Dip-Dyed Baskets

June 3, 2011

I don’t know about you, but this totally caught my eye over at Martha Stewart’s website recently… Dip-dyed baskets, in particular, those cute totes that you see at the weekly farmers’ markets made of straw with the leather handles. I have a couple of them, they’re a dime a dozen where I live so they are easy and cheap to come by. I love the idea of dip-dyed totes using white paint, or I bet silver would look fab too. These are so fresh and summery.

Dip-Dyed Baskets

I’d like to have a few of these baskets in my home – maybe one in the living room for magazine storage and another in the kitchen to hold Pellegrino bottles? Here is how to make these beauties.

What do you think of this idea, would you, could you, have you?
(image: martha stewart)


  • Reply Ingrid Jansen June 3, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Tomorrow I will try to dip my basket. These kind of projecst are very dangerous for me, because I will look around the house to see what else I could dip… flowerpots, uh… stool legs?!

    • Reply decor8 June 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      @Ingrid – I’m currently “dipping” my wooden table legs in white paint — I can’t wait to show them when I’m finished. :)

  • Reply Karena June 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I think it is a very fresh and fun look! Great image!


  • Reply Deb Van June 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    What an interesting look! Certainly spruces up a summer straw bag.

  • Reply Teresa Salisbury June 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I have not done this, but I will be doing it soon!! What about canvas totes?? I might just give it a try. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply desiree - Vosgesparis June 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

    yes! I love this… I also like numbers written on the baskets in white paint

  • Reply Ariana June 4, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I would do this, absolutely! I like this clean look more than the more tribal woven patterns you so often find. And I always love baskets in the kitchen!

  • Reply Mistie June 4, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I have seen this before, and i love them! A great way to spruce a not so good looking basket.

  • Reply kalanicut June 4, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I love these. They are such a fresh take on something that can get so generic and totally boring at times. They are one of my favorite decor ideas I have seen for Summer 2011. Fresh, fresh, fresh.

  • Reply katiedid June 4, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Love this look. Wisteria is selling some right now too.I am tempted to try it myself. Heaven knows I have enough extra baskets laying around.

  • Reply Nat@ dear little house June 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Love the baskets! I need to increase my basket collection, they are so handy for storage and display!

  • Reply Michelle June 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

    L.O.V.E. What a great way to freshen up a plain ol’ basket…**mind racing to think of things I own that could use a dip** :)

  • Reply patience June 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

    more of that red please! it’s so rich!

  • Reply Sam June 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I have this image torn out and hanging on the wall in my studio right now! I’m planning to make some of these this summer and save them for christmas presents.

  • Reply Ada @ New York June 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I spotted the article several months ago in Martha’s mag, tore out the page, and have it on my DIY to-do list-folder for when the season was warmer. So nice to see u posting it … it’s a reminder for me to do it :) Now time to hunt down some baskets …..

  • Reply Marija Rae June 5, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Beautiful !…. love them

  • Reply Sonishka June 5, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Love them! Haha, I want to see your table legs! How do you dip a table :-O

    • Reply decor8 June 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      @Sonishka – Well you sort of don’t — you just give your table kneesocks using paint. :)

  • Reply Simone Leblanc June 6, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Rebecca June 7, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Love love love these baskets – great idea!

  • Reply Amelia @ Home Decors June 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    The baskets in the photo reminded me of my summer days when I was still in middle school at my cousins’ place in Florida. We used to pick apples and other fruits at their farms and we use lots and lots of baskets. It’s one of my unforgettable vacations ever.

  • Reply hena tayeb June 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Great idea.. especially love the red!

  • Reply Helena ROOM and serve June 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Loved it – and I shared it!

  • Reply Justine June 13, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Actually this idea came from a whole article on dip dying in Martha Stewart last summer. (I remember drooling over it with a friend of mine on my porch.) If you can find it, you should link to the whole article. I’m sure your readers would enjoy it, esp. some of the amazing indigo dye projects they had.

    • Reply decor8 June 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      @Justine – The link does go to the Martha Stewart Living article and is cited in my post. Maybe you didn’t read it but it’s there. :)

  • Reply Brooke H June 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    So cool! I’ll def be trying out this DYI at some point this summer.

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