Let’s make a floral vintage door basket together!
The inspiration for my basket door display came from a vintage creel used for fly fishing. My husband received it as a gift a few years ago and it’s just been sitting on a shelf, collecting dust. It was about time to use it for something pretty! This project is simple to make and the flowers are so beautiful for Spring. Follow along as I show you how to create a floral vintage door basket for your home.
It’s an extra fun post this week because I’m collaborating alongside my friend Anna from Sky Lark House! Together we are bringing you two different ways of using a vintage basket to create a door hanging for Spring. Her front door basket is featured below. Look how beautiful!
Photograph from Anna of Sky Lark House
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Baskets are, in my opinion, just the perfect home decor item. Vintage baskets can be found at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets for $1. They have so much texture, come in pretty colors, and are extremely versatile. You can find uses for baskets in every single room of your home, whether for storage, decor, or otherwise. Today I am going to show you how to use a vintage basket to create a floral decor piece, so let’s get started!
Here’s my creel…the star of the show! Any basket will do but try and keep it to a small to medium size so that it doesn’t get too heavy.
- small to medium sized basket
- rope or twine (for hanging, if needed)
- 1-2 blocks of floral foam
- floral cutters
- floral wire
- faux stems
- faux accessories like a bird nest or birds
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
I will link similar products for you if you are interested in purchasing them. Most of these materials were found at the dollar store or Hobby Lobby.
- Insert floral foam into your basket.
I used 2 different sized blocks of foam from the dollar store. You decide how many blocks you need depending on the size of your basket. I then crinkled up printer paper and stuck that down into the front so that the floral foam would stay in place.
- Then, you can start arranging your stems.
Play around here for awhile. Insert some stems and just keep moving them around until you are happy with the placement. You may need to cut the stems down so that the stems sit lower in the basket.
Keep playing and arranging the stems. I liked the look of the white Wisteria flowers draping over the sides and having the rest of the basket filled with yellow flowers and greenery. Floral arranging is super peaceful to me. Let joy lead this process! *Plug in your glue gun here*
- Next, figure out where you would like to put your accessories. I used 3 cute birds in a beautiful teal color, a bird’s nest, and some small vintage bird paintings.
To attach the bird nest, I inserted floral wire through back and twisted it. Then, I just pushed the wire down into the stems. The nest is now anchored in place!
I used hot glue to attach one of the birds to the nest.
Squeeze a roughly dime size amount of glue onto the back of the bird, then hold it in place for around 10 seconds.
I followed those same steps to attach the other birds.
My tip for placing your accessories is to look for any spots that seem a little bare. I usually place my pieces first to see if I like it and then glue everything down. But, the beauty of hot glue is that it peels off easily without causing damage to the surface, so you can always pull a piece off and move it if you end up wanting it somewhere else.
This cute little bird plaque came from the thrift store. It was only .79 cents and thought it would look so cute nestled in among the branches. I just put a small bead of hot glue along the back to secure it to the basket.
You can see the green bird plaque in the picture above. They look so pretty among the flowers and birds, adding that touch of vintage that I just love.
- Add twine or rope for hanging, if needed. My basket has a built in rope attached to the back, but you can simply loop twine or rope through the back and tie it off.
- Display your floral basket!
Here’s my basket hanging in the entryway. I think it’s so pretty how those white flowers spill out over and top and hang down. You could hang this basket on your front door, on some hooks, or over a vintage window. You could also use it as display piece on a shelf or a mantel.
Here is my basket on the fireplace mantel. It looks just as stunning sitting as it does hanging. Wherever you choose to put it, this vintage basket piece will bring in so much texture and color to your home.
A Few Other Thoughts
I’m so happy with how my floral vintage door basket turned out! It was so fun to use something that I already had in my home and turn it into a beautiful piece of decor. You can really take this tutorial and run with it to create a special and unique basket hanging. I hope you found encouragement here today. Let joy and creativity lead you!
Let me know in the comments if you have a basket to re-purpose! What would you add to your basket door decor? I would love to know!
Again, head over and say hello to Anna at Sky Lark House and read all about her basket decor! I think she’s amazing, super funny, and her blog is incredible. I’m grateful to be her friend in this large blogging world. It was so fun to collaborate with her on this Spring project!
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