Hello beautiful friends! Whose in the mood for a summer basket wreath?
I am super excited today to be joining the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series hosted by my dear friend, Krista of The Happy Housie! This week of the tour is all about summer crafts and DIY projects. I always try to join this week of the tour each season because ya’ll know I love a good DIY project! Several talented ladies are all sharing summer projects of their own, so look for theirs linked at the end of this post!
Let’s get to it!
To find a subject worthy of a summer DIY project, I had to go digging through my latest thrifty haul!
And I found just the one:
Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l?
Not yet! This gem was $5.25 at the thrift store, but like the mirror I shared on Thursday, all yellow tags were half off, so I bought this for just under $3. And yep, this is going to become my new summer basket wreath!
Although I really like the hydrangea wreath I have on our front door that I made for the Seasonal Simplicity Series a couple of years ago, after refreshing our front porch this spring, I wanted something fresh for the front door too.
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That’s when I got the bright idea to saw this basket in half and use it to create a basket wreath for our front door!
You heard that right. I know, I’m crazy.
Ya’ll know I like to take photos of all the steps, and I took beautiful photos and everything for you, but…I deleted them. Oopsie!
Here’s the exciting story all about it…(Not really, just a mom being a mom…feel free to skip ahead!)
Jack’s girlfriend, Abby, is graduating high school this year, and for graduation, her family rented a beach house for the week, much like we did for Jack’s graduation week last year.
He and Abby really wanted to make one of his favorite meals for her family one of the nights. So, I suggested he and I make it together this past Friday for us for dinner, so he would know all the steps involved.
However, he got held up at work and didn’t make it home in time to help, so I, being the generous and loving mother that I am, recorded the steps for him on my phone as I went. Midway through, I got an alert that my storage was full. (Always the worst timing, right??) So, I hurriedly checked off about 400 photos that could be deleted so I could make room and get back to it. And yep, that included the photos of sawing this basket in half!
I’m going to walk you through it though…just picture it in your head!
Cutting the Basket in Half
Here is what I used:
(Imagine two basket halves lying on the ground below and a battery actually attached to the saw.)
After removing the lid with the help of a screw driver, I added a piece of FrogTape all the way around the basket , inside and out, where I planned to cut, both to use as a guide and hopefully prevent splintering as well. Then I wedged it in between those leftover boxes of tile from our kitchen tile project to hold it in place.
I laid it on its side first and cut it with my 5″ mini circular saw. Then, I turned it upside down and cut across the bottom, and then I flipped it again and cut the remaining side. I was so excited it actually worked!
Painting the basket
I gave the basket halves a good spray of Rustoleum spray primer to get a quick coat of paint on them:
Then I cut a new back for each basket half with scrap plywood I found in the garage. I just traced around the basket and cut it out with my jigsaw. (Had pics of that too…booo!)
Next, I painted those pieces in Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
They’re not perfect, but they did the job!
It get’s into all those details so easily and makes painting detailed surfaces like this a breeze!
Adding the backing
Once everything was painted, I attached the new back using small nails…
The weave did split in a couple of areas, but that is to be expected. It still held together really well.
I gave the whole thing a quick spray of Rustoleum Satin Clear Enamel spray to seal.
Turning it into a Summer Basket wreath
No summer wreath would be complete without flowers!
Once the basket was done, I took a trip to Michaels to find florals to fill it.
Immediately, I found these purple blooms that were 60% off that I just loved:
I bought six of them for $4 each and was on my way.
This greenery bunch, also from Michaels, is one I that I had left over from my current wreath:
I stuck a foam floral brick down in the bottom of the basket and started adding the purple stems, which I cut down to size:
I’m not a floral arranger, so I kept it simple. I cut and added a few of the greenery stems also and that was it.
My brand new Summer Basket Wreath
A little embellishment to the front of the basket and the addition of some patriotic pride, and my new summer basket wreath was complete:
Let’s get in a little closer!
I used heavy duty velcro Command Strips to attach it to the glass on our front door.
The small tag I added to the front of the basket came off of another thrift store find years ago. I painted it and added some rub on transfers.
It was a great addition to add a little charm to this basket:
I predrilled tiny holes first so that the basket wouldn’t split when I screwed this tag in place, since you would see it on the front.
And here is the reason I chose purple blooms!
I wanted it to tie in with the petunias!
And the addition of our flag ties in with the larger one we have hanging.
But, it’s only June ha ha!
I just love this whimsical addition to our front door.
The number sign was made from a $3 thrift store tray.
And here is a closer peek of the side where it attaches to the back:
I hope ya’ll enjoyed seeing what this basket became!
My friends from the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series have even more summer DIY inspiration for you!
DIY Crate Succulent Planter at The Happy Housie
Poppy and Fern Front Door Planters at Inspiration for Moms
DIY Beaded Garland at She Gave it a Go
DIY Tic Tac Toe Board Game at Modern Glam
Summer Decoupage Concrete Coasters at Tatertots and Jello
Popsicle Stick Picnic Tables at Clean & Scentsible
Summer Basket Wreath from a $3 Thrift Store Find at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Custom Hoodies for Summer Fun at Rambling Renovators
DIY Pedestal Bowl at Paint Me Pink
Dollar Store Hacks at Hallstrom Home
DIY Velvet Mushroom Cap at Life is a Party
Free 4th of July Printable at My Sweet Savannah
DIY No Sew Outdoor Tablecloth or Picnic Blanket at A Pretty Life
DIY Egg Shell Art at Dans le Lakehouse
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with the other half of this basket and what I did with the lid as well:
UPdate: No need to come back! See the remaining two things I made from this basket HERE now!
Have a fantastic week!
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