Decorating Tips When Using Large Baskets

Do you like the look of large baskets in your home’s decor? Not sure how to make the items you place inside look full? If so, then here is a decorate with baskets tip for you that will make your decorating efforts using large baskets around your home look decorating magazine worthy.

White and natural large basket from Target in empty fireplace

The best place to find large baskets or wicker storage baskets of all styles on a budget to use in your home decor is at HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls.

Most baskets we use around the house are small and we use them to store and organize stuff on shelves in drawers and more.

How To Decorating Tip When Using Large Baskets

Foam pieces and plastic bags on floor that will be used to fill a large basket before faux flower stems are placed in.

When decorating with large baskets, first fill them with pieces of foam that you can save from packaging and balled up plastic bags.

It is similar to putting foam or plastic in the bottom of a big flower planter so you don’t need as much dirt which and also makes the planter lighter.

Stuffing a large basket with balled up plastic bags to fill it before placing faux flowers in.

When filling a large basket with faux flowers:

  • The foam fills the bottom so the stems don’t sink down into the basket.
  • The plastic bags are balled up and placed between layers or rows of flowers to separate them.
Faux pink peonies in a large basket that is placed in an empty fireplace for summer decorating.

Once you have one row or layer of flowers placed in the basket, ball up a few more plastic bags and lay them right below the flower heads. Doing this helps keep the flower heads from looking smushed.

Large basket getting filled with faux pink peonies using plastic bags as filler to make the basket look filled.

Keep layering flower stems, followed by balled up bags until you like what you see. Use green or tan bags to keep them hidden and blended in.

When using faux flowers, always gently bend the stems, especially with heavy flowers like peonies that will naturally fall over the edge of a vase or basket.

A large white and natural color basket in empty fireplace filled with pink peonies. Decorating Ideas using large baskets.

More Large Basket Filler Ideas

Side by side images showing how to fill a large basket bunched up plastic bags and moss before placing fake plant in.

On the other side of my living room is another large decorating basket that I use from time to time to hold a faux fern.

  • The fern isn’t huge, so I fill the bottom of the basket with the foam pieces, then a layer of plastic bags and then a dark greenish black lawn and leaf bag. On top of this, I add a final layer of craft store moss filler.
Large white washed basket with a faux fern in it in a living room.

When a fern is placed on top, it sits on top of the basket and moss covered layers of plastic bags nicely and never falls in.

Decorating With Large Baskets in a Bathroom

Faux-shiplap-walls painted white with white and tan wicker baskets filled with towels in front of the wall.

This medium sized decorating basket is perfect for rolled bathroom towels when you stuff the bottom with an extra towel or two first.

When you do this, the rolled towels stick out of the top more and won’t sink to the bottom of the basket over time.

Decorating With Baskets a Family Room

Large floor basket in living room with two throw blankets hanging over the side.

No stuffing in the bottom of a large basket needed when you use it to hold blanket throws. I have a basket out all year long next to my sofa. It comes in handy even in the summer months when the AC is on and I want a little cozy.

I change this woven basket out by the seasons. Large baskets are also easy to decorate with embellishments from pom-poms to ribbons.

What To Put in Large Decorative Baskets?

If you find yourself in the aisles of your favorite home store and like a large wicker basket. Don’t pass it up. It can be used in so many ways in your home. Here are a few ideas:

In this list you will find many functional ways to use baskets in your decor to corral clutter.

  • Entryway – umbrellas or flowers. Or under a console table or bench.
  • Living Room – flowers, greenery and/or throw blankets. Or as firewood storage.
  • Kitchen – a collection of cutting boards – like Ina Garten does.
  • Pantry – shopping bags – both paper and plastic
  • Bedroom – a place to put throw pillows instead of the floor when you remove them to sleep.
  • Guest Room – extra pillows, extra blankets and towels.
  • Bathroom – an ample supply of toilet paper or extra linens.
  • Closet – a pretty clothes hamper.
  • Playroom – toys, toys and more toys.
  • Fitness room – weights, yoga mats and other workout stuff.
  • storage.
  • Laundry Room – as a laundry hamper.
  • During the Holidays – place a Christmas tree in or a pile of wrapped gifts.
  • Porch or Patio – place a large plant or tree.

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  1. Joyce Johnson says:

    Great and very practical ideas. Also easy to understand instructions.

  2. Julie Norton says:

    Yes great ideas…Diane.
    I have my Mum’s old French wicker shopping basket that I steam cleaned and it is now used in my Living room with woollen blanket throws rolled up and stood on their ends in it .. I love it and very practical in summer for the grandchildren’s floor picnics, and winter for our knees …great to always have then to hand.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Julie – Thank you. Your Mum’s basket sounds beautiful and loved, best of all it has a family story behind it which makes it all the more special piece to use in your decorating.

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  4. Lynn Wells says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative and practical ideas. You are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi Diane,
    I always look forward to your tips and ideas. You are such a talented lady. Plus I love how you create on a budget.

    Thank you so much for not blogging about the current protests and the demands being made. I’m getting irritated with most bloggers feeling the need to go on and on about it. Ive actually unsubscribed to 5 blogs because it’s too much.
    Keep up your excellent blog and sharing your wonderful decorating ideas and how it’s done.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Calie – Thank-you :-) I try to keep things on my blog only on blog topics and categories. That is what readers come for. Thanks for the nice comment and reading my blog. XO

  6. Jenny Young says:

    I keep a large straw basket on top of my fridge for bagged snacks. I got tired of them falling out my kitchen cupboard or off the pantry shelf. The basket is large enough not to be able to see the snacks unless I’ve just filled it. And it’s very light & easy to bring down when I need to get into it.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      hi Jenny – I like that idea. Seeing a large basket on top of the fridge where clutter can gather turns it into a decorative space. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Diane,

    This is so cute – it looks so summerish and Southern.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jane – thanks – I wish I could have real pink peonies filling the basket. I just love the pop of pink.

  8. I love your cheery and practical posts. Thank you so much for these ideas!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kim – Thank you. That is so nice to hear. I always think that most readers know what I know since they are interested in decorating, but my friends always tell me to share my process. That is what they always want to know when they come to my house and look around. :-)

  9. Great ideas thank you! I have a beautiful basket in our living room to keep smaller toys for our grand daughter.

  10. This is beautiful I like it. Thank you