Easter Succulent Garden

Remember that one time last year when I made a wire cloche for a succulent terrarium/garden? It’s a miracle! I haven’t managed to kill the plants! I love that succulents are so hardy, nearly fool-proof. Well, for Easter, I’ve done a little re-arranging in my little succulent garden. 

DIY wire succulent garden

{DIY wire cloche for succulent garden}

It’s still alive and thriving but it was looking a bit neglected and sad (okay, so some of the plants didn’t make it) but I took a few minutes to freshen it up for spring, trying to make up for my non-green thumb. I saw something similar somewhere one time but for the life of me, can’t find it now to properly credit that glimpse of inspiration. Here’s what I did: 

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

  • I added water so the soil was wet. I broke up the compacted soil with a fork then added half of an empty toilet paper roll. I covered it with soil and pebbles then added a rock to the side…just like Jesus’ tomb. 
  • Using twigs from my yard and scrap floral wire, I created 3 little stick crosses and tucked them near the back. 

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When Easter decorating becomes bunnies, eggs, chicks and candy overload (which I do love too, don’t get me wrong!), it’s nice to have a sweet reminder of the true reason for celebrating Easter. He is risen! 

Jesus' tomb succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 He is Risen, indeed. xo 

He is Risen! succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

 Update: Here are links to some more (thanks for sharing, Graziela!)

Mismatched Baskets to Matching Spring Collection

Have a bunch of mismatched baskets sitting around? Why not gather them up and create a matching collection just in time for spring organizing or Easter decorating? 

mismatched to cute collection - basket DIY at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • baskets (thrift stores or your own stash)
  • spray paint
  • FrogTape® Delicate Surface

I first cleaned up my baskets since they were a bit dusty. Then sprayed each basket with a different color of spray paint around the middle/outside and let dry. 

DIY painted basket collection

After 24 hours, I used FrogTape® Delicate Surface to create (and protect) a stripe around each basket. 

DIY painted basket collection with FrogTape

Use a thumbnail or credit card to activate the patented PaintBlock® Technology, giving the edges of the tape a good seal the best you can with the woven basket texture. 

Next I sprayed each basket inside and out with white spray paint. 

You can remove the tape while paint is wet but I forgot and removed it about four days later without any problem.

removing FrogTape

Now instead of 3 junky baskets, I have a set of 3 cute matching baskets all ready for the Easter Bunny…

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Spring Mantel Decorating

I don’t know about you but I’m so over winter and ready for spring, flowers, warmer weather and longer days. And to help welcome spring into our home, I set about decorating the mantel to spring ahead into the next much anticipated season – spring!

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Looking for a big backdrop for seasonal decor? Simply wrap a large canvas with wrapping paper or fabric. Leave it as is, attach glittery garland or a pretty wreath and you’re good to go (and super easy to swap out for every season without having to store art work, not to mention lots of options for the perfect size and coordinating colors).

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Gather up those ceramic bunnies from the thrift store and give them a coat of spray paint for your spring themed vignettes. 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

 Display a nest full of faux eggs in a bird cage…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Add a cute little birdhouse…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

A mix of twigs from the yard and faux branches in a vase add a touch of spring and balance…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

The tulips and daffodils aren’t poking up through the ground yet, but a fresh bouquet of spring flowers indoors will chase away the winter blahs.

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Are you ready for spring?

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

Check out more spring inspiration in the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hop!

It's a Spring Thing

It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers

 ~ Monday ~

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

~ Tuesday ~

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off (you’re here!)

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

~ Wednesday ~

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

~ Thursday ~

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos

~ Friday ~

It’s a Spring Thing Linky Party… come share your Spring décor, recipes, crafts and more!

Crate Easter Baskets/Centerpiece

Adjusting to an empty nest isn’t always easy, especially during the holidays when fun traditions sort of just stop. I miss my nightgown-clad little girls searching for Easter baskets on Easter morning. And so, even though they are grown, until they have families of their own, I’ve decided to continue the tradition of putting together an Easter basket for each of them.

easter-vignette

My girls share my love of chocolate (it’s a girl thing, right?) and eclectic style so this year, I went with a DIY rustic crate-inspired Easter basket.

easter-basket-crates

Materials:

  • Small unfinished crates
  • TransTint dye (dark mission brown)
  • Stamps/ink  
  • Wide burlap ribbon
  • Spanish moss
  • Filler: Lindt chocolates

Tutorial:

I started with staining my crates using a TransTint dye and let dry.

staining-crates-transtint-dye

Next, using stamps and ink, I labeled each of the crates with “farmers market, “recycle” and an established date. “Herbs” would have been cute too.

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Then I lined the sides with burlap ribbon.

burlap-crate-lining

I recycled some brown paper packaging material for the bottom of the crates and topped with Spanish moss.

paper-moss-topper

Garden Markers: I painted two wooden garden markers (Michaels) with chalkboard paint, wrapped the sticks with washi tape and added a bow.

chalkboard-garden-markers

Then filled the baskets with Lindt chocolatates {love those little foil-wrapped chocolate bugs, critters, lambs, chicks and carrots} and other little treasures.

lindt-easter-candy

Rather than hide them this year, I’m using them as a centerpiece.

diy-easter-crate

As always, there’s attending an Easter service at church, hosting Easter dinner and a family Easter egg hunt too. Do you have an Easter tradition to share?

diy-easter-crates-centerpiece

 

*This post was sponsored by Lindt who provided Lindt products and a Michael’s gift card to complete this project. Lindt also partners with Autism Speaks and is donating 10 ¢ for every Lindt Gold Bunny purchased in the US to Autism Speaks. See more about Lindt products at LindtGoldBunny.com.

Spring-Thing-Party

I’m joining the “It’s a Spring Thing” party with Kim at Design Thoughts today. She’s hosting this week’s party and sharing one of her spring cleaning/organizing projects  with her awesome bar makeover…

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Paper Mache Easter Egg craft

A day with freezing rain isn’t my ideal spring day, but it is still officially winter. Spring. In like a lion, right? ::groan::

Fortunately, this dip-dyed {painted} paper mache Easter egg craft is a cheerful easy DIY project which aided in averting my eye from the cold, gloom and sleet outside.

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I don’t think you really need a tutorial. But, since writing up a “how to” is what I love to do, I’m going to tell you what I did anyway. ;)

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Materials:

  • Paper mache eggs
  • FrogTape
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic craft paints

Wrap FrogTape around the paper mache egg to create a faux dipped line. Using my fingernail, I rubbed the edge of the tape to activate the Paint Block Technology to prevent paint from seeping underneath the tape, to create a crisp clean line.

FrogTape-on-paper-mache-easter-egg

Then I simply painted the bottom of my paper mache eggs using different spring-inspired colors:

painted-paper-mache-egg

Pull away/remove FrogTape while paint is still wet. It’s a little tricky! After I was done, I thought: “I should have used a set of tongs or something to get a better grip on my egg.” #hindsight

removing-FrogTape

Allow paint to dry. (I just set mine on the cellophane paper mache egg packaging.)

Decorate!

dip-dyed-painted-paper-mache-easter-eggs

Do you decorate with Easter eggs {faux or real} this time of year?

Spring-Thing-Party

Joining Lana over at Making a House a Home for “It’s a Spring Thing” linky party where she shares her sweet little DIY playhouse for her little guy.

diy-play-house by Making a House a Home

There’s another It’s a Spring Thing link party too! Fun! I’m joining the party by linking up with my best blog girlfriends too.

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What are you working on? You’re invited to link up & share!
Joining the party with Amanda too!
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Spring Decorating

Five days until spring officially arrives but who’s counting? This girl! I’ve been ready since January. Not to mention, Easter Sunday is only a little over 2 weeks away too and we’re hosting. So, time to start decorating, starting with the dining room and a little Easter vignette…

chocolate-easter-vignette

easter-buffet

I dusted off my DIY Pottery Barn inspired Happy Easter eggs from two years ago for the occasion and put together a centerpiece…

pottery-barn-knock-off-easter-centerpiece

DIY Pottery Barn inspired decorative Easter eggs tutorial

Pottery-Barn-Happy-Easter-eggs-knock-off

Just reading the message on my DIY spring sign makes me think of spring sunshine.

DIY-spring-sign

and an indoor fairy garden in a miniature greenhouse has me just itching to see green outdoors…

fairy-garden

Okay. It’s my birthday today, so let’s have a party! :) It’s my turn to host the Countdown to Spring party. Last on the list, but that means it’s nearly spring!

countdown to spring

I’ve had so much fun collaborating with My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Sand & Sisal, Domestically Speaking and It’s So Very Cheri. Did you see their spring projects too? Check them out!

countdown-to-spring-collage

Are you decorating for spring or Easter or even St. Patrick’s Day? Let’s see your spring goodies!  Link up your spring décor, mantels, recipes, crafts… you name it… as long as it’s spring related, please share!



DIY Spring by Real Southern Living

Hello, DIY friends! As I embark on traveling VERY far south today, I’m excited to introduce you to Stacey from Real Southern Living.

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Today Stacey is sharing her previous spring DIY to spread a little spring fever your way:

Spring Bunting Flags – No Sew

Spring DIY Decor RealSouthernLiving.com

Moss Topiaries

Spring Decor RealSouthernLiving.com

Hydrangea Hanging Bucket

Hydreangea Bucket RealSouthernLiving.com

Fabric Scrap Garland

Spring Fabric Scrap Garland RealSouthernLiving.com

Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath RealSouthernLiving.com

So many pretty ideas and Spring things! You can find more from Stacey at Real Southern Living, her online home. Thanks for sharing your creativity, beautiful DIY and lovely home with us, Stacey!

Speaking of spring

countdown to spring

Kim at Sand & Sisal is kicking off the next week in the Countdown to Spring series with her DIY {20 minutes or less} Spring Wreath.

Sand and Sisal Spring Wreath

3D “L-O-V-E” Letters – Styrofoam Wall Art tutorial

Still looking for an inexpensive spring decorative craft idea? This project is super easy and inexpensive and a beautiful large statement any wall any time, but perfect for seasonal (SPRING!).

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Easter Highlights from DIY Show Off Project Parade

There have been some awesome ideas linked up to the DIY Project Parade these past few weeks and since I’m hosting Easter for my family this year, I’m ready to put together a plan. Here are some creative last minute ideas I’m loving:

easter centerpiece

{gorgeous BHG inspired Easter centerpiece at the Sweet Survival}

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Tissue Paper Pouf Wreath Tutorial

I’m taking a small break from family room painting to do some crafty fun today. I love tissue paper poufs but hanging them doesn’t always fit with my decorating. This is a great alternative and perfect for spring.

tissue paper wreath

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March 2012 Pinterest PinFest – Spring!

DIY Show Off Pinterest PinFest

It’s the 2nd Tuesday of the month and time for the Pinterest PinFest. With all that Pinterest has going on, I’m only including images of my own projects today. You do have permission to pin my images. I’ve decided to change the party a little. New linky party rules detailed below.

spring decor

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Pottery Barn {knock off} Easter Eggs Tutorial

This tutorial is from last year, but I wanted to share it again since the the time is right. These Easter Eggs are still in the Pottery Barn catalog but they’re also super easy to do-it-yourself.

I fell in love with a Pottery Barn vignette as I often do. This one was for Easter. The PB one is pink but I wanted yellow.

Problem:  Silk flowers/branch, pitcher, 2 bunnies = $200 for seasonal decor!
So pretty much not going to happen on my budget.
However, out of budget inspires DIY projects.
Materials:

DIY PROJECT PARADE and Valspar Giveaway

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It’s time for the DIY Project Parade and I can’t wait to see what’s been keeping you busy. Have a touch of spring fever? Easter is right around the corner and it’s not too soon to decorate. This week, when reviewing Valspar‘s new line of spray paint, I created a faux-chocolate centerpiece to welcome spring.

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DIY Easter/Spring Projects – The DIY Project Parade

Happy Easter, my friends!  Happy Spring!

pink and green floral place setting
(Easter Table Settings courtesy of BHG)
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I have a few cute DIY Easter projects to share today….as always, please click the links to see more pictures and details.  
Pieced Pastimes

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Adorable PB kids inspired Easter yard stakes tutorial by Maria at 
Our Lake Life.  
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How completely “spring” are these beautiful blossom prints?
Great  Ballard Designs Berry Blossom Knock Off tutorial at Our Lake Life!
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Michelle from Sew Inspirations made everything this sweet little bunny is wearing…
I love the little backpack of flowers…
and these beautiful smocked eggs…
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The Artsy Girl Connection
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Vintage Altered Easter Eggs by Lynn The Vintage Nest.
(I’ll take a dozen, please!)
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Lynn at The Vintage Nest does a fantastic job at inspiring Spring Fever!
This “Seeds that Grow” stool is super cute!
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DIY Easter/Spring Skirt Tutorial at Shannon Makes Stuff…
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Cute flower photo holder at The Simple Craft Diaries.
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Flower Power – Kellie at Sixties Home
Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. 
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Simple Spring Spruce Ups at Family Circle
front door entry area rug

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Do you have a DIY project to show off this week?  I’d LOVE to see it!  Or please visit the links to get inspired!

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PB Inspired Easter

I shared this tutorial originally over at The DIY Club but love to have it here on my site too.

I fell in love with a Pottery Barn vignette as I often do. This one was for Easter. PB one is pink but I wanted yellow.

Problem:  Silk flowers/branch, pitcher, 2 bunnies = $200 for seasonal decor! 
So pretty much not going to happen on my budget. 
However, out of reach decor inspires DIY projects. 
Materials:
  • Creamy white vase (I had a pitcher. Scour thrift stores/etc.)
  • White ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Deco Art Paint (Americana Gloss Enamels in white and added a bit of Deco Art Dazzling Metallics bronze and Americana Acrylic in eggshell)
  • White bunnies (I used two ceramic bunnies I already had in my Easter decor)
  • Paper Mache Eggs x 11 (approximately less than $10 with Michael’s coupon)
  • Faux Forsythia ($5 at Michaels).  If it’d every stop snowing, we have real Forsythia but no such luck just yet. 

My Total:  Less than $20 
Tutorial:  Arrange Forsythia or branch in vase.  Decide where eggs should be hung. 
Make a loop of ribbon and knot the end
Insert straight pin through side without knot.
Push pin with the ribbon into top of paper mache egg.
Hang on a branch in your arrangement. 
I used these three paints, mostly white mixing in a touch of the others.
Paint the paper mache eggs.  
I painted them while they were hanging so I didn’t have to paint then dry and turn and paint again. However, my fingers were covered in paint.  :)
My existing Easter bunny stash dug out of storage…
Ali helped out and gave the bunnies a fresh new look using the same paint I mixed above to paint the eggs.
Let eggs dry about 30 minutes.  Use a pencil to draw the letters to spell 
“HAPPY EASTER” or “spring”.
I made a similar fuzzy/scribbled font as my PB inspiration using a Sharpie, tracing over the penciled letters.
All done…

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PB Inspired Easter Decor (updated)

This page in my Pottery Barn catalog was earmarked. I loved the spring feel.  I preferred yellow to pink but “What a pretty Easter vignette”, I thought.  Then I added up the cost of things I wanted.  “$200!”  Yikes.  Keep dreaming.

Dreaming can be reality.  If it’s too big for your budget, DIY! The result will be more personal and more rewarding (and cheap)! 
A trip to Michaels for faux Forsythia, paper mache eggs and ribbon and using things I already had including Deco Art‘s Americana Gloss Enamels, Acrylic and Dazzing Metallics craft paints, pitcher, Sharpie, pins and existing ceramic Easter bunnies
…here is my version for under $20.
I’ll probably still re-arrange things for the next month but I love my version.
Pouting because she couldn’t be on the dining room table to help, Lalka sat nearby contemplating her Cadbury Bunny audition. :)
Here is how it looks from the kitchen…
The mantel in the dining room gets a spring-makeover too.  

I found the yellow/brown ice bucket (exact Forsythia colors) and marble eggs at Good Will.

I just added some other coordinating things from around the house. And the sweet clay tag from my friend Jami at Freckled Laundry is so cute.  
What do you think?  Not typical Easter-y but I think it works with the yellow/white theme. 
You can see my full detailed DIY PB inspired Easter Eggs tutorial today at
Linking to these fun parties!  Check out all of the creativity!
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