Wreaths are a signature welcome at our front door and I like to keep them seasonal and change them often. With ongoing glorious weather and plenty of blues, pinks and greens in my garden, I wanted to refresh the summer wreath but was not yet ready for pumpkins, mums and fall colors. My black wicker porch furniture with blue and green linens will still be out for another month. My solution was to emphasize the greens and create a monogram-door basket bursting with fall symbols in limes, natural elements and black and white touches. Grasses, apples, willow branches, moss and lotus seed pods all symbolize fall with nary any oranges and golds in sight. An early fall welcome!
Here is how I made this door basket:
I started with a tall but thin door basket I had bought years ago on a trip to Maine. Welcome wreaths don’t always have to be in a wreath form and containers of all kind can be repurposed into door decorations. I tied florist wire on the handle and again near the bottom to secure it more easily to 2 suction cups. Doubling the suction cups keeps a longer door basket from shifting when the door is opened and closed. On a trip to Michaels I found a wooden inital already in black($7.99), jute ribbon in chartreuse and another in black and white, a stem of green apples, a stem of lime green daisies, reindeer moss in lime and other greenery. I had lotus pods and willow branches at home. The cost for this custom project was $30.
Voilà! Bonjour automne!