I spent most of the month trying to figure out what to make. I wanted to make something useful and pretty... then I remembered where I'd be shopping!
I ended up buying *exactly* $10 USD in materials (the exchange that day came to $10.1794 CAD... my receipt shows my purchase, including tax, to be $10.17. Woo!) In the end, though, I only used about $5.65 CAD worth.
Because I want the finished product to appear on the front page, I'll post it first:
It's a garbage can that clashes terribly with my home decor, so I'm going to take it to work and use it there. I think it'll liven the place up!
Here's what I started with:
That's a wire mesh basket (quite flimsy!), and a bunch of crazy-ugly plastic place mats. (Though, they don't look that bad in the pics....)
Close-up of the place mats:
Cutting the place mats:
Close-up of the weave:
View of the inside. I cut two circles of the yellow, ran them through my Xyron machine to make them sticky (only because I couldn't find my Tacky glue) and pasted one on the inside of the basket, and one on the outside of the bottom.:
(you are getting sleeeeeeeepy.....)
I really like how it all turned out. It's quite bright and cheerful-looking. *Much* nicer than I'd expected when I first saw the place mats. (I almost didn't even buy them!)
Good luck everyone!