Hello hello, everyone! I’ve been in a big-time Easter decorating mood this year so here’s another ridiculously simple idea for ya.
At the start of the Easter decorating season (you know, when they catalogues come out and get you thinking about this stuff), I once again remembered how much I love those big fancy Easter baskets you can get from some places like Pottery Barn Kids and the fabric liners that you can get to go with them. I give them a good stare-down every year and this year was no different. I almost ALMOST actually went ahead and bought one this year, but then I remembered who I was and that coming up with practically free solutions to these things is kinda what I do.
I remembered that I have this giant Easter basket already that I picked up at a thrift store a few years ago for $3. It was a little orangey so I white-washed it with a mixture of Light Antique White Crafter’s Acrylic (DecoArt) and water.
I love the kinda French country look it gives the basket. Then I realized that all those fabric basket liners are is a big oval of fabric with some ties. And I could probably manage something to that extent on my own.
Now, this is not a no-sew project, because that would mean that I was making a basket liner exactly the same way as the “real” ones, but without sewing. Nope. This basket liner is completely fake in everyway. So it’s faux sew!
You think it looks like a real basket liner, but it’s actually just a big rectangle of fabric draped over top and hot glued onto the basket in a rather convincing manner.
It’s really kind of hard to explain my technique any better than that. I just sort of tucked the fabric around, said to myself “Does that look good-ish?” and put a little dab of glue here and there.
I tucked some ribbon into the sides and tied some bows. You can even see a string of hot glue still hanging off it it there. Oops!
Since I reused fabric leftover from my DIY reupholstered ottomans, and ribbon from my skirted desk stool, this project was free!
I may use fabric that’s a little more Eastery-looking next time I do this, but for this one I just used what I had on hand. It was one of those moments where I had an idea and it seemed too good to be true! I just had to try it out right away and see if it would really work.
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.