Hey guys! Today I’m excited to bring you the Bountiful Fall Baskets blog hop hosted by Amber at Follow The Yellow Brick Home!
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If you’re coming from Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson, I’m sure you enjoyed her gorgeously spooky Halloween baskets!
Now on to my 5 simple tips for styling beautiful fall baskets!
1. Keep it simple.
So right now you’re probably saying to yourself: “Well duh, Michelle – simple is what this blog post is about!”. What I mean by that is if you’re anything like me, you’ll go overboard with your decor and feel like whatever you put together, it’s not enough. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with “complex” decor with a lot of detail, and if that’s your thing, then wonderful! My point is that you don’t have to go overboard in order to achieve truly stunning fall baskets Sometimes less is really more!
2. Put your yard to work.
Your garden can be your best friend when it comes to finding natural elements to include in your fall baskets. One of the biggest reasons fall is my favorite time of year is it’s the easiest season to incorporate natural elements into my decor, not to mention it’s free!
In the picture above, I used bay leaves, lemon verbena blossoms, sweet broom branches and dried hydrangea flowers that are all from my garden. I usually grow my own pumpkins and gourds too, but this year we had a lot of problems with our irrigation system and my pumpkins and gourds didn’t get enough water to produce well. Fortunately I live in an area where I can buy pumpkins and gourds at a reasonable price.
3. Use trendy decor that you have on hand.
Again, if you’re anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with decor trends. Some decor trends I like; some I wonder what the heck some people were thinking! And I don’t like feeling like I have to go out and spend money on whatever’s trending at the moment so my decor doesn’t look like the 80’s could call and want its decor back. So I just don’t do it unless it’s something I really like, because chances are it’s going to be out of style sooner than later. But, if you have decor on hand and it’s trending this season, use it! This fall season amber bottles and copper decor are all the rage, both of which I have in spades. They’re also classic elements when it comes to farmhouse decor, so they’re probably not something that is going to go completely out of style, even if it’s not something that’s trendy at the moment.
4. Wire baskets are your friends.
I love wire baskets! Why? Besides the fact that they’re awesome even if you don’t put anything in them, they are in my opinion much easier to fill than “regular” baskets because you don’t have to use any fill material in the bottom of them in order to see the decor on top. Filling baskets with filler to top the baskets with decor has always been a huge struggle for me. It never seems like I either can’t get enough filler in the bottom of the basket to get the decor I put on top to look right, or once I do get enough filler in the bottom, I can’t get the decor on top to sit right to where it looks”natural.” Like it would if there was no filler in the bottom of the basket and it’s actually full of all the decor that’s on top instead of rolled up newspapers, old towels, or packing peanuts.
Wire baskets are also nice because you can stand up decor that doesn’t stand up on its own (like books). You can essentially arrange decor like you’re arranging a vignette, but instead of standing alone, it’s in a wire basket. Sometimes that gives the decor that little extra oomph that it needs to make it pop!
5. Think outside the basket.
You don’t necessarily have to use a basket when you want to fill a basket with decor. Some of the most gorgeous filled “baskets” I’ve seen weren’t even baskets – they were things that repurposed into baskets, such as a vintage bucket or strainer. If it’s cute and it can hold stuff inside it, it can be used as a basket. Get creative and see what you can find and use to fill instead of a basket – you might even like the end result better!
I hope you enjoyed my 5 simple tips to create beautiful fall baskets! Next up on the hop is The Crowned Goat. You will swoon over her lovely fall baskets mixed in with her gorgeous enamelware finds!
Here’s the entire blog hop lineup:
Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
Michelle I LOVE how you encouraged us to “think outside the basket”! 🙂 Truly great ideas.
Thanks so much Laura!
Michelle, I love all your tips, and your centerpiece is just gorgeous! Happy to be joining the hop with you! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction
Thanks so much Cecilia!
Great tips! I need to think outside the basket too. I always think baskets are made of straw or wicker. Obviously not! I’m like, why didn’t I think of that. Love yours!!!
Thanks so much Cindy!
Amber Ferguson says
Great post Michelle full of tips and tricks! I agree that wire baskets are great for styling vignettes because you can see what’s inside. I also agree with you about trends. As collectors we usually have things in our stash that go with the trends or are similar, so we don’t have to run out and buy new stuff. The amber glass bottles are always a favorite of mine and I think they will be timeless for fall decorating at least.
Thanks so much for hopping with us. Happy fall!
Thanks so much Amber! And thanks again for inviting me to be a part of this hop! I’m flattered to be a part of it with these lovely and talented ladies!
Katie Mansfield says
So pretty. I love all of your white dishes. I usually pull out my copper decor whether it’s on trend or not. The amber bottle trend sure came up in a hurry. I love wire baskets. Yours are wonderful.
Thanks so much Katie!
You slay me Michelle! Gah- I love it all and such great tips too. I can honestly say I don’t use a lot of wire baskets but this makes me want to pull my wire baskets out and start using them more. Yours are fantastic! Hugs, CoCo
LOL thanks so much CoCo! I can’t wait to see what you come up with using your wire baskets!
Debra Oliver says
So many fun ideas! Wire baskets are one of my favorites. You’ve got it right Michelle, I try not to go nuts with trends because sooner or later they’ll land in the garage sale box.
Isn’t that the truth Debra? I know I’ve been a major supplier to the Salvation Army when it comes to seasonal decor over the past couple of years. Lately I’m making an effort to use what I already have when it comes to seasonal decor.
Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says
Hi Michelle, I love your styling tips for baskets. Simple vignettes work for me!
Thanks so much Michelle!
These are such great tips, Michelle! I love the way you styled all of your baskets. So fun to join you on this hop.
Thanks so much Heather! It was fun joining you on this hop as well!
Kelly Radcliff says
Michelle thank you so much for sharing those awesome tips! I especially loved the tip about using your yard for decor…so smart!!! SO thankful to have joined you today!
Thanks so much Kelly! It was great joining you on the hop too!
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas for styling baskets. I found several ideas that I can use in my home. Thanks,
You’re very welcome Marty! I’m happy you enjoyed my tips!
Rita C at Panoply says
I couldn’t agree more, Michelle, especially with putting your yard to work! I do that one a lot. And that’s my favorite of yours – on the dining table, with all those natural elements. It’s a pleasure to share your company this week!
I love the metal basket with the white pitcher filled with the dried wheat! It is so simply elegant!
Cindy in Oklahoma says
Your metal centerpiece tray/basket reminded me of something I accidentally happened upon a few days ago. I tried my metal tobacco basket from Hobby Lobby, very similar to the one you used, except it has no handles, as a background for two plates I have in my breakfast room. I loved it! But I have 4 plates, 2 on each side of the back door, and only one metal tray/basket. I decided not to purchase another one but wow, it was so cute! I was able to hang each plate with nails in the space between the metal cross pieces so that all three pieces were secure. Your centerpiece is inspiring me to forget spending more money and use it as a centerpiece on my table instead. So pretty!
Such wonderful suggestions and your basket vignettes are all gorgeous! I can’t even choose a favorite! Love them all!
Wow, what a great post . There is SO much Fall goodness on this post. I really like the 3 pumpkins you arranged on pedestals wit h all the “free” fall yard elements. So many great ideas for simple Fall goodness. Happy Fall.
I love wire baskets but never know how to fill them ..great ideas
Love your simple vignette. Can I ask where you got your rectangular wire basket with handles? Thanks
Thank you Sheila! I got the basket from Decor Steals.