8 Rattan Crafts You Can Make Just in Time for Summer

published Jun 13, 2019
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If you watch an episode of “The Golden Girls,” you’ll spot decor totally in-step with today’s trends: palm leaf wallpaper, seashell pieces, and rattan everything.

Perhaps you already have some Blanche-approved rattan furniture and you’re searching for other rattan touches to complete the easy, breezy look in your home. You’ll score even more style points if you make those rattan pieces with your own two hands—items that will have your pals asking, “So, where did you get that?”

Start with some of your beloved rattan and make these eight DIY creations that will look way-too-perfect in your summertime, beach-inspired decor.

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Why, yes—you can transform a rattan basket into the coolest wall clock you’ve ever seen. Francesca wanted to create something pretty and functional in equal parts, so she dreamed up a way to morph a basket into a clock. She simply cut a hole in the center of the basket for the hands, embroidered dashes to represent each hour, and hung it on the wall. Now that’s a craft that’s sure to stand the test of time!

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Here’s an oh-so-easy rattan craft that takes less than 30 minutes to make. Kristin wrapped rattan material—she found hers on Amazon—around glass vases and secured the material with super glue. Once Kristin dropped in the tea lights, they instantly became beautiful, on-trend candle holders.

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When Manda wanted to add an eye-catching, unexpected accent to her boys’ room, she turned to a rattan lantern she had on hand to create a unique light fixture. After cutting the lantern in half and fitting it to the fixture, she carefully worked through the wiring to complete her rattan masterpiece.

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Now here’s a brilliant way to organize your baubles! Marlene discovered a DIY way to make rattan jewelry organizers using cane webbing and embroidery hoops. It’s a charming method for keeping your jewelry neat and tidy throughout summer and the rest of the year.

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If your pantry is overflowing with tea packets, this is a charming and clever way to stash them. Cat placed cane webbing on the top of a wood box to create the perfect spot to store her tea collection.

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Bre found these rattan plate holders at a thrift shop (hello, 20 for $1!) and decided to make them over into boho-chic wall art. To recreate the look, all you have to do is tape off geometric shapes on your baskets or plate holders, paint them with craft paint, and turn them into rattan works of art.

We are loving rattan mirrors these days, but the Anthropologie price tag might not fit your budget. To replicate the look (and save a few bucks), follow Brittany’s tutorial. Starting with a round, 12-inch mirror, she used basket reeds, natural raffia, and jewelry glue to craft this airy and lovely sunburst mirror.

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Who doesn’t love a good IKEA hack? Caroline gave an IKEA IVAR cabinet a new look with woven rattan and gold, modern pulls. The result is a piece of stylish rattan storage that would make the Golden Girls proud.