of your choice
- Small wooden tag
- Paint pen
- Yarn pom poms
How to Make a Burlap Basket from a Laundry Hamper
Before I give you instructions, I have to show you the plain old laundry basket that I bought at Dollar Tree. So simple, right?
Step One: Spray Paint the Laundry Basket
I started by spray painting the laundry basket with spray paint that adheres to plastic. My favorite type of plastic spray paint is this brand, but I had to use a different kind from Target for my project. The Target spray paint worked just fine in case you were wondering.
After I spray painted, I let the basket dry for a looooong time to make sure it really stuck to the plastic hamper, and I plotted the best way to transform it from a laundry basket to a pretty basket.
Step Two: Cut Burlap Ribbon Into Strips
Once it dried, I grabbed some soft burlap ribbon that is extra wide at 5″ across, and that has sewn edges to reduce fraying. This burlap ribbon comes in a 10 yard roll, which is the perfect size for this project!
To begin, I cut a piece that measured 1.5 times longer than the circumference of the laundry hamper base.
Step Three: Weave the Burlap Ribbon
Then I began weaving the burlap ribbon in and out of the slots in the bottom row of the laundry hamper.
Step Four: Cut the Excess Burlap
When I got all the way around the base of the basket, I tied off the ends on the inside of the basket and cut off the excess burlap ribbon.
Step Five: Repeat the Process
Next, I cut another piece of burlap ribbon and moved up to the next row of slats on the basket; repeating the steps above and making sure to start my weaving one column of slats to the right in order to offset the weaving pattern.
I did this until all of the basket was woven with burlap ribbon!
In all, I probably used about 8 yards of the burlap ribbon, so I’m glad this spool came in such a long length!
To finish off this burlap basket, I added a little hang tag that reads “Cozy Things,” and some pom poms. Pom poms are my fave.
Can you believe how easy it was to transform a plain laundry hamper into a pretty burlap basket?
Jasper couldn’t resist posing for this photo shoot. He’s a big fan of this DIY burlap basket. 🙂
Next time you see one of those small laundry baskets at the store, make sure to pick one up and transform it into a cute piece of functional decor for your home!
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