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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fall Door Decor

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This little bit of Fall Door Decor that I'm sharing with you today is a part of this month's Thrifty Style Team series. And y'all...this entire piece cost me all of $2.99. Ca-ching! Sometimes the thrift store treats me well, and the day I found this old fishing basket was a good one. See how I put together this fall door decor below.
Fall Door Decor
If you're a big fan of the Ballard Designs catalog (I've been reading it since college), then you may have seen a door basket before. They have their own Adirondack Hanging Basket which is around $79. But, I was delighted to create my own for less than $5 with this creel-style basket, paint, and an old wreath that I pulled apart. Fall door decor doesn't have to be costly to be cute. Come see how this thing came together below (you've got to see its before photo). I've got all of my friends' projects linked at the bottom of the post, too.


Fall Door Decor

Truth be told, I had my previous fall wreath in circulation since 2001 (I have a photo of it in the middle of this post). I remember creating it for my little condo that I lived in as a single gal shortly after graduating from college. It's moved five times, had ribbon and extra doodads added to it and taken off of it, and survived a lot of windy Texas front porches. But, its time had come...to move on along to that great wreath heaven in the sky. No worries, I pulled everything off of it (that wasn't faded or falling apart) to re-suse (like any good, thrifty, southern woman does time and time again with old crafts). 

Fall Front Door Decorations
And from that tired, old (falling apart) fall wreath, this new front door basket was born. So, I'm good for at least another 15 years in the fall door decor department, right?

Front Door Fall Decor Ideas
I did add a couple of sprigs of leaves into the mix. I had them leftover from who-knows-what from last fall. I also added in the burnt orange table runner for even more texture (it was purchased for something else entirely and it didn't work out the way I had hoped). The burlap leaves were from my 2016 Christmas Living Room Decor (both on my mantel and tucked into my Christmas tree). You see y'all, craft hoarding always pays off in one way or another. If I could just convince the four guys in my house of that fact.

Adirondack Fishing Basket
But this little fishing basket (pictured above in its original state) was where it all started. Lately, the Salvation Army Thrift Store is my go-to for thirfting goodness. They never disappoint. I actually went in that day with the sole purpose of finding a project for this month's Thrifty Style Team series. This basket was high on a shelf, but I knew immediately that it was coming home with me. 

Redoing a Classic

It seems as though this particular basket was always just for decor, and not actual fish (whew!). I started by removing the lid, the fish tassel and the leather straps. I discarded all but the straps. 

Waverly Chalk Paint
From there, it was pretty easy. I just gave it a quick coat of Waverly's Chalk Paint (in Agave). This is my go-to chalk paint. You can see how I painted my kitchen table and chairs with it, too. The chalk paint worked perfectly since it required minimal prep.

Creel Fishing Basket
After the paint had dried, I hot glued the leather straps back into place. I didn't weave the top one, as it had originally been done. The one on the Ballard Designs site didn't have weaving, and I was trying to duplicate that look. Plus, weaving is time consuming on a basket like this. I also placed the buckle on the front of the basket, because I really liked how it looked. It was originally placed to the back of the basket.

I thought about sanding the piece a bit, but the actual basket was a bit thin and I worried I would've destroyed it in the process. 

Front Door Basket Wreaths

My Original Fall Door Decor

Above, in all its autumnal glory, is my 18-year-old wreath that I'd faithfully hung all that time. It honestly wasn't terrible. But all of those berries? They used to be a bright orange and red hue. Some are completely grey now. Even though I didn't use the bow on the fishing basket, I did save it, too...because leopard print, y'all. Everything else was pulled off and put in the new basket (except for the faded berries).

Door Basket
A little hot glue and floral wire went a long way to secure everything in place. 

Front Door Basket
I really wanted the aqua color to be a nice contrast to all of the oranges that were going into the basket. Plus, I think it will be pretty for a spring door piece, too. 

Fall Door Decorating Ideas
I added the orange burlap ribbon to hang the basket on, too. I had it in my stash, so again, no cost. I do like to hang my wreaths and front door pieces on Command Hooks. I prefer this Outdoor Bronze Metal Hook from Amazon. It's been on my door for over three years and is still going strong. 

What do you think? Would you ever use an alternate to a wreath on your front door?

Thrifty Style Team Monthly Series
And, as usual, my Thrifty Style Team friends have some fantastic (mostly fall-related posts and ideas for you). Be sure to check them all out through the links below.

Free Decorating Ideas



14 comments:

  1. Looks lovely on the door, and I agree the aqua gives a nice happy contrast. Pinned it to my wreath board to remind me I can jazz things up with pops of contrasting color.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bliss! I was overdue for a change, that's for sure! xoxo

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  2. The deep aqua blue with orange is amazing. Such a fun complementary pop with all the autumn colors. I LOVE IT!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dawn! I really appreciate that. xoxo

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  3. This is so beautiful! Love the colors! They really pop. Looks gorgeous on your door.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tamalita. So happy you stopped by. xoxo

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  4. I love this cute transformation Kristi! And I have that same basket (purchased from Goodwill a couple years ago). I may have to copy your idea one day and turn it into door decor!

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    1. Well, how fun is THAT, Cindy? We can be door basket buddies. Thank you so much, friend. Enjoy your fun weekend.

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  5. What a steal of a deal! The thrifty gods were with you that day, for sure. What a great way to re-purpose and create a whole new look for a fraction of a high end piece.

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    1. Thank you so much, Meegan! I appreciate that. xoxo

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  6. What a beautiful combination of colors! I sure wish I'd run across a basket like this!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Jane! Yes, I was super excited when I spotted it.

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  7. oh my goodness....what a score and such a cute wreath. I was actually eyeing a similar basket in the Ballards catalog just the other day but didn't want to pay the ridiculous price.

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