I’ve talked to y’all before about my front door fetish, and how I’m kinda picky about having just the right kind of décor hanging on the front door. And you know you won’t see my house with a naked front door unless I’m somehow incapacitated while in the midst of changing out my seasonal wreaths. So, I know you’re not going to be surprised when I tell you why I had to replace my nice moss wreaths I showed you in this post.
I loved them. Really. But I found out after a few days that they were moody. I take full responsibility since I was the one who made them that way. It wasn’t the moss itself. That was great. It was what was on the inside. That tubing I used to make the wreath form turned out to have a weak personality. And as a result, I started noticing my wreaths begin to look more like ovals than circles. And I still have just enough OCD for that to drive me almost crazy.
I really did try to make the relationship work, but they were so whiny & constantly needing attention. I would walk by the front door and see this:
And that was on a good day. They were much more saggy at times. It got to where I had to rotate them every couple of days to even them out. I’m just not a fan of high maintenance décor. So, I decided that next time I make moss wreaths, I will use a much stronger form. But, as for these, they had to go.
So, I continued my recent trend of making friends with faux, I replaced the wonky moss wreaths with a couple of these…
And so far, I’m liking them. They’re a nice little touch of Spring after a long blah winter. And even if you’ve never made a wreath or arrangement before, you could do this. Easy.
For the basket, I started out with none other than these straw totes from the dollar section at Target. They’re only $2.50 each, and they work great for a front door basket.
I wanted mine to be a little French-flea market looking, so I gave it a quick brush-over with some white acrylic paint. You could paint it whatever color you like, or leave it natural.
Next, I folded the front handle into the tote and hot-glued it to the inside back of the tote so it would prevent the tote from flopping open once the flowers were in it.
Then, I was left with just a back handle sticking up which would serve as the hanger.
For the flowers, I used these 7 stems from Hobby Lobby (all 50% off this week).
Then, I just started layering. When I use faux stems, I usually just fold them to the length I need, rather than cutting. That way, I can re-use them later in other ways and it also helps to fill in the empty space in the bottom of the container.
After all the flowers were in, I added just a few twiggy sticks from my yard…
For these baskets, I tied on a little jute…
And then used hot glue to adhere them to the baskets!
And because I want them to speak French…
I hung them on the doors with my traditional ribbon hanging method (by stapling the ends of the ribbon to the top of the door), but that made them lean forward a little.
So, I added a little thumb tack stuck thru the back of the basket into the door. These shouldn’t have this problem if you hang them on a wreath hook.
And that’s it! You can easily make this basket for well under $20 if you shop for the flowers on sale. These would make great gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day or even May Day!