Let’s look step-by-step at how to make this DIY Winter Woodland Basket with Lights. It is beautiful and makes your heart smile.
I am a big fan of not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. So while no tree or stocking is up at our house I do have this little winter woodland basket up.
Since it has neutral tones to it I wouldn’t consider it Christmas at all. More like cosy Fall décor.
Actually you can get away with keeping this out through February. Plus it is really simple and uses natural elements from outdoors.
You can also opt to paint the ornaments a different color for each season and keep it up year round as long as you refresh the evergreens with new ones or some other branch.
- Krylon Spray Paint (I used Gloss White, Glacier, Pewter Gray, Aqua and Deep Gray)
- Basket (I got mine at Goodwill for $4)
- 50 count light set
- newspaper for filler
- pine cones
- wired linen ribbon
- wire for adhering the ribbon
- Scotch Blue Tape with Film
How to Make the Winter Woodland Basket With Lights – Step By Step
Step 1 – Spray Paint the Basket
This is obviously not necessary if you already get hold of a basket in the color you like. But I fancied two different colors.
To spray paint the basket just tape it off. I like using Scotch Blue tape with film on it to make it easier to cover the part I am not painting.
Spray and then let it dry and then retape and spray on a different color.
Step 2 – Spray the Ornaments of Choice
Depending on the color chosen for your basket, you want matching ornaments.
Step 3 – Let The Basket and Ornaments Dry
Let everything dry according to the paint instructions.
And next add the firewood to the basket.
TIP: Add a brick or two if you want to add more weight to the bottom.
Step 4 – Fill The Basket Up
Use newspaper or tissue paper as filler and add evergreen clippings. I got some from my backyard.
Step 5 – Add The Lights
Follow that up with adding lights. I just tucked the cord between the firewood but you could drill a hole into the basket if you would rather do so.
Step 6 – Add Ornaments
Next add the painted ball ornaments.
Step 7 – Last Touches
Lastly tuck in some pinecones.
Step 8 – The Bow
Create a bow out of wired neutral linen ribbon. Use some wire to twist it onto the basket.
I added mine next to my fireplace. It will look really pretty with my stockings when those get hung after Thanksgiving 😉
Lit up at night it looks so pretty.
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