Friday, August 17, 2012


Welcome to Open House!  I hope you can join in this blog party with something you would like to share...could be lots of things: food, a recipe, a creative book to share, something you made or a bargain you purchased or something you created.  Fall is coming - do you have a decorating idea to share or a table setting?  If you are a blogger, just link up your post at the bottom. 

This is my finished basket that greets you as you enter my garden:

The basket cost $6.00 on sale and the flowers were all from the backyard flower garden:

Probably one of the most common mistakes when doing this type of floral is too much length on the stems and overfilling the basket.  A good rule to learn is 'NOTHING TOUCHING' - that is make sure each flower - for the most part- isn't touching the next.  Also...make sure the stems don'g come out too far that you loose the shape of the basket.

And here's how it's done:

Purchase an inexpensive light colored rattan wall basket - these are the least expensive ones.  Attach twigs to the top with wire and unwind some very small wreaths which are attached with wire to the bottom.  Then spray paint all with white paint (or any color).  Inside of the basket, place a white trash bag stapling the rolled edges to reduce the bulk and place soft (oasis) foam inside. This is where the water goes and will keep it from seeping out.

Have a terrific weekend!


Angela McRae said...

What a beautiful arrangement, and I love your crafty (craf-tea?) idea for making the basket!

Michele said...

What a stunning floral basket you have created!!! It is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen- and all from your very own flowers, wow, so beautiful!!!

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Love your garden photo with the flower basket. I can't imagine having all those beautiful flowers. The heat and draught have done major damage to my garden this year.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
this is really a wonderful idea and you made it masterful. I love the sweet ruffled pink hollyhooks. The look so oldfashioned and romantic. It is a wonderful posy and just the right adornment for summer. Thank you for sharing this tutorial and for hosting the Open House event.
Best greetings, Johanna

The HopeChest said...

Pretty, pretty, You still have pansies in August? Lucky you. Louisiana gets too hot.

Sarah said...

Bernideen, this is stunning. I don't think it would last long here, but wouldn't I love to have one of these hanging on my gate. Love your door in the garden!
thanks for sharing this beautiful basket and for hosting each week.

Clara said...

Hi Bernideen! Your floral basket is just beautiful and it looks so pretty on your chippy door. Thank you for the tutorial and hosting Open House.

Anne said...

What a pretty vintage door! LOVE your basket and flowers too!Thank you for inviting me.Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness! This is so pretty! I love the olden door and your basket of flowers is just gorgeous. Thank you for showing us how you did it.
Thank you for the invitation to your party. I'll go hook up.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kathy said...

Hello Bernideen, thanks for sending the reminder - comment - I need those oftentimes! Especially in the afternoon-evenings when Dearest is home - I actually set my phone alarm to remind myself to join in - LOVE your door basket - the combination of the flowers are marvelous - terrific party - I hope you have a blessed weekend,

parTea lady said...

Your floral wall basket is beautiful. What a lovely way to introduce the delights of the garden as you enter.

Melanie said...

I love your taste. .and your garden!! I like pretty, fragile dishes. .and definitely flower arrangements. .but in my wild house. .the fragile dishes must be on hold :-0 Love the old door with the floral arrangement on it!! Very clever.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous place! Everything seems perfect and work hard with lots of love.
great job!

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Unknown said...

This is just beautiful. I am going to try this on my gate doors. I have two cabinet doors that I having been saving and was looking for something to do with them. Thank you.