If you were to walk through my apartment, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess my age. The empty keg on my balcony indicates I’m an immature 18 year old with a fake ID, but my craft room (yes, I have a room dedicated to crafting—feel free to laugh) indicates I’m either a stay-at-home mom in my mid-thirties with seven kids or, on the flip side, a kindergartener.
Regardless of what my craft room says about me and my age (“dork!”), the important thing is that it’s organized. Using woven baskets, chalkboard paint and some ribbon, I made these chevron labeled baskets, and I wanted to share the DIY project with you. It was a craft project for my craft projects, but you can use these baskets for any part of your home that needs organizing—cooking supplies, the closet, jewelry, office supplies, mail, etc.
- Basket/s (I got mine at A.C. Moore but also check out TJ Maxx, Target or Christmas Tree Shop for cheap options)
- Wooden squares (check the wood section of your local A.C. Moore or Michael’s)
- Chalkboard paint
- Acrylic paint (colors of choice)
- Small paint brush
- Wood glue
- Ribbon (color of choice)
- Painter’s tape
- Hot glue gun
HOW I DID IT
First, I made the wooden labels. I wanted a blue, tan and white color scheme, and since I was making six baskets, it worked out that I’d have two labels for each chevron color combination.
- Paint the wooden squares in the lighter of the two colors to be used. Apply two coats.
- Once dry, apply the darker of the two colors in a zigzag chevron pattern. I free-handed it, but you can use the painter’s tape to outline your pattern beforehand (this may take more extra time than it’s worth, however). Again, two coats.
- Once dry, use the painter’s tape to outline a square in the middle of the wooden label. Apply 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint in the middle.
- Once dry, carefully remove the tape. Use chalk to write a label on the square.
Next up, add finishing touches to the baskets.
- Use hot glue to secure a ribbon around the rim of the basket, leaving enough slack at each end so that you can tie a bow. Secure loops of bow to the basket with a dab of hot glue.
- Attach the wooden label to the front of the basket using wood glue. Give ample time for it to dry thoroughly before turning the basket upright.
Before I made these baskets, I had all my craft supplies spastically dumped on top of each other in anxiety-inducing bins. Now my shelves are pretty, organized and—obviously—super dorky. But I’m ok with that.