For folks who are into cross-stitch or weaving, the texture of a wire waste basket begs to be fancied up with stitched or woven fiber, and Poppytalk did an awesome job transforming a wire waste basket into a lamp! They used strips of fabric, but you could also use yarn or grouped strands of embroidery thread - this is a great project for busting that fiber stash. You can check out the full instructions on how to do it over on Poppytalk!
The folks at Poppytalk used a new waste basket, but you can hunt at thrift stores for a second hand one to make this an upcycled project! The trick is cleaning that waste basket well because, well...it's a waste basket!
How to Clean Your Waste Basket
Wire mesh is not a joy to clean, but with the right tools on hand, you can make it easier on yourself. Here's how!
- Get scrubby. Use a scrubby brush and hot, soapy water to get any gunk off of your basket.
- Rinse. Rinse it out under running water. Your bathtub is a good place to do this, if you don't have a hose in your back yard.
- Soak that sucker (optional). If you feel like it's still not totally clean, grab a bucket that's larger than your basket, fill it up with water, add a generous squirt of dish soap, and submerge. If your basket wants to float, use a brick to weigh it down. Soak for around 30 minutes, then rinse.
- Dry. Set your basket out to dry. You can dry it in the sun, if it's warm and clear out or just set it upside down on a clean towel to drip dry on the bathroom or kitchen counter.
Ta-da! Easy peasy, and you're ready to make an upcycled lamp!