Painted Fall Harvest Basket DIY

4 Materials
4 Hours

Baskets and Fall decor just seem to go together each year. Recently I purchased several harvest baskets from a local apple barn store in our area that was inexpensive and unfinished. Perfect for a little Fall themed DIY love.

Stain the whole basket

The first thing I did to give the basket a more rustic and aged look was to apply a coat of stain all over the surface and inside of the basket, including the wood handle. Unfinished baskets are usually very porous so I applied the stain with a foam brush and used a generous amount all over.

Touch up the stain as needed

Since the stain absorbs very unevenly, after the first coat dried, I went back and touched up any areas that needed additional stain.

Start adding some color.

I really wanted this harvest basket to have some color and character so the next step was to add some acrylic paint to the outside layers of wood. I chose acrylic paint colors in fall shades like yellow, green, orange, and burgundy.

Decorate with the basket

Now that my harvest basket was more rustic and colorful to match the colors of the Fall season, it was just a matter of adding some Fall floral stems to decorate the basket to be used anywhere in my home during the Fall and Thanksgiving seasons.

By adding the acrylic paint to only the outside bands of the wood strips, it allowed the aged character of the stain to show through. The stain color is Early American by MinWax.

To fill the basket, I first filled up the bottom of the basket with grocery bags so that the pumpkins and floral stems could be placed at the top of the basket. This is an easy trick to fill up a container that doesn't show though or cost extra.

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1 question
  • Karen B
    on Jul 31, 2020

    Does it do all right in the rain or is too porous?

    • Kathrine Anderson
      on Jul 31, 2020

      Could you maybe seal it with something after you've painted it that might protect from the elements?

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