Whenever I'm looking to be inspired for a DIY, my go to is Anthropologie. Their stuff is so beautiful and pretty much all of it inspires me but the price range is usually way out of my league. This time, while browsing, this gorgeous basket popped out to me and I thought, 'that's global' and 'I can make that'.
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Now, it does say on their website that these baskets are made by women in Rwanda and Ghana. I'm all about empowering these amazing women and glad that it supports them and I know there are plenty of people out there that would want the real thing. But that's not in my price range so with that, a plan was born. ; )
I thrifted a small wicker basket and even the yarn I used for this project. I bought 7 yards of cotton cording at JoAnn's. It was a dollar a yard but I used a coupon too. I found this on their website. It would have been cheaper this way. You can see by the picture that I thought I was going to use embroidery thread for the tassels but thin thread equals a lot more work to make thick looking tassels and "ain't nobody got time for that". I am not the kind of person that does this:
I'm also not the kind of person that will even try to recreate the look of a tiny cutesy home decor item if it'll take me more than like 30 minutes of time. I'm just not... So, yarn it is!
I spray painted the basket off white so that if it showed through the cording, it wouldn't be as obvious. I hot glued the cord at the bottom and started wrapping it around the basket.
When I got a few rows up, I began making loops of dark green yarn, two at a time, around the cording. I used this same technique to make my wall hangings I talked about here.
Fold the yarn in half. Put the loop under the cord, pull the ends through the loop.
I used about 6 or 8 pieces of yarn per "eyelash" fringe. Once I got it the thickness I liked, I continued to hot glue the cording down.
Near the top, I started using a turquoise because 1. it has green in it. And 2. I ran out of the other and was not gonna go back to the store. That's another thing I don't do. Once I finished wrapping the whole basket, I held the tassels and gave them a haircut.
I made them a little shorter than the inspiration picture because my basket is a little smaller. I'm so happy with how it turned out!
I know exactly where this cutie will end up but I can't put it there until the space exists. (One Room Challenge. Hint hint)
Click here to see the DIY for my favorite European Bistro stool knock off. The beautiful macrame wall hanging below, can be found here.
Make sure you head over to my friends blogs to see their green global DIY's:
A Designer at Home- Indian Inlay Picture Frame
|Up to Date Interiors- British Colonial Inspired Vignette|
|Casa Watkins- DIY Tassel Box|
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