I am in love with anything that is considered a super steal. I love things that can be transformed. And I love making typical finds more personalized. While at the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago, I came across these little wire baskets that had the most adorable shape! I bought a few and decided to take a stab at transforming them.. Here’s what I did for my $1 trash can makeover and how you can do it, too!
What You’ll Need:
- Rope from the hardware store or old t-shirt fabric
- Hot glue – lots of it
- A trash bin from your dollar store (or amazon.com)
To Transform a Basket with Rope:
First and foremost I found that gluing your rope from the inside was the most effective. So, rather than placing glue on the exterior of the basket and adhering the rope to it, lay the rope around your basket and glue from the inside – through the wire – to the rope.
From there, all you have to do is continue the process noted above until you reach the top! Once you get to the top, I suggest wrapping the rope back into the interior of your bucket. To do this, just keep roping the top edge of your trash bin and once you finish that start roping back towards the interior. I only did a couple of loops of this just to finish it off – no need to go all the way to the inside!
To Transform a Basket with Fabric:
Lay out the colors of t-shirts that you feel will work best in your room. Maybe it’s a mixture of greys and blues, maybe white and tan, maybe pink and peach – you get the idea. Then, take the old t-shirts and cut strips of fabric in 1″ thick pieces. The length doesn’t matter, in fact the more random they are, the better.
Start by weaving your stips of fabric through every other wire loop making sure to leave a short tail at each end. From here you get to choose your pattern, do you want a solid color? Are you going for the ombre look? Would you like your strips to be placed randomly? Whatever it is, go for it all the way to the top!
A great pointer: be sure not to start hot gluing your ends together until you are sure you like the pattern. For me this took about half-way through the project. I actually wasn’t loving my first pattern so I pulled it all out and was able to start over without having to deal with glue.
Once your pattern is set in place, hot glue your connecting fabric ends together and then hot glue them down into your basket to keep them flat against the surface.
To cap off the top, just loop your fabric around the top wire. I went through every hole when doing this and was sure to glue my ends together when finished! See photos below for more info.
When you’ve gotten to the opposite end of your basket, your job is done! You can use these adorable $1 trash-bins as toy baskets, blanket bins, washcloth storage, or for actual trash!
What are some steals you’ve gotten your hands on? How did you transform them? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow our DIY board on Pinterest!