I've made lots of wreaths and I'm always reaching out to try new ways to accent my front door. Pool noodles, picture frames, grapevine, mesh wreaths, straw purses and so on but now I'm going to use the half circle basket. I picked up a couple at the dollar store to create some pops of color and interest to accent my home.
Making a Decorative Basket as a Wreath Alternative
Some pretty florals, lots of color and it has interest so how is it made? What do I need? Where do I start?
I like to gather all of the the supplies I'll be using so that I have everything at my fingertips as I move along. So I chose assorted florals, skewer sticks, pliers, cutters, glue gun, and glue sticks, gardening wire, a half circle raffia basket and Styrofoam block. Note: The buffalo check ribbon and gardening wire weren't used for this specific basket although it was my intention initially.
First up the foam got cut and fitted to the inside shape of the basket, this will be the base to insert the floral stems into.
This foam that was used was actually clever recycling of a product that's used to sandwich and protect wood products during delivery. I thought it was a great substitute for floral foam which it was and it worked great. I simply cut it with a utility knife to give me the size and shape that was needed to correspond with the inside of the basket.
To steady the basket for me to add the florals in I just cradled it into another storage basket to keep it upright so I could fill it and inspect it as I worked on it. The foam is wedged in tight with a little glue holding the smaller pieces together. This particular foam was dense so that's why I used skewer sticks, I pre-poked the hole for the floral stems to make inserting them easier and quicker.
This is my thought process and how I would fill the basket with what materials I had laid out.
Here is the final look of it against the exterior of my front door, the purples are a perfect contrast against my green door but color options can be personalized to suit your home. I used a small piece of jute string to make a simple loop hanger around the basket handle to hang it from. So sweet, simple and easy to make, now don't you want to make yourself one too?.
It looks unique as a door accent, it's a great option too because the half basket shape means it's rests flat against my door. I love it, which means I'll go ahead and start the second basket and again I'm going to aim for something different! You'll really want to see what I came up with next for the basket! Oh dear I may have just let the bird out of the cage...here's the link to take a peek. http://www.hometalk.com/44420006/how-i-recycl...>