Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

Spring Crafts

I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

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2018 Spring Home Tour

2018 Spring Home Tour

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Happy First Day of Spring to you! While today is the Spring Equinox, it’s neither warm nor sunny in my neck of the woods. In fact, they’re calling for snow! However, we can pretend, right? I am just going to sit in my “freshly decorated for spring” home and watch the snow fall.

On our front stoop, we have this simple wreath, which I recently made.

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On our table in our entry way, we have this lovely spring vignette. I just love how realistic these charming little flowering branches are. I’ve had this plastic apothecary jar for ages and I love filling it with seasonal items.

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Our coffee table holds this sweet little tray vignette.

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Our faux mantle in our dining room is a little more simple than it usually is.

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Here is a closer look at each object on the “faux mantle.”

I just love that sweet little bird in the terrarium.

Lastly, our dining room table boasts a centerpiece that is very similar to the winter vignette.

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You will notice the pinecones have been replaced by bird’s eggs and a nest, and the winter pine branches have been replaced by hydrangeas.

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Even if it’s winter outside, it is definitely spring inside our home.

Happy first day of spring to you, no matter how unspringlike the weather may be.

Have a great Wednesday.

 

2018 Winter Home Tour

2018 Winter Home Tour

2018 winter home tour

 

My home always feels so naked and so bare after Christmas time. We do so much decorating for Christmas that I feel like our home needs an opportunity to breathe when we take it all down.

For this reason, I like to keep my winter decorating very simple and natural. I even reuse some of my Christmas decorations, and since I’d rather decorate for seasons rather than holidays, I can leave all of it up until Spring.

Today, I’d like to share our simple, yet elegant farmhouse winter home tour. Basically, I’ve taken my favorite things about Christmas decor and incorporated them into our winter decor.

1. Candlelight and evergreens

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One of the best ways to decorate for winter is to keep it natural. Here, I’ve used some realistic evergreen floral picks with winterberry and pine cones to decorate our china hutch.  I picked these up a few years ago from a local craft store and I’ve used them every year for Christmas and winter. Candles remind me of Christmas lights, and they just make our home feel so cozy and comfortable.

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Also on our china hutch: some red berry sprigs and a red berry wreath. The berries match the red in our winterberry, and they’re so versatile. I use them when we decorate for fall as well. There’s also a galvanized pail of “snowballs” as well.  I love incorporating sentimental items into my decor, and this stoneware pitcher belonged to my great grandmother. I love using it to show off these pretty floral picks.

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2. Lanterns add a cozy glow

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I love lanterns! If you’re familiar with my blog, you know we don’t have a mantle (stay tuned), so I decorate this pass through in our dining room as if it were a mantle. I continued our winterberry and evergreen in here, but I also added a terrarium, a pitcher with frosted berry picks, two lanterns with candles, and two small candle holders with fake snow on them.

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3. Natural elements go a long way

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I love the outdoors, so it isn’t surprising that I love bringing the outdoors inside. Pine cones are versatile because you can use them to decorate for winter, spring, and fall. Either buy some pinecones from a craft store, or pick up your own. You can find realistic looking evergreens and berries pretty much anywhere. I use these year after year and I love how realistic they look. This vignette is brightening up our entry way.

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Our dining room table contains this vignette made from a Pepsi crate I found in the mountains last spring, a gallon jar with more evergreen picks, a milkglass bowl of pine cones, and a scale my grandmother gifted to me.

Well, folks, that wraps up our 2018 winter home tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!