DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Welcome to another episode of DIY Thursdays with Janeane!

Having versatile storage options in the home is a must.  After a shopping trip to Goodwill of Orange County, I found a good solution to add some cute and affordable organizing baskets that were easy to put together.  Chalkboard front containers are so popular, and I wanted to incorporate that into my next project that you can do too.

Here is what I did to make Chalkboard Front Baskets with Leather Handles from items I found at Goodwill.

Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles Supplies from Goodwill of Orange County

Supplies:

  • 3 Large Baskets from Goodwill (mine are mismatched)
  • Mini chipboard index cards from Goodwill (I will be using the rest of these & the box in a future project)
  • 3 Leather/Faux Leather belts from Goodwill
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Off white thread
  • Wire
  • Scrap piece of wood

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush
  • Drill with drill bit
  • Sewing needle
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers

Step 1: Cut the tab off the tops of 3 chipboard index cardsDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather HandlesStep 2: Paint the fronts and edges of the chipboard pieces with chalkboard paint and set aside to dry

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather HandlesStep 3: Cut two “handles” from the belt (one belt per basket).  I varied the length of mine depending on the size of the basket.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 4: Drill four small holes on each end of the leather belt pieces using a scrap piece of wood underneathDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 5: Drill two small holes in each corner of the chipboard piece “chalkboard” using a scrap piece of wood underneathDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 6: Sew on the leather handles with thread using the four pre-drilled holes as guides.  I doubled up my thread to make it more sturdy.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 7: Cut 4 pieces of wire approx. 4″ long

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 8: Bend the wire pieces into U shapes

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 9: Slip the wire pieces in the pre-drilled holes of the chipboard chalkboardDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 10: Push the wires through the front side of the basketDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 11: Pull all four wire pieces into the inside of the basketDIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Step 12: Secure the wires on the inside of the basket by wrapping the ends back into the front so no ends are exposed.  Pull the wire tight so the chalkboard is secure to the front of the basket.DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Now the basket is ready to be labeled for its contents.DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

With all three baskets complete, I decided to utilize them in the laundry room to separate darks, lights, and delicates.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

I love that even though these three baskets are not matching, by adding the chalkboards and leather handles, they are now connected.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

And even though I am using these as laundry baskets, I know that in the future I can relabel them for other rooms in the house.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

 

They look right at home with the Bird on a Wire Artwork used from repurposed canvases from Goodwill too.

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles

Mis-matched baskets + belts + mini chipboard index cards = Chalkboard Front Baskets with Leather Handles

DIY Chalkboard Front Basket with Leather Handles Before and After

Creating useful and attractive pieces for my home from items that were donated because someone else did not have a use for them or because they would have otherwise thrown them away makes me proud.  Have you created any creative items for your home using Goodwill products?  Tweet it @ocgoodwill!

Until next time,

Janeane

Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design

2 comments

  1. I’m exploring your blog. Can you tell? Like this project, too. You are a woman after my own heart. We would be a “hoot” together.

    1. Haha, that’s great! Sounds like you love to create just like me.

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