Asked on Nov 26, 2013

Ideas please

by Patsy
I need some decorating ideas for using this glass basket this Christmas.
q ideas please, christmas decorations, crafts, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
  84 answers
  • Rose Degroat Rose Degroat on Nov 27, 2013
    I would fill it full of small red and silver bulbs or painted pinecones,

  • Debra Debra on Nov 27, 2013
    I would use it as a Ice Bucket on a table with glass for cocktails

  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Nov 27, 2013
    Fill with a fresh flower arrangement, maybe even put a string of battery operated lights and fill with different sizes pretty balls. I have the exact same bowl myself. I use it for ice at table for tea.That way no one has to get up to refill glasses with ice.

  • Sue Sue on Nov 27, 2013
    Both are great ideas. You could fill with about an inch of jingle bells and add a candle. The pinecone is a very good one. Their are snowy looking pinecones and you could set it in a small wreath or candle ring.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 27, 2013
    Set it inside a beautiful candle ring and fill with antique ornaments

  • Martha Sims Martha Sims on Nov 27, 2013
    White christmas lights and tinsel...with a candle on top

  • Tina Gleisner Tina Gleisner on Nov 27, 2013
    @Patsy, I think the shape of the basket is lovely so I'd rather not hide it, but place something in that's simple & complimentary. How about some nice white stones (I pick mine up at the beach) and then plant a few paper whites (daffodils) which take about a month to bloom. They get so tall, that I usually wrap them with a ribbon which can match a color in the room where you've placed them ... and don't forget to water them, a challenge when traveling.

  • Louise Louise on Nov 27, 2013
    How about just filling it with round tree ornaments in various colors? Or even just one or two colors, or even just one.

  • Cris Cummings Cris Cummings on Nov 27, 2013
    I have this bucket!!!! and love it....I use it for desserts, banana pudding, fruit salad, fresh fruit.....

  • Jessica C Jessica C on Nov 27, 2013
    Fill it with peppermints and a white pillar candle. Add a bit of twine or a raffia bow.

  • How about using something natural like pine cones - if you want some glitter, brush the edges with glue and dip into gold or silver glitter.

  • Linn Linn on Nov 28, 2013
    Some white sand, light blue Christmas balls, star fish and some tiny silver garland threaded through. Would love to see what you do with it.

  • Ginny N Ginny N on Nov 28, 2013
    I have one of these and for autumn I fill with an assortments of fake gourds and christmas a mixture of pinecones, cedar branches, balls and a small string of mini lights :)

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Nov 28, 2013
    Like everyone said, filling it with pretty holiday items would be great and you can wrap a ribbon around the outside or hot glue snowflakes or sparkly items there too. You want to do something temporary so you can use it over and over during the year. It's a great piece to have!

  • Glenna Williams Glenna Williams on Nov 28, 2013
    I made a fake terrarium with spray on snow for the bottom, a few little limbs from the yard, a couple of Christmas balls that went with my décor and a little bird in a huge brandy sniffer last year , you could do that, and it washes up great and can still be used for food or anything else another time, Punch, trifles, banana pudding, gee there are so many things you could use it for, if you can't find one send it here, I will..hehe ;-}

  • Cinnamon sticks and a candle.

  • Gloria Duy Gloria Duy on Nov 28, 2013
    After Christmas (you already have good suggestions here) I would make home made Chex mix and put it out at New Years.

  • Gbl259934 Gbl259934 on Nov 28, 2013
    I use mine to toss wine corks in. I've got a pretty pillar candle in the middle.

  • Linda Pieratt Linda Pieratt on Nov 28, 2013
    just fill it with red and white candy and peppermint sticks. It will be so cute.

  • Nancy S Nancy S on Nov 28, 2013
    How about some apples, mixed with green, yellow and red.. then you can place a candle in the middle.. the candle will get warm and perhaps the smell of apples will permeate the house. This works with coffee I know, but the candle must be not scented. I think it would look great.. not sure, but it would never hurt to try..

  • Carol Carol on Nov 28, 2013
    It's a beautiful piece . how about a small string of lights inside with clear ornaments ? it would glow !

  • Terra Gazelle Terra Gazelle on Nov 28, 2013
    I saw the bleached pine-cones with added glitter. I think that would be lovely in that glass bucket.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 28, 2013
    How about some greenery, berry swag and lights. Of course, it also depends on the size of your basket. It's a beautiful glass basket.

  • Gerri Gerri on Nov 28, 2013
    different colored xmas bulbs and tea lights

  • Sharon hazen hall Sharon hazen hall on Nov 28, 2013
    I think that a mixture of clear, glittered white, patterned clear & white all together would be quite beautiful...then I would add either clear or white candle holders on each side with white candles....lovely table centerpiece....Have a wonderful Christmas

  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Nov 28, 2013
    geeeze i love that basket...on a different track than the suggestions you have a lot of photos from Christmas past i would fill the bowl with those and put a festive ribbon on the handle..your friends and family can recall memories and tell the stories xx

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse Chris Keating-Ingelse on Nov 28, 2013
    You can paint the inside with gold or silver metallic craft paint- it looks really nice on the outside of the glass- and use it as a stand for a table-top Christmas tree.

  • Patsy Patsy on Nov 28, 2013
    That's a good idea Chris. thanks

  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Nov 28, 2013
    I see pomegranates in your bucket with some greenery, and dress the handle up a red and green wired garland with a bow. I think you have so many options that it is just on deciding what to do. LOL I am sure whatever you will use, it will look fantastic. Good Luck

  • Patsy Patsy on Nov 28, 2013
    These are all great ideas. Thanks to all of you who responded. Now I'm going to look around and see what is available in this small town of mine.

  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 28, 2013
    I like the string of lights idea. I would go shiny gold and/or silver with lights. You can spray paint lots of things, including seed pods, cones etc and have a few ornaments in the mix.

  • Fenya Kashergen Fenya Kashergen on Nov 28, 2013
    Pillar candle in the center with cranberries surrounding it.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 28, 2013
    I wold put some shiny glass ornaments in it with sprigs of holly or cedar for design and perhaps a wired-ribbon bow, too.

  • Diane Renaud Diane Renaud on Nov 28, 2013
    Red glass bulbs or fresh cranberries with a nice big cream colour pillar candle in the middle

  • Jan R Jan R on Nov 28, 2013
    You can get a bag of cinnamon-scented pinecones at the craft dept, & mix with a miniature string of lights. The lights will slightly warm the pinecones & fill the air with the scent of Christmas! Maybe add a red bow on the handle!

  • Jean M Jean M on Nov 28, 2013
    greenery and a string of lights maybe a few twigs, WHere did you find the basket? I have lloked for one a while now

  • Silvan Johnson Silvan Johnson on Nov 28, 2013
    Scented pine cones and cranberries with a big red ribbon on the handle.....simple...but festive, I think :)

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Nov 28, 2013
    I'd put some green/red/gold pot pourri in it-spelling?

  • Lynn Galloway Thomas Lynn Galloway Thomas on Nov 28, 2013
    I have one just like this and was using it as an ice bucket! Love everyones ideas!

  • Sandy Sandy on Nov 28, 2013
    I can see this glass basket sitting anywhere in your home filled with greenery, seasonal floral picks, all mingled together with a (maybe) 20 clear light strand of Christmas lights. At the change of the season, remove the current floral picks and replace with the next season. The major expense would be the greenery and lights, with the first year gathering your seasonal picks. It would be a nice piece in the kitchen and could be used as a night light when visitors or children are in the house. or moved to the patio during the summer for fun gatherings.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Nov 28, 2013
    Oh this seems to need fruit in it I think! Only problem with pomegranates is they are so big but fresh cranberries would be awesome, I also like the idea of the cranberries around a large candle in the middle...that would be beautiful!

  • Mary Mary on Nov 28, 2013
    I have a glass bucket just like this one. Bought it at an antique store..I may steal some of the wonderful ideas...I have been wanting to do something special with mine....:)

  • Pam Hearold Pam Hearold on Nov 28, 2013
    Being an old retired florist ,if I had it I would spray the inside with spray adhesive, sprinkle floral plastic snow on bottom & sides,.scatter red shiny glass ornaments, spray again, loosely,so holly leaves will kind-da stick to ornaments, & sprinkle more snow over them , clear lights, & 6-8 candy canes & maybe a simple green or red ribbon tied to the handle. may be too much, not sure just how big the container is, just my thoughts .

  • Carol Carol on Nov 29, 2013
    I have a similar one and I store my kitchen utensils in it by the stove.

  • Sandi Preston Sandi Preston on Nov 29, 2013
    I filled mine with red and silvery marbles and added Pointsettias, beautiful!

  • Sheila Bowden Sheila Bowden on Nov 29, 2013
    I'd fill it randomly with a mixture of bright, round ornaments (vary in size) and white twinkle lights (have them poking out between the ornaments so you can see them). Have a small tree limb coming through the middle and out the top so you could continue the twinkle lights into the "small tree" and hang a few small ornaments on the tree !

    • Sheila Bowden Sheila Bowden on Nov 29, 2013
      @Sheila Bowden I have one and I keep artificial apples in it year round (sometimes fresh fruit) and use it as a trifle bowl if I'm making something to take to a large gathering. Usually a brownie trifle !

  • Jan Elizabeth Jan Elizabeth on Nov 29, 2013
    It would look beautiful if you filled it with vintage mulitcoloured lights, then hollowed out a little spot in the middle and put a pointsetta or some amaryllis in there.

  • Patsy Patsy on Nov 29, 2013
    I like the idea of lights in it. Thanks

  • Kathryn Botard Kathryn Botard on Nov 29, 2013
    What about potpourri inside? The kind that has pine cones and other wintry objects and smells? You can buy they oil to keep it fresh and all you would have to do after is exchange the potpourri seasonally.

  • Patti Mowery Patti Mowery on Nov 29, 2013
    I have two of the same container. At times I put in potpourri, other times I will put in beautiful colored glass balls and sometimes I just make an arrangement of holly or assorted christmas matter it will be beautiful!

  • Teresa Church Teresa Church on Nov 30, 2013
    I simply fill my basket with apples and some glittered pine cones, smells and looks pretty and I also add some lights into the basket. I get the battery lights for 1.00 at the dollar tree the 35 light strand works great.

  • Kathy Hammond Fridley Kathy Hammond Fridley on Nov 30, 2013
    I like to use it with a cake candle in the middle and christmas candys that are wrapped,like starlit mints in it .Green and red candys.I have had mine forever.Use it all year long.even a flower looks great.

  • Nancy Nancy on Nov 30, 2013
    I would put a beautiful arrangement of holly, pine and a beautiful bow and some small tree branches sprayed with silver, gold or white with crystal snow. I can see it now. I love your glass bucket. Looks like an antique. I love glass antiques. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

  • Linda Linda on Nov 30, 2013
    Will you post a picture of it when you fix it up?

  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Nov 30, 2013
    Hi Patsy I would put some clementines, pomegranates, some small spruce branches here and there, but before hand maybe put an upside down short glass vase or glass bowl in the centre and build the fruit and branches around it. Then on the bottom of the vase/bowl that is facing up I would put a flameless candle. Finishing touch wrap a little bit of spruce around the handle with some thin red ribbon and tie it in a bow or add a thicker red ribbon around the whole glass basket with clear tape and then add a prepare store bought bow. You have many ideas from everyone, and it would be nice see the end product. Post pics when you are finished.

  • Colleen Colleen on Dec 01, 2013
    Hi Patsy, Try piercing oranges with cloves and placing them in the container, decorate with pine twigs and ribbon. Take pics of the end product.

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    • Gerri Gerri on Dec 08, 2013
      @Lisa McDaniel love that idea and the house smells so good may just have to look for one of these and do that

  • Loy213654 Loy213654 on Dec 01, 2013
    turn it into a fruit basket with ribbons or...use it for fruit punch or cocktail.

  • Carolyn Vermillion Carolyn Vermillion on Dec 02, 2013
    miniature pinecones a safe votive candle holder and candle in the center or led lights among the pinecones . how about individually wrapped xmas candy

  • Robinson Robinson on Dec 03, 2013
    I use mine with 'popcorn' or 'nuts', small buckets hang from the rim on hangers. I usually put it on the coffee table. The buckets I got from 'Logan's Restaurant' with deserts.

  • Rebecca Platt Rebecca Platt on Dec 03, 2013
    I like Kim's idea. But here's the thing. I'm spposed to have the same bucket and I just remembered I haven't seen it for ages. OH, NO!!!!! I loved it! Anyway, good luck. You can't go wrong.

  • Patsy Patsy on Dec 03, 2013
    I hope you find it Rebecca.

  • Mary Wortman Spiers Mary Wortman Spiers on Dec 04, 2013
    No Ideas to add but I have this glass basket too. Do you know was it a display for a store or did someone just market them to sell? Mine is in the kitchen year round displaying a collection of old kitchen utensils from family.

    • Mary  Crose Mary Crose on Dec 11, 2013
      I saw them at I believe Jo'Ann's Fabric a few years ago (try ebay) our son in law made it into an electric light with snow on the base then fake greens Christmas ornaments and colored lights and it is still like the day he made it absolutely beautiful.

  • Jann Jann on Dec 04, 2013
    You could give it the mirror glass treatment and fill it with beautiful Chistmas ornaments ?

  • Patsy Patsy on Dec 04, 2013
    Anchor Hocking made them. There is one for sale on Ebay now. I got mine a long time ago. I think it was at a party, but I'm not sure.

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    • Patsy Patsy on Dec 10, 2013
      I'm glad you found it Chris. I still haven't decided what to do with mine. I procrastinate too much! lol

  • Nana Rinny Nana Rinny on Dec 04, 2013
    @Patsy - I have this very same glass basket which was given to me years ago by my sister. I recently found this site and Immediately saw your post. I have been missing my Sister and Mother (both in heaven) so needless to say I got out my prized procession and decide to use it in my Holiday decorations. Here is a picture of what I created with my glass basket.

  • Linda Stone Linda Stone on Dec 04, 2013
    I think I would add some Christmas ornaments and a small string of white lights to it OR put a nice chunky candle in the middle and surround it with 'jingle' bells and small Christmas ornaments. It's really pretty!

  • Dee Dee on Dec 05, 2013
    @Patsy, did you decide what to do? Post a picture.

  • Gayle Chapman Merchant Gayle Chapman Merchant on Dec 07, 2013
    I have the very very same glass basket...and I bought it at Walmart several years ago....I have used my to decorate with lights over fruit and nuts for Christmas...and I also make cakes in mine...I have also put pine cones in it with LED lights for Christmas..and sit it on the hearth.....LOVE IT....

  • Lois Milner Lois Milner on Dec 07, 2013
    you could either get some glass paint and paint something on them, or go to Hobby Lobby and buy Christmas decals, then fill with pretty ornaments or some poinsettias.

  • Polka B Polka B on Dec 09, 2013
    lots and lots of vintage lights or Christmas balls would look lovely then try some battery operated lights to finish it.

  • Shon Shon on Dec 09, 2013
    I've been looking for a clear container like that so I believe I may have the perfect ideas you can use it for. 1st Idea: fill a pitcher of water then add 2-3 drops of food coloring and mix, pour the colored water into ice trays or into a zip-lock bag and freeze. If you use the zip-lock bag break the ice up then pour it into the clear container add your desire can/bottled beverages. 2nd Idea: wrap the handle with a pretty ribbon and finish the center with a dramatic bow allowing the tails to hang down. Fill the container with ornaments, lights, pine cones, anything will look great in that container. 3rd Idea: fill the the container with colored sand then place BATTERY OPERATED CANDLES in the sand, in between the candles add jingle bells, small ornaments, or just pieces of cut ribbon left over from gift wrapping Be creative and enjoy that container. I know I would :)

  • Linda A Linda A on Dec 10, 2013
    I love that basket! It is so cool! Whatever you end up doing with it, you should make it easy to remove so you can use it all year long! I love, love, love it! If you are looking for a home for it..... JK!

  • Lujuanna H Lujuanna H on Dec 11, 2013
    Fill it with fake "snow," make a few fake "snowballs" (saw the how-to recently - - I think it was on Facebook; basically just covering styrofoam spheres with glue & snow") and post a little wooden sign "Snowballs for sale" or something similar. This makes it a cute decoration throughout the winter & you could add a few little touches to make it appropriate for Christmas, NY Eve, etc.

  • Mssmatch Mssmatch on Dec 11, 2013
    my granny (1896) had one on her sideboard with other pressed glass and chrystal decanters. It had a pair of silver plated ice tongs that hung over the side, she said it was an ice bucket. At Christmas she filled it with all colors of divinity candy.

  • Rebecca E Rebecca E on Dec 11, 2013
    fill it with ornaments, baby pumpkins, pinecones & berries

  • Joy Chapman Joy Chapman on Dec 13, 2013
    I would add some greenery, ornaments and some white lights. Maybe a few pine cones. that would be so pretty.

  • Hisstorybuff Hisstorybuff on Dec 13, 2013
    Thanks for this question, I have one of these hiding under my sink. I will bring it out and decorate it for Christmas. Thanks for the ideas also.

  • Val Pieroni Val Pieroni on Dec 13, 2013
    clear acrylic with artificial flowers

  • I have a couple of suggestions. One would be small pine branches laid on the bottom, some red berries for color, white lights, and some scented pine cones for holiday scent. The other would be to put a smaller bucket alone the inside (and ice cream bucket?) and fill the sides with green, red and white beads (wood, acrylic, and bead garland--like gold Mardi Gras beads-- would be an incredible mix). Then on the inside bucket, place floral foam with an artificial arrangement of Christmas florals-- pine boughs, iced branches, a few deep red roses, some scented pine cones, red berry branches, and some white hydrangea to fill in the gaps.

  • Jan McNeill Oden Jan McNeill Oden on Dec 14, 2013
    I put clear Christmas tree lights in mine, then fill it with cinnamon apple potpourri. The lights warm up potpourri and the house smells like Christmas.

  • Patsy Patsy on Dec 14, 2013
    Love that idea. Thank you Jan!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Dec 14, 2013
    I was reading some answers and the idea with the snow I can see almost a mini village or mini nativity! so many things will have to do something different every year!

  • I would fill it with ornaments and some battery operated votives. They would flicker and light up the glass.