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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Simple Belly Baskets

Belly baskets are the perfect versatile home decor accessory that can be bought cheap and easily and inexpensively updated to fit your style.

A few months ago, I wrote about my favorite home decor staples and included baskets because they are versatile and perfect for just about any space.  Belly baskets are especially great since they are collapsible, affordable, easy to update and great to use for storage or as planters.  I recently bought a few to take to the shop and thought I would share some easy and affordable ways to give them a little personality. 

DIY pom pom decorated belly basket

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- White chalk paint (or color of your choice) 
- Foam paintbrush
- Decorative tassel trim (I found mine at a church yard sale) 
- Scissors
- Yarn 
- Scrap piece of cardboard

I bought my baskets from eBay, but you can also find affordable ones in places like HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.  

Plain basic belly baskets

Adding a bit of color to belly baskets is super easy with paint.  I used an inexpensive foam brush to apply a light coat of white chalk paint to the bottom half of my basket.   To avoid the paint from seeping through the cracks I used more of a dry brush technique. 

Painting the bottom of belly baskets

Adding fun tassel trim can instantly add style to these otherwise basic baskets.  I was lucky enough to find some pretty amazing tassel trim from a local church yard sale.  I'm thinking it's pretty old because the price on it says, $0.73/yd and I'm fairly certain tassel hasn't been that cheap for many many years.
supplies for adding trim to belly baskets
I added the trim around the top of one of the baskets securing it with hot glue.  To create a clean finish, I attached one end of the trim to the top of the basket then folded it over continuing to glue around the entire brim of the basket. 
adding trim to belly baskets

Adding vintage fringe trim to belly baskets
When I got to the end, I cut the trim about a 1/4 inch longer then needed, folded the cut end under, secured the threads with hot glue then glued the trim to the basket.  This created a nice clean finish and you can barely tell where I joined the ends of the trim.
Hw to add trim to basic belly baskets

Fringe trim added to simple belly baskets

Who doesn't love pom poms?   Go neutral or add a bit of bohemian flair with a mix of fun bright colors.  Whatever you decide, they are an easy way to add a bit of whimsy to your belly baskets.
supplies for making pom poms
I used a scrap piece of cardboard and made a quick little template for my pom poms.  I simply wrapped some yarn around the template (the more yarn the better!), slipped a piece of yarn through the cut-out, pulled tight, secured it with a couple knots then cut the opposite ends of yarn.
How to make pom poms with a simple template

How to make easy pom poms
I just added one pom pom near the handle of my basket, but have fun with them and add as many as you'd like. 
Adding pom poms to belly baskets

Just like pom poms, tassels are easy to make and the color possibilities and combinations are endless.  I made a simple off-white tassel (see how I make them HERE) and tied it up near the handle of the basket.  
How to easy and inexpensively add decorate belly baskets

Easy ideas for decorating belly baskets

Inexpensive ideas for sprucing up basic belly baskets

The best part about these inexpensive belly basket decorating tips is that you can mix and match ideas to create endless combinations.  Couple that with the multiple uses of these versatile baskets and you have the perfect affordable home decor staple.

Inexpensive ideas for updating basic belly baskets



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