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Minimalist Basket Decor for Spring

By Rachel

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Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Minimalist basket decor for Spring showcases that less can be more!

Let’s talk baskets. Baskets, vintage or not, are pretty, functional and just plain fun. It doesn’t matter if I’m in a retail store, a thrift store, or an antique store… I know I’m bound to see a basket that needs me. Today, I’m sharing how to create minimalist basket decor for Spring!

You can use baskets for just about anything! In my home, I love to use baskets for decorating. In this post, I’m showcasing my very favorite thrifted basket all dressed up in blues and yellows.

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I have learned, over the years, that anything can be corralled into a basket and it looks pretty. You could put a random shoe in a basket with some greenery and it would look good. But truly…basket vignettes are something that I have come to adore.

If you are like me and live in a smaller footprint, basket vignettes are your best friend. They pack a big punch without taking up too much space.

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You can place your favorite decor pieces into them, move them around your house whenever you please and can be easily changed up according to the seasons.

The sky is the limit when it comes to decorating with baskets. I’ll show how to style a decorative basket for Spring!

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Minimalist Basket Decor for Spring

Below are the steps I used to style this specific basket. Know that you can create a basket vignette in any way you please. This is just meant to be a helpful guide!

1. Start with an Empty Basket.

Here’s my beauty of a basket. I found it at the thrift store last year and have used the heck out of it! The handle is what caught my eye initially but the color of it is just gorgeous.

Any basket you have around your house will do for a basket vignette. If you don’t have a basket, check your local thrift store. In my experience, those stores usually have plenty to choose from.

Tip: The basket I’m using has low sides. If your basket has higher sides, you will want to use a filler to make your decor sit higher up so it can be seen.

Tip: Fillers can include floral foam, vintage books, or even a stack of printer paper. Whatever decor you use will cover up that filler so it won’t be seen.You can even lay a linen table runner or tea towel over the filler if you like!

an empty thrifted basket on a table

2. Add Books to the Bottom.

Adding books to the bottom of a basket not only helps bring in dimension but also gives you a flat surface for placing the decor on.

I added a larger, neutral toned book to act as a base. Since this book sits on the bottom of the display, it won’t really be seen so I didn’t need it to be colorful.

a vintage sewing book used as a base in a decorative basket

Then, to help raise the decor up even more, I placed a smaller vintage book in a bright teal color. This book will be seen under some of the decor so I wanted it to be a fresh, Spring hue.

Tip: When using vintage books in your decor, don’t be afraid to play around with them. Mix different colored books together and stack them different ways until you find the look you are going for!

a vintage teal book used in a decorative basket

3. Place Height in the Back.

When styling a basket, it’s helpful to have ‘sides’. I turned my basket the long ways so that the handle was in the middle. This helps to give definition between the front and the back.

Height is one of the main foundations of styling a basket vignette. This helps to draw the eyes up and create dimension. To start, I added a vintage Ironstone platter in the back. I placed it more towards the left side than the middle.

a vintage Ironstone platter used as height in a decorative basket

Then, to vary the height, I placed this vintage floral plate towards the right side, overlapping it with the platter ever so slightly.

Tip: Try and vary the shape and size of the items you use for height in the back of your basket. It’s also totally okay to place things off center! This gives personality to the display as a whole.

a vintage floral plate used in a decorative basket vignette

4. Layer Linens.

I love to use linens or vintage textiles to usher in softness. The mellow feel of linens balances out the hard textures from the dishes.

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Textiles exude a feminine and playful feel as well. To make my basket come alive, I placed two yellow gingham napkins around the base of the basket, on top of the teal book.

I let them be a little messy and not perfectly flat, giving movement to the lower part of the basket.

vintage yellow gingham napkins used in a decorative basket

5. Add Faux Greenery.

Greenery, wether faux or real, makes any display look cohesive and full of life.

I purchased these pretty faux stems at Hobby Lobby when they were half off, knowing they would be the perfect filler for this basket.

faux stems used in a decorative basket

Using floral cutters, I snipped off individual branches and placed five stems in my hobnail milk glass jar.

The tiny white flowers on the ends of the greenery ties in with the rest of the decor in the basket, helping to blend it all together in a seamless way.

faux stems used in a milk glass jar in a decorative basket

To balance out the basket, I stuck a greenery stem behind the platter on the left side.

Tip: Anytime you are creating a display or vignette in your home and it feels unbalanced or like something is missing, try adding in a stem or two of greenery. Nine times out of ten that works for me!

faux stem in back of decorative basket

6. Add Accessories.

As I mentioned above, I was drawn to a blue and yellow theme for this basket. So, I really tried to choose smaller decor elements that matched the color scheme.

Pulling from items that I already had on hand, this blue and white porcelain scoop is an unexpected decor piece for this basket.

Tip: When creating a vignette, think outside the box when it comes to decor and smaller accessories. Anything goes, so feel free to get creative and use pieces that don’t normally ‘go’ in a living room space.

a decorative basket with vintage decor

I brought in more of the blue hues by placing a thrifted vintage bird in the middle. Birds are quintessentially Spring here in the Midwest so I thought that cute bird was a perfect addition.

To round out the decor, I nestled a small blue enamel teapot on the left side. My vintage enamelware collection is one of my favorites. I constantly pull from it all year long to use in various decorating scenarios.

a vintage blue enamel teapot in a decorative basket

Finished Spring Basket Decor

Once I had my basket set in place, I noticed that the back right corner was too bare. So, I went to my craft drawer to see what I could find to fill that small area. The faux bird’s nest, which I had just taken out of my cloche, was the winner. It fits perfectly back there!

This happens to me more often than not. When I think I’m finished with a display or vignette, I step back and look at it from afar.

Only then do I realize something is missing or the idea as a whole is not quite there yet. Just go with it! Keep monkeying with it until you are pleased.

a decorative basket on a credenza with vintage decor and books

This Spring basket vignette looks so pretty sitting here in the morning sunshine. The simple nature of the greenery combined with the blue and yellow elements makes my heart happy.

a decorative basket for Spring

Pretty and Easy Spring Basket Decor DIY

I personally don’t like my vignettes to be too packed with things because then it looks busy and cluttered. Visually, if my eyes can’t find a place to rest, then I know I have used too many things.

It’s taken me quite a while to find the right balance between too much decor and too little. This basket display is, in my opinion, the ideal balance.

Everyone is different so if you like more decor, go for it. If you don’t want to use this many items, delete some of them. It’s totally up to you and your preferences!

a decorative basket used in a Spring vignette

Tip: If you are planning on setting your basket on a shelf or table with other items, try and coordinate the decor that you use there as well. 

I set some books in varying green hues next to the basket along with some milk glass. Those pieces act as almost an extension of the vignette itself.

a decorative basket with blue and yellow vintage decor

The very best part about basket vignettes is that you can display them just about anywhere! Here, you can see I set the basket on the credenza under the window.

Where to Display Spring Basket Decor

  • a mantel
  • fireplace hearth
  • as table centerpiece
  • on an entry or foyer table
  • outside your front door
  • on a kitchen counter

a decorative vintage basket for Spring

Closing Tidbits on Minimalist Basket Decor for Spring

Let these ideas on minimalist basket decor for Spring be a starting point for you. Take the tips and tricks I shared here and tweak them to fit your style.

In doing so, you will be able to create a basket vignette that is unique, special and completely your own. Be encouraged to seek out decor that brings joy to you as well as your home.

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a thrifted basket styled into a vignette for Spring

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