How to: Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter

by on Jul 30, 2015

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love those cute and quirky vintage pieces that are truly unique, but sadly no longer serve a purpose that they once did. Take for example this darling sewing basket that was given to me. I couldn’t say no, it had way too much potential – but I don’t sew and I had no actual use for it. So, I decided to turn this sewing basket into a 4-legged llama planter. Yes, llama planter. Just bare with me for a minute! 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Materials

  • Pine Board
  • Pencil
  • Band Saw or jigsaw
  • Drill with 1/2″ forstner bit
  • Sand Paper
  • Cloth
  • Wood Stain
  • Thrifted sewing basket (or bucket, or whatever fun container you can find)
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Process

1. Trace your shape or design on the pine board – we chose a playful llama, but you can choose any kind of animal or thing you choose!  

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

2. Cut out your design using the band saw (for the eye, we used a drill). 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

3. Measure the thickness of the basket and cut a notch out of your design. 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

4. Sand until smooth and use damp cloth to clean excess dust. 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

5. Stain the wood or leave natural, this is a personal preference. 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

6. Simply slide your design onto your basket and voila! 

Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I’m sure I could have plopped a plant in the basket and called it a day, but I love the challenge of breathing new life into a piece. And so the llama head gave this 4-legged planter a little personality and whole lot of fun (or a plain weird factor – I’m ok with that)! I love it and my plant seems to be enjoying it’s new ride! Now, tell me, how do you feel about it?! 

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