I love decorative wall baskets! You’ve already seen my African baskets and my giant woven basket. I was on the hunt for new wall art when the reality sunk: boho wall baskets are rather expensive… To anything pricey that looks DIY-able, I say NAY. I was inspired by the large wall basket hanging in my living room because I could tell the construction was an easy affair! I spent some time refining the technique and finding accessible materials, and today I’m sharing this DIY Wall Basket project – in the name of making it ourselves, feeling proud, and saving some cash!
This is one of those dreamy DIY projects that just work out effortlessly. You don’t need to be skilled at weaving – I sure am not. Because wall baskets have this boho vibe going on, the less perfect they are the better. And this makes for a very satisfying afternoon crafting your new wall decor!
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For this DIY Wall Basket project, you’ll need…
- Bamboo embroidery hoops in different sizes
- Flat rattan reed
- Natural raffia
- Glue gun
- Craft knife
- Optional: wood stain
Step 1: Open the Embroidery Hoops
To make this DIY Wall Basket project, you’ll need to get hold of some embroidery hoops made of bamboo. They come very cheap off Amazon and are usually sold in different sizes so get a bunch.
Other materials you’ll need are a small roll of flat rattan reed and a bunch of natural raffia. Both of these are available on Amazon. You might be less familiar with rattan. It’s a long reed used for caning and is sold in rolls. You can find either round or flat reeds. For this project, you should get the flat kind.
To start off, open your embroidery hoops by removing the bolt completely. Using a pair of pliers, remove the metal hardware from the outer ring. Go slow to make sure you don’t break off the bamboo.
Step 2: Glue the Vertical Reeds
To make the bottom of the basket, you’ll need to weave rattan. An open weave like this is very quick to complete. To begin, cut the rattan in lengths that are a bit longer than the diameter of your hoop.
I’m using flat reeds that are 3/16″ so I grouped them by 3 to create wider bands. You could also get a wider size of reed.
Grab 3 lengths of rattan and glue them vertically in the middle of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop. I just eyeballed the middle in case you’re wondering – aren’t no maths ruining this crafting session!
Grab another 3 lengths of rattan and glue them next to the first ones, about half an inch away. Continue gluing rattan reeds until the whole hoop is covered in vertical reeds.
Step 3: Weave the Horizontal Reeds
Now that the vertical reeds have been glued on, take 3 more reeds and weave them horizontally. It’s a simple weaving pattern: over, under, over, under. Glue these new reeds to the hoop to ensure they stay put.
Continue weaving horizontal reeds until the embroidery hoop is covered in this open weave.
Step 4: Cut the Rattan Short
Now that the bottom of your DIY Wall Basket is complete, you can cut the rattan reeds short. Use a craft knife to “shave” the reeds as close to the hoop as possible.
Step 5: Decorate the DIY Wall Basket Borders
Once you have cut all the reeds pocking out, insert the outer ring of the embroidery hoop over the woven inner ring.
To finish the basket, take some of the short cuts of rattan you have just shaven off. Group them by 3 and glue them vertically to the inner ring of the embroidery hoop.
Carefully bend the reed. work them slowly into a bending position and glue them to the back of the DIY Wall Basket.
Finally, cut the rattan reeds short with a pair of scissors.
Vary the designs & materials to add visual interest
Try making some DIY Wall Baskets with raffia instead of rattan. You can use the exact same method to weave strands of raffia.
To create some visual interest, stain your baskets. I used a couple of different wood stains in light and dark oak colors. I tried using different shades within the same basket. For example, in the basket shown above, I used a light oak stain on the bottom weave and a darker color on the ring decorations.
Your wall decor will look better if you differentiate your baskets. You could try using only one reed instead of 3 to change the look of the weave.
If you’re super comfortable weaving – and you might very well realize you are throughout this project! – browse Pinterest to find some cool weaving patterns. I used a caning-like pattern which was very finicky but so enjoyable. I also tried a diamond pattern (on the left) which ended up being my favorite basket!
To give your DIY Wall Basket a boho sun aesthetic, knot some raffia around the outer embroidery ring before you place it around the woven inner ring.
I just love how this project came off. I come from the South Pacific where weaving is a deeply ingrained tradition. Just knowing I can pull off a genuine-looking basket somehow makes me feel better – like living away from home has not changed me so much 😉