Did you ever use those woven rattan paper plate holders back in the day? I bet your mom still has a stack in the back of a kitchen cabinet somewhere. I remember them from when I was young but had forgotten they existed until a recent visit to my local Goodwill. That is one place you can be sure to find them!
When I saw a bundle of 20 of them for $3, I knew I could find a cool use for them - even if it wouldn't be for holding paper plates. I transformed a couple by embroidering them with yarn, and the remainder I turned into this geometric wall art grouping for our family room. What do you think?
I love finding ways to repurpose old items in completely different ways and was excited that these turned out. The plates turned wall art add a nice dose of color and texture to a previously boring corner of our family room and remind me of some of the woven wall art I've been seeing in stores recently, like this intricate circle art from Crate and Barrel (albeit much cheaper!).
This project is about as inexpensive as it gets, especially if you already have the supplies on hand. Here's what you'll need:
Supplies for Basket Wall Art
- Rattan paper plate holders
- Spray paint (any spray paint will work - I used outdoor paint because that is what I had on hand)
- Painters tape
How to Make Basket Wall Art
1. Tape off the part of your plate holder that you don't want painted using strips of painters tape. Run your fingernail along the edge of the tape bordering the plate holder to prevent any paint from seeping under it. Have fun experimenting with different designs on the plate - see mine for some examples.
2. Once all your plate holders are covered in tape, give them one good coat of spray paint (I did this outside in our yard on top of a painter's drop cloth). Let them dry for a few hours after spraying them and then peel off the painter's tape.
3. Decide how you want to group them on the wall and then secure with a small nail in the middle. I tried 3M Command Strips but they couldn't get a good enough grip on the plates to hold them up. The nails work great, but you'll want to plot out the grid in advance with a measuring stick and a pencil to avoid putting too many holes in your wall (something I am prone to do)!
Want to make your own? Start digging around in your mom's cabinets - or head to your local Goodwill or other thrift store. They are bound to have some for a steal!