As some of you know, I’m a Kentucky girl. In fact, if you ever fly into Cincinnati, your plane lands where my great great granddaddy’s tobacco farm used to be. I grew up hearing stories about this farm.
The farm that didn’t have running water.
The farm that housed a barn where my gr gr granddaddy buried his hooch jug deep in the ground to sneak a swig. A hooch jug that I now own still caked with that Kentucky mud.
This is this same farm where I heard stories from my mother about finding endless supplies of indian arrowheads, and summer swims in the creek, and how to pick just the right tobacco stick for your make-believe horse so that it left the perfect trail of dust behind you.
Since I’m steeped with such history, I just love tobacco baskets. And oh, how I wish that I had one that came from the family farm! Luckily, I found a few deep in the back roads of Kentucky for a steal!
So what do you do with these tobacco baskets? Here are some great tips to get that farmhouse-y style!
How to Decorate with Tobacco Baskets
Using tobacco baskets as architectural elements on your walls is the simplest way to style them. They aren’t too heavy, are easy to hang, and also take up a lot of space if you are trying to fill an empty wall.
How to decorate with tobacco baskets sometimes means a unique pairing like this from Keeley at Our Cozy Cat Cottage. Those lined up grain sacks are stunning!
Adding a picture or a wreath
If you saw my DIY unfinished dresser post, you may have noticed this picture. I adorned my tobacco basket with a framed sheet music artwork. I love how the black pops against the weathered wood.
Jill from The Wooden River Home is an Instagram rockstar and I adore how she hung a magnolia wreath in the center of her tobacco basket.
A perfect way how to decorate with Tobacco Baskets is to add them seasonally. Liz Marie used her tobacco basket to showcase her Christmas cards.
Hobby Lobby created a gorgeous fall vignette styling three of their replica tobacco baskets. The gather sign hung on top that wreath is gorgeous!
Haint blue beadboard ceilings, rocking chairs and an old dresser. Does it get any better than this? I love how Jana from Bunch of Hicks styled her tobacco basket as a focal point for her porch.
I’m not sure the original source of this pic, but Resurrect Antiques Blog shared this awesome photo on their blog. I love this tobacco basket hanging from the rafters at an outdoor wedding.
One question I specifically get asked over and over again is, “What is that big basket in front of your fireplace?” In my fireplace makeover, I explained that due to a slightly warped flue, we have to keep our unsightly insert. Rather than show the ugly, my solution to disguise that eyesore was to use the tobacco basket as a fireplace screen.
Likewise, Resa from The Farmhouse 31 used her tobacco baskets as a gallery wall filling up her stairway. By the way, if you are looking for serious vintage inspo, she has an amazing instagram account. You can give her a follow over on Facebook, too.
Where to find them
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You can find tobacco baskets at junk fairs and vintage markets, but expect them to be pricey. These baskets from the Country Living Fair were $200 and higher. However, I found my baskets in a junk shop way out in the country that were only $15 each!
You can purchase them online through eBay or etsy.
Replica Tobacco Baskets are also available through Amazon:
DIY your own!
Of course, my post wouldn’t be complete without showing how to decorate with tobacco baskets the DIY way! Lucy at the Craftberry Bush shares her awesome tutorial on how to make your own tobacco baskets.
So, from this Kentucky girl, I hope this inspires you to find ways to incorporate tobacco baskets into your decor. If you have a creative way you used your basket, send me a pic and I will feature you in my post!