Turn an ordinary thrift store basket into something fun and fresh with just a little patience and a little paint. Take a look below at how less than $2 in supplies gave us a finished product that looked like something off the shelves at Anthropology! This hand painted basket is so easy to make, that you might find yourself crafting more than one. Take a look so you can get started right away.
How to Paint a Basket
- Basic woven basket
- Assorted paint brushes
- Craft paint in complimenting colors
- Masking or paint tape
We found our basket at a local thrift shop for less than $1. We also found the paints at a local craft store for around .50 cents each. Considering we had the brushes and tape on hand, in total, this upcycle only cost us around $2!
1. Begin by using your masking or painter’s tape to tape off the areas of the basket you don’t wish to paint. The tape will help you keep clean lines and offer a really finished look.
2. Once the tape is applied well, you can begin your first color of paint. Apply some paint to a plate and dip your brush in. Start by dabbing the color on the basket first to create a layer. Then, go over it with a second, brushed on layer.
3. Clean your brush or use a new one to add the second color. Move to a new section and begin the process again. Dab first, then brush on.
4. You can decide if you wish to add an additional coat of paint. For a more rustic look, leave it as is. For a more finished look, add an additional coat of each color.
5. Allow the paint to dry for one hour. You can then carefully peel the tape off the basket and see the nice clean lines it makes!
Your hand painted basket is now complete and ready for use. It would make a great storage piece, gift basket, dorm room organizer, or even toy basket. Use colors that compliment your space, and you will have the perfect frugal décor piece on your hands!
Give this hand painted basket a try and see how simple it can be to turn a plain basket into something stylish!