Flowers-&-Vegetables Display ~ Carrots and lettuce leaves arranged around the inside of the wide vases create a unique look. Keep the vegetables propped up by placing a smaller vase inside the larger one and laying the vegetables in between. Wrap string around the vases for a homespun accent. Place a decorative bird or bunny nearby to give the display an Easter touch.
Springtime Door Decoration ~ Gather a bouquet of flowers, real or silk, into an umbrella for a door display full of country charm. Tie a ribbon around the umbrella to hold the bouquet in place, and add a few dyed, blown-out eggshells for extra Easter fun.
Twig Easter Nest Centerpiece ~ Celebrate Easter and spring simultaneously with this pretty table topper. Simply purchase a faux bird's nest online or at a crafts store (or build your own), and fill it with plastic eggs for a quick centerpiece.
Spring Pom-Pom Flower Decoration ~ Faux spring branches and homemade pom-poms crafted from yarn are the perfect Easter accent for a side table or a mantel. Dress up a mason jar with ribbon, fill with small pebbles or birdseed, and stick in branches. Learn how to make your own yarn pom-poms with our step-by-step tutorial, available here.
Spring Curtain Decor ~ Give the window curtains a little springtime sprucing by replacing curtain hooks with colorful ribbons. Be sure to tie the loops loosely enough to allow for easy sliding.
Yellow Daisy Candleholders ~ Place a rubber band around a votive holder and tuck in a bright marguerite daisy, then place in a small dish with water. March a line of these down the center of a table or place one at each setting for a fresh Easter decoration.
Tea Time Flower Display ~ Red tulips and white roses are awe-inspiring inside a stacked cup and kettle. Using two different colors adds interest, while the matching green dishes keep the display cohesive.
Simple Mantel Display ~ Cut plant sprigs and place them in vases and bottles for a simple mantel display that you can keep up throughout spring.
Flower Easter Cups ~ Form a flowerlike favor by nesting a mini paper baking cup inside a standard-size one. Perch both on an egg cup and fill with an Easter treat. For a place card, prop a tag between the liners.
Get ready for fall with these fresh Fall ideas for decorating with gourds and pumpkins. Use them to add autumn elegance to your home both inside and out. I love the vases!
Crafty Gourd Critters
Fashion a family of friendly critters to nestle on a fence post or railing. Use small pumpkins and gourds for bodies and attach sunflower seeds, feathers, and nuts with hot glue to make facial features.
Craft a set of candleholders from gourds by simply cutting off the tops and hollowing out the centers. For an easy autumn display, arrange them in a metal tray filled with green hedge apples.
Hanging Gourd Vase
Hook a swan gourd over a balcony rail to create a hanging vase. Cut a 1- to 2-inch hole near the neck of the gourd, remove a bit of the pith, and insert mums, black-eyed Susans, and a length of Virginia creeper.
Carved Pumpkins aren't limited to October 31. Turn a few pumpkins into bowls by cutting off the top and scooping out the insides. Use a pencil to trace a scallop design and carve. A power drill and drill bits make quick work of adding decorative circles. Place a vase of flowers in one pumpkin and candles in others. Display with squatty pumpkins with their stems cut off for optimal stacking potential. CO:BHG.com Mix it and Match it because well, everyone loves all that fall has to offer -- pumpkins, flowers, baskets, and leaves! No need to pick a favorite with this mix-and-match design featuring several pretty ideas: gourds pouring from an upturned basket, dried hydrangeas in a tin vase, and scattered leaves around the whole display. CO:BHG.com
Use these easy plant-by-numbers recipes to put together the most beautiful hanging baskets in your neighborhood.
Create a Contrast
Even though they're old-fashioned, geraniums are still a top pick for hot, sunny spots -- and they mix well with just about everything. (No wonder they're tried-and-true favorites.) This red geranium is dressed up with a flowing skirt of draping ivy and blue lobelia and a top hat of a simple dracaena for a classic look.
A. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Designer Cherry') -- 1
B. Dracaena marginata -- 1
C. Lobelia 'Waterfall Blue' -- 4
D. Ivy (Hedera helix) -- 3
Try Several Shades of One Color
Create drama in your landscape with a container that mixes several shades of your favorite color. Here, hues of pink fill out and trail down the sides of this hanging basket. We love the inclusion of the coleus; its deeply colored foliage adds beautiful depth to the planting. Grow this beautiful basket in a spot with full sun.
A. Coleus (Solenostemon…