Sunday, May 3, 2015

Creative uses for the humble weave basket

Inspiration can be found anywhere, and any piece that you find – even those that you never would have thought of using inside the home, especially as a decor – can be re-purposed and fashioned to be an interesting addition to a space. For example, the humble weave basket (made from pina fibre or abaca) which you often see vendors use in the market for storing fruits and vegetables. 

This is an overlooked material that has so much DIY potential. Not only is it eco-friendly and available everywhere, but it adds such a unique and interesting texture to  your homes’ interiors. 

These come dirt cheap, or if you’re particularly close with the seller, you can ask to have them for free as these baskets are usually just thrown away after use at the market. 

Here we have included some fun, easy ways to reuse this cheap woven basket. 

1. Storage – This is a no brainer. Dust off the basket and wipe down with a clean towel. If it’s a bit flimsy, just place two baskets together for a sturdier storage bin, and secure with thick metal clamps around the rim. For a clean, professional finish, you can apply a few coats of paint and varnish. Fortunately, these baskets can be found in an array of sizes so you can use easily put them away behind pantry doors, under bed spaces, and in closets. 
2. Plant pot – Flip the basket over and use it as an indoor plant pot holder. As seen in the picture, instead of fresh flowers, you may also use artificial plants. Hide little knick knacks such as keys and desk supplies as well. You can add a little color for flourish by gluing ribbon or lace around the rim of the basket. 
3. Lamp fixture – By cutting a small hole at the bottom of the basket and fitting it will a simple socket-and-bulb, you can instantly have a unique light fixture for your home. Interior designer Michelle Alingarog used this nifty idea to spruce up her empty space in the garage. 
 
The ideas are limitless, just be open enough to see the creative potential in even ordinary items. Enjoy!

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