French Style Re-Purposed Bicycle Basket

I’ve found a few wicker bicycle baskets at the thrift store. I knew they would lend themselves very well to being re-purposed as a vintage looking wall or door basket.

Here is one I made a couple months ago. It’s been hanging around waiting for some dried hydrangeas and it’s finally the right time for those!

It’s been very rainy here and the hydrangea blooms need to be a bit papery feeling for good drying. These are just barely ready but they have been in the house in a vase and started drying a bit so I used them for the pics. To me, they look a bit wilted and not as full as I would like but I am having a hard time being patient so these are what you get today!

This is a super easy , small project that is perfect for summer!

basket 1

I first gave the basket a light spray of gray primer. Then I followed with a was of white gesso. There is already an open area on the back of the basket to attach it to the bike handlebars so I just added a loop of wire to make it easier to put over a hook.

Then I was ready for embellishment….

I used an image from the Graphics Fairy ….I love this Paris postmark with the French script!

3727 JPG French Writing Postmark

I wasn’t able to locate the link for this image…I love the site but it is difficult to find specific images sometimes. I suggest if you see something you love…download it, because it may be hard to find later!

I downloaded it and printed it directly onto photo fabric. I chose the poplin.

paper 1

Once printed, I removed it from the paper backing and while it was wet, plunged it into a coffee bath to darken and age it a bit.

basket 4

I let that dry and then ironed it smooth to set the color.

basket 3

I used Mod Podge to attach it to the front of the basket and let that dry. I also gave a coat of matte Mod Podge on top of the fabric to make sure it was well adhered.

Once all that was dry, I then distressed the basket in a few areas and added dark wax for some more aging.

basket 2

I love how it turned out! I think I’ll make another for the shop!

basket 6

Hope you’re enjoying your summer!


  1. This is fabulous. I must do this project. I didn’t even now about the photo fabric. Where did you get it? I love that it works with inkjet printers.
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  2. It’s beautiful Lorraine – worth the wait to see 🙂
    That’s the same graphic I used last week on my desk!
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  3. Lorraine,

    Well done- looks absolutely fantastic!

    Have a wonderful week!

  4. I love it Lorraine. I did one and loved it. Your is so much better. I especially love the Hydrangeas!

  5. Lorraine this is fantastic, I love it and the hydrangeas are beautiful Love the color!!


  6. Love this!!! I found an old tricycle the other day at Goodwill!! Would love to find a basket like this!!! Great job!!~~Ang
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  7. Mademoiselle I like your basket.
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  8. Beautiful Lorraine!!!…Glad you are making another one so another lucky person could enjoy it!
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  9. So very pretty Lorraine! I have never used that photo fabric, but now I want to find some. I have never been lucky enough to find a wicker bike basket either….but I’m on the lookout for one still.
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  10. I love it, Lorraine! The basket and the graphic. It is so hot and humid here that it seems like my hydrangeas are drying right on the bush!
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  11. So pretty, Lorraine! x
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  12. Kathleen Harris says:

    Hi Lorraine! I love your basket so much! I want to do one just like it for my front door. However, I’ve searched through Graphics Fairy website and cannot locate this image! Can you help me? Now, I’m going to peruse your site and see what else you’ve created!

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