A home for fruit in 30 minutes or less

 

I went bananas while grocery shopping yesterday. Literally. Can my husband and I eat twelve bananas in a week? Well, we sure can try! 

That evening, my hubby surprised me with another six or so bananas… leftover from a work shindig. Yikes! The new mound of fruit pouring out of the giant clay bowl on the dinner table (partnered with apples, a tomato, and a sneaky little booger of a clementine that’s been hiding out for weeks) made the minimalist in me think of an alternative to the ubiquitous fruit bowl. A hanging fruit basket! I must make one! 

After the let-down of Pinterest and its $60 Etsy “repurposed” baskets (though very cute), I set out to find something in the house that could suffice as a basket, or at least three circles, made out of wire or wood, that I could attach cloth to. 

Nosing my way into the garage, I found a solution! Tomato cages. Three circles on each one, held together by three metal rods. Which, when turned upside down… has a silhouette of a potentially fantastic hanging fruit basket. 

Behold: A sew-free, no hassle, 30 minute project using items you probably already have. 
Materials:

  • old t-shirt (the stretchier, the better)
  • 1 tomato cage
  • scissors
  • yarn/heavy string
  • jazz music (optional, but recommended)

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1. Take the three legs off of the tomato cage by bending them multiple directions until they snap. (“Legally Blonde” reference, anyone?)

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2. Spread out an old shirt; alternatively, you can use 3 bandanas, large knitted squares, or your roommate’s favorite blouse. (Just kidding on the last one.)

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3. Place the cage on the fabric, then cut the fabric to make a large square.

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4. Continue cutting your fabric (since I used a t-shirt, I just cut the sides to create 2 squares). Slicing the carpet with metal blades is always a no-no. Don’t be tempted.

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5. After cutting off any excess bulky hems/tags, take one of the squares and tie a knot inside of the cage using diagonal corners. Keep in mind how much the fabric will stretch when your fruit is sitting inside (I tied my shirt pretty tightly).

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6. Knot the other corners. If the fabric gives you a hard time or the metal circle is showing, use a safety pin to fasten miscellaneous fabric together.

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7. Repeat with circle #2. 

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8. Remember the top of your t-shirt? Flip to the back and cut as big of a square as you can manage.

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10. Knot the diagonals on top. You’re almost done!

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11. Cut 3 pieces of yarn/jute/cord/chain to desired length. After deciding where to hang the basket, cut a longer strand as well.

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12. Create a teepee out of your strands and knot together, making sure the knot is directly in the center and not lopsided (unless you want a gangsta fruit basket, yo!) I ended up cutting my yarn even shorter, as my basket is close to a ceiling.

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13. Hang it up! I used a hook already in the ceiling. You might need to consult with the home owner/landlord about this decision…

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Congratulate yourself on a very productive 30 minutes. Have a banana split to celebrate.

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Don’t forget to enjoy the view out your window :)

What creative projects have you accomplished this weekend?

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