DIY Front Door Basket

I love changing up my front door decor, rather than having the same old wreath hanging there all the time. I’ve been seeing so many front door baskets on Pinterest lately, so when I saw this flat-back basket at a thrift store recently, I knew I could use it to make my own DIY Front Door Basket.

How to Make a DIY Front Door Hanging Basket


I visited a new local thrift store recently and came home with some great finds: A beautiful basket for gathering clipped flowers from my yard and garden, some brand new napkin rings perfect for setting a spring table, and this interesting hanging basket with pretty scroll details.

The first thing I did was add some felt furniture pads to the back, to make sure it wouldn’t scratch up my front door.

But after hanging it up on the door to try it out, I decided it was just too dark against my dark-colored door. Paint to the rescue!

I got out my General Finishes paint and set to work dry brushing it on lightly, first with a little bit of Seagull Gray, and then some Empire Gray. I was careful to let some of the natural wicker color show through to give it more depth.

Next, I taped off the basket portion and covered it with paper to protect the work I had already done.

DIY Front Door Basket taped off and ready to paint.

I sprayed the metal portion of my basket very lightly with Rust-oleum’s Chalked spray paint in Country Gray.

DIY Front Door Basket for hanging up as door decor.

I let it dry for about 30 minutes, then used fine-grit sandpaper to rub some of it off. This gave it almost an aged, galvanized metal look, which I liked!


DIY Front Door Basket ready for floral foam and faux flowers.

Finished DIY Front Door Basket

I placed a small piece of floral foam in the bottom of the basket and then arranged some pretty fall faux florals inside my door basket. A pretty fall ribbon is the finishing touch.

DIY Front Door Basket wreat with floral foam, faux flowers and ribbon makes pretty door decor for any season: spring, summer, winter or FALL.

Here’s my basket “wreath” hanging on my front door. It’s a nice change from a traditional door wreath.

Plus, it can easily be switched up seasonally by changing out the flowers and the ribbon with spring or summer florals. Or even for winter, by adding some greenery, pine cones, and red winter berries.

Door decorating is easy with this beautiful front door hanging basket with faux flowers and ribbon.

The new, lighter painted color of the door basket shows up better against my brown door and will work better as I reuse it for different seasons and holidays.

I love home decorating ideas that are versatile, don’t you?

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13 thoughts on “DIY Front Door Basket

  1. Oh, I love this! The aged look of the basket is just perfect. And I love crafts like this that can be changed with the seasons. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I just love how a coat of paint can change everything…this turned out so cute and looks great against your dark front door. Such a fun idea to switch it up from a traditional wreath!

  3. Niky, you did such a lovely job transforming this basket. Lots of great techniques in your tutorial. The finished project looks terrific.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

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