How to Make a Summer Door Basket

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A hanging summer door basket is a great way to add charm and beauty to your entrance, while offering a refreshing change from the usual wreath. Here are 5 easy steps to make your own door basket for summer with vibrant Americana colors.

Summer decor at the entrance of a cottage farmhouse home.

When it comes to sprucing up our front doors for the summer season, a wreath is the traditional option. But have you ever considered a DIY hanging door basket as a unique and beautiful alternative?

I wanted something a little different on our front door for summer this year. So, when I found this wicker basket at Hobby Lobby, I knew it would make the perfect summer door basket filled with faux seasonal flowers.

While I typically like to hang a traditional round wreath on our door, a hanging door basket is a great way to refresh your entrance with something a little different and that’s charming and whimsical.

The great thing about a hanging door basket is that the possibilities are endless when it comes to the creativity and freedom you have arranging your favorite blooms inside.

I love incorporating red, whites, and blues into our summer decor, however you can use whatever flowers or greenery reflect your personal style and taste in a summer door basket.

Front door decor with a hanging door basket with red, white, and blue colors.

Consider ditching the traditional wreath this summer! Create your own summer door basket instead.

You’ll find they are incredibly easy to make, completely customizable, and each time a guest enters your home they will admire your unique & creative door decoration.

Americana decor on the front door with vibrant colors and warm textures.

P.S. Don’t mind the pollen all over our front door! The pollen is awful this year in New England. You wipe it off, and it’s back 2 seconds later!

How to Make a Summer Door Basket

This is the easiest summer door basket to create with only 5 items! I found all of the supplies for this project at Hobby Lobby & Micheal’s with most of these supplies readily available both in store and online.

Supplies for an Americana summer hanging door basket.

Summer Door Basket Supplies

  • Rattan Hanging Basket: This is the basket I purchased from Hobby Lobby, however you can use any basket that is long & narrow with a hanging handle.
  • #12 ForaFom Floral Foam: I purchased 1 of these, but could have used 2.
  • Faux Red Geraniums: 4 bunches filled my basket perfectly.
  • Faux Small Daisies: The daisy bunches I purchased were small, so 7 bunches were needed to fill the basket.
  • Blue Frayed Velvet Ribbon: For an Americana summer door basket, you can use any red, white, or blue ribbon you like. This ribbon happens to be my favorite for any season since it comes in a wide range of colors. It’s absolutely beautiful for the low cost!
Supplies for a summer door basket with red geraniums & blue ribbon.

Steps to Make a Summer Door Basket

Step #1: Add Foam to the Basket

Ideally, I should have purchased 2 floral foam blocks, but I only purchased 1. So to make do with what I had, I placed the floral foam horizontally in the basket.

Adding floral foam to a cottage farmhouse hanging vessel.

It was a little too long, so with a sharp knife I cut the foam so that I could squeeze it tightly into the basket and have it stay at the top of the opening. I cut it a little too short (which is why Mr. ERH does most of the measuring around here) and so I cut a smaller piece of foam to fill in where the foam was too short.

If you purchase 2 floral foam blocks, they will fit perfectly into this basket vertically and you will not need to cut anything!

Step #2: Insert Red Geraniums

Red geraniums are my favorite in outdoor summer decor so when I saw these faux ones at Micheal’s, I thought they would be perfect in this summer door basket.

Insert red geraniums into floral foam filled door basket for summer.

Feel free to use whatever summer blooms you love! That is what is so fun about creating a door basket yourself, you can choose what you add to it.

With a pliers, cut the individual geranium stems from the bunch.

Insert the stems into the floral foam. Keeping the longer geranium stems in the back of the basket, and the shorter ones towards the front.

Add geranium stems to hanging basket with shorter ones in front.

Don’t worry about adding the geraniums perfectly to the basket! You want the door basket to look unique and organic.

Americana summer decor for a farmhouse entryway.

Step #3: Add in Daisies

For a pop of white in our Americana summer door basket, I thought these small, delicate daisies would be charming in the basket with the large voluminous geranium blooms.

With a pliers, cut the individual daisy stems from the bunch.

Red, white, and blue front door decor for summer & 4th of July.

Then, insert the daisy stems along the basket opening between the geraniums and the basket.

Push some of the daisy stems further in, and keep some hanging longer to add depth & texture to the wreath.

Summer decor at the entrance of a cottage farmhouse home.

Step #4: Tie a Bow

Finish the summer hanging door basket with a pretty ribbon.

A blue ribbon on a patriotic basket for the front door.

To add a pop of blue to this Americana basket, I wrapped this blue frayed velvet ribbon around the entire top opening of the basket, tied ribbon into a knot, and then tied a bow.

Step #5: Hang Your Basket

With your basket complete, it’s time to hang it on your front door!

A door basket can easily be hung from a simple over the door hanger, a decorative ribbon, or from a hook on your door.

Add seasonal decor to the front door to welcome the start of summer.

We have a command hook placed about 3/4″ of the way down our front door, which is where I hung our summer door basket.

Changing the location of where you hang your wreath or basket on your door is a fun & easy way to switch up the look of your front entry decor.

Front door decor with a hanging door basket with red, white, and blue colors.

Summer Door Basket

As you step back to admire your creation hanging on your door, you’ll be amazed at how a simple hanging basket can transform your entrance into a delightful focal point.

The cozy aesthetic, vibrant colors, and textures will undoubtedly make a lasting impression on anyone who visits your home.

Add summer decor to your front door with seasonal flowers and ribbon.

I think you’ll find it’s three dimensional appeal, and practicality make it an excellent choice for adding a touch of charm and beauty to your front door.

Summer decor at the entrance of a cottage farmhouse home.

So, have I convinced you to add a hanging a basket to your door this summer or will you stick with the traditional wreath?

More Summer Decor Ideas

Looking for more summer decor ideas? You may enjoy these other summer decor ideas on the blog:

Red geraniums and a patriotic welcome mat at the entrance of our home.

View my google web story, How to Make a Patriotic Summer Door Basket.

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  1. Thank you for your lovely comment Donna! I always love when I can inspire someone to create something for their home!

  2. This is so pretty! I love making arrangements with flowers and ribbon and white baskets. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ideas. Making pretty things like this makes my heart sing and makes me so grateful to nature. Nature provides us all with the beauty to create our own masterpiece. Trees, flowers, wildlife like birds, butterflies, lady bugs, fireflies all make me so happy. I love summertime and I love people like you who inspire people like me to go out and create something unique that reflects how we felt at the time we created it!!!

  3. What an amazing project! I love the way it turned out!

    Happy day friend!

  4. This turned out beautifully Heidi. Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday! Featuring it tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day. pinned

  5. Hi Lori! Unfortunately that may happen in damp & humid weather, but here’s how you can clean your basket. Mix a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water in a small bowl, dip a toothbrush or microfiber cloth in the solution, wipe away the mold from the wicker, use the toothbrush to reach tight corners, dip a clean microfiber cloth in plain water and rinse the area that has been cleaned, allow the wicker basket to air-dry. I hope this helps!

  6. Hi – I love your selection of geraniums and daisies! I need help: how do I make sure that the basket doesn’t get mildew-y? I used a basket like this last spring, and with all our rain in Atlanta, the basket had mold before the summer’s end. Help!

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