DIY Dyed Storage Baskets
IKEA is so my place and, as it just so happens, Rob is very keen on the place, too. Our pantry has been a nightmare and with a little bit of extra stress on me lately I’ve been having meltdowns over things just as trivial as a messy pantry. Like a total. freaking. meltdown. Rob stands there looking concerned and then when I’m off doing something besides wigging out I can hear him trying to quietly fix the thing that upset me so much. And while I was planning on organizing the pantry, Rob has taken it upon himself to do it for us and it’s really nice to not have to stare a problem spot in the eye and try to keep calm. He really is a sweet guy.
Every time he’d work on it a bit he’d say something to the effect of “I bet we could find the perfect thing for the pantry at IKEA”. But it turns out that the nearest one is about 5 hours and that’s a bit too long of a journey for us for pantry stuffs. So we instead bought things online through Amazon and even will be making some things, too. But I LOVE that Rob likes IKEA every bit as much as I do. It’s always so, so nice whenever someone you love loves the same things you do. It just makes things so much easier knowing that when I get excited when we pass an IKEA, he’s going to get excited, too.
On our last trip to Houston we went to IKEA twice in 2 days. The first day we were there for FIVE HOURS with my dad waiting for us. It was actually Black Friday and we figured that it would be pretty dead considering everybody else would be after televisions and computers and whatnot at other stores and it turned out we were right AND IKEA had a few pretty awesome deals. That first day we got so much stuff and I was so pleased that whenever I’d stand forever eyeballing something to then place it in the cart Rob, not once, asked why I was getting something. He knew why. He knew that I stood there trying to think of a project I could do with it and if I did, and I liked the idea well enough the item went into our wonky like ‘your drunk auntie at Christmas’ cart (they are the only thing I dislike about IKEA – those things are stupid and evil) he wouldn’t give me any kind of grief about it. That’s nice. I hate feeling like I have to validate every little thing I do.
So when he saw me staring at these for an exceptionally long time he asked if I was okay. And so I asked “do you think this material would take on color if dyed? It looked like a natural material that would take it but sometimes I’ve put something in dye for it to just sit there and resist it and then I’ve wasted a package of dye AND I have a mess to clean up for no good reason. When we thought about it a bit and decided we were pretty sure it would, I put them in the cart and we were on to the next thing, being an all new sofa to replace our ugly as an old foot sofa we had just gotten from an online order that was a bad, bad, idea :)
For this project you will need:
- Natural fiber baskets (these are Fryken from IKEA)
- Fabric dye
These baskets are awesome because the shape is cool the way they nest. If you don’t have an IKEA I bet you can find something similar at Home Goods or a discount store like Ross if you keep an eye out.
My original plan was to have the pink graduate from with the smallest being the lightest and the largest being the darkest but athat didn’t pan out. It turns out after 15 minutes the material soaked up all the more color that they were going to. So the fact that I kept the baskets in longer after that didn’t make a dang bit of difference :)
I’m still onto the pink thing, although I’m thinking I might be reaching the saturation limit of pink decor for a while :) I love the Tulip dyes, not just because I work for iLoveToCreate (I don’t get everything I use for free, in fact I buy most of it from the store like everybody else :) but because the colors are so bright!
Find a bowl, bucket or whatever that your largest basket will fit into. Mix up a very saturated amount of dye to warm water. Place your first basket into the dye and push down just enough that the dye fills up to a certain point, like for me it was the middle. If you want the baskets to look a bit graduated and ombre themselves, push it into the dye just a bit further then you want and quickly let up before the inside fills with liquid all of the way to that point.
Remove the baskets and rinse out taking care NOT to try and pour the liquid out of the baskets. Just set it in the sink and let the dye run through the bottom. I didn’t do this with my first and the top area is kind of pink in spots because that’s how quickly it dyed.
And check out my totally unnecessary math there. I was trying to keep up with how much time to make my dye job ombre :)
After rinsing until the water runs clear allow your baskets to dry completely. Go ahead and keep them bottom side down to ensure that any straw dyed doesn’t trickle down and mess up the tops of your baskets, just in case.
Aren’t they fun? I really dig my little baskets and I like that they can all fit together when not in use. They are perfect for putting little things inside and I love them just hanging out on the shelf in my office.
What do you think? I almost when with turquoise for these guys.. what color would you do?