Sunday, October 6, 2013

How to Make an Early Fall Door Decoration

I was inspired by a Southern Living video, in which James Farmer used plants from the Fall garden to make a decorative door broom. 
So, I decided to try to make one, too.

I gathered cuttings from the yard...

...and took everything to the deck. I always make a mess, and the deck is easy to clean.

The broom I had, is one of those you see this time of year in the floral section of the grocery store, but I found this one at Goodwill.

I used lace cap hydrangea, purple basil...

...variegated privet, rose hips... 

...and a few sprigs of Indian Hawthorne. 
I made two bunches, using rubber bands to tie each, then placed the ends together and wired them to the broom.

I hung it on the kitchen door, and added a few more sprigs to fill in. 
It probably won't last a long time, since most of the cuttings won't dry in place, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. 
I just hope there won't be any critters living in it, like in the front door wreath. The praying mantis lived there for a week and left, but now something else has moved in. 
Next time, I'll tell you what's living there now.

If you'd like to see the Southern Living video, click here.  James also shows an awesome pumpkin arrangement on the video. 

Hope you're having great Fall weather.

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It looks gorgeous. I think the rose hips are the perfect touch. In NC we have a lot of bittersweet and I always made wreaths and added it to every arrangement. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon. I'm making another pumpkin...looks a little better than my first one! lol Hugs!

My Garden Diaries said...

That is absolutely beautiful!!! WOW! And the fact that all of the clippings are from your garden make it that much more stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home said...

That's a gorgeous arrangement! I love all of the natural element you chose and tied them together so beautifully. The colors are amazing!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That looks beautiful Babs!!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Wonderful job Babs! The broom is a cute look with the natural elements. :-)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

This is really cute, and a change from a wreath!

Anonymous said...

It's absolutely beautiful, Babs!

Anonymous said...

This is gorgeous! I always love natural elements in home decor. You have done an outstanding job of decorating your broom!

for the love of a house said...

The flowers and colors you used are just beautiful Babs! I love that you used fresh flowers instead of fake- it makes such a difference.
happy fall!

Mary said...

Very pretty! Great colors.


Suzan said...

What a neat idea for a front door decoration!! Everytime I walk into Krogers, I can smell those cinnimon smelling brooms --- Believe I'll do the sme thing!! I love the cinnimon smell in my house.

Kelly said...

I love it! It's such a nice alternative to a round wreath. You're getting pretty good at this wreath making stuff! You could make those and sell them.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Your decorative door broom is gorgeous! So beautifully created. TFS. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
Hugs, Gayle.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... so very James Farmer too1

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is awesome!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the broom, what a pretty arrangement. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

This is really pretty, Babs! Love how it looks on your door!

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is just gorgeous! Love the variety of colors and textures,
I'll have to give it a try.

JP said...

A beautiful the rose hips!

JP said...

A beautiful the rose hips!

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Babs! Thanks for sharing your Fall broom décor with us. I watched the video that you gave a link to and loved it!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

You added just the right touches, so very pretty!!!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Beautiful Babs! I love the combination of gatherings you used. Great textures for Fall! Thanks for sharing with SYC.