Rope Basket

I have noticed how great a simple rope basket is for laundry, magazines, or the crap you want to hide when your guests come over. Target has a bunch of options if you are not looking to make one but I was looking for a navy combo that I couldn’t find anywhere.

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So I thought give a DIY rope basket a go. During the planning phase, I considered doing a no sew basket that required pretty much rope and hot glue. The results look great but I’m not convinced the basket holds together.

This is my version a little bit of glue combined with some sewing.

Here is what you need:

  • Natural Cotton Piping- 25 yards
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Basket or bin to use as mold
  • Needle and thread in desired color

Let’s start with the base. Coil the rope in your desired shape, gluing along the way.

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After you have that part put together add some stitches throughout.

Then begin coiling the rest of the basket. Again, gluing along the way. Stop every so often to sew reinforcements so you don’t have to awkwardly reach in and poke around once the basket is basically done.

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For the last two or three layers do not glue or sew the sides. Leave a gap. These will be your handles.

Finish the top layer with a generous amount of glue.

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Congrats-now you have a beautiful decorative basket!

The Wrap Choker

Chokers are everywhere. I decide to make TWO different chokers . First I’ll show you how to make a wrap choker and then I’ll show you how to make simple velvet choker (check out the next blog post for the details). ALL SUPPLIES COST LESS THAN $10. Just thought you should know that upfront

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  • Velvet cord
  • Gold/Silver -colored tips (I got tips for a bolo tie)
  • Superglue or Jewelry glue
  • A toothpick or small stick for spreading the glue
  • Scissors

 

 

 

Measure the cord around your neck, tie it up and double check the length is where you want it. Using the toothpick, spread the glue inside the gold tips.

Insert the cord into the tips- you may need to push the cord in using another toothpick. Let dry and ta-da you have yourself a new necklace.

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Copper Ladder

This copper ladder is perfect for hanging stuff on. If you don’t have throws in your living room, this baby can be used for jewelry, belts and other accessories. Here we go.

Here’s what you need:

  • (14) 12″ pieces of 3/4 inch copper pipe
    • I also purchased a brass cutter (less than $10) so I could buy longer copper pieces and cut them down to size
  • (12) 3/4 inch copper pressure tees
  • (4) 3/4 inch copper tube caps
  • Epoxy- I used Oatey Fix it Stick Epoxy Putty

Once you have all your supplies connect your copper tees to the copper pipe pieces. Use the epoxy to reinforce the joints and remember to use gloves when working with epoxy. Start assembling your ladder.

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Super simple and way cheaper than getting it from Urban Outfitters or Target. Enjoy!

Modern Calligraphy

This mornimg_6292ing I went to a calligraphy workshop, Flourish, in Kansas City. My older sister begged me to go-and it actually sounded like fun- so I figured what the heck.

The workshop focused on the basics of modern pen-point calligraphy and it was taught by Lily of Loveletter Studios. Over the course of a morning, she taught a group of about 16 of us what tools we needed, how to achieve the correct strokes, and how to put it all together

I haven’t really made anything yet but I’m practicing. When I get something together I will post it!

Scroll down for some videos of me practicing!

 


The Nitty Gritty for the Industrial Rack

Supplies of the Industrial Rack project:

  • 2 Steel conduit pipe (60 X 3/4 inch)
    • Threaded on both ends
  • 1 Steel conduit pipe (36 X 3/4 inch)
    • Again threaded on both ends
  • 6 floor flanges (3/4 inch)
  • 2 elbow joints (3/4 inch)
  • 4 nipples (3/4 inch & threaded on both sides)
  • 4 caps (3/4 inch)
  • Flat black protective spray paint
  • 24 wood screws
  • wood base (I found a wood base at lower that was a bit longer than my horizontal pole- that gave me a wood lip and a stronger base).

Once you have all the pieces, assembly is super easy. Spray paint first. Once all your pipes and joints have dried go for the base. Screw/drill the four flanges to the bottom of the wood base (a drill is not necessary but makes the project fly by). After you assemble the base, drill/screw the two left over flanges to the top of the base and insert pipes. Voila!

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Total price: $120 (Got all supplies from Lowe’s)

*A vendor in KC sells a similar rack for $218-not counting shipping.

Industrial Rack

My boyfriend has a TINY closet. After doing some research, I decided the best solution for looks and storage would be an industrial rack. But buying one is expensive so I decided I would try to make it instead. Below is the finished project.

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Honestly, the DIY industrial rack was super simple. I did it over the weekend and finished in time to catch-up on homework, TV shows and family.

Stay tuned this week and I will update the blog with step-by-step instructions on how you can copy it.