How to Style an Antique Harvest Basket for Fall

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Today on the blog it’s all about the harvest basket! I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with this new-to-me antique harvest basket recently. It’s one of my favorite antiquing finds this fall, and I think it’s so on theme with fall harvests and Thanksgiving! Which, by the way, can you believe we’re just a few short weeks away from carving our turkeys?! This season is flying by! But back to the harvest basket… this antique find inspired me to create a festive, harvest themed fall tablescape in the dining room. In today’s post I’ll be sharing our fall dining room, along with 10 different ideas for how to style an harvest basket for fall!

antique woven harvest basket in white farmhouse kitchen with wood shiplap and vintage kitchen decor

Oh, and if you’re here from my friend Robyn over at Robyn’s French Nest, welcome to White and Woodgrain! Wasn’t Robyn’s Thanksgiving Tablescape beautiful?! I’m always amazed at her styling ideas, and I’m honored to be sharing some fall inspo with her and a few other talented and creative blogging friends today! If we haven’t met before, my name is Brittany, and I love sharing my passions for farmhouse and cottage style decor, DIY projects, and all things vintage and antique here on my blog! I’m happy to have you here today, and I hope you’ll stick around. πŸ™‚

Fall Harvest Basket Tablescape

For this fall look, I chose to style my antique harvest basket with a few clipped persimmon branches from one of the persimmon trees on our farm. The bright orange tones of the persimmons add just enough color for my taste and really appeal to the “fall harvest” theme of this tablescape!!

antique harvest basket full of persimmon branches next to white pumpkins
how to style an antique harvest basket for your thanksgiving table
thanksgiving table with white pumpkins, perimmons, and chippy white candlesticks

Before I added any of the decor, I started with a 12 inch roll of brown craft paper. I unrolled the paper and let it run down the center of the table to act as a table runner. I’ve been wanting to use this roll to make a few more DIY hand-lettered scroll signs, but that’s a project for another day. I then added my harvest basket full of persimmon branches to the center.

farmhouse thanksgiving tablescape with white pumpkins, perimmons, and chippy white candlesticks

Next I added in a few chippy, candlesticks at both ends of the basket. These candlesticks are actually salvaged porch railings, and I cut them down at varying heights. [Click here] for the full DIY, before and after photos, and more info on how I sealed the original chippy paint.

thanksgiving table with white pumpkins, perimmons, and chippy white candlesticks
thanksgiving table with white pumpkins, perimmons, and chippy white candlesticks
chippy white and wood salvaged candleholders

After adding in the candlesticks and candles, I placed a few white pumpkins around the harvest basket to complete the look. Nothing says fall harvest like a farmhouse table full of persimmons and pumpkins!!

thanksgiving table with white pumpkins, harvest basket foll of perimmon branches, and chippy white candlesticks
white pumpkins, perimmons braches in a basket, and chippy white candlesticks
farmhouse table decor for fall using pumpkins, candles, and persimmons

I love how this fall look came together in our home! The harvest basket plays so nicely into the fall harvest theme, and I think this look would be beautiful for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner centerpiece.

farmhouse table decor for fall using pumpkins, candles, and persimmons

Faux Persimmon Stem Sources

farmhouse table decor for fall using pumpkins, candles, and persimmons in a harvest basket

The persimmons are kindof a unique and specific item to include, and I know not everyone will have access to these. In light of that, I came up with a while list of ideas for how you can style an antique harvest basket for fall! And, if you really loved the look of the persimmons, I got you!! I found a few faux persimmon stem sources online and I’ll share those below.

wild persimmon branches in a harvest basket as decor for fall

10 Ways to Style Your Harvest Basket for Fall

farmhouse table decor for fall using pumpkins, candles, and persimmons
  1. Use it as a serving dish! Start off by draping a tea towel in the bottom of your basket, and add your biscuits or dinner rolls. Then top the bread with another tea towel to keep it warm.
  2. Fill the basket with rolled silverware and place it at the end of your buffet.
  3. Style your harvest basket with persimmons branches, faux or real.
  4. Fill your basket cut branches that have fall colored leaves.
  5. Can’t find fall colors near you? Try filling your basket with bare branches for a more minimal fall look.
  6. Gather pine cones fill your basket to the brim with some rustic fall texture.
  7. Or fill your basket with gumballs from a sweet gum tree.
  8. Do you have a walnut or pecan tree nearby? Gather a few fallen walnuts or pecans for your harvest basket display.
  9. Forget the branches, and fill your basket with colorful leaves.
  10. Cut wildflowers create a fall floral arrangement. Black-eyed Susans are blooming in the ditches near us and would add beautiful fall color to your harvest basket.
how to style an antique harvest basket for your farmhouse fall tablescape
wild persimmon branches as decor for fall in a harvest basket

Antique Harvest Baskets

Looking for an antique basket or two? Or maybe 7?? Check out all these beautiful, antique fall harvest baskets I found online. Shopping online for vintage & antique finds can be fun and easy if you know where to look! Honestly, the same can be said for offline / in-person vintage and antique shopping too!! Either way, I love sharing all the sources (both online, and in person) for my favorite vintage & antique decor finds with you here on the blog!

vintage and antique fall harvest baskets

For more info on these finds, click the photos below.

Antique-Inspired Harvest Baskets

Sometimes you want the look of an antique item, but not the price tag. And sometimes the new, antique-inspired finds can be just as beautiful as the original! That’s where these new finds come in!! I rounded up a few beautiful, antique-inspired fall harvest basket finds. And y’all, all of these are all available on Amazon! 

antique-inspired fall harvest baskets from Amazon

For more info on these finds, click the photos below.

Today’s harvest basket styling blog post is one of many posts in a festive, fall themed blog hop with a few of my blogging friends! Next up in the hop is Stacy of Stacy Ling’s Bricks n Blooms. Stacy shared a beautiful floral filled pumpkin centerpiece that you have got to go check out!! Be sure to stop by all the blogs in today’s hop for more fall decorating ideas, recipes, and inspo!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and hanging out with me in the dining room today! I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about my current vintage obsession, and I hope this post brought you a little inspiration as well. Until next time, thank you so much for following along…

Love, Brittany


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    1. Thank you so much Heidi!! I had no idea what kind of tree this was last year, and I almost had Jake cut it down! πŸ™‚ Now I’m glad he never got around to it…

  1. I have a similar basket and I never thought of putting it on the table!! Mine is currently sitting on the floor of the entryway filled with pumpkins. But I love this idea so much!! Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Britt! I love your new basket and all the amazing ideas to style it. Persimmons remind me of home in West Va, and I love that you incorporated them into your table centerpiece. (I am def checking out the faux stems you found!) Love this share. Pinning for later!

  3. I love this tablescape you have going on for fall Brittany. It came out so lovely! And those candle sticks! Pinned. It was a pleasure visiting your website.

  4. What a pretty tablescape you created!!! That basket is amazing. I’m a lover of baskets as well…they are just so pretty, practical, and versatile! You have a beautiful home and your style is so lovely!

  5. Brittany, your fall harvest basket arrangement is lovely! Congrats on your feature at Farmhouse Friday! We would love for you to link up at Tuesday Turn About each week! The party closes on Friday nights at midnight CST, so you have time to link-up today, still! Hope to see you there!

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