Autumn Door Hanging

Allen demonstrates how to create a beautiful door basket with flowers and foliage from your fall garden.

During the fall the cycle of bloom in the garden begins to come to a close. Soon we will no longer have beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables to enjoy, but there is a way to take advantage of what remains. A good way to do this is to make an autumn door basket.

I started this project by making a basket of chicken wire.

I simply cut a piece of the wire into a 15 by 20 inch piece and rolled it into the shape of a horn and covered it with burlap. I attach the burlap to the wire form with hot glue.

Now with the basket finished, I'm ready to cover it. I'm using some leaves that have been pressed and dried. Now I chose leaves from an elaeagnus shrub, but you can use any leaf that is tough and leathery. Now I just arrange the leaves with one overlapping the next like fish scales and I attach them with hot glue. To help the leaves maintain their color and shape I'll spray them with an acrylic sealer.

For the handle I'm using 2 stems that are covered in berries. They are about 24 inches long and I'll allow them to meet in the center, forming the handle. You can use grape vine if you want.

Here's the part I enjoy the most, filling the basket. You can use just about anything you want from dried flowers to a collection of interesting seed heads or even just a simple cluster of chrysanthemums.

This is a great way to enjoy the close of the season by using many simple yet beautiful things remaining in the garden.