Smart Home Ideas. | Turning A Plain Laundry Basket Into A Decorative Storage Basket.

I will be the first to admit that laundry hampers are uninspiring, but these smart home ideas will help you transform the boring into an upscale piece of productive furniture! I had little to no respect for these flimsy, plastic baskets that broke the minute you had a massive laundry load to get done until I figured out how to make the item more durable and pleasant to look at for a change. The simple home decoration was coming to life with some rope, fabric, scissors and a trusty glue gun. That is the gist of your material list, no lie!

So come with and humor me and my hippie home decorating ideas that will make you "blah" basket into a "whoa there" piece. I don’t want to continue to say laundry basket because after you put your time and effort into the makeover, you can use it for ANYTHING. Okay, without much delay let us begin! Firstly find some space to work, I opted for the floor because my basket was a short one and I wanted to preserve my back. Now that we are comfortable, we can begin the real work. Get your fabric out and push the printed side up into the basket to see how much material you will have to cut off to fold it over neatly on the sides. Next, apply the glue using your glue gun to the solid circular base of the basket and put the fabric in again as before only this time it will not move. After this is completed, turn the basket on the side and apply the glue to the rim of the basket, small parts at a time and fold the top piece of the cloth over the edge. Go right around until there is no more basket visible and only fabric. Time to put our rope on the body of the basket and I should tell you that this is not easy to do because of how light and bendable the plastic is, not to mention the vast gaps right? Take your time and work the rope right around the basket until you get to the rim. The finale is up to you, some of us DIYers stop here, some of us fancy ones add lace piping which is what I did, and my basket was so fresh I refused to put dirty laundry in it. I put the folded clean clothes in it now!

creative home ideas. | Rope, laundry basket, fabric and glue gun on deck.

creative home ideas. | Rope, laundry basket, fabric and glue gun on deck.

This decorative basket must be my most creative home ideas project yet!. I have my rope, fabric, glue gun and plain laundry basket ready for this diy.

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cheap home ideas. | I have the materials assembled and I am ready!

cheap home ideas. | I have the materials assembled and I am ready!

I did not want to spend money on a decorative basket (cheap home ideas), so I decided to make my own. I am waiting for the glue gun to heat up so I can start getting things together.

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the home decor store helped me score this lovely fabric!

the home decor store helped me score this lovely fabric!

Guys, the home decor store has been my life saver as usual. I wanted a bright print for the laundry basket and got this piece for $8!

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Channeling martha stewart home decor abilities!

Channeling martha stewart home decor abilities!

No joke martha stewart home decor capabilities are amazing, and I was thinking about how steady her hand would be if she were cutting around this basket!

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discount home decor fabric. | Pushing down the fabric into the basket.

discount home decor fabric. | Pushing down the fabric into the basket.

Well, discount home decor fabric can’t be blamed this time. I had to keep making sure that I didn’t cut too much of the material off because that would ruin what I am trying to do.

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Finally, it’s time to add the glue to the bottom of the basket.

Finally, it's time to add the glue to the bottom of the basket.

I want the cloth to be immobile, so I am applying the glue to the base of the basket, and I hope that I made the right cuts with the scissors to the fabric will cover what needs to be covered.

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Thank goodness! The measurements were on point!

Thank goodness! The measurements were on point!

After the glue at the bottom of the basket adhered to the material, I am not going to glue down the edges at the mouth of the laundry basket.

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Cutting off a little bit more off of the top!

Cutting off a little bit more off of the top!

My caution to avoid cutting too much made it where I cut too little! So I am back with the scissors and shearing off what needs to go.

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Trying this gluing of the edges again.

Trying this gluing of the edges again.

Okay, so this is glue gun – take two (smiles). I think I got it right after the cutting off of the excess fabric.

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Rope and the glue gun at it again.

Rope and the glue gun at it again.

I turned the basket on its side, and I am slowly gluing the rope and turning methodically. It’s not as easy as it looks folks!

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One hour later and I am almost at the end of this rope!

One hour later and I am almost at the end of this rope!

Well, I am sweating. This particular part of creating the decorative basket was hard to do because of how thin and unpredictable the laundry basket material was, to get the rope on was definitely a trying time. But we got it done and the hard part is over.

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Lace piping makes everything better, including my basket!

Lace piping makes everything better, including my basket!

The lace piping was my son’s idea since he felt the basket looks a bit unfinished without that extra decorative element.

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Looking good ladies! The lace is mercifully staying on the fabric with no issue.

Looking good ladies! The lace is mercifully staying on the fabric with no issue.

At least for this addition, there was no problem. The lace was put on top of the material as an excellent edging on the decorative basket.

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Finished. This laundry basket looks really country-ready and I love it.

Finished. This laundry basket looks really country-ready and I love it.

This is it right here. The fruits of my laboring over this once plain laundry basket. My laundry basket took about two and a half hours but all worth the stress. I can’t wait to use it for laundry day!

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Major success with this project!

Major success with this project!

I can’t promise to make another in the near future, but this was one of my most gratifying diy projects to date.

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