A Mum Basket Gets a Makeover

Craft projects are often a hit or miss with me. When I came up with the  idea to transform this little basket it looked very different in my head than how it actually turned out. My plan was to use things I had on hand, paint the basket, create a no sew liner and add a few flowers with some scrapbook paper. Well, the liner turned out better than I thought, but the paint job was not looking so good, I added a crackle finish and everything!  The dark red paint with the green zebra fabric just wasn’t working for me.

This year I spent a little extra on mums because I just loved how they looked in those pretty wooden baskets. Once the fall season had passed I decided to save the baskets for next year, that was until I came up with the idea to upcycle them. I was  determined to save this project from failure. So I thought about how these baskets were a little flimsy and it would be nice to make it a bit more sturdy  while covering up the bad paint choice. Rope seemed like a good fix and cheap too!

As I glued the rope on row by row it really started to come together. After adding the little fabric flowers and sparkly buttons I was so relieved that I was able to save this craft project from the trash.


Mum basket

Scrap piece of fabric (for liner)

Scrap pieces of fabric (for flowers)


Glue gun


Rope (I found this roll of 100ft rope at Lowe’s for around $6.00 and I only used half)


Step 1: Cut Strips of fabric slightly longer than depth of basket

Step 2: Fold and iron strips of fabric so edges are  nice and neat

Step 3: Hot glue fabric to top wrapping around the edge, pull through and hot glue to bottom edge

* Note: I barely had enough fabric to finish this project so I cut four wide strips and then three smaller ones

Step 4: For bottom piece trace circle slightly larger than size of base, cut and hot glue around. After all of your fabric strips are hot glued in place you can insert the base. Adding the fabric to the lining and base made the base fit securely but you can always add some hot glue to the bottom so it does not pop out.

Step 5: To attach rope I started at the top and just hot glued as I wrapped it around.

Step 6: I made the flowers using scraps of fabric and added a few buttons I had on hand.

*Note: I am not the best at making fabric flowers so I won’t attempt any tutorials on this (mine never look as pretty as the pictures). You can find lots of great ideas and instructions on how to make them on Pinterest.

Sometimes I need to remind myself that crafting is supposed to be fun, not frustrating and most of all that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes it’s just good to step back, rethink it and try again when it’s not turning out how you hoped. It just may turn out better than you planned.

Next time I may give the paint another try and with assorted fabrics, scrapbook papers, buttons, Mod Podge, the possibilities are endless for these mum baskets! I can’t wait to make some more and hope you are inspired to give it a try too!

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  1. Love this basket!

  2. Wow, very pretty! I found you through Roadkill Rescue! Now following you through Bloglovin!


  3. This is gorgeous! So creative, I love the little bling you added too, great job!

  4. I love how you transformed this basket! Fabulous job!
    Saw you featured at Roadkill Rescue
    Debbie :)

  5. I saw you featured over at Stone Gable and had to stop by and tell you what an awesome job you did on the basket. I love the combination of the rope and the lining fabric. Gorgeous. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

    • I had no idea I was featured, thanks so much for letting me know and also for your sweet message! I would love to join your party, I’m on my way over now : )

  6. Love this redo on the basket! Found you from the Features on Stone Gable. New follower on Facebook. Happy New Year!

  7. I love the basket. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  8. Chris Duane says:

    The basket turned out so cute! I found you on Tip Junkie.
    Now be honest…who is more trouble…the twins or the poodle? My single daughter is grown but I have 2 toy poodles!

  9. I don’t know want your talkin about that basket is Fabubous!!You did a Beautiful Job :)
    Kudos to You & as you say sometimes you do have to step away..thats a good thing simply
    rustic I love it…

  10. Love your decorating……my style too…thanks..

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