The local spinners and weavers guild had a display at the fourth of july fair in town. They did exactly what you originally though. Baskets full of wool and silk and alpaca yarn. They tipped some over and had the yarn spilling out of it. Then they had those wire cubes set up for books, more yarn, fibers and gadgets.
It was lovely and gathered quite a crowd.
Plus, the wire cubes are on sale at Target right now