For the last few years laundry has been a family affair. Everyone taking turns washing and then a big, fun folding session once a day.
The process would break down, though, when the washing person didn’t do their work.
So, finally, one day, my husband declared that everyone would just do their own laundry from now on. (You know those announcements, when Dad gets mad???)
The only exception is that there would be a “household load” once a week for the towels and the like. Everyone, including my husband, was assigned one day a week where the laundry room was all theirs.
Fast forward. . .
Four things happened,
- my time given to laundry dropped down to about 30 mins a week!
- the laundry room is almost always clean
- people, suddenly, don’t want to go through multiple outfits every day (go figure)
- we needed more hampers!
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It was the perfect excuse to make some farmhouse style hampers I saw in Liz Fourez’s book last Christmas.
I talk about her book in Last Minute Gift Ideas.
This is such a fun, quick project. My husband and I whipped up three new hampers on a Sunday afternoon for the three family members who needed a little more organization.
DIY Hamper Tutorial
- 12″ Wood Round
- a 16″ inch round will give a chunkier look, but the king size pillow case will not fit
- Antiquing Wax
- this is my favorite way to age raw wood, it stains and seals in one step and there is no dry time
- 2″ x 4″ Wire Fencing
- we had some left over from our chicken pen
- Wire Cutters
- Leather Gloves
- Bench Grinder (optional)
- for smoothing out the sharp wire edges
- Staple Gun and Staples
- 4 Casters
- 3/4″ Screws
- King Size Pillowcase
- I picked mine up at Goodwill
- Stain or apply wax to the wood round.
- Cut the wire fencing to fit around the round with some overhang on the long edge.
- Remove every other section of the wire fencing along the very bottom.
- Bend this bottom section over to fit around the wood round.
- Staple into place.
- Bend the side wires, one by one, around and trim. Use the pliers to tighten the ends and close up the long side of the basket.
- OPTTIONAL- use the bench grinder to smooth out any sharp edges on the cut wires.
- Add four casters.
- Add king size pillowcase, I turned mine inside out.
- We decided we wanted more overhang from the pillowcases, so we cut off the very top wire section.
Now you can make a simple farmhouse style hamper with just a few materials, my family is really excited about this new way to keep us more organized!
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