Christmas-Tree Theme: Miniature Baskets
How to Make a Basket-Filled Christmas Tree
You can decorate a holiday tree with miniature baskets for a rustic theme. It's easy to do and not very expensive. It's a great way to display a collection of little hand-woven baskets.
These tiny collectibles look charming on one of those small trees, like a 3-foot tall one. It doesn't take too many to fill it up.
Years ago, I took several classes in basket weaving. It's not an easy craft and I gave up after making one heart-shaped basket and 3/4ths of an apple basket. Still, I love baskets, but lack room to collect full-sized ones. I started finding tiny baskets at yard sales, flea markets, and even the local discount store.
The best of my collection hangs on two racks in my breakfast room. The lesser examples are stashed away with the Christmas decor. They decorate one three-foot Christmas tree in my dining room each December, which lets me enjoy them once again.
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What You'll Need
- A small tree
- Little baskets
- Ribbon or yarn
- String of lights (optional)
- A tree skirt
1. Collect the Baskets
Collect a variety of miniature baskets throughout the year. They come in many shapes and colors. You can spot these at dollar stores or yard sales. Usually, they are priced quite low. I like little things, but still have to curb my collecting instincts. I don't feel guilty with these as they store away quite compactly in a single box.
I like the look of a variety of baskets rather than all the same. My tree includes vintage baskets and new ones of all shapes.
2. Find a Small Tree to Decorate
Get a small tree. The three-foot artificial tree works well with tiny baskets. It's small enough to tuck into a dining room or an entryway or even feature on a table top. This size stores away quite compactly for next season.
I found mine at Walmart at the after-Christmas sale for just $3 a few years back. It even had lights already on it. It was such a good deal, that I bought three of them and decorate each one with a different theme.
My entryway has one with pinecones and items from nature on it. My guest room little tree has ornaments that are all glass and it's really sparkly. The basket tree goes in my dining room adjacent to the great room where we spend a lot of time.
I place the diminutive tree on a box to give it a little elevation.
3. Start Decorating: Tips for Hanging the Baskets
Set up the tree, then hang the baskets on the branches. It's easy to slip the handles onto the branches or tie them on with red yarn bows or ribbon. You can use gold thread to tie them on the tree as well.
I put the larger baskets lower down and the smaller ones near the top where you can see them better. Some that are a little too large get placed around the base of the tree.
4. Fill the Baskets
Fill some of the baskets with varied objects for an element of surprise. One of my baskets has two hens in it. They're really old ones, possibly from the late 1800s, and they just seem right in their basket.
You could put some candy in some.
5. Add a Cover to Hide the Tree Base
Place a colorful skirt around the base to hide the stand. This could be a scarf, a shawl, or a length of fabric from your sewing stash. I use some red fabric with a theme of teddy bears for my tree-skirt. Since it is unhemmed, I just turn the edges under and it looks fine.
6. Place Some Plush Toys Around the Base
I don't put gifts under this tree, they go under the big tree in the living room. So, I cluster some stuffed Christmas toys around the base. These go on sale at deep discounts after Christmas. Look in the pet section of the store too for dog and cat toys with a Christmas theme. Just the right size.
7. Place the Tree Topper
Use a straw star or cornhusk doll for the tree topper. That harmonizes with the natural materials of the baskets.
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