Today’s Post: how to make your own easy and beautiful DIY spring planters and how I styled our porch for spring.
This spring porch has been quite a long time in the making.
I have to confess that I was beginning to feel embarrassed that the Fed Ex guy was being greeted at the door by a porch full of Christmas greenery, cross country skis, and a sled. I don’t mind keeping the Christmas porch around until early February; but as soon as those primulas hit the grocery store each year it’s like a warning beacon that it’s time to switch over to spring.
Due to some extra snow and frost, things got a lot behind this year, but it’s done! And, really, it’s just in time as the days are growing longer and it’s finally starting to feel like spring around here!
Early spring, but spring-ish, none-the-less…
And, this week, I’m really excited to be joining up with the Spring Styling Tour series, hosted by Jenn of Town and Country Living. Each day some amazing bloggers are sharing a room in their home all decorated for spring… but they are NOT just sharing the END result! We are all sharing the process we follow along the way! 27 posts packed full of insider tips and tricks and step-by-step ideas for how we decorate and style our homes for the season. Fun, right?!? At the bottom of the post you can check out all the tours from this week!
Our porch was previously looking more like this…
Definitely time to de-Christmas-ify!
For spring I wanted to keep things simple and clean. A few simple and cheery DIY spring planters was the answer. These were super fast and easy to pull together. First, I visited my favourite local nursery and picked out a variety of cheerful and colourful spring bulbs and plants.
I bought: hyacinths, ranunculus, irises, tulips, daffodils, a couple of varieties of primulas, pansies, and daisies.
I had some red branches left over from my winter/Christmas pots that I decided to reuse, as well as some faux pussy willow stems.
I started by playing around with the arrangement of the plants in the different pots until I was happy with the design. I tried to place the larger plants toward the back of the plants, and smaller ones near the front. After the main, foundational plants were in place I added some of the smaller primulas and pansies in the front.
Then, I just went ahead and planted them! Once they were in place, I tucked the branches and pussy willows into the center/back of the pots to add some extra height and interest.
I also added my simple DIY spring wreath to our front door, and brought out our coir doormat from last spring/summer. It was still in good shape and I love the colours, so why not reuse it, right?
Lastly, I cleaned the porch and touched up the chipped paint to give it a fresh and springy feel. We are actually planning to redo the surface with the same material that we used on to redo our lower patio last summer, as I know it will hold up much better than the concrete paint does.
I am so thrilled to have our porch in fresh, springy shape and looking welcoming and cheery again!
And, as I mentioned, this week I’ve hopped on board with the Spring Styling Series hosted by my sweet friend Jennifer at Town and Country Living. I just know you’ll love all the tips, ideas, and springy inspiration that my fellow blogging friends are sharing this week as well…
Monday – Living Rooms
Tuesday – Dining Rooms
Wednesday – Kitchens
Thursday – Porch/Entryway
What stunning ideas, right?!?! I can’t wait to take it all in!