Berry Basket Bookends – Functional Summer Décor

Berry Basket Bookends – Functional Summer Décor

To tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure why I picked up these vintage berry baskets while thrifting a while back. I didn’t have a project idea in mind and the thrift store had written the price on the side of one of the baskets (the horror!). BUT…for $1.01, I was willing to take the gamble- that someday, a fun project would pop into my head. And you know what? It did!

Vintage wooden berry baskets from the thrift store to be repurposed into DIY summer decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…what can I do with these?

My idea? To replicate their original use- holding a bounty of fresh summer berries- but in a unique way that could either be purely decorative and/or functional, as well. Filling them with plastic or fiber berries seemed too common for me, so I haunted Etsy for the perfect vintage berry fabric. Seriously, I would search several times a year and nothing seemed right…until recently when I hit pay dirt in this cool Etsy shop.

Vintage berry baskets and strawberry fabric to repurpose into DIY summer decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh, yes- this fabric is perfect!

NOW I could bring my berry basket project to fruition! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

My plan was to create little berry baskets…that could secretly double as bookends! So, I began gathering my DIY materials- including some non-slip shelf liner to secure to the bottom of each berry basket. This will allow my bookends-to-be to grip the surface (table, mantle, bookshelf, etc.) and hold books up between them. I snipped little rectangles of shelf liner and fixed them to the bottom corners with Mod Podge.

Add non-slide liner to the bottoms of my vintage berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

First, let’s keep them from sliding…

Now to “fill them with berries”! With fabric at hand, I cut out four rectangles of berry fabric (focusing on the berry-only sections) to decoupage inside each basket at the corners (again with Mod Podge). And good news- it can look completely messy and unprofessional inside! All that matters is that the corner openings are completely covered from the outside.

Adding vintage strawberry fabric inside my thrifted wooden berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Covering the corners with berries!

Since berry baskets are as light as can be, I needed to add some weight to each one (but not so much as to break the delicate wood). My solution? Small plastic bags filled with a handful of river rocks, which I already had on hand. But a double-sealed bag of sand…or gravel…or even a chunk of heavier wood will suffice.

Adding river rocks inside each vintage berry basket by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They need some weight to become bookends!

To finish off my berry basket bookends, I needed to cover the top of my baskets with berries! I cut out a large square of strawberry fabric (roughly 2½” times the length/width of my basket) and pulled out a large handful (or two) of fiberfill.

Creating the top of my vintage berry basket bookends by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing off my berry basket bookends!

To mimic the square shape of the basket, I gathered my fabric around the fiberfill at opposite corners. When all four corners were pinched together, I wound them with a rubber band, like a stubby little ponytail.

Creating the top of my vintage berry basket bookends by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gather two opposite corners first…

Creating the top of my vintage berry basket bookends by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then the other two!

And then the magic happened- I flipped the berries right-side-up and pushed it into the top of my basket, right over the baggie of river rocks. I mean, COME ON. Is that not adorable?

DIY Vintage Berry Basket Bookends using repurposed wooden berry baskets and retro strawberry fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s so berry cute, right?

And just as I had hoped, my berry basket bookends hold books upright with ease- no slipping, no sliding, and they hold their ground. Perfectly adorable summer décor with a functional purpose!

DIY Vintage Berry Basket Bookends using repurposed wooden berry baskets and retro strawberry fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

And if you’re looking for other DIY summer decor ideas, please check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!DIY Vintage Berry Basket Bookends using repurposed wooden berry baskets and retro strawberry fabric by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Adding the non-slip shelf liner was brilliant! I’m going to borrow that idea for my creations. Thanks 🙂

  2. Those are cute as can be! So clever how you hid the real innards.

  3. What an adorable idea! I think of changing this out for the seasons with pumpkin fabric for fall and maybe peppermint candy fabric for the holidays.

  4. You come up with the greatest ideas – these are stink’n adorable! Pinning

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha, I love you for saying that…I’m always worried the well will run dry, though!

  5. Super cute and creative! The fabric is perfect. Visiting from Vintage Charm.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you! YES, I was thrilled (and relieved) to finally find the right/perfect fabric. 🙂

  6. What a clever idea, I never see the word crates with berries anymore. Your project turned out great!! Be sure to stop by and share your post on #OMHGFF this week!

  7. Kathy A. says:

    Those are adorable; I would love them in a kitchen to hold up cookbooks! Up here in Maine, we could use blueberry fabric, too! And somewhere I have some non vintage strawberry fabric; now for the baskets! Thanx!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I would LOVE to find fabric like this for blueberries or blackberries- so many possibilities! And thank you so much! 🙂

  8. Marilyn says:

    What a lovely idea. The bookends are pretty.
    Marilyn

  9. Fonda Rush says:

    That looks like the fabric I made a dress for my daughter over 30 years ago. If not, it’s similar. Good memory!

    I wish thrift stores didn’t write the price or put a price sticker on an item in a place where it can be seen if the item is used in the original way. For example, put the stickers on the bottoms. More than likely, the item will continue to sit on it’s “bottom”.

    Love you re-appropriation of the berry basket! It would look great helping to prop up cookbooks in the summer! Maybe get other fabrics for the other seasons! Those rocks are gorgeous. I went to get rocks for some succulents I will be planting soon. Those kind were there, but they were too big for my project. Darn! I love them, though.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks so much! A friend of mine gave me her leftover river rocks from a project of hers…and they’ve come in very handy!

  10. natashalh says:

    Really cute! I think this would work well as a pincushion, too. I have a terrible habit of just leaving mine sitting around loose because I don’t have a pincushion right now!

  11. Fabulous idea and a wonderful way to reuse those baskets! Clever, clever! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday 🙂

  12. These would be perfect for in a kitchen to hold up the cookbooks. Love how you managed to find strawberry material..

  13. That is so cute!! What a fun summer decoration – Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  14. acraftymix says:

    Oh how cute Sarah. You always come up with the most unique ideas, I would never have thought of turning those little baskets into bookends

  15. Oh my, where do you come up with these brilliant ideas? They should do research on your brain so we can figure out how to get the creativity going in ours as well! Almost want to eat the bookends!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha!! They do look good enough to eat! And I’m just glad that I was able to turn my weirdness into a new career. 🙂

  16. These are so cute and I love the strawberry fabric you used. Thank you for sharing them at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!

  17. What a wonderful idea, I love it

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