Autumn Door Hanging
During the fall the cycle of bloom in the garden begins to come to a close. We no longer have these 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. One that is easy to make because there is still so much left in the garden to use.
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 these are from an elaeagnus shrub but you can use any leaf that is tough and leathery. Now I just arrange the leaves 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. Now 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.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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