Saturday, January 7, 2012

Monogrammed Basket

This basket project was one of those that turned out exactly like I had envisioned.  Since this happens so rarely, I was very pleasantly surprised!

I was searching for a cute but usable container for the teacher birthday basket.  I was at Michaels picking up a few things and saw the neatest fabric tote buckets 50% off.  This one ended up being $8.50.

When I got home, I personalized it with the letter.  Paint and glitter, people!  That's all it took to make the basket this cute!

The tote was fabulous to begin with but I wanted it to be *special*.   I couldn't find what I was looking for in the stores so I went ahead and made what I wanted with things I had around the house.  I found the font I liked in Word, enlarged it to 400 and printed out the letter M.  I used my utility knife to cut the M out and paper taped the remaining paper to the outside of the basket.  I lightly stippled a white paint into the spaces (much like a stencil) and removed the paper.  Don't use too much paint or the paper will start to roll.

Take the paper off and fill in the lines with a few layers of acrylic paint in your choice of color.  When you are done with the last layer, sprinkle with glitter and let dry.  I used a large, dry paint brush to brush the excess glitter off after it dried completely.  Fill, put in a cello bag and tie with a ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving!

If I do it again:

Not much to tell here.  I might do one thing differently and it's a maybe. . . I might use cardstock as my template instead of regular paper.  It is more expensive but probably wouldn't roll as easily when wet.

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