Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner! In the RoomMates studio in southern Pennsylvania, we’re seeing longer, sunnier afternoons, and temperatures that aren’t exactly warm, but are higher than usual for February. We’re already dreaming of green leaves on trees, blooming flowers, and an Easter egg hunt or two. As we brainstorm ways to make over our wall décor studio to celebrate the end of winter, I’ve decided to share three of my favorite ideas for bringing the season into your home or office without spending a fortune.
Idea #1 – Dress up your door
One of the easiest things you can do to celebrate spring starts with your front door! Though wreaths are a given for the winter holidays, they can sometimes be overlooked for other seasons or occasions. Look for pre-made wreaths in craft or home décor stores that show off bright colors like yellow, green, and pink. Or, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, why not make your own?
image from styleberry BLOG
Though it’s a little time-intensive, if you already have fabric scraps on hand, this might be one of the easiest crafts you’ll ever make! This guest post on the Kelly Moore blog shows you how to create a DIY rag wreath by simply knotting fabric on a wire wreath frame. The cost of the frame is only a few dollars, and the only tools you need are scissors (to cut the fabric into strips) and your fingers! You may also like Shawna’s take on this project over on styleberry BLOG: as you can see in the photo above, she used bright springtime colors and finished with a large fabric flower. Wouldn’t this look adorable hanging on your front door? You could even create a smaller version for the office, or for somewhere inside your house.
Idea #2 – Make a custom table centerpiece
Nothing says “spring has sprung” like fresh flowers on your table, but keeping up with a steady watering schedule can be tough – and replacing dead flowers every week can get expensive fast! Instead of relying on flowers, why not try putting together your own custom table centerpiece?
image from Urban Comfort
This blog entry from A Soft Place to Land describes how Kimba grew a small patch of wheat grass in a container to use as a table centerpiece. The green grass is vibrant and pretty, and lends itself well to different springtime additions – like the butterflies and grass from Urban Comfort, seen above. You could also try some more playful Easter-oriented additions like painted eggs or marshmallow Peeps.
image from BHG.com
If you still have a longing for flowers, Better Homes and Gardens has a fairly large gallery of simple spring centerpieces that combine traditional floral arrangements with fun and playful touches. The Easter egg vase, above, calls for dyed eggs and flowers in a large glass jar of water. Want something you can use again next year? Try wooden or plastic eggs and silk flowers instead.
Idea #3 – Add color to those drab walls
image from our own Gerber Daisies wall decals!
The key to cost-effective seasonal decorating is to find pieces that are easily swapped for your “normal” décor, and can be used again year after year. For example, I just recently hung a butterfly-shaped chalkboard in my dining room, but after spring and summer are over, I’ll hang something a little more winter-inspired on the same nail, and keep the chalkboard in storage until next year. As you probably already know, our wall decals are the same way: you can decorate your walls with vibrant pink butterflies, beautiful flowers, or even a flowering cherry blossom tree just in time for spring. Then, when the season changes, peel the stickers from the wall, re-apply them to the original liners, and store the sheets away until next year.
image from Modern Parents Messy Kids
There are also plenty of DIY wall décor projects you can do with just a little creative thinking. Modern Parents Messy Kids created this amazing Easter egg garland out of paint chips and string! You could also cut different shapes out of patterned fabric or paper (or even wallpaper!) and string them up on a mantle or pin them to a wall. Put your imagination to work and you might be surprised by what you can create!
What do you think of these inexpensive spring and Easter decorating ideas? Do you spot anything you plan on creating in your own home? Or do you have another great idea that you think we missed? Leave a comment and let us know. Also, don't miss out on the chance to win a $25 RoomMates gift certificate by submitting photos of your own work!