It is officially spring in Calgary and thankfully the snow seems to have left us early this year (knock on wood!). With the long weekend coming up, Easter dinners being planned and the sun shining, you might want to start adding some spring decorations to your home. For the “do it yourselfer” this time of year is equivalent to Christmas. There are so many inspirations and DIY ideas out there, however for someone who doesn’t have a crafty bone in their body, it can prove to be somewhat overwhelming. Here are some DIY ideas that are simple, yet will add a splash of color to any room this spring.
Every household usually has an old mason jar or two kicking around somewhere. The options with these gems are endless. You can:
- Wrap them with left-over ribbon
- Tie a bow around the top or a piece of twine for a more rustic look.
- Cover them with burlap
- Dip them in paint
- Paint designs on them such as polka dots, stars or stripes.
Once the outside is complete, fill with wild flowers, sticks, faux flowers, sand, rocks or seashells. An additional option can be to fill with water and add candles for a more romantic feel.
In the back of your garage you may have an old metal bucket laying around that you no longer have any use for; it may even be rusted and cracked. To the do it yourselfer the more rust the better! It will add a more rustic look to a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, giving a room a country spring feel.
In order to be more environmentally friendly, everything seems to come in bottles these days. So what better use could there be than to recycle them? Some options could be:
- Milk bottles
- Wine bottles
- Juice containers
- Ketchup bottles, etc.
Filling any of these containers with flowers and lining them up in a row can give a more linear modern feel to any room.
Teacups generally already have beautiful patterns and designs on them, and lets be honest everyone has them! Fill them with any of the items mentioned above, or fill them with Cadbury mini eggs. This will give the perfect Easter spring feel to any space- and it will be equally as delicious!
Flowers can get expensive if you are purchasing them regularly from your local grocery store, as they do not have a long life span. Some cheaper alternatives could be:
Take a walk through your local park or ravine and gather different types of blooming buds. The variety will add a country feel and they are completely FREE!
A budding branch needs nothing added to it, it is fresh and beautiful all on its own. Place the branches in any of the containers mentioned above and you will have a perfect Parisian centerpiece.
Buying fake flowers can sometimes be expensive, but the perk is that they will last forever. They are also multifunctional, as they can be changed and switched around depending on the season or feel of the room you are going for.
Need more ideas? Just contact any Calgary Interior Designer.
(Top photo from Recycleart.org)
Alana Kitchen, founder of Who To Call Inc., jokes that with three boys in her household she always needs a good drywaller on speed dial. When Alana moved to Calgary she quickly discovered it was an Olympic sport to find home service businesses that provided the quality service and advice she was looking for. This experience inspired Alana’s solution: Who To Call.