I’m very drawn to coloured glass, and this past week I found two beautiful amber glass hanging baskets. The glass is shaped like a flower, and they are perfect for holding little odds and ends. I got the set for a cool $3 at the Thrift Center.
For my little house, two hanging baskets is a bit impractical, so I used my needle-nose pliers to transform them. Here’s what I did:
1. First, I noted where the jumbo jump-rings were. If your baskets are attached with only chain, use the chain links closest to these points.
2. Choose which basket will be the bottom basket. Hold up it’s center jump ring and shake out any kinks in the chain.
3. Using needle nose pliers, open up that center jump ring, take it off, and save it for another project.
4. Then lay out your loose chain on the table. Grab the top basket and place it inside the bottom basket. Line up the jump rings on the top basket with the laid out chain on the bottom basket.
5. Working with one at a time, open the jump ring along the side of the top basket, slip on the streched-out chain from the bottom basket, and re-close the jump ring. Make sure the chain from the top basket remains on the inside, and the chain you are adding from the bottom is on the outside of the baskets.
They looked so pretty outside that it broke my heart to take them down after this photo shoot. Now they’re in my craft room, holding my measuring tapes and tailors chalk. They add a twinkle of vintage to my sewing corner, and inspire me to continue the reorganization/decoration of my little studio at home.