Cozy Apple Basket & $500 Giveaway


Today marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks which make it difficult to have our minds on anything but that day we lost nearly 3000 Americans to terrorism.  My family and I visited “Ground Zero”, New York City last Summer.    It’s a day I will surely never forget.  God bless all the heros that lost their lives that day and the families that still mourn their loss today.

Ground Zero Freedom Tower

september 11 flag


bHome bloggers from all over have joined forces this early mid September to bring you Fall inspiration for your home.

It’s a 2 day event and there are over 30 of us bHomers participating!

Today, I am sharing my Fall creation, and tomorrow we bring all of them together here in one cozy location, so I hope you can come back then, too.

The best part -we are also offering our readers a *GIVEAWAY.

(giveaway details are at the bottom of this post)

Fall bHome Tour

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Are you ready to get cozy?  I am.

Cozy Apple Basket

For my bHome Fall creation, I made an easy DIY Cozy Apple Basket.

It’s so easy…anyone can do it.

It’s also so darn cozy, it just makes me want to curl up and drink hard hot cider under my furry blanket.

Cozy Apple Display

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But wait…if I did that, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how I put this simple basket together.

It was a slow, low stress process.

First, I started with the metal basket (find yours HERE).

Then, I found the prettiest REAL apples I could find.

In Michigan that is easy this time of year, and they are way more affordable than faux apples.

These are Golden Delicious I purchased at the grocery store.

Apple Basket Idea

Before I added them to the basket, I took off the stickers even though my 13 year old said they are edible.

Say wha?

Then, I washed them and polished them.

I don’t always polish my apples, but when I do…

Michigan Apple Basket

I set them on a bed of burlap (I tried a flannel first, but it looked odd).

Then came the fun part.  What could I add that was real and not ordinary for decor, but with in the Autumn theme.

The scarf “bow” was a no brainer, although that’s my favorite scarf! (find yours HERE)

Then, the old leather belt idea buckled it’s way in.  It’s one I’ve used before in my decor for a curtain tie back and to hang an American flag.  An old leather belt is rustic, chic, classic, and unexpected.

All I had to do, was cut it and glue it with strong glue.  I left clamps on the 2 areas I had to glue and it has held up great.  It makes a perfect “Cozy Apple Basket” handle.

Lastly, I added small details like the Michigan Apples tag, and the cinnamon sticks.

I hope you make your own Cozy Apple Basket and give it your own twist.  This could be displayed on a front porch, a kitchen island, a foyer table, the stairs, or a dining table.  Even the bathroom would be cute.  It would make a great gift, too.

Cozy Apple Basket

Before I get to the *GIVEAWAY, since we are all craving apples now…here’s my favorite apple pie recipe ever.

Oh wait, here’s my family picking the apples last year.  Then comes the pie.

Apple Picking 2014

 Dutch Apple Pie Recipe (10 minute no roll easy crust)

Best Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to view all 30+ bHome bloggers Fall projects.

In the mean time, this is how you enter our *GIVEAWAY.

{open to US residents 18 and over)

Good luck!


*bHome is pleased and honored to have Decor Steals sponsor this event. We will be giving away five (5) coupon codes each good for $100 at Decor Steals. There will be 5 winners. Winners will be contacted on or about 9/19.

How to enter: Download bHome at and favorite Decor Steals – to do this TAP their star.  Once favorited you will receive a message with the link to enter.  One TAP of that link and you are entered! If Decor Steals is already a favorite of yours on bHome just look out for the message and TAP to enter.  

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24 Responses

  1. debbiedoos says:

    That is just darling Julie! You are always so clever. Happy Fall!

  2. Shirley says:

    Oh my Julie…that basket of apples is the most are so creative and clever!!!…Love the belt as a handle…the best!…Loved the pic of you and the family apple picking!…what beautiful orchards…I have to travel a bit north to pick apples…can’t wait to do that!

  3. Your basket truly is cozy! I love the personality you gave it with the scarf and belt. 🙂 Every time you share a picture of your family I always smile…such a beautiful family and such beautiful people.

    Have a wonderful fall, friend!

    hugs, mb

  4. Vanessa says:

    What a clever idea Julie!! So cute!

  5. i love apples..any kind. what a great idea and a super sweet family picture of you all.

  6. Love your apple basket – such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. christy says:

    Cute idea, Julie! Green apples are perfect to decorate with this time of year. Beautiful family! XO

  8. Kim says:

    Julie, such a cute idea. I loved going apple picking except it was a bit warm.

  9. What a great idea! That belt handle is just perfect for the apple basket. And your family is ADORABLE!

  10. I love that idea and it’s perfect for fall!

  11. How adorable!!! I am saving that pie recipie it looks amazing!!
    Happy Fall Julie, so pleased to be part of the tour with you!!😘

  12. Sweet basket Julie. I’m like you, I have to remove the stickers too!

  13. Heather says:

    so clever to add the belt and scarf Jules! This is so perfect for fall! Pinned!

  14. So cute! I love the belt and scarf.

  15. belinda bell says:

    your apple basket is so cute

  16. Cheryl says:

    Perfect for fall!!

  17. LaurelG from PA says:

    The finished project is great! My hubby insisted that we throw his old belt away but I knew that I’d see a use for it as soon as we did. Probably a lot of your followers are in the same boat.
    Keep up the inspiring work!

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