35+ Ways to Repurpose and Upcycle Wicker Baskets

35+ Ways to Repurpose and Upcycle Wicker Baskets

Baskets are, and will probably always will be, a staple of thrift stores everywhere. And they truly come in just about every size and shape you can imagine. The great thing about them, though, is that there are tons of ways to repurpose and upcycle wicker baskets.

I am definitely not a stranger at repurposing thrift store baskets, and trust me, there will be more project ideas in the future. Between being easy to find and consistently inexpensive, it’s hard not to be drawn to them for repurposing projects!

For instance, I repurposed a handful of wall baskets from the thrift store into this Boho gallery wall (with the help of some vintage trivets)

Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

I also upcycled this large oval basket to look like a football stadium to fill with game day snacks, such as small bags of chips!

But back to the selection of wicker baskets at thrift stores, have you ever noticed just how many shapes and styles there are? From the picnic variety, to cornucopia shaped horns…to flat basket trays and round ones for bottles of wine.

And even the most basic basket can be transformed into something darling, like this little beehive

honey bee decor from a basket

Which brings me to why I put this collection of upcycling ideas together. No matter how you decorate your home (farmhouse, Boho, country, eclectic, etc.), baskets can easily play a role- for both function and decor.

Whether you leave them out year-round or just for a holiday or season, like this Easter basket wreath

easter door decorations with an easter basket wreath

Now, I’m not suggesting you paint or upcycle a higher end one like a Longaberger or one your grandmother wove by hand. 

But, thrifted, flea marketed, or garage sale-d woven baskets? The sky is the limit- they’re ideal for any number of projects, including a faux-cactus dish garden like this.

making a cactus garden with ceramic cactus figurines

So, to get your creative juices pumping, I gathered some of my favorite repurposing ideas for them around!

Ways to Repurpose and Upcycle Wicker Baskets

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Well, what do you think- are you inspired to give any of yours a makeover? Or even more fun, go on a thrifting hunt for some new-to-you wicker baskets to add to your home?

Like this quirky little snail basket that I used as a “planter” for my felt succulents.

Succulent planters from the thrift store

I just love how versatile they can be, whether I want to repurpose them or even looking for ideas on decorating with wicker baskets. And let’s not forget about all the storage options that baskets provide, such as holiday magazines!

vintage picnic basket as storage for christmas magazines

Isn’t it wonderful how inexpensive baskets can be AND how simple it is to upcycle them? Even the cheapest craft paint can make a huge difference!

DIY Thanksgiving decor from a bamboo serving tray

I hope you found some inspirational ways to upcycle wicker baskets or use them around your home from this collection! The basket section at thrift shops is ALWAYS worth a looksee, because you just never know what you’ll find.

outdoor spring decorations in a garden harvest basket

And you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for wicker baskets, then you might also be interested in this upcycling idea for silver plate bread baskets, as well!

Industrial farmhouse decor with a wire bread basket and burlap ribbon

Craft on!


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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. What a great round up! I love all the boho makeovers!

  2. I had the best time looking at everyone’s ideas; I am a basket lover and have them hanging from and sitting on the beams in my cathedral ceiling-ed bedroom. Some have yarn piled in them, too! As I upgrade, I pass the less loved ones on! You can never have too many baskets to craft with. Thank you for putting this list together!

  3. I adore baskets. Several years ago I had some frumpy, cheap baskets. The kind that florists use as throw aways. I dyed them in Ritz cold dye in a medium turquoise. I then sprayed them with a clear pearlescent finish. They were so pretty. I was just grabbing what I could find in my stash because if it didn’t work, they were going in the trash anyway. I still use a couple of them.

  4. I love the idea with baskets. I’m going to give it a try. Thank you.

  5. Maroo T Eymontt says

    The Bohemian basket wall decor is my #1 favorite projects of yours. I love the colors and textures. Each basket is lovely enough to be displayed on its own, but when displayed as a group it’s stupendous. I follow your posts religiously. The simplicity of your projects is especially appealing to me because they are accessible to everyone regardless of their crafting skill level. This project is a perfect example. Craft on!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so very much for the most wonderful compliment! I definitely strive to create projects that are approachable for everyone- with a healthy dose of cute/clever/”duh!” to each one! 😉

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