A Floral Note and Unexpected Finds

Thursday, April 22, 2021

I just couldn’t resist!

I can never resist gorgeous tulips, and now’s the time of year when they’re often plentiful and just so beautiful!  

So, I purchased a handful of bright pink tulips at my local market for $4.87.

Once I got home, I re-cut my tulips and simply plopped them into a favorite container and filled it half way with room temp water.

I heard that they like the room temp water best.

Now, when it comes to a container – I think I have stated that I’m always on the hunt for interesting containers/vessels for flowers.

So, when I found this teapot in the sales section at Marshalls, because it was missing it’s lid, I found a keeper.

$6.00 was a steal of a deal. Don’t you think?

And…. It is lovely with it’s fluted top and golden trim.

It reminds me of the teapot in Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Potts

I think I will call “her” Mrs. Potts

This little gem fit right in my humble collection of mis-matched vintage pitchers, cups, and sugar bowls.

All are just the right mix for any seasonal flower display.

Isn’t she pretty on a stack of books?

Even better, I think my teapot looks a little vintage.

A Floral Encounter

When it comes table top decor- I like it simple. I don’t generally leave it just the same as where it starts at the beginning of a season. Things get moved around A. Lot!

Flowers are added when the season and styling changes. So a key thing for me is keeping it simple with basics that will work with most everything.

I know… things should be grouped in odd numbers.

I shopped my house, but found nothing to accompany this grouping.

So, I liked it as is.

A Little Unexpected

By adding this half-burned wood burl that is rich in texture and color creates a little character. I love bringing nature into my modern farm house. It creates a big effect and is a great conversation piece. I think I might even like it as a finishing touch to a stack of books, added in a bowl, or a basket.

A little rambling today, about pretty pink tulips, and great unexpected finds.

Just some random thoughts on how I do home and the unexpected.

What is your favorite spring flower?

Happy Thursday!!!

Budding Branches -Pretty In Pink

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Budding Branches

I adore flowers of all kinds, but it’s the flowering branches that always make my heart sing. I’m all about cherry blossom branches with their dainty pink blooms. I’m seriously wishing that I had a yard full of cherry trees.

Cherry blossoms are a bit hard to find here in North Eastern Nevada unless you have your own cherry trees, and then again you can hope that an early or late spring frost, which ever comes first, doesn’t take them.

So, I think it’s perfectly acceptable behavior to pretend that you have real cherry blossom branches hanging out in your kitchen even though you DIYed them.

I’m not sure which should come first my DIY faux cherry blossom branches or the weekend when I “baby sat” some chickens – hence the eggs and egg sign ( That will be another posting).

Another view of those cherry blossom branches in a vignette.

I’m not sure if any of these things go together, but the colors are good.;)

Consider The Container

I’m always on the lookout for interesting containers for flowering branches and cut flowers. I love this bucket for its size and shape. This bucket is perfect for flowering branches to naturally splay out. It’s wonderfully rusting appearance does add character and interest. Don’t you think?

If you look closely you can see that my cherry blossom branches are made from tissue paper and are glued to real willow tree branches.

Well, just so that you are aware…This DIY – creating cherry blossom branches is not my own. This is a borrowed idea from one the best DIY ladies in the blogging world. That is my opinion. She is Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home If you love crafting… She is your gal. Hop over and check out her beautiful home and great crafting ideas.

So Here is The DIY of some cherry blossom branches:

What you will need:

Pink Tissue Paper

Tree branches

Scissors

Hot glue gun and glue

Time and patience;)

How To Make Cherry Blossoms:

  1. Lay out the tissue paper and leave it stacked together. Cut the tissue paper into 2 1/2 inch strips.
  2. Cut strips into “squares” at 2″ x 2.5″ pieces. You do not have to be exact.
  3. Cut the tissue paper into a “flower” shape with petals. I cut them randomly and not all matched. Just cut them out very loosely.
  • Cut strips into “squares” at 2″ x 2.5″ pieces.
  • “flower” shape with petals.
  • 4. You will make two different size blossoms. One blossom (the bud) will be made from one piece of the cut tissue. The other blossom will be made from two pieces. When you use two pieces, lay them on top of each other and offset the petals. (See photo below.)

    5. Fold the flower shape in half. Then fold it into quarters. Then twist the folded corner.

    6. Using the hot glue gun, glue the flower bud/blossom along the branch

    7. Scatter the bud/blossoms randomly up the branch to the tip.

    8. Put your branches into your favorite container and enjoy a little dose of spring.

    As I stepped back and admired my handiwork I kind of like them. I now have pretty pink blossoms that will stay in bloom for as long as I would like them! So, what you think.? I hope I have inspired you to do a little DIY.

    Folks, the only cost that I have into this project was the cost of the tissue paper. The branches were free from my yard.

    Once again, sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

    Happy Tuesday!

    A Fresh Take On Some Spring Tea Towels

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    More Vegetable Printing

    A short time ago I shared some celery rose stamped tea towels.

    Well, I loved them so much that I tried a new fresh vegetable to print with.

    I used an artichoke to stamp with. These towels look amazing and I can’t believe how great the printed artichoke looks.

    Not having a ton of color options, I decided on the color palette of pink, yellow, golden yellow, and an orange.

    This just kind of worked since some of these are my favorite sunny, spring colors! I used two different pinks and three in the yellow/orange (King’s Gold) family. I had some fun layering on the colors!

    I’m loving how they turned out!

    They are bright, sunny, and will add that pop of pretty to any kitchen.

    So…. I added my tea towels to this little island egg vignette.

    An Easy DIY

    What You Will Need:

    Dish towels – flour sack (cotton preferred) (I purchased mine in bulk from Walmart for $7.88 for a 10 pack)

    Acrylic paints

    sponge brush

    Fresh artichoke -$2.50

    Tip:

    Make sure that you place a piece of paper under the cotton towel before stamping. The paint will bleed through the fabric.

    1. I started by cutting the the artichoke in half length wise.

    2. Using the sponge brush I layered on the pink color paints, without really mixing the colors, directly onto the cut side of the artichoke.

    3. Place the vegetable down flat onto the cotton towel and push on the vegetable to make sure that all of the vegetable’s surface and the paint transfer to the towel.

    I stamped some pink artichoke towels.

    I stamped some pink and orange artichokes.

    And, I stamped some artichokes all in orange.

    4. Let the towels dry thoroughly.

    5. Last, I secured the paint by placing the towels in the dryer for 10 minutes on high and then also ironed them. Next time I might try some fabric paint.

    Although, I have had great success using the regular acrylic paints.

    I so enjoyed my vegetable printing project.

    Don’t you love a craft that doesn’t break the bank?

    I figure for around $1.04 a towel and for a project I enjoy doing, and adding that touch of whimsy and pretty to my kitchen can’t be all that bad.

    The tea towels also make great gifts. Recently, I added a couple of tea towels along with a fresh baked loaf of banana bread and gifted them to a good friend who also loved them.

    I hope you give vegetable printing a try. Happy veggie printing! Thinking I might try some different veggies next time.

    Thrifting

    I can’t wait to go thrifting and for yard sale season. I always like finding more treasures. Since living where I do, flea markets are kind of out of the question. I guess a good road trip might be in the future works.;) I am ready.

    Happy Monday!!!

    Thanks for stopping at Rustic and Refound…where someone’s trash is often my treasure and where a little wild west styling is for my wild west livin’.

    Weekend Roundup – Lighten Up!

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

    Welcome to a little of my weekend view.

    Today it’s all about this and that and everything… and sometimes a whole lot of nothing and just chatter.

    Just Some Snippets of My Thoughts on White.

    I received a bouquet of flowers just recently and amongst those beautiful blooms were the creamiest white roses ever!

    My white inspiration!

    I just had to snap photos of these white roses- n- blooms here and there!

    One of the other ways I have found to be a lighter feel for spring is with pops of white and of course texture!

    White just added a refreshing feel to this little space.

    Give me all the texture on this white vase and feather wreath.

    More White

    When choosing the tile backsplash in my kitchen, I knew that I wanted white subway tile.

    White tile feels fresh and timeless….not to mention that after much searching and learning it is a good choice for a clean farmhouse style.

    White’s association with fresh and clean is an especially good thing to have in a kitchen.

    White lightened up my space!

    White is simple and sweet and perfect for a spring and summer styling & you can refresh with it all seasons. 

    My Hodge-Podge of White Serve Ware

    I never realized how much I loved white until I started unpacking my collected serving pieces that were all white.

    All in great shapes and sizes!

    I’ve been collecting white ceramic for some time now. I’m always captured by white serving dishes with unique shapes and textures. The versatility of this collection is pretty limitless. All can be used to serve food and some can hold gorgeous bouquets of flowers.

    Loving the white serve ware displayed on my white shelves.

    Pure White Style!

    My style – I left a stack of white dishes and a casual white bowl holding a candle on the kitchen island.

    Have you ever considered just leaving a stack of dishes out on maybe your island or dining table? Seems maybe a little less formal than a set table and yet it feels gathered and curated too.

    White often takes the guess work out of decorating your space.

    White does go with everything! Even rusty buckets!

    More Whites Around the Hacienda!

    Using soft, neutral accents and calming colors in my linen bedding with a light and airy feel using fresh pops of white!

    A Little Corner of Wonderfully White

    From calming colors to patterns with zest.

    A little corner with some rustic and refound and wonderfully white!

    Make An Entrance!

    White is so Welcoming!

    I created this faux white apple blossom & pink forsythia wreath to make an elegant country statement for my front door. The chalky white to creamy and pink hues of these flowers add dimension and interest.

    Maybe a favorite mix and mingle(pink and white)!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

    I hope you enjoyed my spirited style when using pops of wonderful white throughout my decor.

    Always sharing a little wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

    Clipboard Art

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    Hey there friends!

    I was all about a few vintage wild flower prints when things got a little out of hand.

    And…one thing led to another.

    I wanted to display a collection of vintage wildflower pictures.

    Since there are multiples in this set, hence too many to frame, I decided to use a clipboard for the display as

    I could quickly change out the vintage print without hassle.

    I saved this set of vintage wildflower pictures from when I was teaching.

    I’ve always loved them and knew that someday I would do something with them.

    Another DIYA Clipboard Refresh

    I started with a regular clipboard. I was inspired to do something simple.

    So with a little paint…

    1. Using chalk paint, I painted the clipboard white. Giving the plain clipboard a small facelift.
    2. I painted the clipboard with two coats of white chalk paint. Let dry.
    3. Clip your picture/photo
    4. Display or hang

    Clipboards are great for holding notes and documents so why not for holding pictures?

    Clipboards would work well on a book stand or you could even hang it on the wall using the hole on the back of the clip. This would look great if you had a whole series of them hanging on the wall, either with photos from the same event or all different occasions.

    Clipboards look beautiful holding everything from household notes to vintage photos.

    Use a clipboard to display messages.

    A Mudroom Spring Refresh

    So, I have been trying to refresh my mudroom space to give it a few spring touches.

    Something a little on the pretty side.

    Not only is this room our mudroom, but it also serves as our laundry room and what I consider the potting room (aka the flower arranging room). It connects to our garage just off the yard. So it will be a place that I love to water our indoor plants and maybe do a little repotting of some outdoor flowers.

    With granite counters and a large farm house sink, this room will get plenty of attention and a good workout. Maybe that’s how I always envisioned a mudroom being as it totally serves its purpose in our home.

    Laundry Area

    Flower Arranging Room

    First thing, I need to come clean. Technically my “flower arranging room” is not a room. 

    It’s just a sink in the space.

    A Laundry Room Vignette

    With an old Pepsi box, a few plants, and a trio of candles I created a botanical display to accompany my clipboard and wildflower print art.

    So…what do you think?

    I love to decorate the house with a bit of seasonal charm.

    Using what I have, my vintage Pepsi crate, terra cotta pots, small plants and my clipboard art I created a spring vignette.

    A favorite vintage find, that was a gift from a sweet friend, the Pepsi crate adds a simple rustic touch to my spring vibe.

    A vignette is such an easy way to bring a seasonal look to a room.

    With just a few plants, a flower arrangement on the counter you’ve added that touch of spring oomph.

    Happy decorating everyone!

    An Inspired Easter Table Setting

    Sunday, April 4, 2021

    I’m pretty excited for spring.

    I love all the spring colors and flowers when they bloom. Of course living here in the high desert, I don’t have much that is ready to bloom. I am pretty happy to have some warm days to get outside and start to leg-up(exercise) my horse for some spring and summer ropings.

     Inspired by the season and the holiday we hold so dear, I am also happy to be able to create an Easter spring table using some spring bulbs that I can later plant in my garden!

    I used flowering potted bulbs in a pretty container to create a beautiful centerpiece to decorate my Easter table scape.

    Maybe The Perfect Spring Centerpiece

    A pretty centerpiece on the table is always a good thing- especially for Easter.

    There’s always a first time for everything, and for this first time, I tried my hand at planting some spring bulbs.

    I picked up some potted flowering bulbs at Home Depot. They came in 4-inch plastic pots and each pot had 3-4 bulbs. With several flower options available, I chose tulips. I chose a pretty pot to go with my tulips and turned them into a beautiful spring centerpiece and then used them again to create a garden-inspired spring tablescape.

    With a pretty stack of dishes, crystal glasses, candles, linens with a pop of color, and additional vintage pieces…

    I set the stage.

    Gathered Place Settings

    A table set with a dozen beautiful matching place settings?

    Nope!

    This is a mix and mingle of gathered vintage china.

    White Dishes Dressed for Easter

    My Dinnerware

    A little country style, a little rustic and refound, with a mix of old and new, but as equally pretty and inviting as a table set with a dozen matching vintage china plates.

    This is a gathering of patterns and silver flatware.

    Creating a tablescape is very much a building process. I started with the pink tulip color inspiration and built the tablescape from there.

    Think Outside the Box

    Maybe some different combinations…

    I added some bold linens… and gathered silver, heavy on the patina and vintage charm.

    With just a mix and mingle of different colors and textures for my own unique look.

    A Charming Tablescape Without A Lot of Fuss

    I wanted the place setting components of the table to be colorful but not overly done. My goal for the table as a whole is to be beautiful, but not complicated. I played with a number of napkin and plate combinations until I settled on the white with the dainty blue rimmed flower print and white combo setting along with bold pink and white striped napkins matching the tulips in the center.

    The white dishes are my everyday dinnerware.

    All just a little on the playful side.

     Easter celebrations are on the small side again this year- you can still set a pretty table, add a touch of whimsy and charm and enjoy a lovely at home celebration.

    Today it is all about a round-up of on the table ideas from my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

    I hope you enjoyed my pretty potted tulips and table setting.

    A charming tablescape without a lot of fuss.

    Happy Easter!

    A Junkin’ Treasure

    Friday, April 2, 2021

    Happy April!

    I can’t believe that we are already into the month of April!

    It’s junkin’ season!

    I just love rusty, crusty, treasures. Sometimes the shabbier the better.

    It’s trash to treasure!

    The rustic & refound that always sparks my interest. A. LOT!

    Sometimes the imperfections in something is what I fall for.

    These old rusty, crusty bed springs charmed me right away!

    They are simple in design and yet something about them just speaks a little fun.

    A little wonky & you can bend them to fit your design.

    The Thrill of The Hunt

    If I told you where I “dug” these up, you would probably think I was crazy. But you see, I love the outdoors and exploring back country roads is kind of a big deal. When you travel along those dusty trails in the desert and you happen to look out into the sagebrush and see the sunlight glinting off some broken glass and upon further inspection see some rusty cans, rusted out old dead cars, you can expect me to be applying the brakes.

    Yep, that’s where I found my junkin’ treasure.

    There they were just laying there in the desert dirt, looking at me with all that rusty goodness.

    I liked them so much, I packed up arm loads. And…that’s no foolin’.

    I imagined all the creative things that I could make with them.

    And so it begins…

    Vintage Bed Springs for Candle Holders

    A vintage bed spring centerpiece is a fun way to repurpose trash to treasure.

    Old rusty bed spring decor is such a novelty.

    The possibilities are quite endless when it comes to the use of old rusty bed springs. If you don’t believe it so, look out on the internet.

    I love the rusty patina they’ve earned from lying in the desert dirt.

    Along with the bed springs, these cute little bottles were also pre-desert dwellers.

    I love timeless pieces, even if it is an old rusty bed spring.

    They kind of provide a laid back charm from an era long gone.

    There they are on an old board, marching down the center of my table holding candles assisting with candle light ambiance.

    I enjoy using found objects to decorate my home.

    Weathered and rusty pieces create a timeless ambiance throughout the home. My passion for old things has always been with me. I like to mix the old with the new.

    The old bed springs & new candles.

    Continuing today in a joyful way, I enjoy the discoveries of treasures to share.

    The one thing that keeps me going year after year is the thrill of the hunt!

     I want my home to be filled with attractive arrangements of favorite finds that have been gathered through the years.

    My house might be eclectic. I don’t think I have a certain style.

    I love collecting and decorating with found objects. they add charm and interest.

    Some of my favorite things would be no value to someone else, but I love old paint, old weathered wood and old metal.

    These old bed springs, bottles of blooms, and a weathered board just fit the bill!

    I think I will keep reinventing some of my older pieces just to add interest.

    Along with my rusted treasures I think I will keep bringing in cuttings of flowers and foliage into my home to freshen the space. Even (gathered and foraged vines & wild dried clippings) a pretty fallen branch or twig makes an artistic statement.

    Thanks for stopping by Rustic & Refound today!

    Where I always enjoy sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

    Celery Roses

    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Do you remember doing arts & crafts when you were in elementary school?

    Well, I do!

    Without time stamping or dating myself, I’m just going to say that, I can still remember finger painting when I was in school.

    So I did this thing… I created celery roses and stamped some fabric!

    This project uses paint and celery.

    Use a cut celery stem to print beautiful rose patterns and turn them into works of art.

    I love this craft! It’s very cheap to make & easy for kids! The stalk of celery cost me a $1.29.

    And, I used craft paints that I had on hand.

    So, I stamped some Flour Sack Towels.

    What you will need:

    • stalk of celery – (cut the bottom off the stalk of celery about 3 – 4 inches from the bottom. The celery stalk base is what you will use.)
    • rubber band – to wrap around the cut end of the celery stalk
    • craft paint – fabric paint for fabric if you choose
    • fabric or paper to stamp on

    Sorry about the blurry picture! I don’t know what happened.

    Tips:

    • First: Before dipping celery into the paint, you may want to dry the cut end on a paper towel. To remove the moisture from the celery stalk.
    • Last: When your stamped cloth project is completely dry, to set the paint you can use an iron or put the item in the dryer.
    • Make sure that you place paper under the fabric before you stamp. The paint will bleed through.

    What I did:

    1. Grab a paintbrush or dip the celery stalk into the paint getting the whole cut end covered.

    2. Press the celery firmly on the fabric, rock it a bit to get all parts, and carefully lift up the celery, making sure that you hold the fabric down as you lift.

    Here I did a pink flower and then added some purple mixed in on the center.

    You can create different colors on the celery by using a paint brush or foam brush to apply paint to the stalk of celery in different areas of the flower.

    It’s okay for paint colors to get mixed!

    Because my paints, red & yellow, got a little mixed…

    I’m really loving this mustard yellow rose mixed with the red.

    With this craft the sky is the limit!

    You can stamp bags, cloth napkins, create wrapping paper, Mother’s Day cards and more!

    This is a perfect art activity for kids.

    I can’t wait to try this activity with kids.

    As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today and every day.

    Get stampin’!

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    A No-Bake Key Lime Pie In a Jar

    Tuesday, March 23,2021

    Spring is here and we are having those crazy spring days of winter one day and a tease of summer the next. I’m certainly looking forward to having some consistently warmer weather.

    I’m all in for spring!

    The evenings are staying light longer and I am thinking about all kinds of warm weather fun around the yard. A little gardening & alfresco dining and some fun summer recipes are on the menu.

    And that means I couldn’t wait to share this cute little dessert with you.

    I’m sure that the three words Cute. Little. Dessert doesn’t quite give you a picture of what that could be;)

    You know those tiny mason jars… the ones that you sometimes get jam or jellies in?

    Yea, one of those.

    This recipe is for a No-Bake Key Lime Pie in a Jar.

    It just might be one of the cutest summer desserts ever because it is made in one of those tiny mason jars.

    Ingredients: (I changed up the amounts of a few things)

    • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 pinch kosher salt
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 5 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
    • ⅓ cup heavy cream, divided plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoons key lime juice, about 2 key limes (save a lime for garnish)
    • 1 teaspoon key lime zest, about 2 key limes
    • 5 tablespoons powdered sugar (divided, 3 tbsp. in pie filling & 2 in whip cream topping)
    • 4 oz mason jar
    • Container of Cool Whip (If you’d prefer to skip making your own whip cream)

    How to make a Key Lime Pie

    1.In a small bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and mix with a fork until the texture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

    Graham cracker crumbs

    2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, condensed milk, and 1 tablespoon heavy cream with an electric hand mixer until smooth and thick and the beaters leave a ribbon when lifted out of the bowl, 3-4 minutes. Using a flexible spatula, fold in the key lime juice and ½ teaspoon key lime zest until just combined.

    Cream cheese with 1 Tblsp of heavy whipping cream

    3. Place the jars on a baking sheet. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the crumb mixture into each jar. Press down firmly on the crumbs in the jars to form a packed, even layer.

    4. Divide the filling evenly between the jars, about ¼ cup per jar. Cover the jars with the lids and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.

    5. In a medium bowl, whip the remaining ⅓ cup heavy cream and the powdered sugar with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form.

    6. When ready to serve, top each jar with a dollop of whipped cream, ½ teaspoon lime zest, & 1/2 slice of lime for garnish. Serve immediately.

    Enjoy!

    This might be the perfect spring/summer dessert!

    It’s quick & easy!

    This might be the best picnic dessert as well. With the lid on, (minus the lime garnish) put the jar and in your cooler & you are ready to go.

    Really aren’t they just the cutest???

    Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share a little spring/summer dessert in a jar.

    Where a little wild west stylin’ is for my wild west livin’.

    This Is How I Made a Spring Wreath

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Hey Ya’ll, Spring is right around the corner!

    And… that means front porches, doors and walkways will be getting a bit of spring cheer & a face lift, from wreaths to pots of flowers, & additional front porch decor.

    With not much in bloom here, right now, in the high desert my faux Forsythia/Apple Blossom wreath certainly is. She’s bright & bold, & an upcycled treat. Maybe a little on the rustic & refound.

    A simple way to add a bit of charm to your front porch is to add a pretty wreath. I love wreaths for the different seasons and I love to put them on my doors. I even put them on doors inside my house. Keeping in march with the seasons.

    My DIY Wreath – An Upcycling

    What you will need:

    -Grapevine wreath – with or without flowers on it. (I already had the grape vine wreath with the pink flowers. It was a purchase from several years ago.)

    -6-7 Forsythia or Apple blossom branches

    -small gauge wire or floral wire (I pre-cut sections of wire at about 10-12 inches)

    -wire snippers or needle nose pliers

    1.What I did

    After laying out the grapevine wreath, I placed a few apple blossom branches along the wreath getting an ideas as to where to place the white apple blossom branches. I then began by attaching the white flowering branches.

    2. How I attached the faux branches

    I slightly bent & curved the branches around and then pushed them into the grapevine wreath.

    I didn’t put too much effort into bending the branches as I wanted to emphasize volume.

    Place the branch where you want it on the wreath, then pushed the branch into the grapevine. I did not cut any of the flowering branches. I just kept adding apple blossom branches and pushing them into the existing wreath and wired some of the branches in place as I went along.

    Using the small gauge wire I attached the branch to the grapevine. Place the branch where you want it and push it into the grape vine wreath. It gets a bit snug, so you may have to man-handle it a bit. Remember, you’re the boss! I slightly spread the the flowering stems apart as to give the wreath fullness and volume. I kept layering on the apple blossom branches to the forsythia wreath… going in the same direction.

    Once you hold up the wreath you will know where you may need to add wire. Using wire, wrap it around the flowering branch and tuck the wire through the grapevine and twist – tie it in the back of the wreath so the wire is not visible from the front. You may need to play with the wreath so you know where the branches need stability.

    3. Adjusting the stems

    To Keep the flowering stems looking more natural, I didn’t spend too much time bending the flowering part of the stem as I wanted the volume and a bit of a wild look & waited until it was hung up. I also did not wire all the branches in place as I waited to get a visual on where branches may be a bit loose.

    Once it is hung you can see where you need to make adjustment to the flowering branches.

    If you see a bare spot you can simply cut a small flowering section and add it to the spot needing more flowers.

    4. Final Adjustments

    Lastly, I hung the wreath and went back and bent the branches in certain spots to align some of the outliers and give the wreath a bit more of a spherical shape.

    The pink forsythia wreath was quite small on my 8 foot door, but by adding the white flowering branches it gave the existing wreath more volume and presence. I love the more variegated look with the mix of colors of pink and white as well. You could certainly keep it all one color if you so choose.

    My wreath adds a ton of charm to the front door.

    What do you think of how this wreath turned out?

    A simple & easy upcycled project that can be easier on the budget.

    Less to the landfill.

    I hope you found a little spring budget inspiration.

    When we are having those days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold. Just remember, warmth & sunshine are just around the corner.

    Thanks for stopping by the blog today and letting me share my spring DIY, & where a little wild west stylin’ is for my wild west livin’.