Doing The D-I-Y: Flower Girl Baskets

After finally finishing the ring bearer pillows, I wanted to get the matching flower girl baskets done. I scoured for the perfect baskets, purchased them, and then watched them on my kitchen counter for months before I finally found the motivation to decorate them.

Personal Photo: searching through what felt like endless options.

Personal Photo: Narrowing it down and moving baskets around to get a group shot of my options.
Personal Photo: Making a selection!
Personal Photo: Loading up all the supplies. Feeling overwhelmed.

My glue gun and I got real friendly that night I finally got it together. I took me a couple hours, but it was worth it. And now for a montage. Everybody likes a montage. Even Rocky had a montage! (Anyone get that reference? America! F*#k yeah? Moving on…)

Personal Photo: Step 1) Gather your supplies. In my case, it was just the matching ribbons from the ring bearer pillows and my trusty glue gun. Make sure you have plenty of glue sticks on hand.
Personal Photo: Step 2) Cut tulle and glue to bottom of basket. In the photograph, you could see where it was doubled up, but in real life, it looked uniform. Don’t use too much glue here, or your fingers will be burned when you press down the tulle into the glue.
Personal Photo: Step 3) Glue ribbon along edge of basket. First, I glue the edge closest to the rim. Then I went back along the bottom edge and glued it into the nooks and crannies so the ribbon hugged all the curves of the basket. Otherwise, the ribbon’s end will stick out and will look the opposite of neat.
Personal Photo: Step 3) I wound ribbon around the basket handle to create a criss-crossing look. Do this with as many different ribbons as you’d like. Make sure you leave a length of ribbon on either end if you want to have hanging ribbon from the basket.
Personal Photo: Step 4) Wind end of ribbon around the rim of the basket. This only works if the weaving of the basket winds like the ribbon. cut the ends hanging from either side so they are even. Go back over the ribbon and glue down the parts that the eye won’t see to secure the ribbon.
Personal Photo: These are bits of ribbon I cut into short pieces to make a decoration on the basket.
Personal Photo: Step 5) Glue cut pieces together at angles to look like flower petals. Start with a simple cross, then add other pieces at 45 degree angles. Be liberal with the glue gun because you don’t want to have to repeat any of these little pieces.
Personal Photo: Step 6) Attach your “flower” to the side of the basket. I put one on each side of each basket. That was a lot of little pieces to glue. A lot of pieces. Also, at this point, you can trim the hanging ribbon into a shape if you’d like.
Personal Photo: Step 7) Admire your work.
Personal Photo: Here are the baskets with the pillows. They ended up matching perfectly!
Wedding image showing flower girl baskets in action

Will your ring bearer pillow and flower girl baskets coordinate somehow? What’s tying them both together?


Mrs. Kettle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
February 2012
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  1. Member
    Miss Care Bear 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:43 am

    Haha, love the team america reference, it made me LOL 🙂

    Great job on the baskets!

  2. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:45 am

    I love how they coordinate with your ring bearer pillows, great job!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:27 am

    Those are adorable! And they look great against the dresses.

  4. Member
    MrsACarpenter 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:03 pm

    Noce job. I bought baskets too. This is my next project.

  5. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:49 pm

    Love this basket. It’s so beautiful! Makes me wish we had a flower girl! 😀

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    Scottish 78 posts, Worker bee @ 3:31 pm

    turned out great!

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