Happy May Day! Spring is in full bloom and whether you’re decorating with faux flowers or fresh ones, May Day has always been a day to show off some floral decor. I found a pocket basket at Goodwill recently and even though it was black and not at all spring like, I knew all it needed was a couple of coats of paint and some pretty flowers to make it a perfect May Day Flower Basket.
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May Day Flower Basket
Supplies Used for May Day Flower Basket
- Wicker Pocket Basket
- Spray Paint
- Spray Sealer
- Purple Ribbon
- Hot Glue
- MFD letter
- Purple Craft Paint
- Fishing Line
- Faux Flowers
The pocket basket is just the right size for our front door. It was in really great condition and priced at $1.99. After I brought it home, I thought it could be left black and used for Halloween decor, but that’s so far away and I didn’t want to wait to use it, so I went ahead with the plan to change it into spring time decor. It just might get another paint job in October though!
I removed the ribbon and cleaned it off with a damp cloth. It didn’t need much cleaning. I used Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2x spray paint. This is an indoor/outdoor paint, so it will work well for hanging the basket on the front door. I sprayed it with a MinWax Polycrylic Sealer before adding the ribbon and flowers.
It took two coats of paint to cover up the original black color. I added a small piece of purple ribbon around the top edge. It’s hot glued in place on the back of the basket.
Next, I added some sheer wire ribbon around the basket and tied it off into a simple bow. I added a dot of hot glue in the back to keep it in place.
I bought this curly R several months ago without a plan to use it. To match the ribbon, I painted it purple using Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Grape Taffy. To seal it, I sprayed it with sealer before adding it the basket.
Using fishing line, I tied the R to the wired purple ribbon.
When I went shopping for flowers, I didn’t realize just how many purple blooms would be in stock at my local Michaels store! I spent a while choosing which ones I wanted to buy. I decided on four different types of blooms in varying lengths for the basket. Before adding the flowers to the basket, I gave them a light coat of Minwax Polycrylic Sealer. This helps to protect them from fading in the sunlight.
Starting with the longest blooms, I added them to the basket and then worked forward and to the sides to add the others. The flowers were all on sale for half off, so that cut down on the cost. I bought the ribbon at Michaels, too using a coupon of course! I already had all of the paint on hand.
Using faux flowers means I can keep this May Day Flower Basket on our door until it’s time to change it out for summer decor. Purple is not a usual color that I use for my decor, but sometimes, it’s fun to change things up a little! I like the pop of color against our black front door.
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May Day Flower Basket