Happy August 1st, readers! I hope your summers are in full swing now before autumn sets in. There’s part of me that’s actually looking forward to the chilly October nights and horror movie marathons. Call me crazy, but I thrive in the fall more than any other season. Alright, alright. Enough talk about seasons changing – let’s get down to business.
I’ve become a pretty big advocate for handmade, functional home decor that doesn’t kill my bank account to create. As a result, I try to provide my readers with plans for just that! This week’s project is a very affordable, yet very adorable laundry hamper made from just 1 x 2″ pine lumber and pillow cases! The total cost of this project falls right around the $15 mark – less than the cost of my previously-used plastic one from Meijer. The best features that this hamper provides are the removable pillow cases for easy transfer, as well as having two laundry slots to keep your light and dark clothes separated. All the steps to create this cutie can be found below. Happy crafting!
- (4) 1 x 2 x 72″
- Set of 2 King Size Pillow Cases
- 1 1/4″ Pocket Screws
- 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- Compound Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Eye Protection
- 180 Grit Sanding Sponge
Step 1 – Cut Lumber
This project requires pretty simple cuts, all from the 1 x 2″ pine. The image above shows everything you need to do.
Step 2 – Drill Pocket Holes
Using a pocket hole jig like the Kreg Jig Mini, you’ll drill pocket holes into each end of all of the 11″ and 12 1/2″ boards. There should be a total of six pieces that have pocket holes.
Step 3 – Assemble Frames
Assemble the frames of your hamper by placing a dab of wood glue on the ends of the 11″ boards and attaching 7″ boards on each end with 1 1/4″ pocket screws to make two rectangles.
Step 4 – Attach Center Support and Legs
You will offset the two frames by 3/4″ on each end to factor for the shape of the legs. Leaving 1/2″ between the two frames, the last 7″ board will be attached with wood screws to connect the two rectangles.
To construct the legs of the hamper, place one mitered edge flush with the edge of the frame and attach it with glue and a wood screw. Here, you can see that I put the frame on upside down originally. It’s never fun to take something apart that you just put together, so avoid making the same mistake that I did. You will repeat this process with the remaining four legs.
Once all four legs are attached to the frame, you will secure the legs at their center. To do this, place the entire piece upright and adjust the legs until they are even and it sits level. Mark with lines where they cross, and use glue and a wood screw to attach them together.
Step 5 – Attach Leg Supports
I attached my leg supports 4″ from the pointed end of each leg. Following the same process with the other attachments, I used glue and pocket screws to secure these.
Step 6 – Finish Your Laundry Hamper!
After a light sanding, I finished my laundry basket with two coats of leftover Antique White paint that I used on this dresser makeover and I found the patterned pillow cases on sale at Target. For such an affordable project, I’m thrilled with the turnout on this laundry hamper. For once, I actually can’t wait to do my laundry! Now, hopefully that feeling isn’t a fleeting one… 😉
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. If you have, feel free to share it, pin it, print it out and give it to a friend – whatever you’ve gotta do! And as always, please leave your thoughts in the comments below. It makes my day every time I see your feedback.