Have you ever owned one of those round, wicker hampers that have the matching wicker lid? Did you somehow end up with a ruined hamper and a still-perfect lid? Go ahead and get rid of the hamper but don’t throw out that lid simply because it belongs with the hamper. Use it to make something new, unique and beautiful for your home! There are lots of different things you can make for your walls and even other decor pieces you can easily create by starting with the leftover hamper lid.
Wicker can be painted with ordinary spray paint in most any color. Create a metallic look using metal-type paints or give it a softer appearance by using pastel colors. Spray paints make it really easy to get the look you want for the wicker hamper lid. Of course, you always have the option of using the hamper lid as-is without painting it. After the lid is the way you want it you can then begin creating the final decor piece you want.
Craft stores have a nice selection of mirrors which have no frames. Find them in shapes of circles, squares, triangles and more. These mirrors can easily be attached to the hamper lid to make a nice wall mirror. Use hot glue, double-sided tape or even glue strips to attach the mirror to one side of the hamper lid. Glue it to the top of the lid and you’ll make a totally different creation than if you glue it to the underside of the lid. Add fake flowers or other embellishments to finish the wall hanging. Shop for metallic or wooden rings, at most craft stores, which can be glued around the unframed mirror. The mirror and ring can be centered inside the lid with the lid being slightly larger than the mirror itself. Or, choose a mirror that really fits the lid to create a framed look for it.
It’s easy to make a nice floral arrangement when you start with a wicker hamper lid. Simply gather a bunch of dried flowers, tie a ribbon around them, and glue them to the hamper lid. Again, you’ll create two different looks depending upon if you glue the flowers to the top or underside of the lid. You can make different flower arrangements by gluing fake flowers, reeds, leaves and similar items to the lid. You can use the colors and the design you want to match the decor in your own home.
You’ll find lots of flat, wooden shapes at most any craft store. The shapes are often painted but are generally offered in an unfinished state as well. After the shapes are painted you can use them to make something unique for your wall. Use a flat lighthouse shape, for example, to create a beach scene. Glue the lighthouse off-center to the lid. Now use fake jewels, pom-poms, felt or other materials to create an appearance of the sea. Glue on small shells and sea glass to finish. Instead of a sea shape you can make a forest scene or even a nativity scene. Check out the wooden shapes at your local craft store for even more ideas.
Make something completely different by using a large piece of cardboard along with the wicker hamper lid. Fold the cardboard into four equal sections and tape or glue the ends together. This cylinder shape easily turns into a table, a plant stand or another decor piece for your home. Place the lid on the rolled cardboard to create a lightweight table. Although it won’t hold your weight it will hold dishes for a tea party or even a large fern. Use these as end tables to hold drinks or even for a night stand.
Make a trivet for holding hot pans by simply gluing a piece of felt to the top of the hamper lid. Now you can set it on a counter or the table to make a trivet. Or, turn the lid into a cute centerpiece. Stand a large pillar candle in the center then create a wreath-type effect around the candle. Glue leaves, fake fruits, fake flowers or other items around the candle to finish the centerpiece. Or, make a different type of center piece by purchasing a ceramic object, like a lighthouse, and mounting it to the hamper lid. The lid serves as a base for the lighthouse centerpiece. Glue shells, sea glass and even miniatures to the lid to finish the centerpiece.
Glue large-diameter wooden dowels to the top of the lid to make a standing serving tray for a special occasion. Glue on at least three dowels and space them evenly apart. Set the tray on the dowels and place a hot or cold dish inside the lid. This makes a great tiered serving tray for parties or other celebrations. Turn the lid upside-down, glue the dowels to the underside of the lid, and you’ll make a raised cake tray.
It’s a real shame when you have to throw away a hamper that you’ve had a long time. Thus is the life of wicker, though. The hamper generally takes more abuse than the lid and it’s not unusual for the lid to outlive the hamper. If that’s the case for you keep that lid and make something new. You’ll love how easy it is to create any number of unique decor pieces for your home.