I lack a green thumb and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. I just didn’t get the know-how or special touch when it comes to gardening. But there are some projects even I can’t possibly mess up. This gorgeous, spring-y living wreath designed by Kim Foren is one of them. It looks complicated, but it’s not! All you need are a few supplies and you’re all set.
Photo by Erica Ann Photography and Fine Art
Materials: 3-D wire wreath ring, potting soil, plants with 3-inch roots (succulents, pansies, annuals) and sphagnum moss
Directions: First, soak the potting soil and moss in water. Line the inside of the wreath with moss, then fill with soil. Plant your plants around the wreath. Pat down to secure. Water and lay flat for at least one week. After a week, hang your wreath or use as an eye-catching green centerpiece.
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Earlier this year, you know the HGTV.com editorial team was busy crafting away for Easter. I mean, give us a reason to get out the glitter and we’re there. Our favorite crafting session was when we gathered — spring-y snacks by our side — to decorate Easter eggs. Partnered with a host of materials, we were ready to create our masterpieces. These ideas are perfect for crafty little hands, so grab the kids and re-create these traditional and trendy ideas in your own home.
Washi Tape: Cut strips of plain or patterned washi tape to create a mod design.
Freehand Doodles: Use permanent markers on plain or dyed eggs to draw phrases, graphics and trendy patterns, like this pretty ikat design.
OK everyone, brace yourselves for a batch of cuteness. Entertaining expert Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio hosted a kid-friendly Easter shindig exclusively for HGTV.com and as you can tell from the picture below, the kids loved it. We have all the tips, free (yes, free!) printables and projects you need to throw an Easter egg decorating and hunt party of your own.
The forecast here in New York is calling for snow. Thanks, Mother Nature! But the vernal equinox (aka first day of spring) is two days away, no matter what the forecast says. Shake your winter blues away with pretty Easter crafts in spring palettes. Got some yarn hanging around your home? (If you knit or crochet, you know you do!) These ideas I spotted on Pinterest are perfect for using up scraps.
Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? It certainly has here at HGTV headquarters! We’ve got 75-degree or warmer days, and so many April showers, of course. (But that means May flowers will be on the way, right?) Even if you’re still battling your way through winter weather, you can at least give your home some springtime love with one of my favorite seasonal projects. The whimsical greenery of this moss monogram will instantly evoke the feel of spring, even if snow is still melting in your lawn. (I’m talking to you, friends in the Pacific Northwest!)
First, gather all your materials. You’ll need an oversized chipboard letter, hot glue gun (with hot glue sticks), reindeer moss, ribbon to hang, scissors and artificial sprig with buds for embellishment.
Preheat your glue gun. Once it’s hot, start applying glue to the chipboard letter and immediately press moss into glue and hold until it’s cool. Continue this process until the entire letter is covered on the front. Cut ribbon about eight inches long, form a hanging loop and attach to the back of the letter with glue.
You can easily embellish your letter by cutting buds off artificial sprigs and gluing them into the moss. Arrange your embellishments however you choose, either by placing the blooms separately or forming them into clusters for a more natural look. Once your letter is complete, you can hang the letter on your front door in place of a traditional springtime wreath, or sit it on the mantel to bring this fresh feel inside.
Looking for other spring-inspired ideas? Get your home ready for the season – inside and out – with our ultimate spring cleaning, decorating and gardening guide.
Have you started decorating for spring? If so, what was the first room in (or outside) the house to get a taste for the season? Tell us in the comments below!
Are you ready to celebrate Easter this weekend? Be sure to check out our Charming Yellow and Blue Easter Brunch for delicious food ideas, decadent desserts and festive decor inspiration.
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Briana’s Daily Delight from this morning reminded me how incredibly close Easter is (April 8!). It feels especially early this year, don’t you think? I typically spend Easter afternoon at my mother’s house eating a delicious Southern meal. That being said, I don’t usually decorate my place for the holiday, but I’m always coming across projects I can’t wait to try whenever Easter brunch finally rotates to my place. If you happen to be hosting this year, you should definitely grab the kids and give this festive, hand-painted egg garland a try. With a little paint and glitter, you can bring a sweet, spring-inspired touch to your mantel or banister just in time for Easter.
Finished Easter egg banner hanging above a stylish spring vignette.
First, round up 52 large, white chicken eggs (you can use more or less depending on where you plan on hanging your garland), an egg-blowing kit, skewers, acrylic craft paint, craft glitter, glue, white tissue paper, twine and an upholstery needle.
Painting eggs; Glittering eggs
After blowing out the eggs, use bamboo skewers to hold the eggs and start painting. Marian Parsons from Mustard Seed Interiors suggests painting 36 of the eggs with acrylic paint, and then coating the other 16 entirely in glitter. You can add swirls, polka dots and other designs to your painted eggs with glue, glitter and a 1.0 liner paintbrush. The more variation you add to your garland, the more vibrant and exciting it will be!
Threading eggs; Making tissue spacers; Finishing garland
Once the eggs are dry, insert the twine through the top hole of the egg (Image 1). Do this for all the eggs, alternating your various designs and patterns. Using white tissue paper, cut out squares and fold into accordion folds (Image 2). Use the needle to thread tissue onto twine (Image 3), and then pull the layers apart to form a flower (Image 4). Place flared tissue flower at every third egg or so on the garland (Image 5). To finish, cut the twine and create a loop for hanging. Get the Full Step-by-Step Instructions >>
What Easter projects do you have planned? Egg dying? Creative baskets for the kids? Share them with us!
Easter customs and traditions vary globally, from dyeing eggs and exchanging gifts to feasting with family and friends. Even though I’m in my 20s, I still get a decked-out Easter basket from the Easter Bunny my mom, my grandmother cooks a Thanksgiving-style feast, and I’m not even going to lie, I participate in the occasional egg hunt. (No, I don’t push small children out of the way.)
How do you celebrate Easter? Does the entire family gather for a delicious brunch? Do you exercise your creativity through colorful egg dyeing and handmade decor? Fill us in on your festivities! And if you’re in need of last minute suggestions for decorations and gifts, HGTV.com is here to help.
It’s not too late to create a stunning spring-inspired tablescape. While you’re at it, boil some eggs to make these adorable (and edible) chicks the kids will love. And don’t forget flowers! Give your terra cotta pots some springtime love by painting them with chalkboard paint and adding some bulbs already in bloom. Voila! You’ve got the perfect hostess gift or cheerful welcome on your front porch.
Easter doesn’t get the decorating TLC it deserves. I blame this on its totally confusing scheduling system. First Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox? How am I supposed to keep track of that?! By the time I check my calendar, I’ve got maybe 10 days to spread Easter cheer all over my house.
This year, there’s no excuse. We’re letting everybody know that the holiday falls on April 24th. How about cutting out some of the decorating work with a gift code from the Happy Easter Store? We’ve got two gift codes you can spend on fun Easter baskets, fresh flowers and tasty goodies for your Easter Sunday celebration. You can send Easter baskets and Easter gifts to loved ones near and far — or just spend it all on yourself.
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This week’s question: What’s your cuddly Easter ambassador of choice? Yellow chicks or fluffy bunnies? It’s a battle for the ages.
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