The wicker basket is truly a godsend when it comes to DIY home decor as it is so versatile and is a pretty commonly found item at vintage stores, thrift shops, and garage sales. You can find a nice basket for almost nothing, and for very little additional money, you can completely transform it. Other basket materials that are great for DIY projects include cane and rattan as well.
One TikTok user named Sarah Teresinski, @redeux_style, who is a designer that specializes in upcycling shared a project that involved transforming a $2 basket she found at a thrift store, which was broken by the way, and turn into a beautiful planter. Teresinki said: “Thrifting baskets is a great way to save money and keep things out of a landfill.”
Teresinki said the project took just 20 minutes to complete and it fits her outdoor boho style completely. To create the planter, she started by removing the metal hinges from the basket and then spray painting the entire thing with blue spray paint. You can choose whichever color you prefer here.
After she waited for the paint to dry completely, she added a border with tassels, which she shared that she also found at a second hand shop. She adhered it to the basket using a hot glue gun, saying “I only added one row, but you can add as many as you want!” She emphasized that this project is totally customizable. Other options including a pom pom border or a border with another color of paint instead.
As Teresinki shared, “You can make beautiful things out of stuff that people don’t want.” She estimated that the whole project ended up costing her about $5 total, as she already had many of the supplies she needed on hand.
If you do end up using a wicker basket as a planter, you should definitely keep the plant inside of its grow pot, so you can avoid it must simpler to water, since you can take the plant out easily. It will also prevent a giant mess from happening too.
If you are keeping the planter inside your home, line it with a plastic tray or landscape fabric so you avoid water dripping onto your home’s surfaces.