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How To Paint Wicker Baskets

Are you working on centerpieces for a party or wedding, maybe a craft project for around the house or working on a Halloween or Christmas decor idea where you would love to have painted or tinted wicker or willow baskets?  Well we have the perfect solution for you….one of the 4 Mists from Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist, Simple Sheer Mist (without mica), Chalkboard Mist or Baseboard Mist (without mica).   Natural wicker or willow baskets are very inexpensive and they are ideal for centerpieces, holding drinks or bread for a buffet table, slipping under the Christmas tree to hold decorations or gifts or anywhere you need a little color or filler in your home, but a plain basket looks just like what it is, a plain basket, but with a bit of color you get a wow! factor.

We picked up this Willow Basket at Walmart for $4, yes only $4 and we have to say before Glimmer Mist, it looked like it was worth about that, but with a few pumps of this magical sheer paint the basic is transformed into a high end stained basket that looks amazing.

green basket

So here is how easy it is to do…make sure your basket is clean of dust and perfectly dry.  Choose a color from the many Tattered Angels Mist Colors and one of the formulas:

Glimmer Mist – sheer mist with mica

Simply Sheer Mist – sheer mist without mica

Chalkboard Mist – Semi-Opaque mist with mica

Baseboard Mist – Semi-Opaque mist without mica

They will all do the same job, the same way, but the addition of mica adds a bit of shimmer or a rustic vintage look depending on the color option you choose.  We decided that Glimmer Mist Kiwi was the perfect tone for this project.

Kiwi Green Glimmer Mist

Shake up your color and mica in the Glimmer Mist and begin to pump, don’t forget to protect the space where you are misting or you may make a few more things green than you planned.  The mist spray allows you to get in close and in places a paint brush just won’t go.

lime green glimmer mist - Kiwi

You will will see touches of the copper mica, the light and dark green tones that are used to make this amazing color as you mist the raw willow and wicker.

You can let the paint air dry or apply a heat gun or hair dryer to bring out the mica and create very cool watermark details.  The heat brings out the metallic in the mica and the results are truly beautiful.

painted wicker

This is the look you will get when you allow the paint to air dry.

The heat gun will bring out the vibrant colors of the metallic mica and the pigment in the paint for a beautiful watercolor look.

green wicker

It takes about 1/4 of one bottle to mist a basket, so you mist will go far.  You can apply a second coat to bring out more color.  Once the basket is dry, fill it with flowers, decorative balls, ornaments, water bottles, toys, craft supplies, tied silverware, plates or even Halloween treats. You can make one for every season and have a stash to pull out when you set out food for a party, family gathering or the holidays.

simple centerpiece ideas

We know it would be impossible to stain each piece of wicker and painting them would be simply impossible, so now you have a brilliant way to make your own designer baskets and you can decide the color and look that works for you.

Colorful baskets are terrific for making your own gift baskets or personalizing them to match the wonderful items that will go inside.  Let you gift baskets stand out in a crowd or tint all your baskets your brand color and they will be remembered.

Happy Creating


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