Hand Made: Dipped Baskets

dipped basket 1

I hesitated to post another ‘dipped’ thing since it’s been so overdone, but when I shared these pretty dipped baskets on my Friday Faves a couple of weeks ago, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how the paint looked a little translucent.  It wasn’t as obvious of a dip project as some I’d seen, so I wanted to try and see if I could get a smokier look to the dip, allowing more of the basket color and texture to show through.

I picked up these little water hyacinth baskets from Pier 1 for just three bucks each and tried a few various trials using paint thinner, acetone, etc, etc.  As it turns out, the best version was the one that used the good old fashioned ‘universal solvent’ – water.

dipped basket 2

dipped basket diptych

Aside from figuring out the proper ratios, I found a pretty good way to dip them which is clean, easy, and only uses a pint of paint!  If you’re interested in all of the details – keep reading for more the step by step!

  • One Pint Flat finish wall paint (the test jars from the home improvement store are one pint)
  • One Pint Water
  • Disposable aluminum lasagna tray
  • brush to mix
  • toothpicks
  • paper plates

dipped basket workflow

ONE mix together equal parts of paint to water in your aluminum tray. TWO dip the entire bottom of the basket, then lean the tray to one end to collect the paint in a pool to dip higher onto the sides of the basket. THREE stick 4-5 toothpicks into the bottom of the basket to prop it up during drying. FOUR dry on a paper plate.

dipped basket 3

When the baskets are just dry to the touch, carefully twist the toothpicks from their holes and flip over the basket to dry the remainder of the way.

You’re all done! The best part is, you can just toss the aluminum tray and clean-up is a breeze!  Fill them with anything your little heart desires!

Have a lovely Tuesday!


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