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A Colorful DIY Alternative for a Front Door Wreath

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week and enjoying your summer so far. Today’s project is an easy thrift store upcycle and a twist on the old front door wreath.  It’s a fun way to welcome your guests with added color and personality, besides yours, of course. 🙂   This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here

 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Kim | Made in a Day Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Pili | Sweet Things

Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay    Sue | A Purdy Little House

Kimm | Reinvented    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Toni | Small Home Soul     Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela

 Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Marie | DIY Adulation    Chelsea | Making Manzanita

Michelle | Michelle James Designs     Denise | My Thrifty House    Sara | Twelve on Main

Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Chelc | Inside the Fox Den

Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Florence | Vintage Southern Picks

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

 

The idea.

I have a few wreaths I like to use on our front door throughout the seasons and I have even made a few which you can see here and here.  For summer, though, I was in the mood to change it up a bit.

Do you ever feel like that?  Just want to do something different for a change?

It just so happens,  I was fortunate enough to find this old basket on one of my thrifty outings for a whopping $1.99. I’ve been super into bright pink flowers lately and as soon as I saw it I could picture pretty pink flowers on our front porch popping off the gray door and green siding.

 

A new colorful alternative to a front door wreath - basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Front door wreath alternative supplies:

  • half basket/ thrift store basket
  • spray paint
  • burlap
  • spray adhesive
  • stencils
  • stencil brush
  • craft paint
  • upholstery tacks
  • faux flowers

 

Getting Started

I gave it a good cleaning with a little water and dish detergent.  Once it was dry, I broke out the white spray paint because I wasn’t crazy about what felt like a dated brown color.

 

A new colorful alternative to a front door wreath - upcycle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Oh gosh, no, the white did not work for me at all. Something about it just seemed too forced or springy or too toddler bicycle basket.  Honestly, sometimes a plan doesn’t always work out.

Plan B

Since I was going for a more farmhouse-y feel, I broke out the Oil Rubbed Bronze color I adore instead.

 

A new alternative to a wreath on the front door - half basket - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Ah, much better. It just seemed more crisp and clean than the original brown.

From here I wanted to add some color. I decided to add a layer of burlap for contrast with a welcome stencil in pink. The burlap is not always easy to cut and with this one, I had to cut it at a bit of an angle to taper with the shape of the basket.

 

A new alternative to a wreath on the front door - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

For the paint, I used a mix of different color craft paints to get a red-ish pink that seemed happy to me. I applied it with my stencil brush. Easy peasy.

 

A new alternative to a wreath on the front door - adding color with stencils - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

When it was dry,  I sprayed the back of the burlap with the adhesive spray and centered it on the basket. For added interest, I used a hot glue gun to adhere upholstery tacks in the corners. I’ve used these before in my faux vintage suitcase project which was another thrift store upcycle.

 

Thrift Store Upcycle - Wooden box - faux suitcase tacks - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - upholstery tack embellishment -Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I tied a piece of burlap in a circle and used it to hang the basket on the door. As it was hanging, I placed the faux flowers I had picked up at Michaels inside until I had something I liked. The nice part is the flowers are not permanent so I can use them again in the house or use different ones in the basket.

The result.

An easy, DIY  alternative to your usual front door wreath to welcome family and friends.

 

A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - entryway - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - entryway and stairs - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

A colorful DIY alternative to a front door wreath - upcyle challenge - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Do you have something fun or out of the ordinary on your door or an idea for something different? Whatever it is you’re working on, I’d love to hear about it.

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

 


And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

24 comments

  1. Pili says:

    I’m not good making wreaths so this seems like my kind of front door decoration, especially because I have tons of wicker baskets around here. Love the stencil over burlap

  2. Amanda says:

    I get sick of the traditional wreaths sometimes too and just want to do something different. I like your basket wreath and that you can change out the flowers for the seasons if you choose!

  3. Kathleen says:

    I LOVE this (AND your front porch ~ gorgeous!) I agree with the paint color choice. I have a similar basket but it’s HUGE and I’ve resisted hanging it on our front door because we don’t have a covered porch…..maybe I’ll fill it with flowers and hang it inside! I’d love it if you would share this over at our Vintage Charm Party here: http://bit.ly/2w56fHc
    Hope to see you there!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  4. Sue Purdy says:

    I love this project! The tacks are genius. I had never thought of that, and I have a similar type basket hanging on my front door right now, and adding the burlap and tacks is such a great way to change it up for each season/holiday. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. I like your idea of using the basket of flowers on the door. It really gives the entry a warm and welcoming look. I also like how you painted the basket to tone down the white. It looks good.

  6. Hi Colleen,
    I LOVE the basket upcycle and especially the easily understood tutorial! Love the paint color much better too. I have always loved the door baskets anyway. The flowers also look real, which is a plus. Pinning.
    Visiting from the Challenge…

  7. I am glad you chose the oil rubbed bronze it is one of my absolute favorites! I am also in love with your steps. I want to do something similar at our house. I am saving my pennies! Love the wreath alternative. It is very creative!

  8. It’s definitely better in the second color you used! I love the inspired way you used the burlap! The peonies are perfect and let me just say how much I love your entry and the color of your house! Gorgeous!

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