Seagrass baskets are a versatile addition to any home chasing texture and a touch of Scandi style. For those on a budget, Kmart has made this look more affordable than ever, selling the popular woven baskets for just $12. If the natural look isn’t for you, there’s plenty of simple ways to add a little personality to this welcome home addition. Here’s two to get you started.
Pom Pom Basket
What you’ll need:
2 metres of ball fringe (around $7 from Spotlight)
Apply a thin layer of craft glue to first 10cm of the ball fringe.
Lift the edge of the handle and push the start of the ball fringe underneath.
Continue to wrap the ball fringe around the basket 3cm from the top, using pegs to hold it in place until the glue sets.
When you get to the other handle, cut the ball fringe and carefully push the edge of the fringe underneath.
Repeat this process until the fringe is wrapped around the entire basket.
Repeat the process for the top layer.
What you’ll need:
2 sample pots of paint (1 white, 1 in a colour of your choice)
Container to mix paint in
Use the paintbrush to apply a coat of white paint just under the fold line of the seagrass basket. Paint the top third of the bottom half of the basket.
In a container, mix equal quantities of the white and second colour.
Paint the middle third of the bottom half of the basket. Use the paintbrush to blend this colour with the white above.
Paint the final third of the bottom half of the basket in the second colour taking the time to blend with the shade above.
Apply a second coat, following the steps above.
When the basket is dry, flip it over and paint the base.
Optional: to complete the look, attach tassels to the basket handles.
So there you have it, two DIY ideas to get you started but the options really are endless. Perhaps you could add leather handles, paint little circles or initials, or add more layers of ball fringe in a variety of colours! We’d love to see your hacks.
–Lauren Ellis is a reporter/senior producer for TODAY, the face of Phukienso TV and a graduate of ISCD. Follow her on Instagram