This is a great little easy project if you’re like me and love to fill your house with things that you’ve made. I should admit I’m a little bit obsessed with having a go and making things myself. Baskets are everywhere at the moment and are perfect for storing things like throws, even using as pots for your house plants!
I saw this on the TV show ‘Craft it yourself’ but I couldn’t find any written instructions so decided to have a go myself and then write about it! So here we go!
What you will need:
- Rope- I used 12mm thick hemp rope from B&Q but you could use any kind of rope, coloured, cotton etc! I used two packs which was 20m long altogether
- A large sheet of paper
- A pencil
- A container (bucket) I used an ice bucket as I wanted an oval shaped basket but you could use any shape bucket
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Pom-pom trim- I got mine from a market stall but you can buy pom-pom trim online or from Hobbycraft
Start by drawing around the base of your container. This will act as a template to make the base of your basket. To make the base simply coil the rope gluing as you wind each coil. Keep going until you fill the template.
Once you have coiled the rope to fit the base of your container, place the container back on top of the base of your basket. You will now start the wind the rope around the outside of your container, building on top of the rope underneath. This will build up the sides of your basket.
Glue each layer and make sure that you press down so that the layers of rope stick together without any gaps. I had a little helper to wind whilst I glued!
Keep going until you reach the height that you would like your basket, or if you run out of rope (like i did!). If you have any rope left you can add handles or even use a different material for handles.
To add a trim like I did simply glue it to the top of your basket. I did a small section at a time to make sure it stayed straight.
And there you have it, your very own hand made basket!
I hope this was useful! Happy basket making!