What on Hearth: Cozy Fireplace Décor

What on Hearth: Cozy Fireplace Décor

Here we are- in JANUARY- with the holidays behind us and a new year before us. And as a blogger, DIY/Repurposed décor projects during the winter months are tough…winter decorating during the often bleak days of January and February presents unique challenges. So, I decided to revisit an old favorite- flannel- with a new project…and it just so happens to be my January contribution to The Good Life blog, as well.

Even though we keep most of our firewood on the back porch, I like the look of a few logs on the hearth. After scouring my local thrift stores, I decided to forgo the more expensive option (brass) and nabbed a wide-set wicker basket instead.

Plain, wide set wicker firewood basket at thrift store to get cozy winter makeover for fireplace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I spy a treasure for winter…

I brought it home, set it on our brick hearth (to make sure it fit well enough) when I realized just how…brown…everything was.

Plain, wide set wicker firewood basket from thrift store to get cozy winter makeover for fireplace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

That’s a lot of…same.

Heck, even the cat blended in.

Plain, wide set wicker firewood basket from thrift store to get cozy winter makeover for fireplace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But his white fur pops…hmm…

So, I decided to give a complete makeover to the basket so that it set off nicely on the brick AND brought a touch of “cozy” to the room. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

First order of business- remove as much dust as possible from the basket (it was, admittedly, pretty gross), and paint it white.

Plain, wide set wicker firewood basket from thrift store to get cozy winter makeover for fireplace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let the makeover begin!

After giving it a couple of coats of spray paint, I let it dry and headed out to find just the right flannel shirt. And luck was on my side when I saw this sign!

Flannel shirt at the thrift store to be repurposed as cozy winter decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

To quote the Kool-aid man…OH, YEAHHHH!

For winter decorating, I go for blues, cool greens, and touches of brown or white (kind of like a snowy winter landscape). I liked how this blue flannel looked against my basket and decided to put it to work. (And worth noting, it had a big ole’ hole where the last buttonhole should be…so it was a perfect candidate for repurposing!)

Thrift store firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These will work lovely together!

To bring my idea to life, I cut off the sleeves and set the rest of the shirt aside for another day/project. From there, I cut long, same-width strips of flannel, using the plaid lines as my cutting guides.

Thrift store firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Preparing my cozy touch…

Then, similarly to what I did in the Fall, I stitched the strips end-to-end, ironed the connecting seams flat, and hemmed the long sides. Now, I had DIY flannel ribbon- which is exactly what I was looking for.

Thrift store firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DIY flannel ribbon!

Now I was ready to make my basket “cozy”! I hot-glued one end of my flannel ribbon to the inside of the basket handle, and began carefully wrapping the ribbon round and round.

Thrift store wicker firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See where I’m going with this?

And when I reached the other side, I snipped off the excess ribbon, folded the end under and hot glued it to the inside handle.

Thrift store wicker firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There! Clean, bright, but with a winter-y, cozy feel.

What a transformation, eh? The flannel adds just a touch of “cozy”…and it has a much better hand-feel than the bare painted basket!

Thrift store wicker firewood basket makeover using a flannel shirt for DIY winter decor on the fireplace hearth by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This will pop on the hearth!

Now I just need to lug it back to the fireplace! And keep your eyes peeled this Spring…chances are, the rest of this blue flannel will make a crafty appearance. <wink>

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Great idea using the shirt! I like ribbon. Your flannel ribbon could also easily be ‘wired’ for other purposes also. Note to self – look for interesting shirt/blouse patterns – inexpensive ribbon idea – filed away for next thrift shopping day.

  2. Very cute and unique!

  3. Patty Soriano says:

    oooh, GREAT idea adding the fabric to the basket handle! I’ve got to use that on some of mine. Especially those which have pieces of wicker sticking out, coming apart. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I want to know how you got your cat to pose for that shot? ha ha ha Your comment about him blending in had me laughing out loud. Like I’ve said before, our cats are twins!

  5. Good Morning Sarah! This purposed intention for creating this fabulous Firewood Basket with the DIY Flannel is SPECTACULAR! Our home does not have a fireplace, bummer, so I would have to go in a different direction. Just a few months ago, I began reorganizing my fabrics and oh yes did it ever need doing. LOL. I had several wicker baskets laying around empty collecting nothing but dust and not even being a true part of decorations of the house. I decided to fill them up with a variety of small fabrics. It made such a dramatic change in so many ways, I was delighted! Well, I had not thought of the wide flat wicker baskets and they would be so perfect in our home. Especially following your ideas and painting them and/or adding ribbons! Thank you for sharing this project and Congratulations on having it work so beautifully in your lovely home!

    Have a fantastic day!

  6. Isn’t it amazing what a can of spray paint can do to transfer? Great idea. Makes me wish it was cold here in Arizona to need such a fun project! Visiting from Remodelaholic.

  7. I would have never thought of this gorgeous idea in a million years. I love this.

  8. Your hearth is color coordinated. I like how the white and the blue handle gives it a pop of color. Now I wonder where my brass wood holder is? I bet I donated it to Good Will a few years ago.

  9. Another great idea! I love this on the hearth. I think your cat was white enough to give you inspiration for the color white instead of the other way around. (wink)

  10. acraftymix says:

    Oh my the basket looks completely different and the colors are perfect for some Winter decor. It really pops against the browns. I’ve always bypassed those little baskets at the thrift store. Well no more after seeing this bit of inspiration. Thank you Sarah

  11. Great basket makeover. Paint and flannel the perfect makeover materials. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  12. I love this – Pinning!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  13. So clever, Sarah, what a great way to add warmth and coziness to a room.

  14. I love decorating with baskets and the added flannel gives it that cozy feel. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  15. What a fun fix up to add some color to your hearth and a great place to set your extra firewood! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  16. This is a great way to re-use a wicker basket! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

  17. Wow…how pretty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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