Saturday, September 24, 2022

Bountiful Vintage Fall Baskets

Using baskets has been a fun and creative way for me to decorate since I saw the first issues of Country Living Magazine back in 1978. One of the best things about them is that they can be found at any vintage market, flea, antique shop or garage sale, usually for a price that will fit anyone's budget. Baskets come in so many varieties; mostly wood products, wicker, willow, and even metals. Since I turn first to vintage finds, I have a good stash, big and small, that I can choose from. 

I started collecting vintage and antique funeral baskets years ago, and even though that sounds a little morbid, they are beautiful wicker baskets meant for long ago floral funeral arrangements. Let's call them "vintage floral baskets" instead. Most were left graveside in the elements to later be discarded. Metal baskets are a little harder to find, and by now usually rusted, leaving little of the beautiful original paint intact.

These are pics from the entry in our last home 
back right before we moved in 2018.

The original post can be found HERE from October 2018, 
as I was participating in a Fall Basket Hop.

I've had this particular basket in my stash for years, and almost sold it many times for just a few dollars. But the wonderful green paint patina kept me from parting with it through the years. Last year I decided I needed to put it to use, so I used some faux leaves and berries with a small white pumpkin and even some birdies flew in. 

A few years ago in the kitchen at the former house.

I had also used two small baskets with handles that were filled with moss, twigs, and a grapevine orb, sitting on the entry console.

Another metal basket I've had for many years is this gray painted Italian metal piece I have been using on my dining room table. It has a base of moss and ivy which makes it easy to just change up the florals for whatever season I'm decorating. I love using faux hydrangeas, adding in some fall leaves, berries, and pumpkins.

I've kept this very old open weave basket with wooden handles on top of my china cabinet here in the dining room. The high ceilings at this house have given me space to decorate "vertically". It's hard to see, but the basket still has remnants of white paint that add to it's vintage charm.

A gray washed door basket has been used each season while we've been here. With a new door and a new house I had to re-think my front porch door displays. Here again, I usually keep faux hydrangeas mixed with other seasonal flowers and branches. Adding a wired ribbon helps dress up any basket for a seasonal or holiday display.

In the kitchen sitting and dining area I again have the top of my china cupboard decorated with a large laundry basket, a chalk board from Pier 1 several years ago, an antique bird cage and small vintage watering can.

I love using Bittersweet to sprinkle around the house in Fall. This was an old bunch that I tied together with gardener's twine to use on the old laundry basket.

Another year I kept it simple with a vintage tray and small grapevine wreath.

I found this antique fishing basket/hamper last year. This photo was taken before I used a furniture stain to clean it up a bit.

Here it is later filled with Fall faux foliage, when I had cleaned it up a bit. 
The Minwax stain helped to rehydrate it a little.

This rolling market basket is a favorite of mine and is usually kept in the entry filled with seasonal florals and branches.

I use baskets on the porches, but try to keep them out of the elements. Orchard baskets are a fun and inexpensive way to display mums, pumpkins, and Fall florals.

And we don't want to forget metal gathering baskets. I have several of these and when they aren't holding magazines they can hold some fun Fall decor.

Metal picnic tins are another fun "basket" to decorate with for Fall. 
These are stacked on my front porch last year.

Hope you enjoyed a look at a few vintage baskets that I've used in Fall decorating!
Hope you'll come by the link party on Monday evenings.

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life   Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Farmhouse Friday at  County Road 407
Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design 


  1. While I always enjoy your blog, I especially loved this one. As I sit in my sun room on this rainy Fall morning I felt the coziness of your sweet home and thought that I might share a cup of coffee with you. Thank you for this inspiring post, and keep up the good work. I always look forward to your posts.

  2. Thanks for all the basket inspiration! You've really maximized yours. It was fun to see how you have used them in slightly different ways through the years.

  3. Debra, you fall baskets are lovely. Fall is a wonderful time of year. I love the coziness of your home.

  4. I too always enjoy your blog. Although my overall decorating style is very different from yours I also get accessorizing ideas from you. I particularly like that you always add seasonal color rather than all neutral on neutral that there is so much of right now.

  5. Your baskets are always beautiful Debra but even more so in the fall! I've pinned this for future inspiration!

  6. Wow, Debra!!! You have such an amazing collection of baskets!! That rolling cart is so cool and I love that open weave one you have sitting on top of your cupboard. Baskets are just wonderful pieces to collect because you can always find a use for them!

  7. Outstanding basket displays Debra! I can not even pick a favorite because I love them all so much. You left me with so much inspiration.
    Meagan-Decorative Inspirations

  8. These are all so pretty...I'm getting some great ideas.

  9. These baskets are beautiful, each one with it's own unique characteristics as well as story I'm sure.

  10. These baskets are lovely! Each one of them has it's own unique characteristics as well as story I'm sure. Thanks for sharing them with us in your beautiful home.

  11. Hi Debra - I have been enjoying all of your fall posts! You have so many great ideas to share with us. These bountiful vintage fall baskets are perfect for the season. Thank you for participating in the Home Imagined Link party!

  12. Debra, how timely to find this on Pinterest now. I was in Michael's earlier and bought a door basket for 70% off plus fall floral were 40% off. It's hard to find new longer door baskets in stores.
    Greed was about to take over but I only bought one.
    Wishing you well.


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