Since Easter was so early (too early) this year and since rabbits and eggs are a sign of Spring I left my bunny wreath up on my front door for a while. Now that April is coming to a close I figured I really should take it down since I don't want to be "that house". You know the one. They leave their Christmas lights and decorations up (and on) until March.
I will admit I am a little guilty of this. I took all our Christmas décor down shortly after Christmas except the faux pine wreaths on the garage lights. They were just too high up for my lazy self to get down without a stepstool.
When I finally went to take them down I accidentally broke one of the light fixtures (I still can't believe I did that!). I was so bummed that I had broke a (possibly) unfixable, and (possibly) irreplaceable fixture that I just wanted to go into the house and forget all about it. Yet I begrudgingly continued on with taking the rest of the wreaths down. I tromped on up the stepstool to the next wreath and was pleasantly surprised to see a hidden robin's nest with a bunch of light blue eggs nestled in it. I guess it's ironic that my house will continue to have Christmas décor on it until after May. That's what I get for being lazy. I captured pictures of this range of "wreath taking down" emotions on my Instagram if you would like to laugh and feel all warm inside at the vision of my ordeal.
Since I now (continue to) have a Christmas wreath and an Easter wreath on the outside of my house and it's almost May, I guess that's my cue to put up a Spring wreath. Since I don't have any Spring or Summer wreaths and we all know I'm not going to buy one, I decided to make my own.
I was of course on Pinterest when inspiration struck. Everyone's been pinning outdoor/garden ideas since it's getting to that time of year when everyone wants to be outside in their yards that they've worked so hard on making perfect. My yard is far from perfect. It's the complete opposite of perfect. But I digress, I'm sure I'll divulge the dirty details on our yard in some other post coming up.
This post is about making a wreath. A succulent wreath. I saw an adorable pin of a succulent birdcage from Craftberry Bush. I loved it so much that I immediately wanted to make one! I've been a little obsessed with succulents lately since Mel and I went to Home Depot and they have the mother load of succulents right now. Seriously, if you can't find a succulent you like there right now, then it doesn't exist. I wanted to buy them all but I settled for a pot with 3 in it and tore out our dead (not so) lucky bamboo that I had by our kitchen window and put my new cute succulents there to gaze at while doing dishes.
Thankfully they still had a huge assortment of succulents when I decided to make my birdcage wreath. I went and picked up 6 succulents and some sphagnum moss to line my birdcage with for a hefty $15. I already had the perfect half birdcage with a flat back that I had picked up at Kohls after Christmas for 50% off for about $13.
When I got home from buying the succulents I went straight to work. Here are the supplies I used:
- several different succulent plants (I used 6)
- a birdcage (I used a flat back one so it could hang on my door)
- sphagnum moss
- potting soil
- small pebbles (I used some that I sifted out of Jackson's sandbox)
- a kabob stick (you can use any kind of stick, I just already had kabob sticks)
Here's some pictures of the finished birdcage hanging on my front door. I am in love with this birdcage! I did spend more than I normally would on a project like this but I can keep the birdcage displayed somewhere outside and inside for the entire year. Also if I can regrow succulents from the leaves then it was totally worth the price I paid for them.
I don't know about you but I want to make another one of these succulent birdcages!! I will for sure be on the look out for an ornate cheap birdcage that I can put in the corner of my backyard (filled with succulents that I propagated of course) and bring in to decorate my house in the winter.