How to decorate wicker baskets

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How to decorate wicker baskets
Customise a plain wicker basket with craft items. (wicker basket image by Scott Williams from

Wicker baskets are handy for storing personal items, displaying decorative items and holding gifts. Decorate a basic woven wicker basket to create a one-of-a-kind design. You don't have to be crafty to make an embellished basket. Use a few simple craft items to personalise baskets for gifts or home decor. Gift recipients can use the basket long after the goodies inside have disappeared.

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Things you need

  • Wicker basket
  • Embellishments such as beads, appliques or flowers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Florist's wire
  • Liner
  • Decor or gift items
  • Ribbon

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    Use a hot glue gun to attach embellishments to the wicker basket. Use dried flowers, flat-backed plastic gemstones, appliques and small wood designs. Glue small candy canes to the basket to celebrate Christmas or red and pink craft foam hearts for Valentine's Day.

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    Decorate the basket with glass beads. Slip florist's wire through any size bead and twist it around the basket weaves. Choose bead colours to coordinate with a decor style or theme. Attach gold or silver-toned charms in place of or in addition to the beads.

  3. 3

    Line the wicker basket with a decorative cloth or paper. Use a pastel yellow, pink, green or blue cloth napkin to create an Easter basket. Enhance the basket with brightly coloured tissue paper to create a birthday basket. Use a clean red bandanna to design a rustic, country-inspired basket.

  4. 4

    Fill the basket with decor or gift items. Choose seashells and sand dollars for a sea-themed basket. Decorate the basket with pine cones and twigs of red berries for a winter-inspired basket. Add a punch of colour to a room with a lemon and lime-filled wicker basket. Fill a gift basket with gourmet foods items or pampering bath products, such as lotion.

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    Tie a ribbon around the handle of the basket. Coordinate the ribbon to match the basket liner or the embellishments. Use a shiny gold ribbon for an elegant look or grosgrain ribbon for a simple style. Wrap a length of ribbon around the handle or use it to tie a bow at the top.

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