A tisket, a tasket, a DIY Impressionist basket!
I am going to be honest, this basket was delightful without a skootch of paint on it. Yet I, crafty Madge, could not leave this blank canvas unpainted. First, I found these pretty tassels in the dollar bins at Target. What ho! A dollar for four fetching tassels? I’m in!
I brought them home and ruminated. From whence shall I dangle these tassels?
No, not there.
I rediscovered this lovely basket in my studio/hay loft alcove and realized it could solve a vexing problem. My husband has a habit of leaving stacks of random whatnots at the end of the kitchen counter. These random whatnots drive this random whatnot to distraction. Our apartment is tiny, so clutter adds up very quickly. Perhaps this basket could contain the mess whilst adding a touch of je ne sais quoi to our décor. My inspiration came from my good friend Vicki O’Dell who shared this Colorful Embroidery Basket on her blog last year. How pretty is this? I love the colorful tassels she crafted by hand!
I grabbed my trusty FolkArt paints and my trusty glue gun and crafted the afternoon away. The colors are reminiscent of Monet’s Water Lilies, thusly I have dubbed this my DIY Impressionist Basket. You can make one too, with or without tassels, using our tutorial.
Materials (Links are affiliate based, if you click on a link and make a purchase, we get a small percentage of the sale. That’s how we stock our tassel collection.)
FolkArt Acrylic Paints in Citrus Green and Cascade
FolkArt Color Shift Paint in Aqua Flash
FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint in Rouge Pearl
FolkArt Flat Brushes
8 4-packs Target Dollar Spot Tassels (32 total)
AdTech Hi Temp Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
I freehand painted this, using the weft (horizontal) elements of my basket as a guide. You can opt for painter’s tape if you prefer.
Start with Cascade and paint around bottom half of basket on all four sides. Let this dry for a few minutes.
Add dabs of Aqua Flash over the Cascade. Let this dry for a few minutes.
Dab random areas with Rouge Pearl. Don’t mush it around too much, you want to maintain the separation of the colors.
Dab random areas with Citrus Green. Same thing as before.
Let the paint dry.
Cut the top strands from the tassels and hot glue to the basket edge. You need four on each short side, and twelve on each long side for a total of 32. Make sure to evenly space the tassels.
Should I have left this basket alone?
Yet, it fits into our colorful, whimsical décor and it holds a bevy of stuff that was piling up on the end of the counter. In my book, that’s a win-win. Huzzah.