Bread Basket Weaving- Farmhouse Style

Bread Basket Weaving- Farmhouse Style

Sometimes you go thrifting and find absolutely nothing…but then other times, your cart simply isn’t big enough for the bounty. Maybe the latter part is a slight exaggeration, but I did feel like I struck thrifter’s gold the other day. Or maybe thrifter’s silver is more like it! Because, my friends- someone cleaned out their grandmother’s (or mother’s) silver bread basket collection and dropped them off at the ole’ Goodwill.

Vintage silver plate bread basket bowl at thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I see potential- what do you see?

I hadn’t the faintest clue what I’d do with them, but they were priced to move- so I snagged three of them in slightly different shapes (round, oval, and scalloped). They were tarnished to high heaven, but as I rolled some ideas around in my head, one kept coming back to me- weaving ribbon through the “spokes”.

Vintage silver plate bread baskets bowls from the thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ok, so now what?

I also couldn’t shake the idea that we equally refer to these as “bread baskets” and “bread bowls”- and so the basket/bowl hybrid idea was borne. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

My plan? To give them a modern-rustic makeover with paint and then basket-weave burlap ribbon in and out. Will it work? Not sure yet- but let’s give it a go. I started by giving each bowl an “aggressively mediocre” polishing and cleaning, and then set up shop for farmhouse-style paint jobs.

Spray painting vintage silver plate bread basket with weathered steel farmhouse paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…so we never have to polish again…

When the paint itself had dried, I gave them two light coats of clear matte top coat to keep the galvanized silver paint from chipping as easily. When all was said and done, I had much farmhouse-ier looking bowls in a darker, weathered, nuanced silver-grey.

Spray painted vintage silver plate bread basket with weathered steel farmhouse paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! A little more rustic…

Now for the basket weaving! I gathered a variety of farmhouse / rustic style ribbons in burlap and linen.

Farmhouse style rustic burlap and linen ribbon for basket weaving by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think these’ll work nicely…

In order to not waste ribbon, I used some cooking twine to measure out how much I’d need for each ribbon- and used the twine as my template for cutting the burlap ribbon. And then…I just wove it in and out of the silver “spokes” (seriously, is there a better term for them?), just like a basket.

Weaving burlap ribbon in a vintage silver plate bread basket for farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

After hot-gluing the ribbon ends together inside the basket, I basket-wove the next piece of ribbon directly beneath the first, in an opposite pattern.

Weaving burlap ribbon in a vintage silver plate bread basket for farmhouse decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

YES- I like it!

A few minutes later, I was done! Do you like it?

Repurposed vintage silver bread basket with woven burlap ribbon as DIY farmhouse style bowl decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Ready to be filled with fruit or whatever your heart desires.

The oval basket didn’t come out quite as cleanly as I would have liked (being oblong and all), but I really liked the rougher burlap against the galvanized metal.

Repurposed vintage silver bread basket with woven burlap ribbon as DIY farmhouse style bowl decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like the ribbon, don’t like the shape.

And while it was hard to photograph, even a single woven ribbon at the top of the scalloped basket looks nice on its own. A change of pace but coordinates nicely with the others!

Repurposed vintage silver bread basket with woven burlap ribbon as DIY farmhouse style bowl decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

One and done??

But talk about a basket weaving hack- this is a lot easier than working with natural fibers from scratch! And with farmhouse décor all the rage, you can make some bowls/baskets to fill (or leave empty) for just a few dollars- I can definitely get behind that idea!

Repurposed vintage silver bread basket with woven burlap ribbon as DIY farmhouse style bowl decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An easy, on-trend transformation…

And if you’re looking for more DIY Farmhouse inspiration, check out some of my other projects here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Repurposed and upcycled vintage silver bread basket with woven burlap ribbon as DIY farmhouse style bowl decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. That is such a great idea and looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing. Hugs,

  2. This is way cute! Always looking for a quick project for my antique/farmhouse/craft boot and this will be my next one – thank you 🙂

  3. I have a couple of those silver bread baskets. You came up with a great idea to upcycle them to Farmhouse style. Yeah!

  4. Clever idea to paint these! I scored two wire baskets recently too, one is a beautiful shiny copper and the other is a gold color with pearls in the spokes. I think they will go on the veranda as planter decorations.

  5. I love how you made over the wire basket. Those were very popular back in the 80’s. I think I got 3 when I got married in 1988! Now I wish I had kept at least one and didn’t sell them in a yard sale!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha, isn’t that always the case? Now you just need to go thriftin’… 😉

  6. Fonda Rush says:

    Great look!

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  8. I love it!!!

  9. I really love the way this looks–great idea.

  10. natashalh says:

    Seriously cool idea! I love it!

  11. Franiqw says:

    I have a bunch of those baskets. This is a wonderful idea for an update!

  12. A big improvement over what was! How did you measure with twine? Did you hold it up round & round, or did you weave with it first? I love it though.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I actually cut a long piece and wove it through- trimming so that there was about an inch overlap. It worked perfectly!

  13. What a great idea…. and it makes the basket even more useful! 🙂

  14. I can relate with not having enough space in the cart sometimes! I once had an old school desk hanging on the edge of the cart so it would smash my goodies inside. Great score on the baskets!

  15. I am in love with this idea. Thanks for sharing with us all. I wanted to invite you to come link up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Sunday-Wednesday. Come join the fun http://ow.ly/6AqM30buZPq

  16. That is so cool!! I love how it turned out!!

  17. This is such an attractive upcycle project! Those bread baskets have been popular over the years, so they’re fairly plentiful at yard sales and thrift stores. The spray painting and weaving completely change the look. Nice job!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so much! It was one of those projects that I wasn’t 100% sure would go over well…so I’m extra thrilled that you like it!

  18. What a clever and lovely way to repurpose that basket, love it!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you!! I was definitely on the fence when I posted it…but thankfully it’s been well-received. 🙂

  19. This is such a lovely refresh – it looks amazing!

    Thanks for sharing this on the Farmhouse Friday link party! 🙂

  20. Great finds and you aced this one! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  21. It’s me again! 🙂 This will be featured in tomorrow’s Farmhouse Friday link party!

  22. This is such an easy and creative idea!! loved it 🙂

  23. BRILLIANT!!!!! #wastenotwednesday

  24. I think this turned out very nice! What a great way to bring new life to the basket! I’ve featured it in a roundup of inspiration for my sunroom here: http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.com/2017/05/10-amazing-diy-decor-ideas-to-inspire.html
    Hope you have an excellent weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Lovely … you better get a few more of these because I already vision them for Christmas, spray painted red, green… in other words, the colours of the season … and weave especially plaid ribbons trough them?! Pine comes, dried berries … endless possibilities, lol!
    By the way, you are the first DIY site that I have explored … your ideas are heavenly and your taste impeccable 😊
    Heide from Florida

  26. Perfect Perfect Perfect, these are so pretty and you are so clever!!!

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