Since there aren’t that many flowers up in the garden yet, at least where I live. I thought it would be a good idea to add some artificial ones to give spring a bit of a boost. This is another one in my #easypeasycraft project series. Also this is a dollar store project, so it’s easy and affordable! win-win!! (I used to hate that saying when I worked in an office) I have done quite a few wreaths for the front door, so I wanted to switch it up a bit, and do a planter style front door decor piece. I called this my
Probably not going to win any marketing awards using that name 🙂 But it’s descriptive!
Spring bucket door decor Supply List:
All of these supplies can be purchased at the dollar store. I have included links here to some items for your convenience.
3 bunches of Purple Irises
2 bunches of mini daffodils
1 bunch of Amaranthus
Floral Foam or Pool Noodle
I have seen different versions of these at different stores, dollarama, dollar tree, etc. Some of them have writing on them, some are painted and they come with or without handles and embellishments. This one is clean and came with the jute accent already attached. You could use any of these, just make sure that you choose one that is either oblong, or flat on one side, so that it will sit nicely against the door. Depending on your style you may prefer a more rustic version, wth paint and a bit of distressing. I like things clean and a bit more on the minimal side, so this one appealed to me. This planter is approx. 10″ long x 6″ deep x 4″ high.
I purchased all of these flowers at the Dollar Tree. I love that they labelled them all, so you know what type of flowers they are. I went with Purple Iris’s for my main flower. I am having a bit of a purple thing at the moment. I am also painting my latest furniture project in shades of purple. So, it makes sense that it filters through everything I’m working on. Then I chose some petite Narcissus, aka mini daffodils. And for my trailing portion I found these amaranthus, which honestly I would not have known the name of, if it hadn’t been printed on the label 🙂
Thank you dollar tree for furthering my horticultural education!
You can use either floral foam or a pool noodle to secure your flowers. I didn’t have enough of the floral foam in my craft closet, but I did have a pool noodle, so I used that. It’s really easy to cut, I just used a knife and sliced through it. Make sure that it’s big enough that it won’t pull out, but you don’t want it so long that it starts to bend the planter. If you are using floral foam use enough of it that it is sitting securely in the planter. I wouldn’t reccomend just having one loose piece sitting in the middle of the planter, as that would make it too easy for your whole spring decor project to fall apart. Or for your child or husband to yank on it and have the whole thing come loose… nooooo!
Assembling the Florals
You will need to cut the stems down on the flowers, so that they are not sitting too high in the planter. use wire cutters to do this. I kept the middle section a bit longer than the sides, so that it has a bit of an arched top. I also did a youtube video for this project, and if you want to see me struggle trying to cut these flower stems down. Click here and have a laugh at my expense!
Once you have managed to cut the stems, just poke them into the noodle or foam keeping them evenly spaced. You don’t need to glue them, they will stay put without glue. Once all of your flowers are in place, adjust them as much as needed to cover up any open spaces and give them a nice look. Then add in your trailing florals. I just poked these in on a bit of an angle, and let then hang over the edge of the planter. The bunch of amaranthus that I purchased had 4 ‘sprigs’ and I cut these up separately and placed them evenly.
Filling it in
Take your artificial moss and fill in the area on top of the pool noodle so that it’s not visible from the front. You don’t need to worry about the back side, unless of course you have a glass door, which would really mess with your privacy. I didn’t glue this, I just tucked it in around the stems and on top of the pool noodle.
For finishing embellishments, you can go as big or as small as you see fit. The planter that I purchased came with the jute accent already attached. I could have just left it like that, but I chose to add a bit of ribbon. I have a great big box of ribbon in my craft room, and I toyed with lots of different ribbons layered in different combinations. But in the end I just went with this very thin metallic curling ribbon, in purple to match my irises. which also came from the dollar store.
If you are going to put a bow on the front. I suggest starting with a long piece of ribbon and then tying your bow in the middle of that piece of ribbon. Then attach the bow to the front of the planter with a dab of hot glue, and pull the ends of the ribbon tight and secure them to the back of the planter with hot glue. If you leave your loose ends in the front, and then attempt to tie the bow, it will be difficult to pull it tight.
Just one More Thing
And then after I thought I was all done with my dollar store door decor (that’s a good rhyme!!) I decided that the little bow needed a little something more, so I sifted through one of my craft totes, and found a left-over stem of plumeria. So I just pulled off a single flower, and glued that on top of the bow. Now I like it better 🙂
The final step you will need to do is to add a hanger so that you can hang it from your front door. The easiest way to do this is to attach ribbon onto the handles. I used the same thin ribbon as I used for the bow. You can easily adjust up or down depending on how high or low you want your planter to hang. If you purchased a planter without handles, you can do the same thing by attaching your ribbon to the sides of your planter with hot glue.
So now that you have completed your spring planter front door decor. Here are some other easy dollar store projects that you might enjoy!
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