Who knows why, but Easter baskets are almost always made from weaved wood, also known as wicker. Basket making is an art. Baskets cannot be made by machine but must be made by hand. Reeds are soaked and weaved just right to form what we know as a basket. It is an art. Easter is coming soon. It’s time to start thinking about what you will be using for Easter baskets this year. If your Easter baskets are looking a little dull you can refinish them.
Refinishing wicker is not like refinishing ordinary wood. It is more delicate. A basket is made from hundreds of tiny pieces of wood. Most refinishing projects require you to sand first. With wicker sanding is just not a great idea. Even a piece of sandpaper could damage or break the thin pieces of wood. The best thing you can do to prepare the wicker Easter basket for refinishing it just to make sure it is clean. Use a vacuum cleaner hose to suck out any remaining grass or dust.
You can refinish your wicker Easter basket one of two ways. You can choose to paint it or you can choose to stain it. If you wish to add some color to the wood opt for a spray paint meant for wood. Spray paints are available in all sorts of shades and colors. You can even find metallic or sparkly. To apply the spray paint hang the basket. It’s best to do this out in your garage or work shop as you do not want to make a mess in your home. Hang the basket and hold the can 8 to 10 inches from it. Gently tap the basket to allow it to swing and turn as you spray. This allows for even coverage. Give the basket a good even coat then wait 10 minutes and do it again. Once the second coat has been applied wait another ten minutes then give the basket a light misting of a clear coat spray. The clear coat spray paint will protect the colored paint and will not dry in between the pieces of wicker like poly will. Do not attempt to use poly on wicker. Always use a spray.
If you chose to stain the wood to give it a natural look and bolder color simply apply the stain to a dry cloth then rub the cloth gently along the wicker. The stain should be applied as the wood runs. Wipe all excess stain off using another cloth then apply a couple coats of clear coat spray for protection.
Once the final coat of clear coat has been applied allow about 2 to 4 hours for the basket to dry. After the time is up the basket is ready for use. Have a Happy Easter!