Our June Challenge Theme is Thrift Store Find. My mom’s garage is my thrift store, I can find potential things, lol. My mom handed me a rattan basket and she reminded me of my old upcycled project which also used a rattan basket. She likes it and she thinks I can do a similar thing to it. So, my Pinterest inspiration this time is my own Upcycled Rattan Basket Tray. But before I move on, let me explain a bit about The Sustainable Pinterest Challenge.

The Pinterest Challenge has had a bit of a reboot for 2022 and is now the Sustainable Pinterest Challenge. Each month I join a group of creative bloggers and we select a pin or two that we feel inspired by and give it a go. Starting in January 2022 the Pinterest Challenge has a sustainable, eco friendly twist to it. All the projects shared will have something about them that involves recycling, upcycling, a general ethos of reducing waste and using what we have. It’s not about beating ourselves with a stick, it’s just about giving thought to how we can make small changes in our lives just a little more sustainable and reduce our impact on the environment.

Last month’s theme challenge was “Recipe for Leftover” and I made an Easy Cake Decor with Strawberry. For this month theme “Thrift Store Find” as sustainable as a base to any of our challenge projects, I upcycled a rattan basket into a towel basket for Summer decor theme.

Things To Prepare

Basically you would only need a basket and some paints to make this towel basket to light up your Summer theme. Anyway, let’s see what are the short list supplies that are used to make this Upcycled Towel Basket for Summer Decor :

  • A rattan basket
  • White paint
  • Blue navy paint
  • Brush
  • Blue towels, satin ivory ribbon and some seashells

How To Make

This upcycled rattan basket is more of a painting works, but of course super easy. All you have to do is gather all the supplies which I’ve mentioned above, be creative, paint as nice as you can and follow these easy steps on how to make Upcycled Towel Basket for Summer Decor :

1 . Clean your rattan basket and take off the handle. Keep the handle, I once use it as a wreath.

2. First I painted the rattan parts with white paint. Leave it to dry.

3 .Followed by blue navy color paint on outer side of the darker area. I’m not sure what it’s made of, I think it’s dried leaves that they plait together with rattan. Leave it to dry

4. You can add label tag as you like. I don’t give label tag because I want the basket to be multi-function. Now, I’m use it as a towel basket, maybe later as a centerpiece holder, who knows. So I leave it plain. Decorate your towel with some satin ivory ribbon and add some seashells to bring out more of the summer feels along with the navy blue of the towel basket. And finished!

This towel basket would look fantastic on your bathroom as a Summer decor or somewhere in your Beach home. Super easy to make, cheap and re-use of course! Not forgetting the gorgeous look that came out from a humble old rattan basket.

Now, let’s take a look at what the other Sustainable Pinterest Challenge participants have made for their “Thrift Store Find” challenge.

List of all participants 

Julie | Sum of their Stories

Gail | Purple Hues and Me

Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn

Allyson | Southern Sunflowers

Mel | Decor Craft Design

Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

Ann | The Apple Street Cottage

Here’s the list of projects :

Tote Bag made with Vintage Linen

Decoupage Napkin Lampshade Makeover

Patriotic Star Shaped Wreath

Upcycled Towel Basket for Summer Decor

Upcycled Thrift Store Blanket Basket

Espresso Cup Cosy

Updating a Thrift Store Plaque

You can also view the projects from below Inlinkz.

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Posted by:mel

7 replies on “Upcycled Towel Basket for Summer Decor

  1. What an amazing transformation, Mel! Paint can certainly do wonders for an old rattan basket! You really nailed this upcycle!


  2. This looks great, I love the summery vibe you gave your old basket, it looks so smart and modern. And taking off the handle but saving it for a wreath is borderline genius!!


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