How to Make a Silk Flower Spring Basket
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.
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.
Items for Project
Tools 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)
decorative ribbon or other adornments (optional)
miniature battery-operated LED string lights (optional)
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.
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.
Make a Floral Basket for a Special Occasion
birthdays & anniversaries
Administrative Professional's Day
International Woman's Day
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