Alicia Curtis was inspired to create the clever hack after spotting on-trend seagrass baskets in high-end stores.
“Inspiration comes to me at the strangest times,” explained the mother of four, “but I saw a lot of seagrass baskets in the shops which were very expensive.”
Alicia snapped up the $1.95 seagrass door mats at Bunnings on a whim.
“I was at Bunnings one day to pick up some supplies for my renovation and I came across these seagrass door mats for $1.95. I thought they were a great material and I could make something with them. I wasn’t sure what at the time, but I grabbed an armful and headed home,” she said.
Alicia only needed jute string and a pair of scissors to make the planter covers.
“This hack turned out to be the quickest and easiest one I’ve done.
“I just tied or threaded the jute string around the mats, overlapping them depending on size.
“The mats were easy to cut to size and won’t unravel. The covers slipped straight over existing pots,” she said.
Alicia used jute string to create decorative tassels.
The hack created a lot of interest of Instagram, attracting 2,837 likes and almost 300 comments.
“Great hack from the hacking champion,” said one follower.
“One of my favourite hacks, so clever,” added another.
Alicia was surprised by the reaction of her followers, with many using the hack as inspiration for other projects.
“I love being able to share my ideas. My following have put their own spin on [my hack] by making lamp shades, toilet roll holders and table runners,” she said.
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