I am by no means an expert on DIYing but its a lot of fun and it has saved me some serious $$$ for our wedding (70 days away!) which is definitely a bonus! I recently made the necklaces for the bridesmaids and flower girl which you can read about here.
- Wicker basket, spray painted white. $ .25 at a yard sale
- Ribbon $2.97 at Wal-Mart
- Black satin fabric $1.65 at Wal-Mart
- Fabric measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Hot glue gun.
I started out by measuring the inside of the basket ‘height x width x height’ I came up with 13 1/2” x 12” so when I cut my fabric I added 1 1/2 inches to both sides.
The next step was to role the edge of the fabric under and hot glue just a small section of each “flat side” to the basket.
I have other plans to make the rounded corners look nice :)
I decided to pleat the corners using straight pins to get everything “just right” then I cut out the extra fabric off the back, hot glued it in place and removed the pins.
The next step was to make the bows for the sides (can you tell I LOVE polka-dots?) I cut 1 foot of ribbon, folded it and sewed it together… I’m kind of speeding through this part because I really didn’t know what I was doing, I claim the trial and error rule for my ribbons!
Lastly I took a 1 1/2 of another ribbon to be the middle part of the bow. I sewed one end onto the bow then wrapped the ribbon around the bow, hot glued it in place and then hot glued it to the basket.
I went ahead, while I was making bows, and made one as a hair bow for the flower girl! (just hot glue it to a plain barrette or clip) Now just picture this with red petals inside and Valla!
This is something you can do to dress up a plain basket for everyday use too. I hope you got some tips and/or ideas for your next project and if you have any suggestions or comments (maybe some tips to help for the next time I do something like this) I’d love to hear them!