Dollar Store Laundry Basket Turned Chic Metallic Rope Basket

6 Materials
90 Minutes
I started by attaching felt to the outside of the laundry basket with hot glue. The felt made it easy to adhere the rope to it and also acted as a liner for the inside of the basket.
Next I wrapped jute rope around the entire basket, attaching with hot glue.
I wanted an ombre effect with my metallic paint so I started with a light coating of copper metallic paint gradually building up the amount of paint I used to create the ombre effect.
I cut off the lip on the top of the laundry basket so that the rope didn't stick out awkwardly at the top.
I used the excess felt that had been overhang from the sides of the laundry basket to tuck inside of the basket to act as a liner for the basket. The felt is just tucked into the bottom, I didn't sew or glue it. It won't be seen anyway with blankets or anything else in it.
It's amazing how easy it was to create an elegant, decorative throw basket with just a dollar store laundry basket, some jute rope, felt and a glue gun! See more step by step photos and material quantities sources on my blog here:
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  • Mommy Nicole Mommy Nicole on Jan 29, 2020

    approx. how much felt???

  • Fay Story Sessions Fay Story Sessions on Jan 31, 2020

    Love this! If the rope is glued to felt, on outside of can the felt become the liner?

  • Julie Brodie Julie Brodie on May 26, 2023

    Very cool

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  • Cso51108026 Cso51108026 on Apr 10, 2023

    Just as a comment - I did one of these with rope, and I also did one of these with CLOTHESLINE. The clothesline came in a twist that was enough for the entire basket and cost about $7. Lined with a vaguely blue/white Waverly remnant I had, doing what another post did and gluing top edge to basket, so lining can be flipped out and emptied of crumbs/cat hair, etc. But the nautical basket probs gets more compliments than the other, and the only room I use THAT basket in is the guest room (with nods to blues in the quilts)!! lol The other is in front of the fireplace. Both hold extra throws, etc. But seriously? If you're gonna do a lot of glue-gun work, Dollar Tree ALSO sells a 2-ended plastic tool. It's a round bead, like for embossing, on the one end, but the other end is a flat, almost like like a thumb shape. It is INVALUABLE for after applying the hot glue, and laying the rope, scooching the rope down tight to the previous row without scorching the bananas out of your finger! Seriously - look for it! It's pink in the middle, with the stainless ball at one end and the flat depressor on the other. Legit - made these baskets literally painless!!! lol ~Chrissie

    PS I'm taking your Ombre look and doing one for my daughter!!! She closes on a house at the end of the month and she's a rose-gold girl!!! She will love it! Thank you so much for posting - we're helping her with all of it, she's only 24, but was trying to come up with a special housewarming gift for her. This is gonna be it!!! :)

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