The summer weeks pass by quickly that now’s the time to get your shed or home ready for the Fourth. Our friend and uber-creative stylist Mary McCachern has created this gorgeous door basket using fresh hydrangea and small fabric flags. Pair this with some red, white and blue bunting and your space will have an irresistibly festive glow. It’s easy and versatile – let’s get started!
Fabulous Fourth Floral Basket
Step 1. Cut your flowers and greenery in the morning when the stems are fully hydrated and not water-stressed from the heat.
Step 2. Strip the leaves that will be below the waterline, removing the excess foliage, and damaged petals and recut the stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake. Place them in a clean bucket with room temperature water and some floral preservative to condition them and let them sit several hours or ideally, overnight.
Step 3. Line your basket with plastic bags. (I used grocery store bags that were brown in color to blend with the basket so they would be less obvious through the wicker.)
Step 4. Prepare your floral foam. Tip: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.
Step 5. Place your wet floral foam in your basket, trimming it to fit. Use waterproof floral tape to secure it to your basket if needed. Add your flower stems to the wet foam and then your mini flags.
Your arrangement will last up a week depending on the types of flowers you use and how much sun it receives on your door. Mist your flowers daily with a spray bottle of water to help them stay fresh and prolong the life of your arrangement. Note: Hydrangeas are thirsty flowers and require lots of water.
Be sure and visit Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is. Her potting shed story is not to be missed.