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Hello, beautiful people!
Today I’d like to show you a simple way you can make your own mini-baskets using a hot glue gun and some rope.
I made them to store some of my smaller craft supplies (like thread, washi tape, the weird number of hot glue gun sticks I seem to have accumulated), but you could also use them to store other small items such as jewellery, keys, and stationery.
I don’t like posting things without being open and honest about their downsides, so I will tell you that these baskets are not suitable for heavy objects. They’re fine for small stuff, but if you’re looking to store something heavy or large, you might want to look at this basket made from an old pot instead.
How to make mini storage baskets
- Rope. I used sash cord (this stuff) and jute rope.
- A hot glue gun and plenty of hot glue sticks.
- You can get a hot glue gun + glue stick combo here.
- A large jar (or similar).
- This helps you form the basket shape. There’s a picture below of the type of jar I used. You can use anything you have around the house that’s the right size.
If you’d like to decorate your baskets in a similar way to mine, this is what you’ll need:
- A rectangle of drop cloth and a rectangle of burlap.
- Iron-on transfer paper.
- This PDF, which contains the images I used on the front of my baskets. I found the first image on Wikimedia Commons, while the second is from The Graphics Fairy.
Creating the baskets:
To begin, apply a small amount of glue to the end of your rope. Curl it around until it creates a small circle, like so:
Continue to curl the rope around itself, applying plenty of hot glue as you go. Don’t worry about the glue looking messy. As this is the bottom of the basket, you won’t see it anyway.
Once your base is as wide as your jar, rest the jar on top of the rope.
Then, wrap the rope up and around the jar, gluing as you go. As with the base, apply plenty of glue. Make sure there’s glue on every part of the rope, as otherwise the basket will end up with a hole in it.
As you’ll need to remove the jar once you’re finished, you’ll want to stop the rope sticking to the jar. I found that the easiest way to do this was to take a moment to remove/shuffle the jar around as I went, which prevented any excess glue from drying on the jar itself.
Keep wrapping the rope around the jar until you’ve almost reached the desired height.
Once you’re almost at the desired height, it’s time to make the handles.
Cut a 10cm/4″ (approx) piece of rope. Apply glue to one end of the rope and stick it to the inside of your basket. Loop the jute rope around and glue it at the other end, like so:
Repeat on the opposite side to create two handles.
Next, apply a generous amount of glue to the main rope (the white one). Glue it over the top of your handles. Press firmly to ensure everything is nice and secure.
Once your basket has reached the desired height, tuck the ‘tail’ of the rope on the inside of the basket, gluing it to secure it (as above).
So concludes the construction of the basket. Now it’s time to give it a bit of a facelift…basketlift? Whatever, we’re gonna make it pretty.
Decorating the no-sew baskets
I had some iron-on transfer paper leftover from another project, so I decided to put it to use. If you don’t have any, you can get some here.
Print this PDF on to iron-on paper. Following the instructions included with your iron-on paper, use your iron to transfer the image to a rectangle of drop cloth.
Next, use your hot glue gun to glue the drop cloth to a rectangle of burlap, like so:
Finally, use your hot glue gun (damn, this thing is getting a workout) to glue the image to the basket.
Your no-sew baskets are complete.