Let’s usher in Fall with a new door arrangement made of silk flowers to welcome our friends and neighbors. You can do this yourself and we have a great how-to that guides you through each step.
I love our French doors at the entry of our home, but whenever I want to put a wreath or arrangement up I need to remember that I will need two. Maybe many of you have French doors as well. This tutorial will work for either single or double doors. Lucky you if you only need to make one. I collected all sorts of goodies for this fall inspired design. I am still in love with succulents so I found a few that I really liked. The snowball spray and black eyed Susan along with the burnt orange baby mums relay a feeling of late summer or early fall. I found the wonderful woven cone baskets about a month ago on sale. Having two doors, I of course purchased two and decided they would make pretty arrangements. You can find similar cones at craft stores or gift shops. Of course, we will be carrying a variety of great baskets once our online shop opens.
Step 1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need 2 cone-shaped wicker baskets, scissors, a wire cutter, a knife, 3″ wide ribbon, 4 bricks of dry oasis, a few sprigs of filler (any type of greenery), snowball spray, black eyed susan, burnt orange baby mums, succulents, angel vine and Spanish moss.
Step 2. Cut the foam to fit the container. You want it very firmly in place in the container. Here I cut a little at a time until I had to press pretty hard to get it situated. I found that using two bricks was the easiest way to fill my container. Getting this part of your mechanics in place is very important. You want your flowers to stay right where you place them. Make sure you are using “dry” oasis. It is made for silk flowers and is sturdier than a “wet” oasis which is used with fresh flowers.
Step 3. Here you see how the foam looks. There is no science to this. I used a floral knife, but any knife will work, to shave a bit at a time. I went from corner to corner until the foam was tight and did not move.
Step 4. You want your foam to stand a little taller than your container. This way, it is easier to fill with your pretty elements and have them appear as if they are spilling out.
Step 5. Using a wire cutter, cut stems off of the baby mum branch so that you can intersperse this fabulous color in your arrangement.
Step 6. Before beginning to actually place the flowers in the foam, I create a bit of a hand bouquet to get an idea of placement and color.
Step 7. And we are off! There is no easy way to dive into this. You just have to take a big jump and stick those flowers right in. You want a very good idea of where you want the placement to be because your foam is only so big and too many holes will create a foam that does not support the flowers. This looks a bit sad right now, but just wait.
Step 8. Now add the filler, I chose a great looking fern. Filler should be placed in areas where it enhances the flowers and the arrangement.
Step 9. Here we see an arrangement that looks complete but upon further inspection you can see some holes. This is where you fill in with the Spanish moss and Angel Vine. The Angel Vine gives the arrangement a bit of texture and natural look.
Step 10. These fillers are really your best friends. They are like concealer for your face or a comforter on your bed. I love this chartreuse colored moss, but it also comes in several other colors and of course it is very pretty in its natural state of gray. Just tuck these in wherever you can see the foam or to fill in an empty space.
Step 11. Don’t forget the back of the arrangement. This is the part that YOU will see from the inside of your home if you have a glass front door like me.
Step 12. I used the Command hooks on my front doors and they work great. Make sure you purchase the ones that hold at least 3 pounds. I chose the oil rubbed bronze for my finish but they also come in a few other colors.
If you try creating this yourself or it inspired you to create something similar we would love to see it! Have questions, comments or ideas? Click on the title of this tutorial and the comment form will appear at the end of the post.
Happy Beginning of Fall!