a while back, i went thrift shopping with nora. while i love shopping with her, it’s always hard because our tastes are so similar that it can sometimes turn into a “who saw it first” sort of scenario. shoes and jeans are ok, because there is no way i’m fitting into her sizes, but tops, dresses, and housewares are always a free for all.
so, we were shopping that day and she happened to spy this amazing tribal basket. now, i have no need for more baskets, or really any more knick knacks in our house, but that has never (ever) stopped me from buying them before. when i saw that beautiful basket in her cart, i immediately decided that i needed one for myself….thus began my thrift search for the perfect tribal basket.
well, to date, that search has been fruitless (fruitless basket), so i decided to try to make my own. and while mine doesn’t hold a candle to the one nora found, it will do for now while i continue my thrifting journey!
here’s how i made mine.
hot glue gun
bottles of various sizes (i chose an orangina (does anyone else think this is a weird name for a drink?) bottle and a carafe from my old church’s rummage sale)
black sharpie (not pictured)
to make the initial “basket”, i don’t really need to give you step-by-step instructions. basically i cleaned the bottles, put a strip of hot glue and rolled the twine around the bottles. what i didn’t think about was how extremely boring and time consuming this would be. if you will notice in the first picture, there are three bottles. skip ahead to the end, and you will see that i only completed two. hot glue dries very quickly, so i spent hours literally applying one ring of glue, and then wrapping the twine around the bottle just once. i eventually figured out just how much glue i could apply, and how quickly i could wrap the twine before the glue dried. in the meantime, everything around me was ignored. the kids got to stay up late because i couldn’t stop to sing them their bedtime song. my dog was whining to come inside, and i couldn’t do it. sorry desi, this glue dries too quickly! go chase a squirrel or something!
after every few lines of rope i glued down, i would push it all down so that there was no clear space between rope layers. this involved constantly pressing my thumbs against the hot (hot!) glue. after the second bottle, i decided i still wanted finger prints, so i stopped.
then came the fun part…coloring!! i knew i wanted sort of a tribal look for the baskets, so i took my big fat sharpie and colored away.
and here is the end result…