Easter Cross for the Front Door

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It’s finally spring here in Mississippi, and we’ve gone straight from snow and ice to tulips and perfect temps. With Easter around the corner, our naked front doors desperately need a fresh look for spring. Oxford has zero craft stores (or a Target! I know, how do we survive?) to browse for ideas, so I’m constantly on the lookout for inexpensive online decor and supplies. In my recent search, I found that Trendy Tree sells these fabulous moss-covered grapevine crosses in addition to many other wreath bases for nearly every occasion! The prices can’t be beat.

These crosses would be beautiful dressed up with spring florals and ribbon, but I decided to create a simple Easter front door this year. I’m even tempted to hang one over my dining room mirror for Easter lunch.

All you need is the grapevine cross, florist’s wire, wire cutters, ribbon and fishing line for hanging.

The cross comes in two pieces.
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Easily secure the two pieces with florist’s wire. I wrapped it a few times diagonally, going both directions, as shown below. Snip the excess wire once the cross is secure.
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Using this bow tutorial from On Sutton Place, I tied a pretty bow with spring ribbon and hot glued it to the very top of the cross.
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Simple and exactly what I was looking for to welcome our guests over the next several weeks leading up to Easter.
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22 Wreath Ideas for Every Occasion

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Wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths! If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know my affection for seasonal goodies for the front door! Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Hometalk to curate a collection of wreath ideas for every occasion! Folks have made wreaths out of just about everything, and I was amazed at the creativity and unique twists on traditional wreaths! The curated board includes the full list of wreaths and their individual supplies, tutorials, and additional photos!

While most of the wreaths I chose to showcase are occasion-specific, there are a few that certainly can be made and displayed year round!

If you are not familiar with Hometalk, it is a site dedicated to all things home decor and gardening.  You can easily browse through endless ideas and be inspired by some seriously talented folks!  Many of the Before/After photos will blow you away and inspire you to create! One of the best features of Hometalk is that you do not have to be a blogger to submit your own ideas and photos, so be sure to check it out!

Head on over to the Wreath Board to get some wreath ideas!
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Umbrella Door Hanger

Umbrella Door Hanger
A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter asked me why our front doors were naked, and I admitted a touch of decorating fatigue.  She said, “We should do something with an umbrella for April!” so off to Pinterest I went.    Maddie must have decorating trend telepathy, because I found several brand new Spring Umbrella Door Ideas that are simply adorable…

Kelly at Eclectically Vintage made one using live forsythia branches, and you may have seen this Better Homes and Gardens version.

I happened upon paper umbrellas last week at Hobby Lobby, and I knew immediately that Maddie’s idea would actually be simple to put together.  And even more, Hobby Lobby has these umbrellas in several cheerful colors.  With a coupon, one umbrella is about $5.00!

Supplies needed:
Umbrella
2 recycled plastic bags
Assorted silk stems
Butterfly or other whimsical stem (optional)
Wire Cutters
Ribbon
Scissors
Door hanger or suction cup hangers

These umbrella arrangements literally took just minutes to put together and can be disassembled easily for other uses!
If you use the HL paper umbrellas, I recommend stuffing them with plastic sacks to hold the umbrella in a semi-open position, as well as to give the stems an anchor.
For this project, I chose yellow and white gerbera daisies, a small amount of plastic filler grass, and a yellow butterfly pick.  *Note-I used grass from a past project, and split one bunch in half to use in two umbrellas.

Arrange the flowers/picks in the umbrella.  Use wire cutters to trim any stems that are too long.
Secure the umbrella in as wide of an open position as you prefer, using matching ribbon. 

 

Hang your cutie on the door for a fresh Spring look!
This project is so versatile, and you can create any color scheme you wish!   **If you like the green umbrella in the above Better Homes and Gardens link, I did see adorable, similar umbrellas at Target!

Happy Spring Decorating!