A Summer Front Door Basket

I teased you a little on Friday about a new feature and I’m so excited to share it today. I’ve teamed up with 5 awesome and talented bloggers to share our ideas and hopefully give some inspiration on different DIY projects. On the 3rd Monday of each month, we will introduce a new theme and share our DIY for that theme. This month’s theme was summer front door and porches.

Welcome to the very first “A Dose of DIY” blog hop.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.comFor this month’s project, I chose to dress up my blue front door for summer. I did have my spring wreath still hanging but I was ready for something different and I’ve been dying to use this basket that I got a while ago at World Market. I’m a simple project kind of gal and this project was no different. I did end up buying quite a bit of supplies at Hobby Lobby, but most of it was returned.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.com

Hydrangea were on top of my list because, hey, nothing says summer more than they do right? The pink daisies were chosen to add some color but they didn’t make the cut and went in the return pile, same with the ivy. I was going to try to use the ribbon around the basket but the small chalkboard plaque won out in the end and the ribbon joined the daisies and ivy. So I kept it simple with the basket filled with hydrangea.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.comTo keep the flowers in place in the basket I used some dry floral foam. I had to cut it in half to fit but it worked like a charm.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.com

I added the little chalkboard plaque by simply threading the jute twine, that was attached to the plaque, through the basket and tying the ends. I used a chalk pen to add my greeting.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.com

A couple of leftover greens from my last wreath project, and my basket is complete. I’m ready for summer…well, my front door is ready for summer.

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.com

Summer front door basket filled with hydrangea | chatfieldcourt.comNow that you’ve seen my summer front door/front porch project, you’re going to want to visit the other 5 ladies and their awesome projects…Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable, Jill from Sew a Fine Seam, Michele from Shelstring, Tammy from One More Time and Sarah from Creative Ramblings. Not a bad deal, you get six doses of DIY today for the price of one.

a dose of diy blog hop






  1. Kim
    Monday,June 15, 2015 / 6:27 am

    Hi, Kristi! Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve neglected my front door this year, but now you’ve got my wheels turning. Thanks for sharing your easy but pretty solution! Blessings~

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 15, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks so much Kim. I don’t have a lot of space to decorate so I like to do something with the door each season.

  2. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Beautiful! Love the color of your door – the basket of flowers plays off of it wonderfully!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 15, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks Jill. The blue is really a fun color to decorate with. I’m really loving your cute summertime porch too.

  3. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Kristi, your basket is beautiful…and that door color? Fabulous!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 18, 2015 / 5:10 am

      Thank you Kim. I really appreciate it.

  4. onemoretimeevents
    Monday,June 15, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Love simple projects…and yours is just the perfect! I can see why you couldn’t wait to use your basket…it looks great on your front door!!!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:11 am

      Thanks so much Tammy. Simple projects are good for me because I change things around often. Loved your summer porch…such a pretty space.

  5. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 11:26 am

    I love your simple front door decor. This is better than the typical wreath. I am jealous of your front door color. I live in a condo and I can only have white. 🙁

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 3:50 am

      I understand the white door thing, I’ve lived in a condo too. Can you paint the inside? You could at least use a pretty color there if you want. My door has really faded (and it doesn’t even get any sun) so I’m starting to consider another color. Thanks for stopping in Debbie and I hope you have a great week.

  6. MaryJean
    Monday,June 15, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Love the basket idea. One question, do you have enough room between the door and your storm door so it doesn’t get squished?
    Did I notice your rug is a different pattern now? Like it!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:06 am

      Thanks MJ. I actually do have room between my door and storm door but my opening is pretty deep. The basket I got is quite big but I did see smaller ones that may fit normal size openings. Oh and my rug is the same…maybe it looks different because it’s dirty from winter. ;p Hope you have a great week, my friend.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:14 am

      Thanks Sarah! I don’t usually decorate my door for summer, so this is a really nice change. Your pinwheel wreath is awesome and looks like summer. Love it.

  7. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Hello from Down Under! We aren’t very good at decorating our front doors here in Australia-maybe I should try and start a new trend and use your idea! It’s gorgeous!

    It’s great to see you again after my very long blogging break! I’m finally back and ready to get into it again. If you feel like joining another linky party I’m starting a new one! It’s called Sundays Down Under and it will begin Saturday evening your time. I would be so thrilled if you could join in!

    Take care and best wishes for a wonderful week.
    Natasha in Oz

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:37 am

      Hi Natasha and welcome back!

      You should totally start a new trend and show Australia that dressing your door for summer is the thing to do. 😉 I don’t usually put anything up for summer but it’s a nice change and I love the basket.

      I would love to join your linky party on Saturday. You always had some great contributors join in your last one. Thanks so much for the invite and we’ll see you on Saturday.

  8. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    What a cute alternative for the usual wreath, Kristi! Love the contrasting colors on your door, beautiful!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 15, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks so much Cristina. I found this basket last year and I’ve been waiting to use it on my front door.

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 15, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      I appreciate it Deb!

  9. Monday,June 15, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    My side door is a similar color and the basket is just what it needs! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 3:52 am

      So glad that it inspired you Debbie. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Shirlee
    Monday,June 15, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    The blog hop sounds interesting and a little different than the norm in that there is a theme. Looking forwards to following along.
    The basket looks great on your door, love the little touch of the welcome chalkboard plaque. I have a question about the chalk pens. Where do you buy them and does the chalk ink wipe off so you can reuse the chalkboard?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:02 am

      I’m excited about the blog hop and I hope that we can share some interesting and inspiring projects. It’s fun to see how everyone interprets a theme.

      I bought the chalkboard pen at Hobby Lobby and it will wipe off but you may have a ghost of your letters/design. I’ve not used the pen very much but the few times I have, I’ve had that problem. You could just throw a coat of chalkboard paint over to cover it though.

  11. Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 12:28 am

    I thought I was the only one who overly shops and takes half of it back! lol I love how the basket turned out. Perfect for summer!!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 4:41 am

      Ha, you can never have enough supplies when you start a project, am I right? Thanks for stopping in, I’m loving your summer porch and that awesome fishing creel door hanging. So creative.

  12. Tuesday,June 16, 2015 / 11:32 am

    Aw, I can’t wait to have a real house and have cute stuff like this hanging on my door! Our apartment just doesn’t have the room/access for this. 🙁

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 17, 2015 / 3:51 am

      Thats too bad Giedre. Can you hang something on the inside of your door, maybe with a Command hook?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 17, 2015 / 3:58 am

      Thanks so much Pamela!

  13. Thursday,June 18, 2015 / 8:52 am

    I’ve always loved a basket of flowers on a front door. so much easier to decorate and change up. LOVE that gorgeous color on your front door!!

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 19, 2015 / 2:57 am

      Thanks so much Debra. It is easier to decorate and change a basket. I hope to get a lot of use out of it.

  14. Thursday,June 18, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Oh I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your blue front door Kristi! And the basket adds the perfect summer touch! Thank you so much for sharing at SYS and have a wonderful weekend!
    XO Barbara

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 19, 2015 / 3:01 am

      Thanks Barbara and I appreciate you hosting such a fab party every week. There’s always tons of inspiring projects to check out. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Sunday,June 21, 2015 / 3:09 am

      Thanks so much Amy!

  15. Sunday,June 28, 2015 / 8:03 am

    This is such a cute project, and it looks great hanging on your door! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,June 28, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much Iris, I appreciate you stopping by.

  16. Thursday,June 2, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Love your basket and the hydrangeas are perfect for it.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,June 4, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Thanks so much, Beverly.

  17. Thursday,June 2, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    I love the basket idea instead of a more traditional wreath! It’s perfect for summer 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,June 4, 2016 / 2:42 am

      Thanks Emily! 🙂

  18. Saturday,June 4, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Beautiful! I love how the green of the hydrangeas pop against the blue of your door. I would love it if you linked up this post at the Family Joy Blog Link-up Party which starts on Sundays at 12EST on Ava’s Alphabet and 5 other blogs. Hope you are having a great weekend!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 8, 2016 / 3:43 am

      Thanks, Cristina! I’ll be sure to stop over to visit your party.

  19. judy h.
    Tuesday,May 23, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Absolutely charming! I love this! What a perfect decor accent against your gorgeous front door!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 30, 2017 / 6:39 am

      Thanks so much Judy, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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