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How to Make a Wooden Lid for a Basket

November 27, 2012

I LOVE using baskets as catch-alls. What I DON’T like about using baskets as catch-alls is everybody can see the ‘catch’ inside the baskets. (I like to hide my junk.) Take for example the basket pictured above, which is in my kitchen. I keep  two remotes, my iPod and a couple of wall chargers in it. Handy, yes. Pretty, no. What it needed, of course, was a lid.

Making a wooden lid for a handle-less basket is really easy. Here’s what you need:

  • a piece of 1/4″ plywood about twice the size of the opening of your basket
  • a saw, electric or hand
  • wood glue
  • a couple of heavy books
  • a knob of some sort (I used a wooden one)
  • finish of your choice (stain & varnish or Danish oil, which is what I used)
  • chipboard, hot glue and craft knife (optional)

This is what I did:

First, I decided to make a division in the basket using chipboard, just to keep things a bit neater inside. I just measured the interior of the basket and then cut the chipboard to size with my craft knife.

I positioned the chipboard in place using hot glue. (Better already.)

Now for the lid. Simply measure the outside length and width of the basket. Also measure the inside opening of the basket as well. Cut both of these measurements from the plywood.

Squirt a good amount of wood glue on one side of the smaller piece of plywood.

Then place this piece on top of the larger piece, making sure to center it in the middle of the larger piece of plywood. (Adding the smaller piece creates a ‘lip’ that will keep the lid in place on the basket.)


Stack a couple of heavy books on the plywood pieces and let the glue dry.


Then use wood glue to glue on a wooden knob to the top center of your lid. (If using a METAL knob, you’ll want to actually drill a hole in the top of your basket lid and affix the knob with a screw.) Complete your lid by applying the finish of your choosing. As I said, I used Danish oil. In the end, your lid should look something like this:

NOTE: If you don’t have plywood on hand or you don’t want to use a wood saw, you could just as easily use chip board, a craft knife and straight edge to cut our your lid pieces. For finishing, I’d opt to Mod Podge them.






4 Comments leave one →
  1. Debby W permalink
    April 9, 2015 1:16 pm

    Love your idea. I also like lidded baskets to hide the things that I’m storing! Question, what is chipboard?

    • Jo permalink*
      April 23, 2015 10:41 am

      Debby, it’s pressed board made with leftover chips–I’m guessing about the ‘leftover’ part. ;) It’s available in every big box store on the planet.

  2. Felechia permalink
    November 27, 2012 10:39 am

    Smart. I also like baskets with lids. In fact, if I see a basket with a lid I usually buy it. I had never thought of adding a lid myself!

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