Easy DIY Watercolor Basket

INSIDE : Learn the technique to create an easy DIY Watercolor Basket look! A colorful craft project for any skill level. 

Easy Hand Painted Watercolor Basket

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Raise your hand if you love the look of a watercolor painting, but can’t really watercolor paint to save your life!  If you could see me, I would be raising my hand a little sheepishly – yikes.  

It takes a skill and talent that I always wish I was better at.  However, today I am showing how to get the LOOK of watercolor with my Easy DIY Watercolor Basket and it’s perfect for any skill level.

What supplies do I need to create a Watercolor Basket of painted Flowers?

Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush 
Cup of Water
Cotton Rope Basket
Black Sharpie Marker

Now available – Paint Palette No. 2 Photography Print of my paint palette pictured below!!

Watercolor Basket supplies

How do I paint on a Rope Basket?

The trick to this watercolor rope basket is watering down your acrylic paints.  I set out a glass bowl of water and as I used each paint color, I heavily watered down the paints.  This gives your acrylic paint a more loose wet watercolor look.

I started first with blue flowers.  Watering down my paint to be a very soft blue color, I created rough flower shapes.  I painted mostly on the front of the basket and then on the back side – of the inside of the basket.  

Next, I watered down a coral color and then a pink.  Each new flower I painted, I started with a very watered down color and then gradually added more color to give it that watercolor look of layering.

Once the paint had all dried, I used a black sharpie to create the flower accents.  

Watercolor Basket steps

Coiled Rope Basket

Halfway through this DIY, I was not quite sure I was going to like the end result.  So don’t give up if you try this one.  It takes a few layers of paint to start really taking shape.  And adding the black sharpie really gives it that finishing look.

Picnic Basket

Rope Storage Basket

This basket could have a million different storage uses!  I use mine to hold my Spring and Summer quick grab picnic goodies.  I love having pretty storage and this basket does that so perfectly.

Watercolor Basket DIY detail, Delineate Your Dwelling

Watercolor Basket planview
If you are looking for more Easy DIY Artwork, you might want to check out these simple tutorials I put together for other paintings.

And side note, aren’t those orange nastrusiums from my garden just divine?!!

DIY Watercolor Basket detail

DIY Watercolor Basket

So are you a watercolor master or a little more timid to try it like me?

Now available – Paint Palette No. 2 Photography Print of my paint palette pictured below!!

Paint Palette No. 1-SIDEBAR




  1. I honestly think your basket turned out beautiful! You’re very talented; if I tried this my flowers would be sadly lacking! It’s a perfect one of a kind basket.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Hee hee. Teresa, you are too sweet. You could always try something more simple like polka dots or a fun striped pattern! 😉

  2. Very cool! I have an identical basket and would love to dress it up. Although I’m not even remotely as skilled at painting flowers as you are. Perhaps I should stick with stripes. 🙂

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      I was surprised my flowers turned out as nice as they did! You should just give it a try!! But, stripes are pretty great, too. 😉

  3. Amy!!! This turned out seriously gorgeous. Pinned this one fo sho!

  4. Stopped over from the Show and Tell Linky party…I love this basket! I’v been obsessed with all things watercolor lately, but have always been afraid to try. Thanks for giving me some great ideas to get started on my own!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      I’m pretty scared about watercolor, too! Somehow doing it on a basket that’s a bit lumpy and bumpy makes it less perfect and I just had a ton of fun with it. Good luck!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Oh thanks girl!! 😉

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Hee hee, thanks girl! 😉

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