I love making things for our house, and I’m a firm believer in the concept of making things instead of just buying them from a shop . (Of course, this is not always possible – sometimes for whole seasons of life.)
I realised that I have made lots of things for our house using baskets and ribbon. And the good thing about homemade items is that you often have memories attached to them.
1. Toilet Paper Holder
This is a toilet paper roll holder I made last year – it hangs on the back of the toilet door. I got the idea after I saw a similar one (but made out of cane, like a wicker basket) in a holiday house. I thought it looked practical and cute.
Previously, we used to have a cow-themed toilet paper holder that sat on the floor, like this one:
But then one day during a late pregnancy-induced nap, this happened:
So I thought it would be good to store the toilet paper up off the ground!
All you need to make it are some ribbons and a plastic basket. Tie and weave the ribbon from side to side, leaving a gap in the middle through which you can add and remove rolls.
2. Handy Cleaning Caddy
I used to store our cleaning supplies individually down in the bottom of the laundry cupboard, but it was quite a hassle to access them. And as a consequence, I didn’t get them out often.
So I thought it would be a good idea to have some kind of cleaning caddy to store all the items in, for easier access.
I’d seen this kind of thing in lots of shops:
When I looked around the house, I found that I could easily make one using a square basket, a wire coat hanger and some nice ribbon:
I opened out the coat hanger and then bent it into an arch shape for the handle. Then I used some pliers to wrap it tightly around the basket’s handles.
I then tied the ribbon onto one handle and carefully wrapped it around the length of the coat hanger. The bows were added on last from separate pieces of ribbon.
3. The “Stuff” Basket
Most people have a “stuff” basket or drawer in their house – you know, that place where you chuck all the odd pens, safety pins, rubber bands, random picture your kid drew that isn’t that great but they would have a meltdown if you dare to throw it out…
I also keep recipe books and a couple of notepads in mine. It lives on my kitchen bench and I use it every day!
This one is pretty simple – I just added some nice ribbon around the edge of a basket. But it also has a special memory for me…
My husband went on a bush walk with some colleagues shortly after we moved to this city, and he just found this basket on the ground out in the bush!
He knew I would love it, and so he brought it home for me. And I remember his thoughtfulness every time I look at it ❤ .