Happy 2015 everyone and welcome to a new year of Monthly DIY Challenges that me and my lovely bloggy friends put on each and every month! If you are just joining us, here’s the lowdown: each month me and the other bloggers pick a theme or material and then we challenge ourselves to use said items or themes in different and creative ways! So far we’ve done Michaels crates, pumpkins, wood slices, and clear ornaments. January is a month for fresh starts and organization (I mean, who hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution to get organized??) so we decided to name this month’s challenge ’12 Ways to Get Organized’ and our challenge material is using baskets, bins or boxes. Exciting right?
Check out my challenge below and then stick around to the end of the post for links to everyone else’s fab projects!!
If you know me, you know that I am a home decor magazine hoarder. There, I said it. I just can’t bear to throw away my beautiful Better Homes and Gardens and HGTV magazines. I might need them someday. You just never know! At the beginning of fall I made a DIY Sisal Rope Basket to house some of my BHG mags, but I’m gonna be honest; it just wasn’t enough. I needed more storage for my precious magazines! Enter a plain wicker basket that I got as part of a gift. I thought if I could give it a fun DIY ombre effect then it would be the perfect addition to my magazine storage collection. Follow along with my tutorial to make your very own DIY Ombre Basket!
DIY Ombre Basket Materials
I took some blue painter’s tape and made a medium sized line around my basket. I know with ombre you usually dabble paint to transition the colors, but since I wasn’t confident I could do so with spray paint without totally botching it. So I decided to be safe and make my sections even with the tape and then go from there.
I took my basket out in the garage and coated the bottom portion of the basket with gold spray paint and the top section with white spray paint. Let one side dry and then flip it over and do the other. Be careful not to accidentally spray up under any areas of loose tape!
Once everything is dry, carefully remove the tape and bam! all done 🙂 After removing the tape I felt that the transition between colors was just right without any extra work. Depending on what color your basket is originally and/or if you use colors other than neutrals, you might need to spend more time working to make sure your colors transition nicely!
I’m really pleased with how this turned out! I took a bargain basket and made it a bit more modern with the ombre effect. It now coordinates with my other magazine basket and is stylish storage that I can keep out in plain sight. Love it!
Now that you’ve seen my DIY Ombre Basket, head on over to all of my friend’s pages to check out what they did for this challenge! You won’t want to miss out, pinkie promise 😉
What’s a challenge item or theme you think our bloggy group should do next? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Love it, Erica! Love how the basket is transformed from “plain” to pretty!! Have a wonderful day, friend!
Thanks, Kendra! It’s nice to be able to update things I already have for cheap 🙂
LOVE this Erica! SO simple, but SO pretty!
Thanks Kristi! I do love me a simple and easy project. I needed it after such a crazy month! 😉
Super cute, Erica!! I love that metallic pop! I never would’ve thought to mix metallic with regular spray paint, but the effect is perfect! Nice!
Thanks, Christina! I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised! 🙂
A.) I LOVE your new design! It’s so clean and fresh and very easy to navigate 🙂 B.) I love how simple this project is! I always seem to keep my mags around for longer than needed even if I’m not gonna buy anything but I always end up throwing them away because I don’t have anywhere fun like this to put them! Awesome job!
Aww, thank you! I’m totally in love with my new design too – I finally feel like a big girl blogger! haha 😉 And it’s SO hard for me to throw magazines away… so I’ll just keep making more and more pretty baskets for them lol
Super cute, Erica! Love the ombre affect! I have a confession to make as well, I am also a magazine hoarder 🙂 There is just something about those magazines, I just can’t seem to throw them out haha!
Thanks Tara! And I know, right?? I mean I might NEED them SOMEDAY… MAYBE… possibly… in the future…? haha I just have to keep them! 😉
What a CUTE way to update a plain basket, Erica! I love the ombre effect and the sparkle. 🙂
Thanks, Bre! I can never resist adding a little sparkle 😉
Great idea. I love paint transformations! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thanks so much, Lory! I love how paint can transform anything 🙂
Love your ombre basket! Too cute,, it’s amazing what a little paint can do 🙂
Thanks Amy! I totally agree – paint can fix just about anything 🙂
OOOh, love this! What a simple idea, but adds so much to an otherwise boring basket!! I love ombre, too. 🙂 AND gold, of course. Happy weekend!
Thanks so much, Amanda! I love combining my favorite things 😉 Happy weekend to you too, friend!!
Such a simple, super cute, and functional project!!! I love a good painted basket! 😉 😉 Love the touch of gold too!! 🙂
Thanks, Nicole! Simple projects are sometimes the very best 🙂 🙂
I love the ombre look, and I could sure use some more storage solutions in my house! Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday! Pinned.
Thanks so much for your kind words and the pin, Leia! It’s so true – I could always use some more storage solutions, too!