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Paint a cute cane basket

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Bring some ordinary storage baskets to life using a few Resene testpots and some leafy house plants!

This would be a great school holiday project for the kids – let them create their own characters and pot their own plants.

Baskets before
Baskets before

Painted cane baskets
Painted baskets - complete

Kids school holiday project
A great kid's holiday project

You will need

  • Small detail brushes
  • Black art pen
  • Masking tape and a tape measure are helpful but not essential


Step 1
Step 1

Step 2a
Step 2a

Step 1:  Plan your design. Sarah chose to paint cute cartoon animal faces on her baskets, but you could do abstract human faces or maybe even emojis! Find the centre of the basket and map out carefully with a marker pen where you will be painting.

Step 2:  Paint your basket faces using small detail brushes and your chosen colours. Sarah used Resene testpots in Resene Nero, Resene Glamour Puss and Resene White to create the cartoon panda and mouse. It helps to keep your design simple and bold for a more effective result.

Step 2b
Step 2b

Step 2c
Step 2c

Step 3:  Finally, pop some leafy house plants inside the baskets for a cute and fun hair effect!

Top tip: For extra shimmer and shine, try using Resene FX Metallic paint for part of your design.

Project and photography by Sarah Herring. 2020

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