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Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Porch Update


Spring wreath and drawer planter  ||  www.craftingintherain.com

This post was for a round of a crafting competition. The theme was spring, but you can see I didn't have spring weather!




There were 3 parts to my whole porch set up here (though maybe I can't call it a porch if it's really just a front step)

First up, the painted doormat.  I had a mat there already, but it was not exciting at all.  I used some paint I already had and just tried to really smoosh it down into the fibers.  This splattered like crazy, so I was glad I had the whole mess down on paper in the garage.


Next there was the drawer planter.  My husband recently bought an old camper trailer and had it fixed up to be a home office in the backyard (that's a post for another day!) and I claimed the drawers from the little kitchen set up that was in there.  

I cut the fence boards into (8) 24-inch pieces and nailed two together at an angle to create 4 legs.  Then I placed the drawer on top and nailed it on.  Using the largest drill bit we have, I put several holes in the bottom of the drawer.


I painted then sanded the sides of the drawer and put a piece of burlap in the drawer to keep the dirt from falling through the holes, and left some sticking out over the edges too.  Then it was ready for dirt and flowers.  Asher helped with that part and had a great time getting dirty.

Third was the wreath.   The steps of dying and cutting the filters I borrowed from Martha Stewart--though instead of food dye I diluted some craft paint in water.  After they dried I cut the petal shapes.


How to make Coffee Filter Flowers on www.craftingintherain.com

Here's where I did my own thing.  I glued 3 of them together to make these blossoms.  Then I glued them down onto a cardboard ring I'd painted white.  I filled in a few of the empty spaces with single filters and glued a strip of burlap to the back to hang it.



Here's everything set out in the front of our house.  
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Notice the mossy blocks there in the corner--go ahead and stare, it's natural!  I have to laugh a little, because while the rest of the world is fascinated with all things mossy right now (gluing it to monograms, wrapping it around candles, etc)  I've been waging war against it in my lawn.  I spent most of last spring and fall trying to get rid of it, and I finally gave up.  My grass looks green because it's really moss.  These blocks grew this moss all on their own in the back yard so I decided to just embrace it and include them in the design here. 

Phew, thanks for reading to the end!  Let me know if you have any questions.








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36 comments:

  1. I already voted for you! I have to laugh about the moss and the snow...because we have the same issues!! What a crazy week!
    I love your planter and your mat, but your wreath is super fun! Extra points to you because you made it look like spring--even with snow on the ground!

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  2. I was going to make a wreath just like that after seeing the idea in Martha Stewart but mine was an utter fail. Yours looks great!

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  3. Your porch looks so fresh and I LOVE the drawer planter! Voted for ya! <3

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  4. I love the drawer planter box! Such a creative idea!

    Your porch looks so Springy- I never would have guessed your view was so...not Springy! :)

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  5. Steph, this is a beautiful display. And since I love gardens and plants I love the moss rocks! LOL But I agree not good for your lawn. Off to vote.

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  6. Love that wreath completely! Good luck!

    I also have a TERRIBLE time with moss here too. I hear that using lime helps to minimize it's growth because it "sweetens" the soil too much for it's liking. I plan on getting some. I've killed moss with straight vinegar in a spray bottle on a sunny day.

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  7. Love that wreath! I thought they were silk flowers! Its all very nice and fresh looking

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  8. love the wreath and the drawer planter. looks great! .....i hope mother nature is nicer to you and brings better weather your way! :)

    Jennifer

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  9. Wow! That is a very pretty wreath. Thank you for sharing. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  10. Beautiful wreath and I love the rug!

    Cindy
    www.pajamacrafters.blogspot.com

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  11. I clicked over from Destination Craft to see your coffee filter flowers but the whole porch makeover looks wonderful! Good luck with American Crafter!

    Claire @ alittlesomethinginthemeantime.blogspot.com

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  12. Stopping by from Craft o Maniac & now following! I love your porch and love your wreath! So glad you shared! I would love for you to stop by

    www.thedranefamily.blogspot.com

    Kali

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  13. Love the wreath! What a great easy way to spruce up the front door - not to mention CHEAP! Love it.

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  14. LOVE all 3 of the projects!!! THANK you for linking up to SLEEPY SUNDAY!!!

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  15. I really like your flower wreath! I may try it as a table wreath centerpiece. Thanks for sharing your project!

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  16. Very pretty spring updates! I absolutely love looking forward to spring and adding all the fun colors

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  17. Your wreath is beautiful! I think it's my favorite coffee filter item that I've seen yet.

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  18. I love the "drawer as a planter" flower pot. Your porch looks so nice and welcoming!

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  19. Steph, I am so impressed by that wreath! That is so cool! If you're interested, I'd love to have you link it up at my Sharing Time party here: http://www.raisingmemories.com/search/label/sharing%20time
    Hope to see you there!
    ~Heather

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  20. Hi Steph. I'm Sarah, I am a new follower, I found you through the Make The Scene hop. You did an awesome job on this whole thing. The wreath is gorgeous! I think I am most impressed with how well you did on the mat, I have heard that is hard to do, it looks like a brand new one. I think the mossy blocks are a great touch also, all of the colors work so well together. I'm not just a new follower I am a fan.

    Anyway, I was just stoppin by. I haven't gotten into crafting or decorating yet, but have been wanting to venture into both. I haven't decided what I want to start with yet, so I'm always looking for inspiration. Right now I'm just getting ideas from all of the creative people in the Blog World.

    I'm also always looking for people to interview and feature on my blog. You are welcome to come by for a visit and if you are ever interested let me know. Feel free to follow back too if you would like.

    Thanks and have an awesome day!

    Sarah
    http://skylarinc.blogspot.com/

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  21. Hey Steph, awesome job! I love the transformation. Sorry you didn't make it through to the Finals :( Thanks for linking up to the Cutesy Monday link party!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  22. Great job!! Your doorway looks very fresh and springy even if the weather isn't. I really love the wreath great idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  23. I love this wreath. I think we will make it in our craft class at the assisted living home where I work. It will look great on their doors. Thank you for sharing this.

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  24. LOVE the doormat! I want to make one! what kind of paint did you use? How did it hold up?

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    1. I just used two paint samples I had from other projects--regular latex paint. We've been using it for a few weeks now, and it still looks pretty good! A little dirty now, being a door mat and all, but I've been impressed. I think the key is to get the paint down into the fibers, not just across the top. Hope that helps!

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  25. Looooveee how creative the wreath is!! You were featured this week at tute tuesday!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2012/04/tute-tuesday-link-up-8.html

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  26. I bought coffee filters to do the whole Martha thing but I had to buy sooooooo many. I don't drink coffee...so I was at a total loss until now. LOVE it!

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  27. Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday last week. :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/04/take-look-at-you-top-5-few-of-my-faves.html

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  28. The front door area looks so great- such simple touches but it really brightens everything up. Great job.

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    1. approximately how many filters did you use for each wreath? I am going to use this idea in a nursing home activity,,,, Thanks!

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    2. I think I used about 60 filters for the wreath. I made about 18 of the 3-filter-flowers and used the rest to fill in any gaps. Hope that helps!

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  29. Super cute idea! I am thinking about using these to serve desserts on top of each one, create a flower filled table!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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  30. Steph this is amazing. Can you please send me a link for how to cut the filters into petals. I want to do some spring gifts for my children's teachers (sting day was 1st sept for us in South Africa). yours look not only beautiful but affordable too foepr "mass production". 
    My email is: Fabulosityreads@gmail.com

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  31. Very pretty and springy! Love the coffee filter wreath, and the stripes on the rug are fabulous. What a great idea to use an old drawer as a planter box. Great all around project!
    Krista

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