Don’t you love it when you find unusual things, that most people never seen, to use around your house? When guests notice the items they’re always curious about where you got them. Unusual décor doesn’t have to be expensive or found only in rare catalogs. You can make many pieces yourself. Such is the case of a mini hamper that you can literally put together in minutes. The hamper can hold mail, a bunch of flowers or even a single stuffed animal.
You won’t need many supplies to make the hamper. Some popsicle sticks will get you started. Although you can use ordinary, unfinished sticks it’s really nice if you can use ones that are colored. You can purchase colored popsicle sticks, or craft sticks, or you can easily tint them yourself. Brush the paint on, spray paint the sticks or simply use a marker to color them. After they’re painted, or instead of painting, you can use rubber stamping or other methods of embellishing.
To assemble the hamper take two popsicle sticks and glue them together to form an “x”. Use two more sticks to make a second “x”. Be sure that the two “x’s” are exactly the same. If the angle of one set is different from the angle of the second set the finished hamper will sit lopsided.
To finish building the hamper use four small dowel rods to connect the two sets of popsicle sticks. The dowels you choose should be very small in diameter but the length of the dowels is up to you. However, it’s not ideal to purchase really long dowels. The rounded end of each popsicle stick is where you will be placing the dowels. Glue one dowel to a popsicle stick then glue the opposite end of it to the opposite set of popsicle sticks. Do this at each “corner”, gluing the dowels between the two sets, placing one at each top and one at each bottom stick. So, when you’re finished, the two “x’s” will stand upright with four dowels between them, two adjoining them at the top and two adjoining them at the bottom.
Select the fabric you want to use for the hamper; lightweight cloth works best. Cut a piece that’s as wide as the dowel is long. Estimate the length of the material; you can cut some of it off as you finish. The length should be long enough to go from one top dowel, down to the table, and back up to the next dowel. Place a little bit of glue on one short end of the material, on the backside. Wrap it around one of the top dowels. Now put glue on the other short end, on the backside, and wrap it over and around the opposite dowel. As it hangs, it should nearly touch the table, but not quite.
The finished hamper is cute and handy. Set it on a desk to hold writing instruments or a bunch of artificial flowers. It can hold mail or a single stuffed animal. Make larger versions with rulers, yardsticks or flat pieces of wood and they can hold several toys, knitting supplies and much more!