We're on the verge of spring, and yet the icy fingers of winter are still clinging. I'm dreaming of sunlight, fresh air, and birdsong, but until the coldness abates, I will have to tide myself over with artificial blooms. Here are seven DIY projects that will inject a burst of spring into even the darkest winter days.
Make a floral wall (above). This tutorial from A Practical Wedding is intended to be used as a wedding backdrop, but it would make a springy, renter-friendly addition to your home.
Create a feature. This DIY silk flower chandelier tutorial includes a full supply list, step-by-step instructions, and tons of pretty pictures.
Make a bouquet that will never die. Using basic craft supplies, Martha Stewart made a beautiful, everlasting bouquet out of—of all things!—cupcake wrappers. At a distance, you can barely even tell they're made of paper, much less baking supplies.
Fill it with fakes. Bear with me here, since I know that this one may not look like it belongs on a home decor website, but this dress, filled with artificial flowers, got my creative juices going. Filling the bottom of gauzy curtains with small, delicate blooms or using monochromatic flowers to fill a semi-transparent pillowcase are unique way to incorporate florals into your home.
Go bold. This project probably isn't for the faint of heart (or those short on time), but this large-scale paper flower installation gives a lot of bang for your buck. It also seems like a relatively simple project, apart from the time commitment, and it is a striking way to fill a wall.
Hang them up. With a branch, twine, and several bouquets of flowers, you can create a delicate cascade of springtime bliss.
Hang them up, take two. An even simpler variation on this project involves artificial flowers and washi tape, as you can see in this cafe by Front Design.
Do you have any other ideas to share for floral DIYs to counteract the winter doldrums?