An Upcycle Garden Idea ~ 10 on the 10th

Welcome to the reintroduction of 10 on the 10th where ten friends get together and share 10 fun ideas with you for under $10. Happy Mother’s Day, friends, btw!!! I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with family, if you are able. This month’s 10 on the 10th is about Upcycling-Recycling and I’ve come up with a thrift store basket in need of a refresh. I found this pretty basket last year while I was out in California meeting our movers.  

When I wasn’t massively busy in our two 10’x25′ storage units getting things moved, donated or spending short visits with friends, I was out thrift-shopping… 😉  

Let’s get this upcycle party started, shall we?…

First of all, I’d like to thank Ann Bacon of Apple Street Cottage who asked a bunch of us if we’d like to be a part of the new 10 on the 10th, thank you!!! And, if you are coming over from to French Ethereal for the first time, welcome! 💝

Here’s what I started with:

*  a thrift-shop basket 

*  chalk paint in white 

*  pretty napkins 

*  small paint brushes for painting and glueing 

*  scissors  

*  paperbag to protect work surface

Begin by dry-brushing paint on your basket in your favorite color ~ I chose white for this particular basket (although now I am thinking a soft grey overtop might be nice…). Dry brushing the paint lets a lot of the basket’s textural weave show through which I really like.

After getting the basket painted, let it dry. I flipped this basket upside down as I painted and while it dried on one side I was painting the other, or the inside. I pretty much painted the whole thing at once since chalk paint dries so quickly. A cool bonus!!!

While the basket dries, gather a couple of pretty napkins and open them up and separate the white backing from the pretty printed front. (Use up the back like normal.)  😉

Now cut out your print in a pleasing way. If you are using floral napkins like these, take care to cut out a grouping of flowers and create a nice edge as you cut. 

Arrange the cut-outs on the basket and keep re-arranging until a nice look is achieved. Paint on Mod-Podge glue or make your own glue and press the flower cut-outs into it, then add more Mod-Podge/glue over top to seal.

That’s pretty much it! Once dry, have fun decorating around the house with your pretty basket. I used mine for a May Day basket over on our library tea table.

I hope this has inspired you to upcycle an old basket you may have lying around your home or just found recently! Let me know how yours turns out, won’t you?!

Up next on my list is Joyce of At Home with Gemma whose upcycle watering can is really cool! I know you are going to love every idea these ladies have for you today…

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21 thoughts on “An Upcycle Garden Idea ~ 10 on the 10th”

  1. I love the new look of your basket, Barb. Decoupage is the best and now I have to try it on a basket. I'm so glad you're hopping with us – Happy Mother's Day!

  2. I love your basket – those napkins are so pretty! I always forget about decoupage – I'm going to have to dig out my Mod Podge and get creative. Love this – an amazing upcycle.

  3. Barb, I’ve fallen in love with decoupage. Love your basket idea. Baskets are always a great item to find at flea markets. Happy Mother’s Day and now Happy Grandmother’s Day.

  4. Thank you, Carol!! I wish I could see our little grandson and we were just thinking of going up there over Memorial Day, but our son thinks maybe it's too soon (stupid virus!!)… We'll get to see him sometime this year. Happy Mother's Day back,Hugs,Barb 🙂

  5. Thank you, Jemma! I had a hard time finding your blog but I FINALLY found it this morning (Monday). Corrected our post! <3 Love your table for today… Will be by to read and comment on both. <3 Happy spring and Happy belated Mother's Day!Hugs,Barb 🙂

  6. I've never thought of decoupaging a wicker basket but what a lovely idea and I know we have one of those old picnic baskets that desperately needs some love and a little upcycling. Thanks so much Barb. Great idea

  7. Hi Barb, nice to hear from you. How sweet you have a new home. Thanks for sharing your upcycle garden project at Love Your Creativity.. What a cute idea. I hope your Mother's Day was lovely. Hugs

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