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How to Make a Silk Flower Spring Basket

FlourishAnyway is a psychologist with a special interest in crafts as a way to relax, create, and connect with others.

Add a little magic to spring this year by creating your own festive floral baskets for Easter, Mother's Day, or just because. Use inexpensive items and your imagination.

Add a little magic to spring this year by creating your own festive floral baskets for Easter, Mother's Day, or just because. Use inexpensive items and your imagination.

DIY Floral Easter Baskets and Mother's Day Baskets

With spring in bloom, the red robins come a-bobbin' and start to build their nests. Daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs poke their dainty heads up out of the soil while buds on tree branches seem to grow overnight. The world even smells fresher. Nature yawns and wakes up energized. Get ready for spring in vivid Technicolor before we settle into summer!

Floral Easter Baskets: Make Them Yourself

Along with springtime comes holidays like Easter and Mother's Day. While many people buy gussied-up Easter baskets or a Mother's Day gift basket, why not instead invest some fun, effort, and creativity into crafting your own? With a DIY project, you get exactly what you want. Additionally, the love that goes into the project is built right in as part of your gift.

I've always made my own floral-accented baskets for holidays with terrific results. I'll show you how so you too can easily do this using inexpensive, easily available items.

Gather your tools & materials:  basket, flowers, Spanish moss, hot glue gun,  craft wire cutters, etc. Get ready to create a bright, one-of-a-kind floral basket you'll treasure.

Gather your tools & materials: basket, flowers, Spanish moss, hot glue gun, craft wire cutters, etc. Get ready to create a bright, one-of-a-kind floral basket you'll treasure.

Tips for Selecting Your Materials

  • Select a basket with a handle. Search discount stores, garage sales, your attic, thrift stores, and craft stores. I prefer dark brown willow twig baskets because they look so natural.
  • Buy an abundance of inexpensive, brightly colored silk flowers on stems that include a lot of small buds or tiny flowers. Work with various sizes of flowers. These are available inexpensively at discount stores.
  • Purchase more flowers than you need so that as you work you will have the flexibility to be creative. Return the extras or save them for other projects.
  • Choose several unique decorative accents like a small bird nest, fake butterfly, or laser wood message (e.g., "Hello Spring" or "Happy Easter"). You may also consider making an eye-popping bow or using tiny decorative, button battery-powered lights.
  • Save 50% or more by catching after-Easter or late spring craft sales. Use the materials now or save them for next year!
  • Select Spanish moss that is either green or gray/brown, your choice. Green Spanish moss has the benefit of resembling grass, and its springtime-brilliant color coordinates nicely with the vivid floral Easter basket theme. "Greige" grass, on the other hand, allows the color of the flowers to pop out.

Materials Needed

Items for ProjectTools for Assembly

wicker basket with handle

green floral wire

brightly colored stems of spring flowers with small buds, various colors

hot glue gun & hot glue sticks

1 bag Spanish moss

craft wire cutters

small decorative bird nest (optional)

newspaper (optional)

decorative ribbon or other adornments (optional)

 

miniature battery-operated LED string lights (optional)

 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prepare your work surface with newspaper or other protective material.

Step 1: Add Flowers to the Handle

  • Attach the flowers by starting with the basket handle's base and working upwards. Apply your flowers only part of the way up the handle so that there will be space to hold your finished basket.
  • Take each individual floral stem and use craft wire cutters to remove any excess lower leaves or unnecessary stem length.
  • Use the wire cutters to cut a length of floral wire about 12 inches, then tightly wrap the bottom of the flower stem. Securely connect the wire to the bottom of the flower.
  • Working one stem at a time, align each flower stem along the base of the basket handle. Tuck it into the wicker. Wrap the wire tightly around the entire handle but avoid mashing the flowers or leaves. This attaches several inches of each flower stem. Stagger and overlap your flower stems so that the flowers appear sufficiently full. Tuck the wire ends into the wicker.
Use the same process to add floral stems to the basket rim. Always tuck in wire ends.

Use the same process to add floral stems to the basket rim. Always tuck in wire ends.

Step 2: Add Flowers to the Rim of the Basket

Add individual floral stems and small clusters of bright flowers to the rim of the basket. Use the same process that you used for the handle.

  • Your starting point for the rim will be the same point where you started adding flowers to the handle. On both the front and back basket rim, extend your flowers around and gradually diminish their number. Don't apply them all the way around. (My flowers extended up the left side of the basket handle. Therefore, on the back rim, I applied flowers clockwise from the handle and on the front rim, counterclockwise.)
  • Add any special embellishments to the basket rim, like a bird's nest.

Step 3: Apply Finishing Touches

  • Hot glue is your best friend here. Use it to do two things: 1) better anchor the flowers to the basket that you attached via wire and 2) apply decorative Spanish moss in the gaps between leaves and branches of your flowers.
  • On both the handle and the basket rim, apply hot glue to areas where wires have been tucked in. Use it liberally to secure flowers to the rim. While the glue is still hot, stuff tufts of Spanish moss on top of the glue. The moss becomes "filler" or "grass" between the flowers. Be careful not to burn your fingers!
  • Tip: Because some plastics melt very quickly when exposed to hot glue, use a spare flower stem to test your flowers before applying hot glue directly to your project. (If needed, use a durable craft adhesive as an alternative.)
  • Add unique embellishments, such as a bow, a fake butterfly, tiny button-battery powered lights, or a laser cut wood message.
Finished product. Ready for an Easter egg hunt!

Finished product. Ready for an Easter egg hunt!

Make a Floral Basket for a Special Occasion

birthdays & anniversaries

Easter

Boss' Day

Valentine's Day

Administrative Professional's Day

Thanksgiving Day

International Woman's Day

Mother's Day

Christmas

© 2020 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 16, 2020:

Rajan - I appreciate your kind comment. Have a wonderful day.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 15, 2020:

A very attractive flower basket. Your clear instructions will be very helpful.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 29, 2020:

MG - Thanks for stopping by

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 29, 2020:

Good knowledge though I wonder if I have the time for it

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 29, 2020:

MG - Thanks for stopping by. Crafting is a good way to pass time during the pandemic.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 28, 2020:

It's a great idea to pass the time. Interesting

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2020:

Heidi - The playlists are still in progress. I just had to craft too. I've been cooking like a fiend as well these days since my nephew is socially distancing with me. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2020:

Devika - Thanks for the kind words of support.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 13, 2020:

Wait, what? No playlist? Hey, you needed a break. Those playlist posts are hard work. And this is a cool project for these stay-at-home days. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Devika Primic on April 13, 2020:

Beautiful idea and so pretty. I like the idea of this basket it looks perfect.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 13, 2020:

Jo - It's a good time for crafts being cooped up with extra time on one's hands. I hope you are doing well and staying healthy.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 12, 2020:

Being home bound is definitely a good time to take up a new craft. These are lovely.

My sister-in-law shared some of her craft work on facebook today and said she did it while listening to Easter service online. I kinda like that idea.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2020:

Dora - Thank you for the sweet compliment. I've decided to keep mine for myself since my daughter isn't much of a girly girl and my mom is more of a use it and toss kind of person. I like seeing things year after year if they are in good shape.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2020:

Adinuba - Thanks for your nice comment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 11, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your skill and the instructions. The basket makes an attractive gift, and also be great to keep and show off..

Adinuba emmnauel from Surulere on April 11, 2020:

Always all good and nice topics

Enjoy reading them

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2020:

Nitara - I value your kind comment. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 11, 2020:

Nice creative idea, will be a nice activity for my kids.

Thanks for sharing

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2020:

Lora - I hope you're able to try it. It's easy and well worth the effort. Have a very happy Easter weekend to you and your family!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 11, 2020:

Linda - Thanks for such a nice compliment!

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on April 11, 2020:

This is the nicest basket that I have seen this Spring. You rock !

Lora Hollings on April 10, 2020:

What a beautiful craft to celebrate Spring or Easter and one that you can use not only as a gift to brighten someone’s day but as a lovely centerpiece! I’ll have to make one soon and put an Easter bunny in the center and some beautiful fabric eggs that I made awhile back and put it on my dining room table so that I can see it every day and it will uplift my spirits! Thanks for sharing, Flourish and a safe and Happy Easter to you.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Donna - Thanks for your warm compliment. I love vibrant color combinations, especially for Easter. Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In on April 10, 2020:

Flourish, your baskets are beautiful and full of sunshine! I just love stuff like this! Great job!

Blessings,

Donna Rayne

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

DreamerMeg - I like the bright, eye-popping colors in particular. They cheer the spirit. Have a great weekend and be well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Pamela - Isolation and crafting are perfect companions! I have been doing so much crafting in lockdown with this pandemic. Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Peggy - I appreciate your sweet compliment. Thank you!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Shauna - Thanks for the kind compliment! I hope your weekend is lovely.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Bill - I could see you skipping through your yard collecting quail eggs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Umesh - Thank you for the kind kudos. Be well.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Eric - I bet you could. I hope you and your family are well. Have a wonderful weekend.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 10, 2020:

What a great idea and just right for someone stuck in self isolation, to help them feel happier.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 10, 2020:

The basket of flowers is a good idea as they are so pretty. I have not thought of doing anything like this lately so I appreciate your directions. Have a nice Easter Sunday, Flourish.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Your Easter basket is beautiful! What great gifts those would make to give to special people. It is so bright and cheery looking.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 10, 2020:

Flourish, your basket is so pretty! I'll bet it holds lots of Easter eggs and goodies for the kiddos.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 10, 2020:

Cool idea! Totally not for me, since I'm about as crafty as an aardvark, but cool idea nonetheless.

Happy Weekend to you!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 10, 2020:

So cute and beautiful. Good DIY exercise.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 10, 2020:

I am not much of a crafter but I liked this. Hmm depending maybe my boy and I can get it done for Mother's day. Hard to make surprises these days.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 10, 2020:

Liz - I appreciate your kind comment. I love crafting.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 10, 2020:

What a lovely idea to pass the time in lockdown and to brighten up our homes this Easter.

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