How to Create a Beautiful Bohemian Basket Wall in 5 Easy Steps
If you browse the latest home décor magazines or spend time on Pinterest, you’ll notice a trend in today’s home decor: hanging basket walls. I fell in love the moment I discovered this eclectic bohemian styling. In fact, I was so inspired that I decided to design a basket wall of my own. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I shared my process on Instagram and got such a great response! I created this blog post for you to use as a reference for styling your own DIY hanging basket wall. A basket display is a great way to add warmth, texture, and bohemian vibes to your space, and it’s super easy to do.
Not only have I styled many basket walls for my own space, but I’ve also sold several basket wall sets in my Etsy shop and brought the beauty of these baskets into many homes! A few of the sets you’ll see throughout this post, are still available for purchase. Just call me the crazy basket lady, because I can’t get enough of finding, styling and hanging them. I’m so excited to share this DIY tutorial so that you can create a basket wall arrangement of your own. Let’s get into it!
[purchase this basket set here]
This may seem obvious, but choosing the wall you want to hang your baskets on will guide your entire DIY project. Is it a large wall space over a couch or a cozy corner above your bedside table? Perhaps you’ve been wondering what to do with the narrow space above your fireplace mantle, or want to experiment with a sprawling basket wall above your bed. Maybe you want to add to some texture to a dull hallway or incorporate a few baskets into a photo gallery wall. Whatever the case, take a look around and decide where your new basket wall is going to hang. Once you’ve chosen a space, you’re ready for step two.
In order to create a hanging basket wall, you’re going to need some baskets. The best place to find unique baskets is at local thrift stores. You may need to make several visits until you have enough baskets to fill a wall, but it’s worth it! If you don’t have access to thrift stores, or don’t have the time to hunt for baskets, visit my Etsy shop! There are plenty of basket sets there waiting for new homes. Either way, aim to find between four and seven baskets depending on the space you’re styling. Look for various sizes, tones, and textures. Only purchase baskets that do not have a large handle in the middle (small handles on the sides are fine).
Now that you’ve chosen your wall and gathered your baskets, it’s time to get creative with styling them. I suggest browsing through some basket walls before you start to get inspiration for your design. Below you’ll see several of my basket wall creations. If you need further inspiration, a quick search for “basket wall” on Pinterest or Instagram will do the trick.
[Basket set above is available here]
Feeling inspired? Great! Now you’re ready to arrange your baskets. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks. Use your floor or your bed to lay out your baskets. You want to have plenty of space to create. I like to use my bed because the white sheet on top gives me a good idea of what the baskets will look like up on the wall. If you have wood floors, the baskets may blend in too much, making it difficult to see what they’ll look like when hung. If you want to arrange your baskets on the floor, place a light colored blanket underneath them. Below you will see how I arranged one basket set on my bed and how they looked once hung.
[Purchase this basket set here]
- Start with the largest basket in the middle.
- Decide if you want your arrangement to look like it’s cascading down or going straight across.
- You can cluster your baskets close together, or leave a little space between each one. Play with both styles and see what works.
- Consider mixing some artwork in with your arrangement.
- Anything goes. Let your creativity run wild!
- ALWAYS, take a photo of your arrangement once you’re happy with it. This way you can refer back to it when it’s time to hang them up.
There are a couple of different options for hanging your baskets. You can apply small nails to your wall and latch the baskets onto them if you’re not worried about having holes in your wall. Most baskets will easily rest on a small nail with ease as they are very lightweight.
However, if you don’t get the placement right the first time it can be a hassle removing nails. If you live in an apartment, you may not want to put large holes in your wall. Or maybe you’re like me and don’t have the patience for a hammer and nail situation. In that case, I suggest trying out the paper clip and push pin method.
Some baskets won’t need hooks at all because they can simply latch onto the pushpin. For baskets that need extra support, paper clips make fantastic hooks. They’re easy to bend and can be weaved into the back of your basket.
Look for a sturdy spot that won’t break easily. Then, bend the paper clip open and slide the elongated part underneath part of the weave in the basket. Gently push it through all the way, then reshape the clip as best as you can, bending the elongated part of the clip back over. Viola! You’ve just added a lightweight hook to your basket.
Ps. All the basket sets I sell in my Etsy shop come with hooks already attached so you can easily hang them without having to do this step.
Once your hooks are attached, refer back to the picture of your arrangement and get to hanging! Have a step stool handy. Hold your basket up to the wall, use your finger to mark the place where your push pin should go, press the pushpin firmly into your wall, and hook your basket on.
If you’re displaying a layered basket arrangement, be sure to hang the background baskets first, followed by baskets in the foreground. You may need to readjust them a few times to get your baskets exactly the way you want them. When you’re done, take a step back and look at your creation! Let the boho-vibes wash over you, pat yourself on the back, and go pour yourself a glass of wine.
This optional step can create an even more dynamic basket wall display. Consider adding a touch of greenery. Many baskets can easily hold an air plant since they are so lightweight. Cornucopia shaped baskets can hold a 4″ plant or a small glass with a plant-cutting inside of it. If you don’t have either of these options available, faux flowers can also bring in a fun unexpected element.
[Purchase this cornucopia basket here]
So, have I convinced you to try out a DIY basket wall? I hope this tutorial was helpful. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and remember to check out my Etsy shop to browse my ready-to-hang baskets sets.
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Until next time, thanks for reading and keep those creative juices flowing.