Looking for quick spring decorating ideas? Here’s an easy 10-minute idea to get your spaces ready for spring.
Raise your hand if you remember when my husband trimmed all the trees in the yard?
There were tons of branches covering the ground.
Some people might have called the trash pick-up.
Some people might have left them.
Some people might have hoped the wind might blow them away.
I am not some people.
I took them in and trimmed them down and decorated my house with them.
So today I have a 10 minute spring version of that branch decorating idea for you.
Except it’s even better. 🙂
Here are those long-ago branches that covered the yard.
My husband had them stacked up next to the house, ready to get rid of them when I motioned to him from the front door.
“Let’s not throw those away,” I said. “I’m going to make an arrangement of them.”
To his credit? He never blinked. He never questioned. Truth? There was not even a single raised eyebrow.
He’s lived with me for years.
He’s seen it all by now.
I filled a vase with water and then I started trimming the branches to fit the bay window.
Sometimes simple ideas are the best. The branches were a little lopsided. They were a little oversized. They were headed for the trash pile. But all it took was someone changing perspective. All it took was someone recognizing the value of some castoff foilage in the front yard.
Here’s what they looked like in the bay window after I arranged them.
And they were an amazing (and FREE) arrangement…
…for about 2 days.
Then the leaves dripped. And dropped. And covered the ground. And over the next week, my display turned into well…
I loved the look.
I loved the leaves.
I loved the easy way to add spring to a corner of the house.
But I didn’t like the mess.
I found these faux branches.
They look almost exactly the same as my beloved branches from the yard.
About the same height.
About the same leaf size.
And they look so real. The leaves almost look like ficus leaves and the branches are super long. We actually cut these branches down to fit in the vase. If you left them the original height in a different vase you could get even more height with your arrangement.
Another amazing thing about them is that all of the leaves are flexible—even down to the smallest branches. That’s what gives them the super realistic effect.
You can see the branches I ordered here.
I’ve ordered these branches from Amazon over the last year (four different times) and they are all over my house for spring.
(total aside: for some reason when I snapped these photos, there was a giant divide in the branches. Do NOT arrange the branches like this. Do NOT be like your friend KariAnne. Make sure the branches are distributed evenly.)
It only took me 10 minutes to brighten up this corner of the room. I took them out of the box, twisted the branches and leaves in different directions, and added them to a glass vase in the bay window.
(The same glass vase I used for the branches from the yard).
They are just like the other leaves I loved so much except they DON’T DROP.
I put them in this corner at the beginning of the week and in the afternoon when the sunlight is dancing around the room they look like I just clipped them from the yard.
Someone wise once told me that every room should have a little bit of greenery to bring it to life.
And after adding these branches? I’m a believer. 🙂
PS You can see the branches here.
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