This week we’ll continue with the theme of hanging containers and share a simple flower girl’s basket we created for an upcoming event. Birch bark tubes are a popular way to add a little rustic beauty to a DIY wedding reception, so we thought it would be fun to show you how to incorporate them into your ceremony flowers too. This ribbon-handle basket could be used to hold petals or fall leaves for the little gal to toss at an autumn ceremony or a sweet posy for her to hold as she walks down the aisle.
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Birch bark tube (check with your local florist, or available in our shop. Make sure to use birch bark that is responsibly harvested- please do not steal bark from live trees!)
Square of felt or fabric
Slightly tapered empty plastic container
Box cutter or utility knife
1. CAREFULLY cut birch tube to desired height with a box cutter or utility knife.
2. Trim ends with floral snips or scissors to make edge nice and even.
3. Place plastic container inside birch tube and make a cut mark at the point where the container tapers out and is too large to fit inside.
4. Remove container and trim the top off at the cut line. This will allow the container to fit snugly inside the tube.
5. Trim a square of fabric so that when the corners are folded up around the container there is about an inch extra hanging off.
6. Put a bead of hot glue along the bottom edge of the container and press down onto the center of the fabric.
7. Put some more glue on the lower corners and fold up to attach to the sides of the container.
8. Place the fabric-covered container into the birch tube and press down evenly until the bottom is level. You may need to make a small slit in the plastic if the fabric is bulky to get it all the way in. You will now have a clean looking fabric bottom to your birch tube.
9. Next, glue the overhanging corners to the inside of the birch to secure the container in place.
10. Now you’ll want to punch a small hole at least a half inch from the top of the tube. Be sure the hole is not too close to the top or the birch might crack. You can reinforce the top of the tube with a piece of duct tape for safety against splitting. Make a second hole directly across from the first. If the holes are uneven the basket will not hang straight.
11. Tie a large knot in your selected ribbon and pull the un-knotted end through one of the holes (so the knot is on the inside). Adjust ribbon to desired length and push through the second hole. Put a knot in the end and secure to the inside of the birch with glue. We also attached a second small bow to the ribbon handle.
12. Place a small piece of wet floral foam inside and get to arranging! You’ll want to be aware of where the ribbon handle is- any flowers placed right next to it will get a little roughed up. We made our arrangement so the blooms flowed out around the sides of the ribbon and didn’t get crushed when the handle was held up.