Instant Thanksgiving Basket

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Fall is here, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and you know what that means: we have a compelling  urge to buy oddly shaped and freakish looking gourds from the farmer’s market.  Sure, it sounds like a good move. But what do we do with them when we get home? Here’s a quick idea: use them in a fall basket that not only looks great, but in my case, covers up an ugly looking wire cord and plug for a lamp. Win-win! Just grab a basket you aren’t using, stick a few fall sprigs in side it, and tuck the gourds in where you see fit. The beauty of it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect; the colors along make it visually appealing. And at the very least, people’s eyes will be so drawn to your weird and useless vegetables sticking out that they won’t notice if the arrangement is a bit messy. Read on for the DIY.

You’ll need: 

 *one basket, any size

* a few foam blocks, to fill the bottom of the basket and have something to stick the floral pieces into (if you don’t have the blocks, use some newspaper or other filler you have

*some funky looking gourds

*fall sprigs: go to a nearby craft store and pick out what you like. Just to give you a breakdown of what you see here, the green in the back of the basket is actually a single bunch, as are the sunflowers in the bottom right. The orange berry sprigs are two separate pieces.

Directions: Lay the foam blocks or filler of your choice in the bottom of the basket. (The amount will vary, based on the depth of the basket and how high you want the arrangement to sit.) Once that is done you can begin adding your floral pieces, sticking them into your base filler. *Tip: when arranging, start with the back part first to give it some height and then build forward from there. I tend to add the back, then the very front, then fill in the middle and play around as I see fit until I’m happy with it.* Lastly, tuck a few of those gourds into the basket, and scatter any leftover gourds around the base of the basket, as shown here. This is underneath a console table, but it can go on top of a console table, on a bench, or even as a centerpiece. It’s quick, easy, and looks great. And at the very least, you gave those rock hard veggies a job to do before dumping them after the holidays.

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Did you like this post? Then check out the book I wrote! It's called "The Bitch's Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides," and it's available on Amazon! Here's my official bio: Alessandra Macaluso is author of “The Bitch’s Bridal Bible: The Must-Have, Real-Deal Guide for Brides”, available on Amazon and Kindle. It's perfect for brides-to-be, hilarious for brides-who-have-been, and ESSENTIAL for brides-who-may-one-day-be. A freelance writer and creator at heart, Alessandra also writes screenplays, articles, and business/product reviews. She has contributed to Uptown Magazine, Charlotte Magazine, and Yelp.com, among other publications, and was featured in the New York Times “Life and Style” section for her review of Ulta Beauty. Her original screenplay, “Polar Suburbia”, placed as a semi-finalist in the 2009 Moondance Film Festival. To learn more about Alessandra you can visit her blog at punkwife.com or visit her Google Author Profile.

Comments (4)

  • rshin

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    *Sigh* – when did you say you were going to come over? I need some help with my Xmas cheer this season – it gets so boring and repetitive…help!

    And really lovely colors in that fall basket by the way (though I’m a bit late for it now haha)

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  • Ali Mac

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    @rshin Let’s pick a night! You know I love this stuff :) It definitely can get “stale” really easily, especially with the same decorations every year.

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  • rshin

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    @Ali Mac@rshin

    Really?? Are you sure??

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  • Ali Mac

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    @rshin of course!!

    Reply

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