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For most Canadian, you’re hardly thinking about spring in the middle of February, but the weather where I live in the Okanagan Valley has been good this past week, and while there’s still snow on the ground, there’s a “springy” feel to the air. I’m cautious though, February usually means a cold snap at some point, so I’m not quite ready to trade my winter boots for my sandals just yet. However, I felt this week was the week to share some really simple, inexpensive ways to welcome spring by upgrading your spring decor.
All of these ideas don’t involve dipping into your Easter decor because if you google spring decor, you’ll inevitably find bunnies and eggs slip into your Pinterest feed. All of these brilliant ideas, however, are ones I particularly selected because they are NOT easter decor. I’ll be throwing up an easter decor post later this month if you’re interested, but today is all about ushering in the season without too many pastels.
As for materials, if I didn’t already have it lying about, I was able to find what I needed at my local dollar store!
Garden Hose Wreath
I got this brilliant spring decor idea from Create Craft Love, and the reason I love it is that it’s unique, and best of all, you might have some of these items already lying around the house!
You will need:
- A garden hose (about 15 feet or so)
- A twist tie
- A selection of silk flowers (I like bright and vibrant colors)
- Other “springy” accessories
You start by using the twist tie to secure your garden hose into a “wreath” shape. Then you secure your flowers to the twist tie (either wrap them up in the tie or use a glue gun, up to you).
The fancy spring ribbon covers up the ugly twist tie and looks pretty. You can also add fake butterflies or ladybugs to your wreath for some extra punch.
You can find a sweet paper butterfly tutorial at Agus Yornet. I saw a pin about turning the paper template into a full-blown wreath tutorial and I just had to give it a try. Butterflies and dragonflies are among my favorite insects (along with those fuzzy little bumblebees!) so I was all over this project!
You can do a full wreath full of pretty paper butterflies, but I decided to do a bit of a cluster rather than an entire wreath. To complete, you’ll need a template and some cardstock (another thought for a bit more durability would be crafting foam, perhaps!). If you’re sticking with paper, keep in mind that you’ll probably want to keep this pretty wreath indoors and away from any weather. As I was just using this indoors, I just used some hot glue to attach them to the metal ring (you won’t need much, just a couple of drops on each butterfly).
Chalkboard Mason Jars
I saw this in my Pinterest feed one morning, and it’s super simple. If you have some mason jars lying about and some chalkboard paint, you can throw this together really quickly. If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now, you’ll know I’ve two mason jar centric posts (mason jar luminaries and cool mason jar ideas). Also, you’ll probably find a few other posts mention them because I often find these really cool crafts coming up in my Pinterest feed that I just have to try!
To make it “springy,” I recommend using it as a vase to showcase some lovely spring flowers and write a catchy phrase on it (best part of this is if you change your mind, erase and pick another phrase!).
Citronella Mason Jar Candles
With spring comes creepy crawlies. I love the look and simplicity of throwing these together. Toss some water, citronella oil, some bug-repelling herbs like basil or peppermint, lemons, and limes and finally top with a lovely floating candle. You can check out the full tutorial at The Kitchn.
Once it’s all combined, you have cool looking candles that will keep the bugs off of you as you begin to enjoy the warmer weather!
I love spring flowers, particularly daffodils and tulips. Seriously that’s how guys I date can score brownie points is bringing me one of those flowers (forget the roses!). For a more rustic look, don’t throw those flowers into a plain glass vase, have a galvanized milk jug, or use a pair of rubber boots as your vase!
Fake flowers are easiest to toss in a boot (as I’ve done below), but if you’d rather have real flowers, it might be best to have a proper vase or pot with water inside.
Vignettes Aren’t Just For Fiction
You might have heard this word in terms of telling a story and in terms of home decor, they can do that or simply anchor your eyes on a pleasing grouping of objects. I’ve seen ideas that involve setting this up on your mantel or perhaps a cute tray that sits on your coffee table.
The coffee table idea is my favorite because it prevents you from piling up papers on it (One of my nasty habits that I’d like to change!).
Indoor Herb Garden
Fresh herbs are so much better than the dried stuff. You can elect to create small separate containers for each of your herbs or combine them in larger containers to create herbs that you can incorporate into your food.
If you choose to combine herbs, remember that some herbs get along better than others. For more information, I recommend you check out this article from the Irrigation Supplies Store.
For pots, you can go as simple as terra cotta planters or even mason jars. I like the terra cotta route because I painted on some chalkboard labels so I could write on them what herb was in what pot.
Spring is an optimistic season, the nights are growing steadily shorter, and the weather is getting warmer. Decorating for spring is a great way to chase away the winter blues. I love the vibrant colors of spring, and there’s just something super cheerful about looking at a bunch of sunny yellow daffodils. I love these spring decor ideas because they are unique, but they won’t cost you a fortune to create. In less than an hour with the right materials, you can have a gorgeous pop of color on your coffee table, and I think that’s amazing!
I hope that this post has inspired you to head to your local dollar store or even your local gardening store (if you want fresh and live plants) and freshen up your spring decor! If it has, I’d love a share on social media or a pin to Pinterest!
That’s all for this week my friends, next week I’ll be keeping the spring theme going with some simple tips on gardening (for any season, but generally spring is where most people are considering their gardens!). Until then, stay crafty!