As seasons change and I focus on changing up the décor inside my house, I’m sure not to neglect the exterior as well. You might have noticed Rona, Grace, and I have a thing for wreaths (Valentine’s, Berry Letter, Burlap Bubble, Boxwood Bunny). I’m sure there will be many more to come, but here’s another piece of spring door decor to add to the list.
For spring I wanted to get some floral action going on the front door. One day I was checking out HGTV’s website and found this lovely creation (although those colors are a bit more early fall to me than spring). I hit up my favorite crafting stores and set out to make my own version. There aren’t any instructions for this craft because it’s really just your basic flower arrangement.
What you need:
Flowers/greens of your choice
Ribbon of your choice
Choose a basic layout/pattern for your blooms and cut the stems down to size. I chose to stick a piece of floral foam in the bottom of my basket so my stems wouldn’t wobble around.
Interesting how a just a few flowers and a basket can make such a cute decoration.
St. Patrick’s day has always been an ignored holiday in our house in terms of décor—I usually jump from winter straight into spring. People always assume I go all out for St. Patrick’s day because I’m the pastiest of white and have freckles. So, in the spirit of my wee sliver of Irish roots, I figured I had to try and get at least one shamrock or something going on.
If you couldn’t tell from my other posts, we don’t really feature loud colors or glittery accents at our house. We’re a bit more subdued and au naturel ‘round these parts. When I saw this on Etsy, I knew two things: one, that it would fit in perfectly with our style, and two, I could make that sucker on my own.
What you need:
1/4” plywood—I used leftover from my Berry T Wreath post
a print out of your shamrock –- I free styled a large version based off of a smaller print out
Spray Paint- optional
Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store
Print out your shamrock so you can trace it onto your wood OR draw a shamrock freestyle on your wood.
Power up your jigsaw and get to cutting. Be patient while cutting, as it is more difficult to cut curves rather than straight lines. Is it wrong that I always want to say “get jiggy with it” whenever I mention a jigsaw in my projects? It’s one of my absolute favorite tools!
Give it a quick sand to ensure you don’t have any shards of wood that are exposed—we don’t want any splinters.
As with my Berry T Wreath, I chose to spray paint the wood before covering it. I did not want the natural wood color showing on the edges of the shamrock, so I gave one coat of spray paint to the sides and top of the shamrock.
Trace your shamrock onto the back of your moss sheet and cut it out.
(Does anyone else think of Joey from Full House whenever they hear this phrase, or am I the only weirdo?)
Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Be prepared for a bit of a mess—moss sheds!
Now, I know that some stores carry moss that has adhesive on the back– no such luck for this girl. If you find that type of moss, I would imagine that the adhesive on the back would be sufficient to adhere to the wood, no glue gun necessary– talk about easy!
So we’re a mere 4 days from Valentine’s Day and I am still trying to get some sort of Valentine’s display going. As someone who had no decorations, I’m happy with the few things I have set up. This year was a start (last minute at that), and I know it can only get better for next year.
While I was perusing in Michaels, I saw lots of tiny balls made out of flowers. They almost looked like kissing balls, but on a much smaller scale. They came in hot pink, red, white, multi-color glitter, and many other pastel colors. I liked the idea but not the colors, so I decided to make my own flower ball.
Here they are:
What you need:
Styrofoam balls—I used one 4 inch and one 3 inch, both of which I already had
Flower blooms of your choice—I raided the clearance section of Michaels
This was the easiest craft I’ve ever done. I am known to choose crafts that are detailed or involved, but not this time! Take that Grace and Rona
Cut off all of the blooms from the stems. Do not cut off the harder plastic piece that joins the bloom to the stem! You can see this piece more clearly in Step 2’s photo.
Stick the blooms into the Styrofoam. Stick them close together so none of the Styrofoam peeks through.
Continue this until you work your way all around the ball. Since my blooms were snug I had no worries they would fall out of the Styrofoam. (I’ve dropped it, tossed it into the air to test this, and those bad boys stayed put.)
Admire your handiwork. These took me about 15 minutes per ball to complete.