DIY: Painted African baskets


DIY: Painted African baskets

DIY painted baskets
Woven basket wall art

Since living away from home, I seem to have some sort of subliminal urge to incorporate bits of Africa into my decor. I guess its partly a comfort thing but it also has a lot to do with my love of textures and an appreciation for the unique and irregular nature of handmade items. Woven baskets are an absolute favorite of mine, not only for practical storage purposes but also as wall art. When displayed as ‘art’, these baskets offer a stunning three dimensional focal point.

I have had my little collection of flat woven baskets for years – they were bought from a local African craft shop in Zululand, Ilala Weavers, during one of my trips back home. These beautiful hand woven baskets have adorned the walls of various rooms in a few homes thus far… we have had our fair share of house moves since living in Dubai. I originally used them in our living room, where their natural colours worked well, but about two years ago I decided to install them above the headboard in my bedroom. This called for a change of color to something more simple.

Unfortunately, I didn’t document this little project at the time, but the process is honestly so simple, it hardly warrants an actual tutorial. All it took was two coats of spray paint (I used an off-white) and voila!… my woven baskets took on a new, modern look. I intentionally kept the coats of paint to a minimum to allow a subtle view of the original patterns to show through.


For my bedroom, I chose to arrange my baskets in a straight line, but they also look fabulous in clusters, particularly if you have a variety of colours and sizes to display.


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What an easy way to make a big statement.

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  • Larry Weaver 20/09/2017 at 2:48 AM

    Using off-white spray paints on your baskets looks great! My dad has a love for African culture, and for his birthday I’ve been thinking of getting him a few items that are reminiscent of Africa. So far I’ve been thinking African baskets would be a great gift for my dad.

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  • The DIY Homegirl 22/04/2014 at 10:07 PM

    Beautiful! I love how you repurposed these as wall art. Plus, they add sentimental value to your room. Great job!

    • admin 23/04/2014 at 7:37 AM

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by. Kath

  • Wow! Who knew baskets could be so chic?! Your bedroom is absolutely stunning!! (Saw you featured at LM Blog) XO

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  • Kelly @ Eyes On The Source 13/03/2014 at 9:15 AM

    These are beautiful! I love all the examples you found!

    • admin 13/03/2014 at 11:19 AM

      Thanks Kelly, and thanks for stopping by. Kath

  • Fiona Cragg 24/02/2014 at 4:21 PM

    loving your creativity Kath … look forward to receiving your regular comms

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