How to Make a Summer Door Basket
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Don’t worry about adding the geraniums perfectly to the basket! You want the door basket to look unique and organic.
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.
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.
Step #4: Tie a Bow
Finish the summer hanging door basket with a pretty ribbon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Creative Ideas to Decorate With Baskets
- Cozy Updates to Transition Your Home from Spring to Summer
- Simple Summer Patriotic Decor
- Summer Home Tour
View my google web story, How to Make a Patriotic Summer Door Basket.
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Thank you for sharing Cindy, I appreciate that very much!
This turned out beautifully Heidi. Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday! Featuring it tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day. pinned
Thank you Renae!
So pretty, my friend. I love it.
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!
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!