A Sweetgrass Welcome

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I am so behind in adding spring flowers to my pots and to our front entry
sweetgrass baskets
to welcome our guests!

dogwood blooms

I always admire the Sweetgrass baskets at the homes on the Plantation Home Tour in Georgetown, SC.  Especially those baskets used to decorate front entries…

Charleston Sweetgrass Basket 

Sweetgrass Basket

For years I have wanted to get two of these baskets for my front entry doors but they are usually sold out by the time I make it to the Oaks Plantation where Mazie Brown has her sweetgrass baskets for sale.

Mazie Brown Sweetgrass Baskets

Well guess what?  This year Mazie still had a few of her door baskets so we got two!
They are rather expensive but considering Mazie has to collect the sweet grass, prepare it for weaving and then spend hours hand weaving these creations, it truly is a pleasure to support her craft.  I think they are beautiful!

Sweetgrass Baskets

Sweetgrass basket close up

Decided to use white silk flowers and greenery…

Silk Flowers

To hold the arrangement together I used floral styrofoam that I picked up at the dollar store...

Floral Styrofoam

Cut it to size,
I like to use a plastic knife.

Cut the Floral Styrofoam

Placed the cut styrofoam into the baskets for a real snug fit and then add the greenery.

Floral Styrofoam in basket

Ellie-Mae was my assistant.
She loves to lay her head on the floor and then cut her eyes looking up at me.  This pup has a huge hold on my heart!


Since we have double doors for our front entry I wanted to add most of the greenery and flowers on different sides of the baskets rather than filling up the center…


I have more to add, but they are coming together…


After removing the old wreaths
I cleaned the glass and my towels were green from all the pollen.

Double doors

Here they are.

A Sweetgrass Welcome

Right Side Door

Basket of Blooms

Sweetgrass Welcome

Now I need to replace the sad looking pansies in the porch urns with some ferns!

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  1. Your door looks so majestic and even made more stunning by your beautiful Sweetgrass basket! What a great alternative to a wreath Cindy! Love it!!!!

  2. They look beautiful and I see someone else, ready to greet your guests!

  3. Those are absolute perfection for your front doors. Maybe you could put something with white blooms in the urns too. I love those urns!

  4. I love the long handle on these baskets. I have a couple of sweetgrass baskets from our trip to Charleston a few years ago. Would love to have one like yours. Your door arrangements are fabulous Cindy.

  5. Hi Cindy, Such a great idea for the summer. I love the fresh greens and flowers .. and what's not to like about a sweet little basket. Nicely done!


  6. They turned out great and I really love how tehy look on your stunning front doors.

  7. Lovely - you did an awesome job filling those beautiful baskets!

  8. I love sweetgrass baskets. We have one from some time my husband was in SC. They look great hanging on your door.

  9. Hi Cindy,
    Glad you finally got your baskets. They are very nice and your arrangement is beautiful. Your dog is pretty cute too! Have a great week! Gina

  10. They turned out better than pretty good, Cindy, they are beautiful! Oh, and that little Ellie Mae is a doll. Love seeing pics of her too.

  11. Your baskets look wonderful!! I ADORE your front doors! Glad I got to see a pic of sweet Ellie Mae too. :) Love her name!

  12. Those look great on your beautiful doors. I have looked at those several times, but just can't pay what they want for them. Your dog is so pretty and I bet you have to brush that hair like I do Bailey.

  13. Cindy, these little baskets are so sweet. I would love one too. Your doors look beautiful.

  14. They look beautiful Cindy!! Love your front doors! :-)

  15. Cindy,
    These look stunning!! What a great idea!! The only thing is I would have to forfeit the SMoss because the birds would pull it out of the baskets!! LOL!!


    1. It is "faux" moss, so I am hoping the birds will leave it be. :)

  16. Cindy they are gorgeous!
    And what a cute assistant you have there! ;)
    I cant even imagine all the labour and love that goes into making those baskets!
    You have made them shine with your lovely creations in them!
    Just so beautiful as they welcome your dear guests!
    Love and hugs!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

  17. Your baskets look so pretty, love the flowers you chose and they are perfect on your doors. Hugs, Marty

  18. WOW! The baskets are sooo pretty. The doors are beautiful, and your puppy has the cutest shy look! Awww. :)

  19. Everything looks beautiful! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. The baskets are so pretty!


  20. these turned out fabulous, I don't think I would have thought of them for the doors, really beautifully done!!

  21. Cindy, your front doors are gorgeous! I have a few sweet grass baskets that I bought in Charleston. They are wonderful pieces of folk history. I like to buy hand crafted items from the US. Hadn't seen the door baskets. I like the look on the glass door.

  22. Your baskets are amazing! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  23. I have never seen baskets like these. They sure do look fabulous all decorated and hanging on a beautiful door. Deb

  24. Ooh, Cindy. I am loving your door baskets. I am a long time lover of sweet grass baskets, and I purchase one any time I am in Charleston. Unfortunately, that is not as often as I would like. I purchased my first one when I was still a teenager.


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