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A 5 Minute Late Summer Door Basket

Welcome to this month’s 10 on the 10th as a group of lifestyle blogging friends gets together on the 10th of each month with and idea you can create for usually under $10. This month we are sharing home decor and Back-to-School ideas for the End of Summer!




If you are new to French Ethereal, welcome! I wish to thank our host Ann of Apple Street Cottage for getting all of us together. Terrie is taking a break this month, but usually she is with us. The posts from everyone who is on today’s tour are linked at the end of this post for you.



5 Minute Late Summer Door Basket

I decided to create a new hanging door basket since I’ve had my current French style basket on our front door all spring and summer filled with various blooms. 


Normally I go to my stash of faux florals to create new door hangings or mantel displays (like this summer mantel), but I knew already that I didn’t have any late summer/early fall flowers to choose from. The sunflowers I had were too large and some had fallen apart from sitting in storage for four years, so… 

I had to go shopping. 

I admit right off that I spent slightly more than double our $10 amount, and sometimes you have to do that for a certain look. 💛

Here is what you need:

1 wood or grapevine basket ~ mine was 50% off at Hobby Lobby (not sponsored) = $7.79. 
1 bunch pale yellow peonies or mums = $10.19 (used 40% coupon) 
3 picks of small yellow sunflowers = $1.99 x 3 picks = $5.97
ribbon from my stash = $0
wire cutters 

TOTAL = $23.95 before tax.



I began with taking a small brown paper bag and tucking that inside to fill the gaps of this woven grapevine-and-wire basket (not shown). 
I love the texture of this basket with its horizontal lines of vines winding around plus the curlicue vine tendrils!




Next I clipped off two of the lower “breaks” along the main “stem” of the bunch of pale yellow/tan peonies with the wire cutters. This bunch was tucked inside the basket and paperbag liner, fluffing the flowers and bending stems to make the bouquet look more realistic.

Thirdly, I cut off about half of the mini sunflower stems, bent those flower branches accordingly, and placed them amongst the peony flower heads.

Our front door open to August’s late summer sunshine!


Thriller, Filler and Spiller

Usually you want at least three different types of flowers to create a bouquet, wreath or door hanger ~ the “thriller, filler and spiller.” I tried a few different blooms for a third and kept coming back to this simple late summer look. Adding a French wire ribbon with a hint of fall colors completes the late summer look.


Love the Dutch still life quality of this photograph!


I am very happy with how this door basket has turned out and I know you can make one that is equally amazing! Friends, follow the links to all of the ladies on today’s End of Summer tour. I know you will enjoy what inspiring decor ideas they have for you…


Patti ~ Pandora’s Box

Beth ~ Creatively Beth









Enjoy the rest of your summer, 
dear friends, 

15 thoughts on “A 5 Minute Late Summer Door Basket”

  1. Hi Julie! I love grapevine!!! Years ago when we were first married and had just moved down to So Cal with the USMC, I found a heart-shaped grapevine wreath at Michael's I think it was. I tied on dried flowers and it lived above our bed for years… (Should have kept that wreath but didn't even think about taking all the old stuff off then, lol!) You'll have to make something fun with grapevine for fall. <3p.s. I just pulled out my pumpkins… Found the soft white velvet ones I made. Will link them soon to your post and mine where your link is, too. <3 Looking forward to our Pinterest Challenge coming up soon. Pumpkins there, too!Hugs and stay cool,Barb 🙂

  2. Thanks so much, Ann! I made nothing but wreaths for years so it's a nice change to create some baskets for the front door. <3Enjoy the rest of your week and stay cool,Barb 🙂

  3. Glad you like it, Patti! I am really glad I found this grapevine basket. It will be getting a lot of use.Happy hunting for something similar and keep cool, my friend,Hugs,Barb 🙂

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