Home Decor,  Outdoors

Laundry Basket Planter

When I see something left on the curb to be picked up by the trash man, my mind starts racing to create a use for this item. I begin to think I could totally use this for… and then, it becomes a “need.” I have to have it or my life will not be complete!

This broken laundry basket I saw on the side of the road was no different, except I couldn’t think of a use for it. I grabbed it off the side of the road anyways, not even caring. So, it sat in my basement for about six month when it finally hit me “I can use it to as a planter.” Here is how I turned this trash into treasure.

broken basket

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First, I taped up the crack in the side with some plain old packing tape. Next, I hot glued burlap on the inside to cover the slats of the basket. This was to help make sure my dirt stayed in.

burlap pannel

Then,  I covered the basket with burlap, gluing the fabric down periodically.

burlap wrap
 

basket corner

After that, I took a separate piece of burlap and wrapped it around the top edge and handles.

brulap to wrap

I glued this edging to the inside of the basket.

allwrap

Then, I attached rope around the basket, making sure to cover the seam where the two fabric pieces came together.

knot1

A little hot glue was added to ensure there was no unraveling of the rope. After all this hard work, I wouldn’t want that!

gluerope

Next, I tied the rope into this cool looking knot thing.

knot2

knot3

Finally, I added the dirt and plant. You can’t even tell it was a broken laundry basket.  Ye-haw!

plant(1)

What do you do with broken laundry baskets? Erin said “I would just throw them away.” To which I responded “If I lived closer, I would just pick them up.”

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