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Friday, May 17, 2013

Dollar Store Basket Makeover

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Do you remember the Magnetic Makeup Board I showed you earlier this week? Well, here's another project featuring the same Offray Aqua Dip N Dot ribbon from Spool of Ribbon! These baskets are going in the same bathroom, so I used the same ribbon to help tie it all together.
To make these baskets, here's what you'll need...
-Baskets (mine are from the Dollar Store, nothing fancy)
-Ribbon (mine is from the awesome box that Spool of Ribbon sent me)
-Glue gun & glue sticks
-Fabric  (I just used a thin cotton remnant that I already had. It was the perfect size to make two of these baskets.)
To figure out how much fabric you need, you need to measure from the top of one side of the basket, around the bottom, and up to the top of the other side, and then add 4-5 inches (or less, it's up to you) to allow for wrapping over the edge. You need to do this for both the width and depth of the basket.
You can wash your fabric. I didn't wash mine because I knew it wasn't ever coming off, so I wasn't worried about shrinking. You should definitely iron it though. It will give you a clean, professional look and will make working with the fabric easier.
After it's measured, cut, and ironed, you can start gluing! Unless you're working with a thicker fabric, my recommendation would be to glue on the inside of the basket, where no one will see. Then you can avoid seeing lumps of glue through the fabric.
I'm not quite talented enough to use hot glue and a camera at the same, so here's a pretend-y photo! Do this around the inside edge of all 4 sides. In the picture below, you can see how you're left with a "pucker" of fabric at each corner. It's more than a pucker, but I think you get what I'm saying.
I wanted a folded/present look on the outside of the basket, so at this point, I just took those littler puckers/tails of fabric and folded them across the smaller side of the basket. The picture below shows it better than I probably explained it.
There was some extra fabric that I felt was a little awkward when folded up, so I just cut off the corner of it. Glue it down on the inside. Then fold the other pucker/tail across the same side.
Sorry for the blurry picture. :) Repeat this on the opposite side of the basket, and then make sure that the inside edges are all glued down.
Now you get to glue the ribbon accent around the top. Pretty easy, just be careful not to burn yourself. Not that I did that. The less glue you use, the less it will show through the ribbon. Again, not that I'd know. ;)
Just keep gluing around. I glued the top edge of the ribbon first, then the bottom. I wanted to make sure to stay right along the top edge of the basket and I felt that was the easiest way. Pretty soon, you'll be left with something like this...
Just repeat all of the above for your second basket.
I know that with all that light shining in, you can see through the fabric, but I promise, I can't tell in my bathroom. They sit on our bathroom shelf and just look all pretty.
Not bad for $2, right? I already had the fabric and Spool of Ribbon sent me the ribbon, so I only had to pay for the baskets.
If you're in need of ribbon, be sure to check out Spool of Ribbon! You can use the code "SMEDAY20" to get 20% off of your entire order at Spool of Ribbon! This code will be good through July 31st, 2013!
Also, don't forget about the giveaway going on for your own ribbon extravaganza! You can win $200 worth of ribbon from Spool of Ribbon! Head over to the giveaway to get entered!! 


  1. very cute! I love the dollar store baskets, I'll have to pick a few of these up and do this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is so clever- I see those crates all the time but never thought to do this-
    They are super cute -You had me at dollar Store!

  3. I have lots of crates my sister gives me. I definitely wanna do this! So much more pleasing to the eye :)I also shared this with our members at Cafemom Holiday and Party Crafts group. Thanks so much!!!

  4. Very cute! I love find dollar store stuff and finding a cute way to spruce it up. Thanks for sharing! I found you threw the blog hop:)

  5. Such a great idea! I've been looking for baskets to get everything organized for our baby and haven't found anything that would work yet....but I think these might! Thanks so much for posting!

  6. This is phenomenal! They turned out wonderfully! Thanks for linking up at HickoryTrail


  7. Very nice! My basement is stuffed with random colored baskets and buckets, filled with everything from Barbie head to markers! Hmmm, may be spenging part of this long weekend unifying the look with my glue gun! Thanks! Awesome tip!! :)

  8. This is such a great tutorial! This would be perfect to link-up to my Create It Thursday post: http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-3-plus-features.html

  9. I love dollar store re-makes ! I made a garden 'statue' using some dollar store finds too. Especially like the dollar stores where everything is really a dollar or less. http://www.touchofheavengifts.blogspot.com/2011/09/bit-of-thisa-bit-of-that.html

  10. taa daa! Thank you for sharing at the hop! xo

  11. When I was a classroom teacher, I had lots and lots of those plastic bins to use with my class library and now they are in my basement taking up space. Thanks so much for sharing this! I can't wait to get started on sprucing those things up!!!

  12. This is awesome such a great idea! I'm always looking for ways to turn something cheap into something pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  13. What an awesome idea!! I am one of those that thinks anything can be fixed with a glue gun... so this project is so up my alley! Thank you so much for sharing on Party In Polka Dots!!!


  14. Love this project! It's so cheap and easy! What a great makeover. Thanks for sharing!

  15. so cute! I unexpectedly find myself with a bunch of gray fabric that I need to use somewhere...I'll have to keep this project in mind!

  16. Great idea. I have some ugly baskets in my basement that I could re-do with fabric and ribbon I already have. I feel a new project coming on in my house :) Thanks for sharing.


  17. This is so cute! Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party! We'll be featuring this in tomorrow's party - hope you'll come back and link up again!

    Happy Tuesday!

  18. This is great! I was just staring at 2 of those baskets in my garage yesterday thinking, "Maybe I should just send those things to goodwill." :) Not now! Saw this on Crafty Confessions.


  19. I did something similar with cardboard boxes. I like your idea better because they can take a beating from long-term use. The ribbon you picked is beautiful! The colors are very complementary.

  20. What a great idea! I love how you managed the corners (which is the part I always really struggle with). Pinned. :)

  21. I am so glad you shared this at Party In Polka Dots! Come by on Monday to see if you were featured... you never know!!



  22. So cute! I have a few of those in my stash... will have to try it out! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


  23. Just what I was searching for today. Thanks!


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