Creative Spring Gardening: DIY Faux Floral Hanging Baskets

Hi All,

I am happy to say that Spring has Sprung (finally) in Eastern North Carolina. Things are starting to turn green, the birds are singing and I am happy to say I have started my Spring gardening. Last year I was so busy with the new shop space that I didn’t have time to do much with my yard. Today I want to share with you a little gardening project I just completed.

I love having a front porch and every year I buy a few gorgeous hanging baskets for it. Needless to say, my front porch gets full sun and in the heat of the summer my beautiful hanging floral baskets shrivel up and die despite watering. UGH.

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This year I decided to do something a little different. I decided to “Go Faux.” I started looking around for ready made, indoor/ outdoor silk floral hanging baskets. I was disappointed to find only cheap, fake looking ones that were quite expensive at $30 a pop. I decided to make my own. I didn’t want to hang anything that was obviously plastic, fake flowers. I wanted to find some flowers, Geraniums specifically, that looked realistic. I love geraniums. They remind me of my Grandmother’s house when I was a kid and they are perfect for a country, cottage style garden. I found what I was looking for at Hobby Lobby, beautiful, full bushes at $10 each. I waited a week until they went on sale and snagged four bushes at a mere $5 each. Yeah!

I had a bunch of plastic hanging flower pots sitting in my garage and chose to reuse them. I started by filling the bottom with some decorative rocks to add some weight to each pot. You could also use pea gravel found in the garden section at your local home improvement store as well.

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Next, I wedged a piece of Styrofoam down into each pot…..

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….and tucked in the floral bushes. I used two bushes per pot and also added some white hanging flowers for some added interest. To finish it off I topped off each pot by tucking in some dried Spanish moss I had on hand.

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I fluffed up the flowers and stems, and hung each Faux Floral Hanging Basket on the porch.

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I think they look pretty good and they are kill proof! I created these two faux floral hanging baskets for under $30. Not too bad!

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I was so happy with how they turned out that I went back to Hobby Lobby and purchased a pink geranium bush. I painted a clay pot aqua blue, added rocks, Styrofoam, the flowers and topped it off with the pea gravel. The gravel is decorative but also weighs the piece down so it doesn’t blow away!

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It now dresses up my “shabby” wrought iron table on the back patio.

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I have also been doing a little more gardening, pulling weeds and mulching garden beds. I stopped into my local Lowe’s Home Improvement Center to buy some mulch and spotted a couple of large potted Geraniums on clearance for $1 a piece. I figured at $1 I could afford the risk of my-not-so-green thumb.

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Two of them are sitting by the front door…

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And there is another potted Geranium sitting on an old painted chair I have sitting in the back garden.

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Here is a comparison view of my “Real and Faux” Geraniums. What do you think?????

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A few year’s ago I created an Upcycled Bird Bath out of an old spindle, a vintage enamelware bowl and an old plate.

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After a few years of being out in the elements the bowl had developed a couple of holes in it so this year I turned it into a planter with a few pretty annuals.

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So, that is about as far as I have gotten with my garden so far this Spring. Have you started your Spring Gardening To-Do List yet?

Thanks so much for visiting today!

~Lisa

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Master Bedroom Makeover Update: A Vintage Cottage Style Patchwork Coverlet

Happy April All!

I have been feeling a bit under the weather this past week with a last minute winter cold. It hit me like a ton of bricks, leaving me with no energy and feeling like a wet noodle. I am finally feeling well enough to get back into the groove of things a little bit and wanted to share a project today that I am just lovin’!

If you have been following my blog for sometime you may remember that I have been sloooowly redecorating my master bedroom. It’s been almost a year now. A few months ago I shared my Vintage Door Bed Makeover where I revamped my bed by swapping out the headboard with an old door and upholstered it.

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For a few years I have been collecting vintage fabrics with this week’s project in mind. I had planned on creating a vintage, shabby chic inspired patchwork coverlet for my bed.

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I started out by cutting 182 8″ X 8″ squares of fabric. I have a Queen size bed so that’s a lot of squares! I began by sewing a single row of fabric squares end to end, long enough to cover the width of the bed, adding a 16″ drop on both sides.

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I created another single row, sewing each square to the next, and then sewed the two rows together. When laying out each square I was careful not to place an identical square next to it.

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I continued with this process until the patchwork coverlet was large enough to cover the whole bed with a 16″ drop on each side.

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Once the patchwork design was finished I finished up the coverlet by sewing two vintage flat bed sheets for the backing. Vintage florals, vintage chenille and some new fabric makes up this scrumptious coverlet.

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I added layers of fluffy handmade pillows, created with more vintage fabrics……

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I added a soft, pastel pink matelasse coverlet at the foot of the bed. This was more for a functional purpose really. My “puppy” thinks our bed is her’s and lounges on it all day. The matelasse protects the delicate fabrics of the patchwork coverlet from her nails and it’s pretty too!

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I replaced the bed skirt with a white, tiered ruffled one that just adds to the romantic feel of the bed. My husband wanted to know if I could “girlie it up any more.” He’s a good sport really, letting me have the run of the house with all my decorating antics. I know the bed is a bit on the feminine side but shouldn’t a bedroom be that way? LOL. I am sure in time it will change again as my house is always evolving. Maybe he will catch a break and get a more masculine look next time. Maybe.

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Well that’s my new Vintage Cottage Style Patchwork Coverlet and my Shabby Chic Inspired Bed. My master bedroom is almost finished with only a few more projects left to do. The next project I plan to tackle is the nightstand situation. I will be replacing the small dresser and nightstand I currently have flanking the bed with two upcycled, antiqued silver, mirrored nightstands. Now that the weather is getting warm it is the perfect time to get started on that.

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I am chomping at the bit to get my master completed so I can start working on my daughter’s room! Do you have any DIY projects you have been dying to start????
Thanks so much for visiting today!
~Lisa

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