Spring is in the air, and with it the urge to spruce up home and garden. From simple projects (planting a teacup garden or stringing up lights) to the more adventurous (creating a patterned accent wall or DIY wall art) — here are 15 things to make and do that capture the colorful spirit of the season.
1. Make over last year’s plant pots. Give plain terra-cotta pots a new lease on life by painting them in two colors. Tape off and paint one hue at a time, letting it dry between coats. (Avoid painting the inside of pots used for edibles.) A cluster of painted pots in various sizes planted with fresh greenery would make a cheerful addition to the front porch or steps.
Variation: For an even more personal look, use chalkboard paint. Once the paint has dried, you can label the pots with their contents or your house numbers. Or you can use small pots on the dining table as creative place cards with handwritten names.
Tip: To help pieces lie flat, you can gently brush a small amount of diluted white glue on top of the tissue paper after placing it on the background paper, but be careful not to oversaturate the tissue, which can cause tearing.
Tip: To protect the paper and help the blooms stay fresh, wrap the stems in damp paper towels and place inside a small plastic bag before inserting in the paper cone.
Tip: Stock up on single teacups at yard sales, flea markets or thrift stores and plant them to give as hostess gifts all season long.
Tip: For a quicker finishing touch, stick on adhesive chalkboard labels, available at most craft stores.
Tip: To make your new system easier to keep up, choose bins that are easy to see into and label them clearly.
Tip: If you don’t have an outdoor outlet, hire a certified electrician to install one with the proper safety features.
Tell us: What projects are on your spring to-make list?