How to Stencil a Wicker Flower Basket

Here's an easy farmhouse update for a tired old thrift store basket. 

Stenciled Flower Basket

The old basket began life looking like this... 

Thrift store basket with a stenciled flower sign

It had great moveable handles but didn't have much else that made it special. Today I'm going to make it a little more awesome by using a simple flower stencil from Old Sign Stencils. 

Flower stencil on a basket

I taped the stencil to the basket and using a foam pouncer, stenciled using black paint onto the basket. Because of the rough basket weave, I needed to grab a small stiff brush and get down inside the weave with the black paint. 

How to use a stencil to decorate a wicker basket

When I removed the stencil, my basket was already looking great! 

DIY stencil to decorate a wicker flower basket

My $2 thrift store basket was ready to fill with flowers and look so much better in just minutes. 

Thrift store basket full of flower with DIY stencil
DIY Thrift store basket full of flower with flower stencil

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. What a great upcycle with such a simple technique. I not great a stenciling but I do love the way it looks.

    1. Thanks so much Patti! It is really not too difficult, the secret is using a very dry brush of paint!

  2. Love, love, love this!!
    pinned it for later!

  3. Super cute wicker basket, and I love the stencil choice. You changed your profile pic! Fun! Pinned!

    1. Thanks Julie! I changed it to a photo from about 10 years ago... is that cheating? LOL Turned 60 this year and went back to a pic hiding behind a camera LOL

  4. Hello Susan! I love your basket's update!! I've been a bit of a funk as I realize I need to update my style a bit. I am thinking a few stencil projects might do the trick! Thank you for the idea. <3

    Happy thrifting,
    Barb :)

    1. Thank you so much Barb! Stenciling is fun and easy and updates the look of everything!


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