Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

To tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure why I picked up these 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, I decided they were worth the risk and eventually an upcycling idea came to me. I’d transform them into decorative bookends that would double as summer decor.

Berry baskets from the thrift store for upcycling into decorative bookends and summer decor by Sadie Seasongoods

My plan? To replicate their original use- holding a bounty of fresh summer berries- but as functional, decorative bookends that would double as summer decor or primitive country decor.

Filling them with plastic or fiber berries seemed too common for me, so I haunted Etsy for the perfect vintage 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.

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

Upcycling Berry Baskets into Decorative Bookends

To begin transforming the berry baskets into decorative bookends, I began gathering my DIY materials.

This included some non-slip shelf liner to secure to the bottom of the berry baskets. This would allow my decorative bookends to grip whatever surface they were on.

I snipped little rectangles of shelf liner and fixed them to the bottom corners with Mod Podge.

Adding shelf liner underneath berry baskets so that the decorative bookends will be nonslip by Sadie Seasongoods

Now to “fill them with berries”! With vintage fabric at hand, I first cut out four rectangles of berry fabric. Then, I decoupaged the fabric inside the corners of my berry baskets. Once again, I used Mod Podge to glue the fabric in each corner.

This would mimic the look of a full basket of berries while also hiding the weights that I will be adding inside.

And while it looked completely messy and unprofessional inside, it looked just fine on the outside of the berry baskets.

Summer DIYs for red kitchen decor with decorative bookends that are made with berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods

Since the berry baskets were as light as can be, I needed to add some weight to each one if they were going to be bookends.

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.

River rocks to be placed inside some berry baskets to make some decorative bookends heavy enough to hold up books by Sadie Seasongoods

To finish off my summer decor / decorative bookends, I still needed to cover the top of my baskets with berries!

So, I cut out a large square of strawberry fabric (roughly 2½” times the length/width of the berry baskets) and pulled out a large handful (or two) of fiberfill.

Covering up fiberfill with vintage fabric to create red kitchen decor and summer decor with berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods

To mimic the square shape of the basket, I gathered the vintage fabric around the fiberfill at opposite corners.

Vintage fabric to use as strawberry decorations and primitive country decor with berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, with all four corners were pinched together, I wound them with a rubber band, like a stubby little ponytail. It also reminded me of an old “hobo sack” that you would attach to a stick. 

Strawberry decorations for red kitchen decor with vintage fabric and berry baskets for summer DIYs by Sadie Seasongoods

Decorative Bookends as Summer Decor / Primitive Country Decor

And then the magic happened. I flipped the berries right-side-up and pushed it into the top of my basket. The baggie of river rocks was now completely hidden! And the end result? ADORABLE.

Decorative bookends and strawberry decorations for red kitchen decor with vintage fabric and berry baskets by Sadie Seasongoods

Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I dabbed some Mod Podge along the inside lip of the berry basket to secure the top in place!

And just as I had hoped, my decorative bookends hold books upright with ease- no slipping, no sliding, and they hold their ground. Perfectly adorable summer decor or even red kitchen decor. And these little strawberry decorations have a wonderfully functional purpose!

Summer decor and Primitive country decor with berry baskets and vintage fabric into decorative bookends by Sadie Seasongoods

And if you didn’t want to take the extra steps to transform them into bookends, they’re still cute as can be for summer decor. They could also be used as “play fruit” for kids if they were playing make-believe grocery store or farmer’s market, too!

Speaking of which, if you enjoyed this upcycling idea of mine, then you may also be interested in these faux carrots that I made, as well!

Wooden bobbins or large wooden spools as farmhouse Easter decor for Easter crafts by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!

S

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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

  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. 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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