Make & Do by Beci Orpin: Pompom Baskets
Beci Orpin is back with her third amazing book, Make & Do, and I’m delighted to give you a sneak peek in this very special excerpt on Wee Birdy today! I’ve chosen to feature her pompom baskets project, because they are really easy to make and you can give them a festive touch for Christmas. In fact, a Christmas tree would look gorgeous in one of these baskets.
The pompom baskets tutorial is just one of 25 projects created by Beci in Make & Do, designed to beautify your home or studio space. In the book, Beci invites you into her own studio, and introduces you to all of the different materials that she personally loves to use: textiles, paper, wood and found objects.
Make & Do is a wee ripper of a book and would make the perfect Christmas present for all of your crafty and creative friends and family.
Take it away, Beci…
One of my theories in life is this: if you put a pompom on something, it instantly becomes better. This can be applied to many things, including cushions, headbands, cats and, now, wicker baskets. This is an easy project – but with maximum impact. The hardest part might be finding the baskets. I searched many places: the Swedish flat-pack furniture store came up trumps, and I also found some in our local discount store.
You will need
* wicker baskets
* masking tape
* acrylic paint
* pompoms, with long strings
* wool for pompoms
Use a pencil to draw your design onto the basket.
TIP/A pencil is best for this; if you use a felt-tip pen in a dark colour, the outline may still be visible once the design is painted.
If the design has straight edges, mask off the areas you don’t want to paint.
Paint the design using acrylic paint. You will need two coats of paint to get an even coverage.
While the paint is drying, make your pompoms. Make sure you leave a long string on the end of each pompom for tying.
Thread the long pompom string through the basket and tie a knot on the inside to fasten it.
Work your way around the basket, securing the pompoms in place.
Tie a cute headscarf around your head and fill your basket with fruit. Pop it on your head and ta-da – Carmen Miranda!
Project and images extracted from Make & Do by Beci Orpin published by Hardie Grant Books, RRP $39.95 available in Australian stores nationally. It’s also available online via Booktopia.
Tell me: do you love Beci and making pompoms as much as I do?