Flea Market Style
It’s no secret that on my recent trip to the flea market in Round Top, Texas that I found some great deals and came home with some projects. I love going to flea markets, antique stores, garage sales, junk stores, your neighbor’s attic . . . not really, well maybe . . . . I shared some tips about how to tackle your next flea market experience like a pro in my recent blog post about all the things a chicken feeder can be used for and my favorite flea market finds. One of those tips was to go with a list. This year, one of the top things on my list was to find a fishing basket that I could repurpose and use as front door decor. Yes, you read that right. Fishing basket turned flea-market-style front door decor!
Flea Market Style
Let me tell you . . . I hit the jackpot! Can a pastor’s wife say “hit the jackpot?” I put my husband on a mission to find a basket. Husbands need a purpose (beyond spending time with their wives) at places like clothing stores and flea markets! It truly became like a treasure hunt as we made our way from vendor to vendor. And then it happened. We both spotted it at the same time. I vaguely remember my husband saying, “Jana, that basket!” My eyes had already locked on it and I was making my way straight to that basket!
Before I could even look at the price the vendor quickly said, “I am making deals today.” Even better! The price on the basket was $22. It was a large, very nice fishing basket and EXACTLY what I wanted. I mean, I think it actually had my name on it! I probably would have paid the $22, but again the vendor quickly asked, “What did I have on the basket?” I answered “Twenty-two dollars.” Again she replied, “I will take $11.” I couldn’t get my money out fast enough! I was so proud of that purchase! The best part of the purchase was my husband carrying it around for me for the rest of the day like his Jack Bauer “man-bag”. I think he was pretty proud of our “find” as well, and he is definitely a keeper.
Front Door Decor
The latest trend in front door decor is to use items other than a traditional wreath, items like a vintage fishing basket, to display a beautiful arrangement of flowers. These baskets work perfectly for a front door because they have a flat back and allow them to lay flat against the door. You won’t believe how easy this was to create. It is such a fresh, new look for the front door and I am loving it! I have a few tips that I learned through my process that will help you out.
- Look for baskets, buckets, or any vintage items that can be used for your front door decor at thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, your attic, etc., and NEVER pay full price! Negotiate!
- Buy a good industrial pair of wire cutters. Trust me, you will thank me later!
- Invest in a cordless glue gun. I finally gave in and purchased one and now there is no going back. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. Don’t be a perfectionist. Never mind my title of “7 Tips to the Perfect Spring Door Decor!” Perfect is whatever YOU want! Make it BeYOUtiful! Do I need to say it again? I am preaching to myself on this one. How many times have you either not started a project or not finished one or not liked one because you were critical of your own work? We are so hard on ourselves. Enjoy crafting! NOTHING is always going to be “perfect” in the eyes of everyone else.
- For this arrangement, I think it looks good to choose flowers that have more of a wildflower/fresh cut flowers look. If you need help with colors, remember that colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel compliment each other. For example, purple and yellow. I used several purple and yellow stems in this basket and they really do compliment each other well. If you ever have a question about specific colors for your project and you want another person’s perspective, contact me at [email protected]!
- Did you know that one of this year’s 2021 Colors of the Year is called “Illuminating?” It is a bright yellow color and just says sunshine and happiness. I tried to incorporate that into my arrangement and I would encourage you to add pops of yellow into your spring decorating this year.
Step By Step
You can see step by step how I put it all together in this video. This was a fun project to make and I love how it turned out!
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