Coastal Themed Basket Makeover

3 Materials
3 Hours

This spray painted basket decorated with seashells can be used for all sorts of things. It looks great as a catchall for an assortment of favorite junk treasures, as a plant container, or filled with seashells!

I have a large collection of seashells and I display them in all kinds of ways. The seashell basket is one of my favorite projects.

I first spray painted the basket white then decided the white was too blah. I found a can of light blue spray paint in my stash and the color was perfect.

It only takes a minute to spray paint small items, maybe less than a minute. While the basket was drying I pulled out all my supplies…seashells, sisal rope, and glue gun.

I started gluing seashells to the top edge of the basket then decided to add sisal rope before I went any further with the shells.

I put the hot glue on the shells and held them in place until the glue dried. I glued them on in a random pattern. The secret is to start with the big shells and work in the smaller shells. Don't try to line them up perfectly.

The sisal rope was an afterthought. And I’m glad I thought of it. It's that one element that elevates the project to the next level. I bought the sisal rope for a furniture makeover but I can see a bright future for sisal in upcoming projects. I particularly like the sisal rope handles I made for an old drawer you can see here... Repurpose An Old Drawer.

Suggested materials:
  • Spray paint   (Home Depot)
  • Basket   (Thrift Store)
  • Sisal rope   (Amazon)
Kathy Owen | Petticoat Junktion
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