Arkansas weather has been DREARY lately. On a quick trip to Walmart Saturday afternoon, I couldn't resist the cheery pots of tulips tempting me on the way into the store. I wanted to share the cheer and drive away the gloom, so I decided to display them on my door. Here's how this easy and inexpensive project came together.
Luckily, I had the basket on hand from a recent find at Tuesday Morning (under $10). It is similar to the one I crafted on a budget a couple of years back. The weave of the basket is fairly tight but to be safe, I also lined the basket with coconut fiber liner (less than $3) and filled it 2/3 full with potting soil (on hand).
The tulips were around $1.50 each and I grabbed three. I needed a little something to go with them, so I also picked up a small pot of variegated ivy for under $3.
Tip: When picking out the tulips, I looked for the pots with multiple plants/bulbs to get the most bang for the buck. The same goes for the ivy - I picked the fullest pot with multiple trailing pieces for the most visual impact.
Carefully remove the tulips from the pots, gently spread the roots around a bit and tuck into the basket. Fill in with potting soil being careful not to add soil above where they were in the pots. Repeat with the ivy.
For a little extra character, I added an iron butterfly pick (found on clearance at The Full Moon for under $3). If you don't have a pick on hand get creative - twigs, a bird's nest or a floppy bow would work nicely, too.
Then drop from your door with ribbon. I used bright green burlap ribbon (from A to Z in Alma, Arkansas for only $2.95 a roll) to add another spring touch. My basket full of posies came together for under $25 and about 30 minutes of fun.
Do you ever use live flowers on your front door?
~Southern Fried Gal