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How to upcycle a wicker basket

I have often wondered idly how to upcycle a wicker basket. There are a few lying around our house. A few weeks ago though I was watching a brilliant [programme called Money for Nothing with my 8 yar old daughter. Do you know the programme? It is rather fabulous. The presenter Sarah Moore visits a tip, Sarah Moore saves three things from being dumped, transforms them into cool, designer pieces, then returns the profits back to the people who were throwing them out.

Anyway you can watch old clips and see how fab it is yourself on Iplayer. We just LOVED it. Annalise felt completely inspired ‘Mummy I want to upcycle something’ she declared.


The perfect opportunity. I whisked out the old wicker basket and we had a good think, a browse on Pinterest and a look at a few how to’s/

I am not much of a sewer and wanted Annalise to be as involved a s possible so this really is a very simple upcyle

What we used

Mini Hacksaw

A metre square of striped cotton fabric

fabric scissors


Protective face mask

 Metallic Silver Spray

Electric Glue Gun


How we did it

First of all we gave the basket a good clean with soapy water and dismantled the broken old handles.  We ended recycling these into something else which I will show you another day .

Next we took the basket outside…laid it on an old sheet put on our little masks and got spray painting. We gave it 3 coats and let it dry between each which took less than an hour each time (it was a sunny day)  my daughter loved doing this and oh it is SO much easier than painting wicker.

Next day we cur the fabric to size  and wonder webbed the hen. if you haven’t done this before it really is very simple you just turn up the hem place the webbing betenn the fold of fabric and press it with an iron. Striped material is great for giving you a clear line!

I cut slits  for the corners and fixed it into place with a streak of hot glue along each side.


I think it looks rather fabulous! It was very much a joint effort and Annalise and I had so much fun and she was so proud. A lovely way to start upcycling.



upcycle wicker basket

If you are interested in upcycling I have some other posts you might like

Upcycled wall art

How to upcycle a cot

Ten ways to upcycle  a boat

My recommended blog read this month is : Be clever with your cash

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  1. May 12, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Great idea and lovely finished result – well done.

  2. May 12, 2016 / 5:27 pm

    I love repurposing items in a fresh new way, this basket looks fab. I think I can see a clue to what you used the handles for!!

  3. May 13, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I’ve not come across that programme, but it sounds like my kind of thing! Love what you’ve done with the basket.

  4. May 13, 2016 / 11:22 am

    A lovely DIY. Liking the stripes too.

  5. May 14, 2016 / 6:50 am

    I love this Becky, I never think to up cycle thing but I have an ugly old basket in the garage that I am going to do exactly this to I think, looks great.

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