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DIY Paint Sticks Bushel Basket

By: Katie Enzenberger
October 14, 2015

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DIY Paint Sticks Bushel Basket
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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 you very own and add your favorite fall decor inside.  Pumpkins would also be perfect.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Relic
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Primitive
  • 16 paint sticks
  • 8" wooden embroidery hoop
  • 6" wooden embroidery hoop
  • hot glue gun
  • assorted paint brushes
  • foam board
  • scissors


I went to my local hardware store and asked if I could purchase 20 paint sticks.  The lady at the store was gracious enough to just give them to me for free.  Make sure you ask before taking.

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.

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Once I glued all of the paint sticks to the bottom 6 inch embroidery hoop, I repeated the process on the top.  I placed the 8 inch embroidery hoop around the paint stick handles and hot glued the hoop in place.

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This is what the bushel basket should look like once the paint sticks are glued to the embroidery hoops.

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I added a bottom to the basket by cutting a piece of used foam board I already had and glued it inside the basket.

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Once the bushel basket was completely assembled, I painted it.  I painted the entire basket using one coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2 oz in Relic.  This is a beautiful dark gray color.

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To add a distressed look to the basket, I used 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 not only breaks up the bold darker gray but adds a nice distressed look.

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How do you think it turned out?

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I added a piece of burlap inside the paint sticks bushel basket then placed wooden apples inside.  You can change out the decor for any season.

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Be sure to visit Purely Katie  for more projects and to learn more about Katie Enzenberger.


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

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