Storage Basket from Plastic Laundry Basket

Hey friends, I know I know, it’s been a long time since my last post, so sorry. Things have been a little crazy around here, but it’s calming down now. Thank you for your patience.

A while ago I mentioned on Instagram that I was doing a rope wrapped basket to make cute storage for my living room, and many of you mentioned that you would like to see how it’s done, so here goes…

This project does not require a lot of materials, and the length of rope used all depends on how big of a basket you are wrapping.

You will need…

  • .5″ rope ( I used 50′ )
  • A plastic basket
  • Fabric ( I used drop cloth)
  • Glue gun and lots of glue sticks

Start by putting your fabric into the basket, the fabric will have folds in it, that is fine, be sure that there is fabric hanging over the lip of the basket by at least 3 inches. This is very important as you will see later. I cut my fabric by eyeballing it, but just to give you and idea of how big my piece was, the diameter of my basket is 16″ with a depth of 10″ and my fabric had a diameter of 36″. Once you’ve cut your fabric, set it aside, you’ll come back to it later.

Now it’s time for glue, start by gluing one end of your rope as close to, but NOT to the bottom of the basket. Continue wrapping the rope around the bottom of the basket adding glue every couple of inches to secure it. Once you get back to your starting point keep going by wrapping the rope over top of the first row. Keep gluing and wrapping till you get within about 2 inches of the top.

Now it’s time for the fabric. Place your fabric into the basket and make folds in it. I went for a “just thrown in there” look. Once you’ve fixed it how you like it, carefully continue to wrap your rope around the basket tucking the fabric under the rope as you go, not forgetting to add glue to secure it all. Wrap all the way till you get to under the lip. If your basket doesn’t have a lip, then wrap till you get to within an inch of the top.

And that’s it. Now you’ve got yourself a super cute basket. You can use it in a nursery for toys, or to store blankets or socks for visitors, whatever you like. I ended up making two of these because at my house extra storage is much needed.

What will be using your basket for? Let me know in the comments below. And if you make this please share pics, I’d love to see. Happy crafting!

Published by Nikki Fridy

Hi, my name is Nikeisha but my friends call me Nikki. Hey friend! I am originally from Arima , Trinidad, but now live in Toronto with my two beautiful daughters. I've had some significant experiences in my life, some good, some not so much and in the last few years I found crafting to be the best way for me to deal with all the changes in my life. I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts, experiences and projects. I hope in can inspire you in some way. Nice to meet you. Nikki

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