Rather than bombarding you with 60+ images of my home this spring (yikes!), I’ve decided to break my spring home tour up into three parts this year. Today should be fun: a brief overview of our home freshened up for spring PLUS 10 creative ways to display flowers and greenery.
If you are visiting for the first time from another blog on the Cozy Spring Home Tour (aren’t they all amazing, by the way?!)… Welcome. If you haven’t visited the others yet, be sure to scroll down to the bottom to find the links.
As I was going through the
millions hundreds of images I took (seriously, you’ve heard of a lead foot? I think I have a heavy shutter finger…), I realized that out of more than 15 places where I used (real or fake) flowers and greenery, I had only one real vase.
And it got me thinking… I know there were years when I didn’t think “decorating for spring” made much sense because I didn’t want to spend the money (nor did I have the available counter space) for fresh flowers and vases. Do I love them? Absolutely. Are they the only way to bring some touches of spring life into your home? Not at all.
Last year I shared 10 ways to freshen up your home for spring. Today, here are 10 non-traditional ways to display flowers or greenery (plus one super fun trick I’ve found):
1. Rain boots
Who doesn’t love this quirky touch? I’ve used it in years past, and it just doesn’t get old. If you want to use real flowering branches, put a mason jar of water in the bottom.
These succulents planted in moscow mule mugs (tutorial here if you’re interested) are some of my favorites. In my favorite teak bowl? Even better.
3. Wreaths… somewhere other than the front door
I love my diy eucalyptus wreath, and it’s perfect above the mantel on an antique window.
This little plant loves this spot under this cloche.
5. Tobacco Baskets
Fresh eucalyptus from the grocery store (which has since dried) acts as a perfect bedding for Peter, our Easter bunny.
I’m working on centerpieces for my brother’s upcoming rehearsal dinner which will be outside at a nature sanctuary… Rustic elegance is the goal, and I think this bucket works perfectly. Some $4 grocery store alstroemerias and dried lavender and we’re set. Too bad I’m having to enjoy them in my home in the meantime. 😉 (You also might recognize it from my recent picnic post; I couldn’t resist moving it inside to enjoy it longer.)
7. Decorative bottles
This one on my mantel happens to be mercury glass (which I love), but you could use almost anything – old wine bottles, soda bottles, and more can make a lovely, non-traditional vase.
8. Vintage bottle crates or tool boxes
This one happens to be a bottle crate, but I’ve seen many antique toolboxes with a similar shape and handle, and I think they make beautiful flower holders.
Here is a fun bonus tip for the day: did you know that you can remove the heads of most artificial flowers without damaging them? Just grasp the head near where it meets the stem and pull gently… The head comes off, allowing you to use them as I did here, but you can always put it back on the stems later if you wish to display the flowers in a traditional vase.
These fiddle leaf figs have fought long and hard. They were in pretty sad shape when I bought them (on clearance for $8 each, I might add), and then I confess that our move (when they were left in the summer sun baking for several days) and my generally black thumb hasn’t done them much good… But they are slowly reviving. I know there’s nothing revolutionary about storing your indoor plants in baskets, but I do love how they add texture that a pot never could.
This is the closest I’m getting to a vase in today’s suggestions. I love the look of floral displays in demijohns because of how they branch out from the small opening at the top. And as a bonus, it only takes a branch or two to make a major statement.
What do you think? Does that help you think outside the box a bit in displaying spring flowers and greenery? I’d love to know what other fun ways you like to do so. And if you would like to see more of our home decorated for spring, be sure to come back Friday and Monday as I will be sharing the rooms more in detail. Happy spring!
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