I love the natural look and texture of a fine Beachcomber basket. If you have the same appreciation for this style of versatile basket, you're going to enjoy this post.
Beachcomber baskets are not only roomy and good for storage, they can also be easily incorporated into home decor.
As you'll see throughout this post, beachcomber basket look-alikes are also quite simple to make yourself.
Before I walk you through the steps I used to create this basket, allow me to share the inspiration behind this project. If you're a Pottery Barn fan (I am a big one), you've no doubt seen the gorgeous beachcomber baskets they keep in stock.
While I love almost all the baskets in this store, I don't always love the PB prices which can range from $69-$199.
Using the PB baskets as inspiration, it occured to me that I might be able to replicate the look of these lovely baskets using a few supplies.
Here's what I grabbed for this project: one container ($9 from Michaels), hot glue gun and glue sticks (I already had them) and some 1/4-inch manila or sisel rope ($5 per 50 feet).
In addition to the 1/4-inch manila, I also picked up one yard of 1-inch rope to use for the handles ($2).
I also already had a roll of jute on hand which is a thinner burlap-style rope and costs about $4 per roll at most home improvement stores.
No need to remove the patterned, vinyl paper in this case since it isn't loose and is already flush with the container.
Apply a line of hot glue to the bottom edge of the container and place the sisel directly over it.
The hot glue dries fairly quickly so only apply as much glue as you think you can cover with rope as quickly.
Take your time laying down the glue around the container, applying the rope and briefly holding in place until the rope feels like its firmly in place.
This really isn't very time consuming at all and you'll finish wrapping a container before you know it.
If you're container has a handle opening like this, trim the rope around the opening.
Don't worry about the raw ends of the rope, this area will be covered with a rope handle in just a bit.
Because the interior space of this container is so narrow, I decided not to line the inside with rope.
Instead, I opted to just conceal the black and white polka dot pattern located in the upper portion of the container.
NOTE: The type of item being covered will determine whether you also cover the interior and/or the bottom with rope.
I took the interior rope down to the top of the handle openings, about 3-inches deep.
I love the look and texture of jute and I think it's a good supply to keep in your stash.
You can always find a million uses for this type of string, from wrapping gifts and tags to hanging handmade banners.
The handle is created out of one large piece of rope on both sides of the container.
Measure the large rope to determine how long you want the handles to be and then tie the smaller jute around the bottom portion of both raw ends.
I also tied off upper sections of the larger rope at the point where they would come in contact with the opening in the container.
This is really just a decorative effect which adds a little more interest to the basket.
Apply a thick line of hot glue from the top of the container, along the edge of the opening, down to the bottom of the container.
Quickly lay the rope handle over the glue before it dries completely. Hold in place until the rope sticks.
Repeat the same technique to attach the handle to the other side.
Make sure both handles are the same length before you glue them in place.
NOTE: I wouldn't count on using these new handles to lift heavy items because these lengths of rope are only hot glued in place. When lifting heavy contents, rely on the original handle openings or lift the basket from the bottom.
In this case, a small amount of polka dot material was still visible but it's an easy enough fix.
Simply cut a small piece of 1/4" rope and glue into position to conceal any areas that need additional coverage.
How about using it to hold a stack of favorite magazines?
The storage options are endless. I'd say whatever you use the beachcomber basket for, it will look fabulous.
By the way, this same rope technique can be used to cover a host of other items. Consider covering small bowls, circular trash cans, wooden cartons, etc.
So, that's a look at my version of a beachcomber, Pottery Barn-inspired basket.
I like the way it turned out and even more, I love that I was able to make it for only a fraction of the PB cost.
You can too.
COMING UP THIS FRIDAY
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Pizzelles are as elegant as they are beautiful.
Make them for your next dessert tray or special event or bag them up with a bow for a special gift.
Hope you pop by this blog again later this week for THE FRIDAY FOODIE featuring my "Perfectly Pretty Pizzelles".
I'll see you then. ♥