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DIY Paint Sticks Bushel Basket

By: Purely Katie
September 1, 2021

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I am so excited that fall is finally here!  This is my favorite time of year.  I just love the cooler weather, cozy sweaters, pretty colors, and amazing produce.  Any time I think of a farmer's market or harvest time, it reminds me of all the local apple orchards where I live.  I came up with the idea to make a DIY Paint Sticks Bushel Basket to decorate my house with this fall.  I am thrilled how the bushel basket turned out.  What do you think?  You can make your very own and add your favorite fall decor inside.  Pumpkins would also be perfect.

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DIY Basket Made with Paint Sticks

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DIY Basket Made with Paint Sticks
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DIY Basket Made with Paint Sticks

DIY Basket Made with Paint Sticks

designed by Purely Katie

Follow along and learn how to create a really fun farmhouse style basket using those trusty paint can stir sticks!

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Americana Decor Brushes

  • 2" Flat Brush (ADB03-K)

Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Primitive (ADC26)
  • Relic (ADC28)

Other supplies

  • paper towels
  • scissors
  • brown burlap
  • assorted brushes
  • -hot glue gun with clear glue gun sticks
  • exacto knife
  • #1 flat bristle brush (For dry brushing )
  • paint sticks
  • 8" wooden embroidery hoop
  • 6" wooden embroidery hoop
  • foam board
  • wooden apples


  1. You will need 16 paint stir sticks. I used the inside ring of the 6-inch embroidery hoop as the base of the bushel basket. I hot glued each paint stick individually to the inside of the hoop leaving a slight gap in between each paint stick. You want to tilt the paint sticks out slightly, otherwise, your basket will be straight up and down. This may be tricky, just use lots of hot glue and hold the sticks in place until they are completely dry.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Once I glued all of the paint sticks to the bottom hoop, I repeated the process on the top. I placed the 8-inch embroidery hoop around the paint stick handles, positioning it a few inches below the end of the sticks (refer to photo) and hot glued the hoop in place. Remember, this is a rustic design!
    Step 1 Example
  3. Using the exacto knife, cut a piece of foam board to fit within the bottom opening and glue it inside the basket.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Once the bushel basket is completely assembled and the glue has set, it's time to paint it. I painted the entire surface using the 2" Home Decor Flat brush and one coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2 oz in Relic. This is a beautiful, dark gray color.
    Step 3 Example
  5. To add a distressed look to the basket, I added a light dry brushing of Americana Decor Chalky Paint 2 oz in Primitive around the edges and front of the basket. This light gray color breaks up the darker gray and adds a rustic, distressed look. Use the flat bristle brush dry and remove most of the paint onto a paper towel before drybrushing on your surface.
    Step 4 Example
  6. I added a piece of burlap inside the paint sticks bushel basket then placed wooden apples inside, positioning them to almost spill out from the top. Simply by changing the contents, (pumpkins, nuts, holiday ornaments, etc.) you can create decor for any season.
    Step 5 Example

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I love this project! Very clever and it looks great! Thank you for sharing!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

October 14, 2015

This is pure creative genius! Bravo!


October 16, 2015

This is such a clever way to use paint sticks - love it!


October 19, 2015

This is so cute and so creative. I love this and I am already thinking about what colors I could paint mine! I am pinning this and sharing over at FB and Twitter! I think my readers would love this, if you get a chance you should stop by and share it at Celebrate it Sunday. The party stays open until Friday night!

Chloe Crabtree

October 21, 2015

Seriously though, this is an awesome idea and SO cute too!! Thank you for your wonderful inspirations.


November 10, 2015

What a great idea! Next time I am near the paint counter, I will try to remember to pick up some sticks. Thanks for the idea! Pinning!

pam smith

February 6, 2016

The best paint stick project I have seen. Thank you.


April 18, 2016

I love this idea! Would like to try it. Where did you find the embroidery hoops please? TIA


April 23, 2016

This is a really cute idea!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

June 10, 2016

Loved this idea when I saw it last year and finally made myself one (had to go grey like yours since I loved that look) in my head these were the big paint sticks so that's what I used. I want to make a small one now. Would love to share mine with you but it won't let me post a picture.


October 5, 2016

I love this basket!!! It's so easy and not costly to make. I can't wait to make some!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.


March 27, 2018

I love , love , love this! I am definitely going to make this. Thank you for this post.


April 8, 2018

I love this...cant wait to make a bunch.


June 19, 2019

Did you use the large paint sticks for 5 gallon buckets or the smaller ones for gallon size?


April 27, 2020

What a clever idea! Your imagination knows no bounds. I could sit there for 3 yrs. looking at the paint sticks and only come up with the brilliant idea to use the paint sticks to stir paint...????????, wow. You get the idea of how quick my mind works. Thank you for sharing all your creative ideas with those of us that don’t have any. Your directions are great. Keep them coming. MaryJo


May 22, 2021

I think the instruction setup and visual presentation are wonderful! This is a great project and so easy to create!

Susan Mynyk

June 13, 2022

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