Earlier this year, I hosted a bridal shower for my daughter that included a delicious popcorn bar that included rustic harvest baskets. Taking one of these harvest baskets, I upcycled it to make an adorable festive Santa basket for this month’s ‘Do It Over’ challenge.
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The popcorn bar for my daughter’s bridal shower featured lots of salty popcorn, cheese toppings, and delicious sweet candy options to combine all together. Each item was displayed in rustic apple harvest baskets I picked up at a local shop in Pigeon Forge.
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Since then I have repurposed and upcycled these baskets for several blog projects around my home. Including the project where I blended paint and water to give a couple of the baskets a rustic makeover.
My idea for a festive Santa basket has been on my mind for some time, so this month’s ‘Do It Over’ challenge was the perfect opportunity to finally get this project done for the upcoming Christmas season.
Be sure to visit the other talented bloggers who are participating this month in the links at the end of this post.
To start my festive Santa basket project, I first spray painted the entire basket in a bright red paint. Thankfully in East TN we still have some warm days so that I could still use spray paint outside in my screen porch. I used Rustoleum Apple Red in Gloss.
Side note here: I thought I had taken pictures of this step but realized afterwards that I didn’t include images of actually spray painting the basket when working on another project at the same time. Sorry, but you get the idea of how to spray paint a basket.
Here is how it looked when it was finished and the details are below on how I created the look.
The wood strips of the basket are very porous so it took 2 coats of paint to cover the entire basket – both inside and out.
I allowed the paint to dry overnight before starting the next steps.
To create the design of Santa’s suit, I painted the top ring of the basket in white acrylic paint, and one vertical strip of the basket for the button area. This took 3 coats of paint to cover over the red base.
I had originally wanted to find a short belt to wrap around the middle of the basket for Santa’s belt. But lack of time to browse multiple thrift stores and traveling to visit my mom in North Carolina for the holiday, I just didn’t have the time I wanted to hunt one down. Instead, I used acrylic paints in black and metallic gold to create the look of the belt using the middle wood strip around the basket.
Santa’s suit should have large black buttons and gold thread and I created this part of the design by tracing around a quarter and painting the circles black. The same metallic gold paint was used to paint in the gold thread.
To give the basket one last little bit of sparkle, I covered all of the white painted areas with Sparkle Mod Podge.
I have seen similar baskets like this listed at Kirkland’s and Amazon, but my version only cost me the original $3.49 I spent for the basket back in February.
This was a fun project for the holidays and I can now use it every year in different ways.
Continue the inspiration and fun by visiting all of the other bloggers in this month’s ‘Do It Over’ challenge.
This is adorable! Now I am regretting not picking up a few buckets I found on Fall clearance at Hobby Lobby.
Maybe you can find a few of them on your next trip or maybe next year. Good luck.
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
What an adorable basket upcycle with so many useful purposes for the holidays!
Thank you Marie. I plan to use it for many years.
Naush Samama says
I love your idea for popcorns in these baskets for the bridal shower too.
These baskets are so versatile, so many options with fun and clever transformations. I love your Santa idea too.
So festive and makes an instant impact.
Your basket turned out super cute! It’s the perfect size for filling with Santa themed gifts.
I agree Allyson. Thanks for visiting.
Anita Holland says
What a really clever and useful repurpose. I have never heard of a popcorn bar but it will be added to my list as it is my favourite snack.
Thanks Anita. It was delicious!
Our Hopeful Home says
What a great and cute thrifty upcycle! Love how it looks on your sideboard with your other decor. xo Kathleen
This project puts a smile on my face Donna; love all the painted details you embellished it with! Isn’t it funny how we can get so wrapped up in projects that we forget to document? I do that all the time :).
Yes it is so easy to forget to pull out the camera until we have already gotten it done. Thanks for visiting.
Well that is just the sweetest. And I love that it’s now a treasure you can keep that will always remind you of that special day!
Chas Greener says
What a great basket! I can think of a ton of useful ways to use it. Thanks for sharing and wonderful crafting with you.
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Love the Santa suit basket, Donna! It’s a cute idea and project that’s perfect for Christmas!
Thanks so much Gail.
Your basket turned out great, Donna and the sparkly Mod Podge is a nice touch!
Thanks Ann. I think I will get a lot of use out of this project.
Aww, that’s so cute! Great upcycle!
Patti @ Pandora's Box says
Cute little recycling project – I can imagine the many ways this could be used during the holidays!
Thanks Patti. I’m sure I will use it for many years.