Summer is the perfect time to give your living room a fresh and vibrant look, and what better way to do it than with a stunning summer mantel featuring a basket gallery wall? In this DIY project post, DIY Wall Basket Decor: Creating a Stunning Summer Mantel with Layered Basket Wall Design we’ll explore creative ways to transform a blank wall into a captivating display of basket wall art. Get ready to unleash your creativity and bring a touch of boho style to your home decor.

baskets, trays and other wicker/woven items hung over a white mantel.

This summer mantel decor features a neutral palette of natural elements designed in a freeform layered look. While not originally planned, there’s a beach or coastal vibe that lends itself to summer styling and is perfect for this time of year.

full view of mantel space with basket wall.

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Why You’ll Love This Project:

  1. Fresh and Vibrant Summer Look: Give your living room a fresh and vibrant makeover with a stunning summer mantel featuring a basket gallery wall.
  2. Creative and Captivating: Transform a blank wall into a captivating display of basket wall art, adding visual interest and texture to your space.
  3. Easy and Time-Efficient: This project can be completed in an afternoon, allowing you to enjoy the results quickly.
  4. Personalized Decor: Customize the baskets by using various techniques and materials, adding your own creative touch.
  5. Versatile Arrangement: Have fun arranging the baskets to create a visually appealing and layered gallery wall.
  6. Unleash Your Creativity: This project allows you to unleash your creativity and bring a touch of boho style to your home decor.

Setting the Stage

Before we dive into the steps for creating this eye-catching design, let’s set the stage. Last year, we embarked on a home improvement project and discovered the perfect space for this summer mantel. Our living room fireplace served as an ideal focal point, and we knew we could utilize the large wall above it to create a captivating display.

Pro Tip: The versatility of this basket wall art allows you to replicate it anywhere in your home, whether it’s inside or outside!

Let’s go over the steps for creating a summer layered basket wall.

straight on view of the mantel decor featuring a large basket wall that includes baskets, woven placement, trays.

Steps for Creating a Summer Mantel Featuring a Layered Basket Wall

Step 1: Collecting the Wall Baskets:

The key to a mesmerizing basket gallery wall is to gather a variety of wall baskets in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Hobby Lobby and local thrift shops are excellent places to find beautiful woven baskets. Keep in mind the color scheme you want to achieve and look for baskets in similar colors or ones that can be easily painted to match your home decor. Last winter, I stumbled upon a fantastic find at HomeGoods—a large sign that would serve as the centerpiece for my gallery wall.

Step 2: Preparing the Baskets:

To add your own spin to the baskets, consider using different techniques and materials. Spray paint can work wonders in transforming baskets and achieving the desired boho wall decor. Experiment with different media like acrylic paint or white yarn to create unique patterns and designs on the baskets. Remember to consider the back of the basket as well, as it will be visible in the gallery wall display. For my basket wall, I wanted a 3D design with a bit of pop however the baskets were too deep. I cut the rims off with scissors so the baskets were no more than 3″ deep and used both the basket base and the rim for added interest. I painted some of them white and left some natural for some variability. Then with hot glue, I added an assortment of trim. I also weaved some string in between the weave on the placemats.(see below)

Step 3: Arranging the Basket Gallery Wall:

Now comes the fun part—arranging your basket gallery wall! Start by selecting a large basket or a sign as the focal point. From there, incorporate baskets of different shapes, sizes, and textures around it. The goal is to create a layered and visually appealing display. Play with different styles and arrangements until you find the perfect balance. It’s helpful to visualize the space you have to work with before hanging the basket wall. Measure the width and height you want to cover, and use painter’s tape to mark off those dimensions on the floor. Then, arrange your design elements at varying heights and angles, focusing on creating a layered look until you’re satisfied with the arrangement. Take a picture of the layout, and then transfer each piece to the wall, following the picture as your guide. Initially, I was unsure about having the sign off-center, but it ended up working well with the larger tray, which took up some of the center space.

Step 4: Hanging the Basket Gallery Wall:

To be honest, my hanging method wasn’t ideal. I opted for a staple gun to hang the placemats and baskets, and for the wreath and sign, I used small nails. Unfortunately, this approach resulted in a fair number of holes. If you’re looking for better hanging options and layout suggestions for a basket wall, I highly recommend visiting my friend Kalyn’s post on Boxwood and Spruce. She shares 3 ways to easily hang baskets for a basket wall gallery, offering more practical and aesthetically pleasing solutions. It’s definitely worth checking out to ensure a smoother and hole-free hanging experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About DIY Basket Wall Decor

How to hang a basket wall?

The best hanging method for your basket wall depends on the space. If it’s outdoors, you’ll need a sturdy and secure option like staples or nails. For indoor spaces, you can use command strips, command hooks, or craft putty to avoid leaving marks or holes.

Pro Tip: Start with your largest piece, such as a large basket or a piece of art, as your anchor. Then, build out the design with medium and small objects. Depending on the space, you can also display the baskets horizontally or vertically on a thinner wall.

What decor elements can I add to my basket wall?

Photos in frames, touches of greenery, a variety of wicker baskets and unique baskets like tobacco baskets work well. You can also incorporate trays, small mirrors, signs, and wreaths.
Pro Tip: Woven placemats are often sold in packs of 4 and are relatively inexpensive. Their flat structure and light weight make them easy to hang and layer.

Where else can I hang a basket wall?

A basket wall serves as a perfect backdrop for any space in your house. You can hang one over your bed, add visual interest to your outdoor decor, place some baskets in your entryway over a bench or a console table, or trail interesting baskets along a wall going up a set of stairs.

Where can I buy baskets for my basket wall?

Collect unique baskets while thrifting, at second hand stores or during yard sale adventures. Homegoods and Target are great places to look. If you prefer online shopping, Etsy offers a range of baskets specifically for basket walls. I’ll include some options below to help you get started.

Where can I find more inspiration for my basket gallery wall?

Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are excellent sources of inspiration. Use the hashtag #basketwall to discover a treasure trove of ideas and creative walls shared by other DIY enthusiasts. You’ll find a wide variety of styles and designs to spark your imagination.

Are there any affordable alternatives to purchasing new baskets?

Absolutely! Thrift shopping is a great way to find unique baskets at an incredible rate. Local thrift stores, as well as online platforms like Goodwill, often have a ton of thrifters’ finds waiting to be discovered. Keep an open mind and explore different materials and styles.

How can I incorporate small baskets into the gallery wall?

Smaller baskets can be incorporated in various ways. You can cluster them together in a group or scatter them strategically throughout the gallery wall. Don’t be afraid to layer a smaller basket on top of a larger one. Additionally, consider using flat baskets or woven placemats to fill gaps and add visual interest to the overall display.

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a close up side view of the baskets on the wall.

Decorating the Rest of the Space

Under the mantel, I hung ceramic hanging pots filled with neutral artificial flowers. I’m a fan of decorating all surfaces, including mantels and shelves. You can see this in my farmhouse bathroom shelf styling post as well as my Rae Dunn hanging herb planters.

hanging ceramic containers filled with artificial flowers.

On the mantel, I kept it simple with a stack of vintage books, charming kraft paper birds, and decorative beads.

two kraft paper birds sitting on vintage books with excelsior and decor beads.

On the hearth and to the side of the mantel, I included a basket with natural wood, pillows, a summery straw hat, and a hanging beaded vase—all in line with the summer mantel decor.

For a fun bright-colored option please visit this fabulous basket wall featuring colorful trivets in this Basket Wall Decor with Bohemian Design post from Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods.

For more summer inspiration visit:

outdoor space with macrame hanging hammock chairs.

Cozy Under Deck Space featuring Hammock Chairs: In this post, I will take you on a journey to our unique and cozy under deck space featuring hammock chairs. Located under our second-floor deck, this budget-friendly outdoor area is designed for friends and families to enjoy warm summer nights and sunny days here in Massachusetts.

succulents in a lantern

Lightning Bug Lanterns Featuring Succulents: Looking for a fun and simple DIY project: lightning bug lanterns featuring succulents. These charming lanterns add a touch of whimsy to outdoor spaces and are easy to create. Plant assorted succulents in bowls that fit inside the lanterns, attach twinkle lights to the top using glue and tape, and assemble the lanterns with the succulents inside. The result is a delightful combination of light and greenery for your outdoor oasis.

Creating a stunning summer mantel with a basket gallery wall is a fun and creative way to give your living area a fresh look. By incorporating different styles, colors, and materials, you can achieve a unique and personalized decor style. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and experiment with your own decorative baskets. With minimal effort and a touch of DIY magic, you’ll transform your blank walls into a beautiful decor masterpiece.

Remember, decorating is all about expressing your personal style and adding your own unique touch to your space. Have fun exploring different ideas and enjoy the process of bringing your basket gallery wall to life.

As always thank you for visiting the blog today for DIY Wall Basket Decor: Creating a Stunning Summer Mantel with Layered Basket Wall Design! I love sharing my DIY Projects with you!

Keep creating friends!

my signiture. a drawing of me holding a coffee cup that says Create.

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