Are you a crafty beach lover? If so, you’re going to enjoy making my DIY seashell basket craft! It’s so easy and inexpensive to make, and a great way to use smaller shells you have collected at the beach.
DIY SEASHELL BASKET CRAFT
HOW CAN I USE THE DECORATED SHELL BASKET?
- Party ~ place napkins and utensils in it for a cookout
- Home decor ~ use it for a couple of potted plants
- Bathroom ~ fill with washcloths for the counter
- Kitchen ~ fill with K-pods next to the coffee maker
- Beach trip ~ collecting shells on the beach
It’s once again time for “Do It Over Designers,” which is a group of crafty bloggers who take something old and/or unused and make it over into something new. These items can be found in closets, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it! At the end of my post, you’ll find 8 other crafty projects. Click their links so you don’t miss out!
- chipwood basket ~ $1.00 thrift find
- nautical jute rope
- foam paint brush
- artist brush
- Tacky glue
- glue gun
- craft paint
- white spray paint
My design plan changed after I took the supply picture below, plus I just plain forgot to include some supplies (ugh), so the glue gun, tacky glue, artist brush, and scissors are not pictured. Also, the pencil is not needed.
STEPS FOR MAKING THE DIY SEASHELL BASKET CRAFT:
STEP 1: PAINT THE BASKET
Spray paint the basket with about 3 coats of white paint. It depends on what coverage you want on the inside. Let dry between coats.
Use a foam paint brush to paint the outside of the basket. I used 2 coats and afterwards touched up areas where needed. Let dry between coats
Use a small artist brush to get paint into the smaller areas that the foam brush can’t reach.
STEP 2: WEAVE THE ROPE AROUND THE HANDLE
Follow the written instructions plus the visual guide (see picture below) to get a better understanding of how to weave the rope.
Keep in mind that you will be bringing the entire ball of rope in and out and over and under during the weaving process.
- begin by glueing the rope end to the back side of the handle where the basket joins the handle
- bring your rope up towards (1), covering the rope end, and then over to (2)
- put a dab of hot glue between (1) and (2)
- take the rope at (2) and pull under the back of handle to (3)
- pull the rope over the handle to (4)
- put a dab of hot glue between (3) and (4)
- and continue weaving the rest of the way on the handle
You should have the hang of weaving now.
Weave to the other end of the handle. Cut the rope so that it ends underneath the handle.
Use a dab of hot glue to secure the rope underneath the handle, then mush Tacky glue all around the raveled ends and mush the ends together, let dry, then hot glue the end to the handle.
STEP 3: GLUE THE SHELLS TO THE BASKET
Determine how many shells you can put on each side of the basket so they can be evenly spaced.
Using Tacky glue, squeeze enough out to just glue around the shell rim. Press the shells down on your desired spots.
Tacky glue dries clear, however, I still used q-tips to wipe away any excess glue by holding down the shell at the same time as wiping the glue away.
I waited for the glue on one long side to dry before moving on to the other side, so I wouldn’t accidently dislodge any shells before they were completely dry.
I hope you love my DIY seashell basket craft idea enough to make one for yourself! What will you fill your basket with?
YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO SEE THIS DIY BEACH SHELL CRAFT:
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE 8 MORE CRAFTY MAKEOVERS FROM THE “DO IT OVER” DESIGNERS:
Exquisitely Unremarkable ~ Super Easy Sock Snowman
Little Vintage Cottage ~ Repurposed Pasta Drying Rack
Purple Hues & Me ~ Decorative Cord Wrapped Holiday Tree
Southern Sunflowers ~ DIY Seashell Basket Craft
Unique Creations by Anita ~ Scrap Wood Mirror
My Hubbard Home ~ Easy DIY Vintage Fence
The Apple Street Cottage ~ Vintage Table Clock Upcycle
Sharing my seashell basket craft at the following fabulous blogs!