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Showing posts with label upcycle wicker plate holders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycle wicker plate holders. Show all posts

Repurpose: wicker plate holders

What do I even call these things? Paper-plate holders? Plate chargers? Wicker plates? Support for floppy paper discs we probably shouldn't be eating off of? Whatever they're called, they were a big part of my life growing up. Why? Because South Africans like to braai (grill out, barbeque). It's a warm place. We wear shorts on Christmas day and eat outdoors a lot. So, I have strong memories of these plate-holder things scratching my bare legs.

Upcycle: Wicker baskets + zip ties = new lampshade

I was in IKEA recently and saw a lot basket-style lighting - pendant and table lamps (pictured above). Wicker or basketry like this always makes me think of home (South Africa) and the hack seems pretty obvious - turn an old basket into a new shade. Then I saw this project (coincidently by a fellow South African) and I got a little giddy! 

I remember the wicker paper-plate holders very clearly ... do you? I remember trying to balance them on my bare legs (scenario: sunny Sunday "braai" around the pool) and getting scratched - a lot. I believe they were a fad ... or are people still using them? If not, I imagine thousands of them languishing, unused, in storage all over the world. So what a perfect thing to upcycle! This idea by Alet (of My Pondokkie) is ingenius. And really simple. 

Visit her blog for the full tutorial and many other fabulous refabs ... (and to find out what a "pondokkie" is!)