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Kilim-Inspired Painted Basket in Three Easy Steps!

This Kilim-Inspired painted basket tutorial is an easy way to try out a fun new color palette quickly and inexpensively. It’s so simple to make!

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can accomplish this project. Getting a corded basket will help you keep your painting strokes even and in the right place, so I recommend finding one of those.

Kilim-Inspired Painted Basket in Three Easy Steps!

I’m a huge fan of all the gorgeous Turkish Kilim tapestries that are showing up everywhere lately. I love the wide variety of colors that are used in an unpredictable pattern.

So unlike the monochromatic style I usually stick with! This Kilim-Inspired painted basket tutorial is an easy way to try out a fun new color palette quickly and inexpensively. It’s a perfect easy craft for adults!

I love the idea of giving this for a gift filled with goodies to a neighbor for a housewarming or for a Mother’s Day gift loaded with stuff for pampering.

Painted Basket


  • Woven basket
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Step One. Gather your supplies. I found this small woven basket in the dollar section of Target and selected these colors after looking through a ton of Kilim tapestries on a Google search. I would never have thought to pair these colors together but love how they look!

Bottoms of ten paint bottles of various acrylic paint colors

Step Two. Begin painting your pattern. I used my paintbrush and the basket weaving as makeshift rulers. It’s ok if the design isn’t absolutely perfect. We’re going for a handmade look here!

Using a paint brush to paint color onto a woven basket

Step Three. Continue painting the design until you’re happy with the layout. I painted just a few diamond shapes around the entire perimeter of the basket and left a good amount of white space but feel free to do something more intricate and complex!

Adding pink paint onto a basket with a paintbrush

Here is the finish look of the painted basket! I love how all the different shades of colors look together. The possibilities for customizing this basket to match your home decor or preferences is endless!

Close up of the side of a painted basket

I’d love to see this done with a larger basket or maybe a few small ones grouped together as a collection. Enjoy!

DIY Killim painted basket

Hope you found this Kilim-Inspired Painted Basket useful! For another craft idea that’s just as simple, learn how to make canvas wall art with glue.

Yield: 1 basket

Painted Basket

DIY Killim painted basket

Learn how to paint a basket using acrylic craft paint! This is an easy project for beginners.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Woven basket
  • Acrylic paint


  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Ruler (optional)


  1. Gather your supplies, including about 8 - 10 colors of acrylic craft paint.
  2. Begin painting the diamond pattern. You can use the paintbrush and the weave of the basket as a ruler, or you can use a real ruler and pencil to mark off the center of your design.
  3. Finish painting the pattern using the various colors and the photo as inspiration. Allow to dry 24 hours before using.


I already had the paints on hand so those are not included in the project cost.

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Stop by Tried & True to check out some of my other DIY projects, including Chalkboard Spring PlantersPeep Spring Wreath, and my personal favorite, the World Map Wall Panels!


Thursday 9th of March 2023

Is it washable ? After painting and drying. Thanks for your answer.


Thursday 9th of March 2023

You'd have to use fabric paint and then follow the instructions for setting, which I didn't do. But if you used fabric paint AND the basket is washable, and you follow the setting and washing instructions you should be good :)


Thursday 15th of September 2022

Going to try these 😊


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Yay! I hope it turns out well.

Rebecca Payne

Friday 23rd of July 2021

I just found your blog. This basket is so creative. Awesome job!


Friday 23rd of July 2021

Thank you so much! Welcome.


Tuesday 8th of November 2016

I love this basket, but I'm having the hardest time finding a woven basket like yours! Is it a cotton fabric? Or what is it made of? Thanks!


Wednesday 15th of July 2015

That's so cool! Thanks for sharing this idea. I will keep it in my mind.

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