I don’t know about you but I like to be greeted with something bright and cheerful when I come home. I like it to begin as soon as I pull into the driveway and continue as I walk down the sidewalk, up the steps and into the front door.
This year I chose to keep a continuous theme of pretty pink tulips and small white accent flowers. (I found both on clearance at a local store and fell in love so I bought 5 bouquets and when spring came, dug them out, cut the bouquets into individual stems and began creating.)
Today I want to share some of those creations (or alterations) with you.
Please note the total cost for decorating outside for spring came to less than $17 out of pocket and took less than 30 minutes total to complete (if you don’t count looking for supplies). Keep in mind all these items will be used over and over again including the flowers, (unless our friendly feathered friends have found them and in that case they go away- the flowers not the birds.)
We’ll begin at the Driveway
The first thing I did the spring after we moved in was find two containers to use as large pots outside the garage door.
If you look closely you will notice that they do not match.
The one on the left is the bottom of a wooden flower basket my grandfather created and the other is an old barrel someone was tossing out. Both are filled with dirt and work very well at staying put in the high winds we often have here in central Illinois.
I rotate the blooms or décor based on the season but in the summer we use living flowers.
(Last year’s “Spring” display looked so real that my husband watered them for a month before he realized they were not living flowers- the look of dawning on his face was priceless!)
Next we added these pretty pink tulip stems to create a “fake” tulip bed along the front porch.
It was “created” by simply inserting the individual stems into the ground at intervals between the returning live plants.
On our porch we have an amazing wicker patio set and our faithful 12 year old dog, Meisha.
A white wicker furniture set is something I have always wanted but could never bring myself to buy until last year when I found the entire thing for $40 in Findlay, Illinois.
All it required was some TLC, a wire brush, garden hose and paint. As you can see it has been outside all winter and held up quite nicely.
With the nasty winds we have here, anything I put on the table has to be weighted down or brought in during windy weather (we are surrounded by open fields on each side, hence my love of rocks and glass stones for weights).
The bowl and pitcher set were purchased for $.50 at a garage sale (and will hopefully become part of a water fountain in our tiered garden once spring is over).
We weighted both the pitcher and bowl down with glass beads and chips then inserted the pink tulips with individual stems and white accents. The entire thing took less than 5 minutes (after I picked out the base from the options in the craft room).
For the front door we kept it basic with a simple burlap wreath and a glittery pink plastic bow I purchased last year from the Dollar Tree. (Yes, this is the same wreath we used in the St. Patrick’s Day Display.)
The WELCOME birdhouse was purchased from a yard sale last year and came with orange & yellow mums attached. I decided they looked odd with the pretty pink tulip decor and removed them by replacing the missing flowers with some loose sprigs and greenery I had in my floral reserve.
(Of course then my creative side kicked in and I had to hunt down a pair of lovebirds and eggs to add to it. Five minutes later I was quite happy with the new pretty pink tulip WELCOME birdhouse post.)
On the right is my newest item purchased for $5 last night at Bailey’s Auction House.
The little metal man.
He arrived with worn out yellow daffodils and as “springy” as they sound they didn’t match the pretty pink tulip décor I had in mind so I simply ripped them out and replaced them with the remaining pretty pink tulip stems I had left and filled in the gaps with more of the loose greenery I keep in my floral
We kept the outdoor decor approach simple this year as we are still trying to deal with the fire, paperwork, field trips, and other family things that come up.
Please feel free to share your thoughts, questions, ideas and photos. We would love to see how you decorate for spring.
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