Do you have a room that could use an update?
A wall that leaves you feeling uninspired?
Maybe a corner of your home that is truly forgettable?
Don’t go to a big box store and settle for a piece of mass-produced wall art. With a few simple materials and some fair trade baskets, you can quickly transform your space from run-of-the-mill to world-travelled. It’s so much easier than you think to create a unique basket wall in your home!
Here’s what you need to make your own basket wall:
Fair Trade Baskets:
Whether they are Tonga baskets from Zimbabwe or raffia baskets from Uganda, choose the look you love! Each one is made with local materials and traditions passed down through generations. Are you keeping it neutral? Are you looking for a pop of bold color? Will you choose warm and welcoming colors or cool and calm designs? The possibilities are endless!
Removable Picture Hangers:
If you want to hang baskets without damaging your wall (renters, we are looking at you!), use picture hangers with removable adhesive. Most are capable of holding up to five pounds and won’t leave any marks on the wall after you remove them.
Most baskets have loops for hanging woven into their structure. However, if the baskets you choose don’t have any, be sure to have some string handy. You can make your own hanging loop by simply tying string onto a section of the basket.
Paper, pencil, and tape:
Having a plan is always a good idea, and this holds true for your basket wall. Trace each basket on a piece of paper, cut them out and use them as templates. Try a few different arrangements of the sizes and spacing on your wall.
Get creative! Keep in mind color combination and the fact that baskets of different depths can overlap a bit, which can lead to endless composition possibilities. When you’ve settled on a layout that you like, make a light mark with your pencil where each basket will be placed. Now you can hang each one confidently.
You now have your very own basket wall! It’s one of the easiest ways to give your home a one-of-a-kind new look.