DIY Vintage Farmhouse Style Fall Baskets

We are soaking up the last days of summer before the kids head back to school next week.  This summer has been full of adventure with a trip to Italy, our annual Frio River trip, lots of lazy days spent by the pool, ice cream parties and so much more.  But, I’m ready to say Goodbye to Summer because that means fall is coming!  I can’t wait for cooler weather, boots and all things pumpkin.  Since it’s still a little too early to deck out my front porch with pumpkins I’m going to get a jump start on my fall decor with these DIY Vintage Farmhouse Style Fall Baskets for my fall mantel. 

I’ve been working on slowly redecorating our house and each time a new season rolls around I try to add in a few more rustic elements to bring my vision for our home to life.  But, do you ever look around at all the “stuff” you accumulate and wonder where to keep it all or what to do with it?  I have been trying hard not to buy new things and figure out ways I can repurpose things I already have to make them fit in with my new decor style. While searching for my pumpkins in the attic I found a few natural peck baskets and decided to give them a rustic farmhouse makeover.

This month my friends at DecoArt challenged me to use the new DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash™ to transform a yard sale find. This semi-transparent, pickling wash can be used on everything from furniture to home decor items.  It’s transparency gives you complete control over the color intensity and amount of weathering, and it doesn’t hide the natural wood grain. This simple project let’s you give life to yard sale finds or pieces you already own in a matter of minuets.  

What You Will Need:

  • Natural Peck Baskets
  • DecoArt Chalky Finish Everlasting Paint
  • DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash™ – Grey
  • Paint Brush
  • Old Rag

Step 1: 

Start by dry brushing on a coat of Chalky Finish paint on your basket, let the paint dry.

Step 2: 

Next, use a brush to paint a coat of the grey DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash™ paint over the chalky finish paint.

Step 3: 

Let the Vintage Effect Wash sit for 30 seconds and then use an old rag to begin wiping away the paint. 

Step 4: 

At this point you can either leave it as or apply a second coat of the Vintage Effect Wash depending on how aged you want your project to look.  I ended up doing a very light second coat and only let it sit for a few seconds before wiping it away.

Step 5: 

Fill your baskets with moss and pumpkins for a beautiful natural fall display.


I loved how gorgeous these rustic baskets turned out and think they are the perfect touch to my fall farmhouse mantel.



Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Another great idea!! I would not have thought to paint the baskets you pick up in the store, but will def. add to my fall decor plan..thank you!
    Would love a share at Reader Tip Tuesday:
    It’s open & growing all week – I’m finally getting my ‘fall’ on 🙂

  2. Great tutorial! The baskets look great. I wasn’t familiar with the vintage effect paint so I am going try it! Found your post via
    Weekend Coffee Inspiration. Pinning this!

  3. What an adorable way to transform a simple basket. Love it! I stopped by from the B.F.F..

  4. This is such a beautiful display. Thank you for sharing at The Pin Junkie link party. Shared and pinned.

  5. Gorgeous!

  6. Very fun fall decor. I am so excited to bring out my fall decor soon!

  7. Wow!!! The baskets look amazing. I never realized paint could do that. I will definitely trying this fall.

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