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How to make a wreath {spring hydrangea}

We are in the process of cleaning out from winter and making way for spring. Our foyer and mudroom area are in the process of being cleaned from the winter snow boots and rock salt from the driveway. One of the easiest ways to prepare for spring is to add a fun bright wreath to your door or wall. The question, how to make a wreath can be easily answered by gathering any outdoor elements you love or purchasing faux flowers from your local craft store and adding them to a grapevine or foam wreath.

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I used a grapevine wreath that was in our storage room and purchased faux hydrangeas and greens from Michaels Crafts. I am not a big fan of faux flowers but many times if you layer 3 or more different types, it looks less faux. I always just choose greens I love. I used a 50% off coupon so I was able to purchase the more expensive ones which usually look less faux to me.

how to make a wreath spring hydrangeaI snipped the greens using a wire cutter and fastened with crafting wire. I also purchased a large letter “B” from Michaels and painted it a fun bright coral color. I used hot glue to fasten the letter.

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The beautiful thing about a grapevine wreath is you can just push the stem of the flower inside the wreath. You will need to wrap the green wire around the greens and tie on the back side.

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That’s it! Super easy and quick.

how to make a wreath spring hydrangea

There is no right or wrong way when it comes to making a wreath. This spring wreath took almost 30 minutes to make and it looks fabulous hanging over the shelf in our mudroom. If you are looking for more ideas on how to make a wreath, be sure to check out our fall hydrangea wreath.

How to decorate a shelf for spring {our spring mantel}

Today I am sharing how to decorate a shelf for spring. Last Christmas I added a new shelf to our family room and it was one of the easiest projects I have ever done. Who would have thought that a 30″ piece of wood would add so much character and provide fun styling opportunities for me! I recently re-arranged the furniture and added our chest of drawers from another room and placed it under this shelf.

Daffodils and boxwood, a pretty combination.

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Before I go any further though, thank you so much for all your sweet comments, shares and pins on our “how to make curtains using burlap” tutorial from last Monday. Holy smokes, I think that is the most popular project yet on this blog! The burlap curtains that I am referencing are the ones below.

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I decided to shop our house and give myself a $10 budget for this spring mantel. I am happy to say that the cost of the faux daffodils were my only expense, coming in well under $10.

I purchased the daffodils at Michaels Craft’s a couple weeks ago when they were having their giant sale which saved 50% per stem.  I added water to the vases that I already had from Home Goods to give the illusion that they were real. I’m not a fan of faux flowers but these are ok. They look real enough for me.

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TIP: I spray my faux flowers with clear acrylic  “gloss” spray made for crafting and flowers. If you want the appearance of a bright shiny flower, try this technique. Don’t spray to much on the flowers but just enough to brighten up the color.

spring mantel daffodil

I added the flying doves that I purchased from Target last spring, one of our wooden cutting boards from our kitchen as well as a white pottery pitcher from Home Goods filled with faux boxwood. I also added the Pottery Barn DIY speckled Easter eggs that we made a couple weeks ago.

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How to decorate a spring mantel can actually be really easy if you tell yourself you cannot spend any money. I know, that sounds strange but sometimes when my budget is a little more, I end up buying things unnecessarily and then become overwhelmed with what to do with it. Does that make any sense? My grandmother asked me what I was doing a couple days ago (I was working on this mantel) and she said, I hope you didn’t buy anything, you have so much stuff already! She is right, I took a page out of her book and spent under $10 for the daffodils and I’m pleased with how it looks. This entire “look”, under $20 between the mantel and the drapery. If you love the curtains, be sure to check out how I made these burlap curtains for under $7 a panel. Do you have any inexpensive shelf decorating tips to share? Leave them in the comments below, I would love to hear to them!   

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Spring mason jar crafts using fresh flowers

Spring will be here before you know it. I am so excited to start decorating and adding a little spring color to our home. Spring mason jar crafts using fresh flowers are such an easy and inexpensive way to boost a rooms mood. If you think about it, it’s not that hard to add some flowers to a group of mason jars. I don’t know about you but beautiful fresh flowers always put me in such a better mood!

spring mason jar crafts using fresh flowers

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Painted pottery planters

This past weekend was beautiful here in New England and it was a perfect time to get the planters out of the shed and cleaned up.  I have so many mis-matched planters I decided to give them a new look with some paint. Kate at Centsational Girl did a great post last week on “dipped” painted items and I decided to try the technique on a bunch of my old planters. The dipped trend is simply a two toned look. She has some great inspiration pictures, so be sure to check it out.

I used painters tape to mark where I wanted the colors to stop and start.

This entire project took about 30 minutes. Quick and easy!

Painted pottery planters can quickly change the look of a space. Bright bold vibrant colors or more subdued neutral colors, either way, your space will look beautiful. The paint colors that I used here are Benjamin Moore’s “decorators white” and Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint “french linen”. What planters do you have hanging around your house you could paint? I am working on sprucing up our foyer where these lovely’s will live so I hope to have before and after photo’s to share with you soon.

 

Spring {centerpiece} craft

Today I am sharing how I made our Spring centerpiece out of boxwood and forsythia that I recently shared on our  Spring mantel reveal.This is a craft that is quick and easy and is sure to add a pop of color to any tabletop.

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All you need is a wire wreath (about $3 at Michael’s Crafts)

Faux boxwood garland (or whatever you want your base to be).

Wrap the garland around the wire and attach with crafting wire. I purchased Forsythia at Michael’s also and just cut off the flowers from the stem and placed on top of the boxwood. If you are going to hang this, you will need to attach your flowers with wire.

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I placed it on a mirror that I already had to add a bit more character and texture to the tabletop. I love the look of raised wreath centerpieces. That’s it! In under 5 minutes, you can have a Spring centerpiece for any mantel or tabletop. 

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