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Topic: Tropical Wastepaper Basket from placemats  (Read 2311 times)
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« on: January 20, 2006 06:34:22 PM »

I couldn’t find the ‘just’ right size of a wastepaper basket for along side my computer desk.  Solution?  Make one. 
I used two (really 1 ½ ) bamboo placemats I purchased at Pier One Imports.  I cut the base from very sturdy cardboard, lining the inside with a firm plastic film and the outside with dark brown felt. With the trusty glue gun, I hot glued the placemats on to the edge of the base, gluing the cut pieced placemat to the full placemat.  For extra reinforcement, I glued upholstery plaited trim along the inside following the 2 lines where the bamboo were strung together.
I used another two placemats and hung them on the wall vertically to tie in the bamboo theme.   
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006 06:37:51 PM »

I love it!  It looks like something you'd buy at Pier 1 or World Market for way too much $$$.  And so much nicer than those plasticky cheapo dollar store wastebaskets.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006 07:23:46 PM »

That's really clever! And cute.
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006 08:40:22 PM »

Now that's crafty! Grin

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2006 07:45:39 AM »

Oh, btw, those two placemats you hung on the wall would make great "frames"- attach a picture to the middle so the bamboo shows around the picture.  Maybe some painted Hibiscus to match those great barstools you did? (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=75102.0)  I'm so jealous you live in Hawaii.
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