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

And for a more contemporary idea, check out the basket gallery wall I did for some Boho decor.

Basket wall decor with Bohemian design

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 different shapes seem to work better with different home decor designs.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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  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!

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