Tobacco basket Christmas wreath DIY instructions. With this simple, step-by-step tutorial anyone can make beautiful and unique holiday decor like a tobacco wall basket with flowers and pinecones.
I was home alone this weekend.
Blissfully alone, just me, myself, and two cats.
My guy had packed up his guitars and was gone to play at a friend’s house, leaving me and my introvert self to enjoy the silence and the prospect of binge-watching some series with lots of chocolate and maybe some wine.
I had all this time to myself.
Glorious empty time, in a quiet house that actually wasn’t in total chaos for a change.
And then it happened. I started staring at the fall decorations. Those same fall decorations I had been in love with just the other week.
And that is when the quiet ended, the chaos set in and the cats fled to the attic.
I wanted some Christmas decor, even though here in the Netherlands no one decorates for Christmas before December 1. NO ONE! It is as if we have some sort of rule of law for that.
“One shall not start the Christmas decorating too early”.
So I came up with the perfect starter Holiday decorating project: a Christmas wreath that isn’t really a wreath and that has a bit of a transitional decor vibe to it.
I have always loved the look of those vintage tobacco baskets, and I dream of owning one. But they do not exist here in the low lands. I do however own one very cheap IKEA basket that has a bit of a tobacco basket vibe going. So I went for that. (I actually took it straight from my bathroom wall where it was part of my faux concrete wall decor).
I rummaged through my craft supplies for inspiration (causing chaos in my craft room); I ransacked the garage for my florist supplies (leaving chaos in the garage as a result), and I dumped it all on my living room table (turning it into a big heap of mess).
Yep, the peace and quiet were over, because creative inspiration had moved in.
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Steps for making a tobacco basket Christmas wreath
Find a tobacco basket (or alternative)
I have been eyeing tobacco baskets for some time now. I love that open weave, the rustic, farmhouse feel and the way that they look awesome as part of a centerpiece as well as when used as wall decor.
Real vintage tobacco baskets can get very expensive (or so I hear), but craft stores carry nice knock-offs like this one from Michaels in brown, and I also like this white tobacco basket … and you can get two for the price of one at Walmart.
And if you feel up for it, you can create one yourself. I really like this tutorial for homemade tobacco basket knockoff.
If all of that is too difficult or still too expensive then you can do, as I did. Use a simple round basket that has a bit of a tobacco basket look. My basket came from IKEA, I am not sure whether they still carry these, but I found a similar round basket on Amazon and with a slightly tighter weave.
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How to attach your flower decorations to the tobacco basket
This is the only technical step in making tobacco basket decor, you have to make sure your flower arrangement is firmly attached to the basket so it won’t fall off. I simply wrapped some floral wire around a small block of floral foam (some styrofoam would work too) and secured the wire at the back.
That’s it. The fun can begin. Let’s start making the tobacco basket wall hanging with flowers. Once you got the base set, it is all easy assembly after that.
To make the floral piece in your wreath simply start adding greenery and flowers. I went for all faux and fake because this Christmas wreath has to last all season and that means staying fresh and good-looking for weeks to come.
Alternatively, you could use hot glue. But that does make it more difficult to change things up when you decide you don’t like something.
Check out my story or the video for the coming-of-age of this basket decor. I tried to take a separate picture of each and every step. I just pushed the stems of the branches and flowers into the foam.
You can even see how I swapped out some white-washed pinecones for brown ones because I didn’t like the way the wreath was developing.
Can you believe that that little twig of pinecones and needles is faux? I know! Don’t those fake greeneries look so much more real these days?
Tips for making this tobacco basket Christmas wreath
Construct your tobacco wreath vertically
Normally I make my wreaths laying down. With this tobacco wreath, I quickly changed that and hung it, and worked from it there. That way I could see exactly how everything would look in real life and I could double-check that nothing was too top-heavy and would fall down once gravity hit it.
This is especially important if you plan to use it as a front door wreath because the impact of opening and closing the door and the additional risk of wind and rain in outdoor use make your basket wreath more vulnerable.
How to hang a tobacco basket
Usually, I like to hang wreaths (especially when used as a door wreath) with ribbon. But because of the curved edge of the basket, this didn’t look so good. I quickly found out that the easiest way to hang a Christmas basket wreath is using the open weave of the material. Simply use a small nail or hook and hang the basket on that. The basket itself is very lightweight and if you didn’t use any heavy flower decorations the whole thing can easily be supported by a small nail.
Make your tobacco basket wreath work for different holidays and seasons.
The basic design of this wreath is so versatile. With a nice mix of faux evergreen foliage, you can easily swap out the decorations that make it seasonal.
A tobacco basket wreath is simply a super easy-to-use accessory in your farmhouse decor. But it fits in with any style really because I think it would work beautifully in a boho style home or coastal beach house too.
I didn’t go full-out Christmas with my wreath. I think it still has a bit of a fall vibe and it would work out beautifully for Thanksgiving too. If I want to up the Christmas cheer a bit I could add in some glittery Christmas ornaments and an extra ribbon or two.
To transition my wreath into winter decorating I would exchange the brown pinecones for white painted pinecones, replace the gold and copper accents with white and silver and add some small wool decorative balls for interest.
Of course, turning it into a spring wreath would mean adding in some more colorful flowers, using some nests and Easter eggs for decorations, and adding a bright ribbon or two.
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