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DIY Numbered Burlap Basket

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket

November 11, 2013 Sarah Coggins

While redecorating our laundry room, I was searching for new baskets/bins to tidy up the look on the open shelf. To give the room a more peaceful, completed feel. I managed to re-use two fabric bins from our old house and quickly found a nice handled basket at HomeGoods to store all our Swiffer products (yes, we have a lot of those!). But I couldn’t find another like it. I wanted either a match or something that would coordinate nicely with what I had and tall enough to store all our lightbulbs. Yes, I did just say I was searching for a bin to store our lightbulbs.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket

My most recent search led me to Marshall’s where I discovered a burlap basket in the clearance section for $7.50. The size seemed perfect so I scooped it up immediately with simple plans to alter it.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Before

Going along with the trend of numbered decor and still excited about how easy & well my freezer paper stencil sharks turned out at Halloween, I decided I could do the same to the basket. I already had all of the materials.

First, I measured the distance from the handle to the bottom of the basket to determine a height for my number. I then used Photoshop to select a font and size the ‘1’ (you could easily do this in Word or Google Docs, etc).

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Creating Number Stencil

After printing the ‘1’ onto regular 8.5×11 paper, I traced it onto freezer paper and cut it out using my X-acto knife. Then determined placement on the basket.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Place Stencil

The ironing was a tad tricky only in that the basket has soft sides. I held it carefully and ironed lightly to tack it before moving it to the end of my ironing board so I could press down. I used the cotton setting and pressed it firmly twice.

Once I felt confident the freezer paper was secure, I let it cool and then painted it with fabric paint and a foam brush. I personally like the cheap foam brushes – easy to blot & dab the paint on.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Paint Stencil

After painting, the directions said to let it dry up to 4 hours. I didn’t. I cheated. I was painting it in my bathroom anyhow so I got out the hair dryer to speed things up! After a minute or two, it seemed dry and I pulled away the freezer paper.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Painted

Literally, this project took me maybe 15 minutes start to finish. It helped that I had my idea, had experience with the freezer paper stenciling (really, so easy – if you haven’t tried, go for it!), and used the hair dryer to speed up drying. The result is a fun new basket for our laundry room.

DIY Numbered Burlap Basket: Storage

And, yes, it really was all for lightbulb storage.

See more of our laundry room organization & decor here.

1 Comment

  • Natalie November 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    Oooh I love this! Thanks for sharing!
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