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Try These 3 Ideas for Decorating Baskets for Summer

Do you use baskets in your home decor? You can never have enough baskets. They are not only useful but are wonderful items for home decor. You really should see these three ideas for decorating baskets for summer.

With a new season around the corner, decorating baskets for summer is a great way to add different themes and colors to your home.

Yes, you can fill baskets with magazines, blankets, plants, and even trash. I have three totally different basket possibilities to give you some inspiration.

Decorating Baskets for Summer: 3 Ideas to Inspire You

Why are we decorating baskets for summer?

Because it’s time to get our homes ready for summer. If you need inspiration for creating home decor accessories, I understand completely. I use Pinterest all the time to get ideas. That’s what it’s for.

When I find an item I like, but don’t know exactly what to do with it, Pinterest is my go-to source for ideas.

Other bloggers also provide a wealth of inspiration. This lovely vignette from Jamie of Anderson + Grant focuses on one of my favorite things – baskets.

refurbished picnic basket

For this basket update, Jamie used an old basket that she had had for years. Some paint and home decor items gave her a great home decor accessory.

What kind of basket can be used for home decor? Any kind! Jamie used an old picnic basket for her basket vignette.

How do you decorate baskets? Any way you like! Use your favorite colors, household items, or anything you have that you want to highlight.

What can you put in a basket? Anything you want!

The great thing about baskets is the unlimited possibilities.

I had three totally different baskets that I wanted to give a summer vibe.

  • An estate sale basket I bought a few years ago and had already updated.
  • A freebie basket that is picnic-style.
  • A brand new “faux basket”.

Ready to see some ideas for decorating baskets? Let’s start decorating.

Updated Estate Sale Basket for a Patriotic Theme

A little history: I bought this basket at an estate sale in 2018 at the same time I bought the teak table that I recycled as our patio table.

estate sale woven basket

Here is how I updated this basket. And here is what it looked like after I finished it.

grey and white basket with handles

Here is how I used the basket as an Easter centerpiece.

Since Memorial Day is coming up, I decided to use my refurbished basket with a patriotic theme for our front entry. Red and white would be my color theme.

First, I placed a red check piece of fabric on our entry commode folded like a runner.

red check runner on dresser

Then I filled the basket with crushed newspaper to act as support for my accessories.

TIP: Use more paper than you think you will need. The paper will “sink” from what you put in the basket.

grey and white woven basket

As usual, this time of year, I had my heart set on red geraniums. Fortunately, one of the nurseries close to our home had plenty. I bought three 4-inch pots. I needed a container to put them in and I used one of our old dog water bowls.

red geraniums in silver bowl

I placed the bowl on the newspaper and used two red check dishtowels to fill around it.

Next, I added American flags.

decorated basket with red flowers and American flags
decorated basket with red flowers and American flags

And, finally, I added a couple of red, white and blue decoupaged pots I made with some sparkling patriotic decorations.

decorated basket with red flowers and American flags

My first decorated basket using a refurbished basket was done, all ready for Memorial Weekend.

This basket cost me only the price of the geraniums. I’ll move these outside after Memorial Day to enjoy all summer.

Freebie Picnic Basket Vignette

I honestly don’t remember who gave us this picnic basket or when. I do know that it was a gift food basket with dishes and silverware, glasses and napkins. The empty basket stays on the top of our laundry room cabinets. I have wanted to use it and now was the time.

wicker picnic basket

I thought about painting this wicker basket as Jamie did hers but decided that it was more authentic left au natural.

I decided to decorate this basket as a picnic hamper for two in our backyard or for a trip to the park. My color theme would be blue and white because I absolutely love that classic combination.

wicker picnic basket

Here are the things I would use:

  • I recently bought these new Blue Willow dinner paper plates and Blue Willow salad size. I fell in love with the pattern.
  • Matching blue and white napkins.
  • Blue and white dishtowels that I bought for $5 each at the Queen of Hearts Antique Mall on a trip to Atlanta. These would be used as “lap” covers or placemats.
  • Two large martini/margarita glasses with cobalt blue stems. These were party favors at a school event for my younger daughter’s high school. We got home with four of them.
  • Blue faux flowers for color.
blue plates and napkins in wicker picnic basket
blue plates and napkins in wicker picnic basket

Since the picnic basket would sit on our breakfast table, I wanted to add a tablecloth to set the stage.

I had a piece of fabric with a blue motif to use. I bought two yards of the fabric at IKEA a couple of years ago just because I loved the colors and pattern.

blue plates and napkins in wicker picnic basket

This decorated basket will sit on our breakfast room for a few days just so we can enjoy it.

Isn’t that a pretty sight?

A French Market Tote Bag for a Trip to the Park

I have been seeing French market totes lately and loved them. I searched for a few weeks until I found the one I liked best.

The French market totes are bigger than a purse so that you can bring home fruits and vegetables. I intend to use this market tote for travel.

I picked this one because it is really big and had double handles – one set for hand carrying and one set for over the shoulder.

French market basket

The tote was a little crushed when it arrived so I stuffed it with bubble wrap to fill it out.

French market basket stuffed with bubble wrap

For now, I decorated the tote with items to go to the park near our house. I went shopping at home to fill my French market basket.

  • Pretty faux blue flowers ~ just because.
decorated basket with blue flowers
French market tote with blue shawl
  • Of course, a hat for keeping the sun off my face. I bought this hat at the Dollar Tree several weeks ago (here’s a similar hat). I removed the aqua ribbon and replaced it with a light blue one.

My blue-tinted sunglasses.

decorated woven French market tote
decorated woven French market tote

Now I was ready to hang my decorated French market basket.

decorated woven French market tote with blue shawl, hat and flowers

I hung it in our entry on the guest closet handle – ready to grab on the way out the door.

woven French market tote hanging on door knob

This basket was the only new one I bought. Everything I used to decorate it I had at home. Shop your home first when decorating.

Basket Shopping

Here are ideas for baskets and accessories:

Final Basket Thoughts

I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for decorating baskets you already have or new ones that you find. Keep an eye open at garage sales, flea markets or estate sales. Or even curbside.

I literally found these two baskets a few Sundays ago as I was walking Nola. They were sitting on the curb. I couldn’t believe my good luck.

They are both in great shape. I loved the style, design, and size. I don’t have any baskets like them. Look for these baskets in a new post near you.

Want a DIY basket project? I have this Anthropologie-Inspired Basket Project for you.

I can’t wait to use them. What would you do with these baskets? Leave them as is or paint them or something completely different?

Here’s another recent basket arrangement I made for our living room coffee table. For this one using flowers, I used an old basket that I gave an update

Don’t forget to PIN all the pretty basket ideas. Let’s start with these three baskets decorated for summer.

pin for later graphic in blue
woven baskets decorated for spring and summer

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  1. Love your creative ways to decorate the baskets. We have recently moved and this will now work perfectly in our new home.
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  2. Such cute ideas, Carol!!! Baskets are just great and so much fun to decorate with because the possibilities are endless!

  3. Carol, I am a basket lover, too! I absolutely love your picnic basket and I am going to do something similar with mine. Also, your market basket is so cute and looks great hung on the door knob. You have given us so many ideas for baskets — and I thank you! My husband always laughs when I find another basket to bring home. He thinks I have enough — if that is possible! Baskets add so much to a home and I love using them for throws, cushions, plants, towels, and magazines.
    Enjoy your day! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  4. Especially loved your French market tote. I have a large straw bag I loved to take to the outdoor flea market (wonder if it will be open this year). Wallet in the bottom, a chapstick, and I’m ready to roll! I seldom paint baskets unless they need a touchup. Need to think on that one! They are so pretty painted, then distressed. I make a lot of theme baskets (Usually Christmas oriented) for our church’s bazaar) and “Be good to yourself” baskets with a mix of homemade stuff like bath salts, sugar scrubs and “storebot” stuff like candles, books, stationery, lotion, etc.–little extras for pampering. I have a hard time passing up baskets!

  5. Hi Carol! I love that you created three different basket looks and each is really nice!!! Where did you find the market basket? I’ve been looking for one exactly like yours. I like that you can put it over your shoulder, too.

    Enjoy all of your pretty baskets and have fun on your picnic,
    Hugs back,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Hi, Barb. Thanks so much for the sweet comments. I found the French market tote on Amazon. The link is right there I’m the post. I can’t wait to use it on a trip.

  6. I don’t know why I never think to paint the baskets I find. I just leave them there. Well not anymore. I can hardly wait to find another basket and get to painting. You’ve given me more great ideas for baskets. I think hubby and I need to go on a picnic like in the good ol’ days. Thanks for joining in. Pinned

    1. Cindy, some baskets beg to be painted and some shouldn’t. I still haven’t decided what to do with the two I found on the curb. So glad I gave you some ideas. Isn’t that the pleasure of blogging?

  7. Love the three basket decorating ideas that you created. All three are perfect for summer decor. Great score on finding two baskets while walking in NOLA. I am looking forward to seeing how you update them.

    1. Hi, Paula. This was certainly a fun challenge. I can’t wait to see what I do with my curbside baskets because right now I’m not sure. You’ll be the first to know!!