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Welcome back, readers! Hopefully you’re reading this out with the windows propped open enjoying this fine Spring weather that has finally arrived. This week we’ll be working on a simple basket upcycling project. Something you can easily knock out and get back to enjoying the weather!

For this project you will need a wicker basket of your choice, your favorite color of spray paint, painters tape, a hot glue gun, and burlap netting.

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The first thing you will want to do is decide whether or not you intend to paint the entire basket. For our project, we decided to leave wooden handles untreated. We covered the handles with painters tape to keep it safe. This was a relatively simple task, though we did end up using a wooden cuticle stick to tuck the tape into the tight spots.

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After you have your tape on securely you can move on to painting. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area, preferably outside.

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Make sure you give your basket plenty of time to dry. The urge to touch it and check is probably strong, but you don’t want to end up with fingerprints in your paint! Try waiting at least an hour before moving onto the next step.

Go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun, then take the tape off your basket. By the time you are done the glue should be ready to go. Using the hot glue gun you are going to line your basket with the burlap netting.

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First we lined the bottom with the netting, then went around the edge of the basket. After you have everything glued in place, check for any weak spots or parts that stick up. Add a little more glue under the edges of these areas to make sure your netting is secure.

Voila! A cute new decorative basket for all your holding needs. This would be cute on a bedside table holding magazines, or even by the front door to put keys an such in.

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