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!
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