Fireplace Hearth Decor from a Wicker Log Basket

Fireplace Hearth Decor from a Wicker Log Basket

In my constant quest for cozy home decor during the winter months, I decided that some fireplace hearth decor was in order. Specifically, a fireplace basket that would hold a few logs AND worth as cozy hearth decor.

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 wicker log basket.

Wicker log basket for a fireplace at Goodwill

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

Rattan log basket on a brick hearth

Heck, even the cat blended in.

Fireplace basket to be given a cozy makeover

So, I decided to give a complete makeover to the fireplace basket so that it set off nicely on the brick AND brought a touch of “cozy” to the room.

Why not create something functional (i.e., firewood holder or fireplace log holder) that doubles as cozy winter decor?

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Upcycling a Fireplace Basket with an Upcycled Flannel Shirt

First, I needed to remove as much of the dust as possible from the wicker log basket. It was, admittedly, pretty gross in person.

Next, I set up a spray painting station to paint it white. Since Cottonball’s white fur popped against the brick hearth, I decided a white basket was the way to go.

How to spray paint a basket

After giving it a couple of coats of spray paint, I let it dry and headed out to find some flannel shirts for upcycling. I wanted green flannel shirts or blue flannel shirts, ideally. I figured those colors would look good on my now-white fireplace log holder.

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 shirt 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!

Using a flannel shirt to upcycle a fireplace basket

Then, I cut the sleeves off of my flannel shirt and set the rest of the shirt aside for another day/project. I wanted the long length of fabric that the sleeves provided.

From there, I cut long, same-width strips of flannel, making to sure to capture the same design on each strip.

Cutting a flannel shirt into strips to make ribbon

Next, 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 plaid ribbon made from an upcycled flannel shirt! Exactly what I needed to create some fireplace hearth decor with wicker basket!

Flannel ribbon to wrap around the handle of a fireplace basket

Now I was ready to finish the makeover process on my fireplace hearth decor!

I hot-glued one end of my flannel ribbon to the inside of the handle on the fireplace basket, and began carefully wrapping the plaid ribbon round and round.

Flannel ribbon on the handle of fireplace hearth decor

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

Fireplace Hearth Decor from a Wicker Log Basket

There, now my fireplace basket looked cozy and homey. It would be perfect as hearth decor that would “pop” against the monotone brick.

Ribbon from an upcycled flannel shirt on a fireplace basket

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

I’m quite pleased with how my fireplace hearth decor turned out!

Upcycling a wicker log basket into fireplace hearth decor

Now I just need to lug my fireplace basket back to the hearth where it can be both functional all season long!

I’m also excited to announce that my first book is now available! If you enjoy upcycling clothing and simple sewing projects, then you will love my book on flannel crafts!

Flannel craft ideas and projects

And, if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for cozy home decor, then you may also be interested in this book decor I made with upcycled flannel shirts, too!

fabric covered books for cozy home decor

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  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. 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:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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