Instead of decorating with something like the DIY Fall wreath I made for the back patio, I decorate with a half wall birch basket.
It has seen better days.I fell out of love with the foam Fall “berries”, especially now that they are chipping. The rest of the silk flowers are faded. I still like the birch basket part because it is unique.
And while I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to clever wreaths (follow me @condoblues on Pinterest pretty please?) I can barely find one I like. So when I do, I keep them forever so I don’t have to go on the Great Cute Seasonal Wreath Hunt every year.
Tip: Your door wreaths will last longer if store them in a wreath storage bag like the one I use from Amazon (affiliate link for your convenience.)
I glued the birch basket to the frame with Gorilla Glue. The half round shape wouldn’t let me clamp it gather while the glue dried so I cringed and with Plan C: a staple gun. Why? because Plant B: Brand Nails wouldn’t hold the warping wood in place. It is not an elegant solution but it works.
Hopefully after the Gorilla Glue dries, I can remove the staples for a cleaner look.
Now it is time to replace the faded glory in the basket.
Fall is a fanatic time to decorate with the greenest of eco friendly materials – Mother Nature. It doesn’t take much effort to find real pinecones, sweet gum balls, autumn leaves, and such to use to create pretty seasonal décor.
Unless you are allergic to almost all of it.
That’s why I’m going the silk flower route for this craft project. At least it will last and allow me to reuse it year after year, so that’s something, right?
How to Make a Sunflower Door Basket Wreath
You will need:
Half Door Basket
Hot glue (unless your basket has a foam base like mine already does)
1. Use the wire cutters to cut flower picks apart.
2. When I decorate like to follow the High – Middle – Low design philosophy.
- I anchored sunflowers with the longest stems in the back of the basket. This is my High.
I fully expected these sunflowers to move and sing like those solar sunflower toys. I am sad they didn't.
- I experimented with adding leaf and pumpkin flower picks to my basket but eventually took them out because I like the single flower design better. Also by leaving out the Fall leaves, I can get away with decorating with the hanging sunflower basket for summer.
3. Next, I used the wire cutters to cut the next row of sunflower stems shorter than the back row. This is my Medium design element.
4. Finally, I cut the stems of the front row of sunflowers shorter than the middle row for my Low design element.
It's so fluffy I could die!
5. After a little fluffing of the flowers, it was time to hang it up!
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