I’ve often admitted I have a “thing” for any and all baskets. Are you the same? They’re functional, add style, and come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and textures. The one you see below has been hanging in my home for over a decade. While I’ve enjoyed it in the as-is condition, I feel it’s time for a new look to create a farmhouse hanging basket makeover.
What’s unique about this basket it that is has a flat backside so that you can hang it on the wall or a door. Originally, I found it at a garage sale for a quarter. While I intended to use it to create front door decor, it ended up being an addition to my bedroom filled with countless blooms.
So, for many years I enjoyed the rustic vibe it has, but always in the back of my mind I wanted to remove the hot glue mess of it inside from the faux flowers in it when I purchased it.
Maybe you’ve run into the problem of old glue or misplaced glue on a decor piece or craft you’re making. All you need to do is reverse the cooled glue back to warm so you can remove it. To do that, I use my basic hair dryer for a couple of minutes, and I can easily remove it with my fingers or some other tool.
That’s better, right? That way I can work with a clean (er) surface without gunk in the way.
CHANGE IT UP
As you can imagine, there’s not a whole lot of ways you can go with a basket that’s…let’s say…rustic. ahem. I could do decoupage, maybe cover with fabric as well. Maybe you’re wondering why you would want to do this? I say why not? Maybe you found a fun basket that needs a new look or you’re wanting to revamp your already decorated decor without breaking the bank. You can see many of my basket makeovers in these posts:
- DIY Laundry Cart
- Farmhouse Sewing Basket
- Mother’s Day Flower Basket
- DIY Insulated Picnic Basket
- DIY Rolling Laundry Cart
- Upcycled Basket Table
- Upcycled Picnic Baskets
- Harvest Basket Tutorial
However, I opt for using a classic white milk paint for a single coat base coat.
This will refresh it as well as allow that original dark stain to peek through keeping with the rustic vibe. Then, while the paint is curing, I head to my computer to make a iron-0n transfer using this old pharmacy and herbal shop graphic from The Graphics Fairy.
Next, I iron on my transfer to a piece of canvas and set it aside. After that, I dig into my fabric stash to find some black ticking fabric. I just LOVE ticking. (see HERE). Thankfully, I have a couple of pieces ready for lining my basket. However, I just need to iron a bit to get a fold on the top edge. After that, I place my basket on one panel and cut it to fit the shape of the back.
To attach the fabric, I use my hot glue gun and go around the edge and down the corners a bit, but the bottom is left loose. Finally, as an added touch, I use a brown wax to age the paint the graphic fabric after attaching it.
LET’S HANG IT UP
Are you ready? Last, but not least, here’s my farmhouse hanging basket makeover complete with a splash of ooh, la, la.
Yes, I filled it with even more blooms from my garden limelight hydrangea bushes getting them ready for winter. Guess who “helped”…
Doesn’t that face tell you he knows exactly what he’s not supposed to be doing? Then, Ivan’s like…”what… I’m not doing anything wrong.”
Needless to say, Loula was happy to chase him through my piles while they destroy my work. In fact, they’re worse than toddlers sometimes, I tell ya! But…I love ’em.
By the way, limelights are the easiest hydrangea and dry so wonderfully lush as well with very little effort. In addition, you can see my hydrangea wreath tutorial HERE.
Not only did I wax the basket, but also the label, as I mentioned before. What is more, I also used upholstery tacks with tack removed and glued in place to give a faux effect as well.
By the way, here is the interior with the ticking lining. eep!
What would you fill this basket with… maybe some other kind of goodies? I’d love to hear it!
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