Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried Orange Ornaments

These easy to make dried orange ornaments are a simple & inexpensive, and will add charm and natural beauty to your Christmas décor.

Dried Orange Ornaments

It’s that time of the year here when our home becomes an orange slice drying & ornament making factory! For years, I have been incorporating dried orange slices into our Christmas décor. I love the beautiful, natural simplicity dried orange slices add to our home for the holidays.

Last year, I made dried orange slices and turned them into a Christmas garland above our kitchen window. This year, I decided to to make dried orange ornaments! They add a beautiful layer of texture to our Christmas tree and look like mini stained glass ornaments!

Dried Orange Ornaments

What I love most about dried orange ornaments is that they are budget friendly. You guys know I love anything that is simple and doesn’t break the bank! Making my own dried oranges and using them as ornaments saves us money…one less box of big bulb ornaments I have to purchase to decorate the tree (which I guess means dried orange ornaments saves us room in storage too!).

Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried orange ornaments are extremely easy to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced DIY’er or just a beginner, anyone can make these! This would also be a fun craft that the kids can help with once the orange slices are dried and cooled.

Christmas Ornaments

What You Will Need to Make Dried Orange Ornaments

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Mandolin
  • Navel oranges (or other citrus fruit)
  • Twine, ribbon, or ornament hooks
Dried Oranges

How do you make dried orange ornaments?

  1. Thinly slice the oranges using the mandolin.
  2. Place orange slices on parchment lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake in a preheated 200 degree oven for 3-4 hours (flipping oranges every hour or so to ensure even drying).
  4. Remove the oranges from oven when all moisture has been removed and the pulp resembles a stained glass window.
  5. Place twine, ribbon, or hook into the orange slice once fully dried and hang on tree!

For more detailed instructions on how to dry oranges in the oven, check out this oven dried orange slices blog post.

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How should I hang my dried orange ornaments?

I like to hang our ornaments with either twine or ribbon, but you could also use just a regular old ornament hook. Personally, I think twine or ribbon adds a little something special to the ornaments.

This is the ribbon I used to hang the ornaments on our Christmas tree, but I also used this twine to hang the dried orange ornaments on a small tree in our kitchen.

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Here are some twine and ribbon options I like to use to hang dried orange ornaments.

Dried Orange Ornaments

How long do dried orange ornaments last?

Dried orange ornaments can last for many years if there is no moisture left in the orange slices. When oven drying your orange slices ensure you are baking them until no moisture remains.

For details on how to store dried orange slices, click here.

Christmas Ornaments

Are there other types of fruit I can use for dried ornaments?

Yes! You could use any dried fruit to create unique ornaments.

These fruits dry easily and could be hung as beautiful Christmas ornaments.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blood oranges
  • Grapefruit
Dried Orange Ornaments

Other Dried Orange Ideas

Dried orange slices can be used in multiple ways during the holiday season. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Heirloom Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece

Wow your guests with an elegant fall centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals that only takes minutes to create.

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With pumpkin season in full swing, I find myself drawn to the boxes and boxes of fresh heirloom pumpkins at our local supermarket & farmer’s market. I can’t resist grabbing one or two each time I head to the store. The types, varieties, colors, and textures of heirloom pumpkins are vast & endless. Which makes shopping for them so incredibly fun!

Pumpkin Centerpiece

Heirloom pumpkins are full of character and are beautiful all on their own whether they are grouped together at a front entrance, lining a staircase, or stacked on top of each other on a counter or table.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Today, I am sharing with you another way to utilize a real heirloom pumpkin to create an elegant centerpiece for an autumn gathering or for a Thanksgiving table.

Your guests will think you spent hours putting this centerpiece together, but it will only take you minutes!

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Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece Supplies

These are the supplies I used, however the flowers and pumpkin can easily be swapped or changed for what is readily available in your area.

  • 10″ Round Musquee de Provence Heirloom Pumpkin
  • Glass or Plastic Vessel (Something to hold the flowers inside the pumpkin.)
  • Clear Tape
  • Sharp Carving Knife
  • Sharpie
  • White Roses
  • Marigolds
  • Chamomile
  • Ecualyptus
  • Golden Rod
  • Droopy Fall Accent Flower
Heirloom Pumpkin & Flowers
Fall Flowers

Creating an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Starting the Centerpiece

To start your pumpkin centerpiece, you will want to find a vessel that will easily fit inside your pumpkin. I had this glass bowl which was the perfect width and height for our pumpkin.

Glass Bowl
This glass bowl was the right size and shape to easily fit into our pumpkin.

Trace the widest part of the bowl around the top of the pumpkin with a sharpie. With a sharp knife, cut out the outline of the bowl on the pumpkin. Remove the top of pumpkin and all of the seeds from inside of the pumpkin, discard.

Heirloom Pumpkin
With a sharp knife, cut out a shape at the top of the pumpkin big enough to place a vessel inside of the pumpkin, and remove all seeds.

Create a grid on top of the vessel with clear tape (see photo). This will help to keep the flowers in place when creating the arrangement. Place vessel inside the pumpkin, and carefully add water to the vessel.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Create a grid with clear tape on the vessel.
Pumpkin Vase
Place the vessel into the pumpkin and carefully fill vessel with water.

Adding the Flowers to the Centerpiece

Now the fun part, adding the flowers to the centerpiece!

Full disclaimer…I am no flower arranging expert! I like to start my arrangements by adding a few of the larger flowers in groups, and then adding in the smaller “filler” flowers around the larger flowers as I go.

Flowers in Pumpkin
I started this arrangement by adding a small group of roses along with a marigold.

Here is another view of how I began the arrangement in this pumpkin centerpiece. The flowers around the outside of the centerpiece should be shorter with longer flower stems toward the middle of the arrangement for height.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Keep shorter flower stems on the outside of the arrangement and longer ones towards the middle.

Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in. I like to save the droopy stems like eucalyptus until the very end and add those to the outer edges of the arrangement.

Creating a Pumpkin Centerpiece
Continue adding flowers around the arrangement until vessel is completely filled in.

Finishing the Centerpiece

Don’t worry if the flowers in your pumpkin centerpiece do not look “perfect”! There is no right or wrong way when arranging flowers. A beautiful centerpiece should look natural, organic, and free flowing.

Pumpkin Centerpiece
Pumpkin Centerpiece

Turn your pumpkin around and look at it from several different angles. If something looks bare, add in a few more stems. If something looks off, take out a few stems and adjust until you achieve your desired look.

The important thing to remember is to have fun creating a fall pumpkin centerpiece for your home!

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

How to Style an Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

I placed our heirloom pumpkin centerpiece on a wood slice right on our kitchen island for our fall home tour. You can view our recent fall home tour, by clicking here.

I love the simple, organic beauty of the pumpkin on the wood slice.

Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

This pumpkin centerpiece would be the perfect addition to any fall tablescape. I created a pumpkin centerpiece last year for a fall tablescape in which I added candles and smaller white pumpkins around the heirloom pumpkin centerpiece.

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How long will a heirloom pumpkin centerpiece last?

Since this centerpiece is made with a real pumpkin and fresh flowers, your centerpiece will last anywhere from 3-5 days. Here are a few suggestions to getting the longest life out of your centerpiece.

  • Make sure there is no foliage in the water. Remove all leaves and any foliage from the stems that may be at water level.
  • Start with a clean vessel.
  • Cut the stems at an angle.
  • Keep centerpiece cool.
  • Refresh the water daily.
  • Remove any dead or dying stems to keep centerpiece fresh.
Heirloom Pumpkin Centerpiece

Other Pumpkin Centerpiece Ideas

I love this pumpkin centerpiece with a faux pumpkin & florals from Liz Marie Blog.

This gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece was made with fresh florals along with a faux pumpkin from Sanctuary Home Décor.

The Crowned Goat shares a quick & easy heirloom pumpkin centerpiece using a dough bowl & pumpkins.

I recently shared a decoupage pumpkin using napkins that would make a great centerpiece too!

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DIY Antique Mirror Tutorial

Create your own antique mirror with this simple & easy DIY antique mirror tutorial.

Antique Mirror

Do you love the look of an antique mirror but have never found one that you really love? No worries, you can create your own DIY antique mirror with this easy tutorial!

Antique mirrors are one of the many things I search for when we go thrifting. You know the ones that have the beautifully distressed mirror framed in a gorgeous old, vintage frame? Needless to say, my searches have never yielded me the antique mirror I’ve had pictured in my mind. So, instead of continuing my endless search, I decided to make my own…with the help of hubby of course!

Antique Mirror

To start, I found an old framed piece of art at our local antique store. I fell in love with the frame, but the art not so much. I knew the frame and the glass would fit perfectly in this little wall in our entryway. I purchased the framed art for about $20.

Farmhouse Entryway

For this project, If you have a frame you love, but no glass. You can purchase a piece of glass cut to fit your frame from a local hardware store or glass company for this project as well.

DIY Antique Mirror

After doing a little research I found a simple & easy method to transform glass into an antique mirror.

What You Will Need to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

Items to Turn Glass into a Mirror

Steps to Make a DIY Antique Mirror

1. Prepare the Frame & Glass

We peeled the paper backing from the back of the frame very gently. The frame we purchased was old, so we were careful not to damage the frame. We removed the matting, artwork, and glass.

Vintage Art

At this point, you could paint the frame if you like. Or, you could add a little Rub n’ Buff if you wanted a metallic frame but purchased a brown wooden one like mine. I loved the warm brown tone of our frame, so we opted to leave it as is. We did wash it carefully with just a little soap and water to remove any dirt & debris.

Clean Glass

Then we cleaned the glass we removed from the frame. You could use Windex or vinegar to clean the glass. Just make sure there are no streaks on the glass as this will affect your finished product.

2. Spray on Black Paint

On one side of the glass, paint it with the black spray paint. The black will show through all the semi-transparent spots so make sure you give the glass a nice coat of black paint (not too thick though). Allow the black paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

3. Spray on Vinegar

Once the black spray paint is dry, flip the glass over.

Vinegar on Glass

We purchased a spray bottle (with a fine mist) and sprayed a mist of distilled white vinegar on the glass. I focused the vinegar mist on the outer edges for a realistic antique mirror look. I also added some random, larger droplets throughout. I made sure the vinegar spray looked natural and organic (the mirror should look like it was aged naturally).

DIY Antique Mirror

Dab any droplets that are too large or that you don’t like with a lint free cloth. Or, wipe the entire surface of glass to remove all of the vinegar, and add your spray and droplets again.

4. Spray on Mirror Paint

Spray the mirror paint directly over the vinegar, with several thin coats making sure all of the glass is covered.

This paint has a very strong smell, so make sure to do this in a well ventilated area or wear a mask!

5. Dab the Vinegar

This part of the antique mirror process goes really fast, so it was nice that Dave and I worked on this together.

Mirror Finish

The mirror paint dries very quickly, so give it a couple of seconds to dry, and then using a lint free cloth, lightly dab up the vinegar on areas where you want to distress the mirror paint. This is the tricky part! Dabbing the vinegar immediately on wet paint removed the mirror effect completely and dabbing the paint too late leaves a spotty finish.

You may need to try a few times to get the antique mirror result you like (continue reading for how to remove the mirror finish). It took us 4-5 tries to get the antique mirror result we liked.

Removing Mirror Finish

If you don’t like how the mirror finish turned out, redoing the same piece of glass is easy! Spray the mirror side of glass with a decent amount of Windex. Then scrub the finish off with paper towels, working until all of the mirror finish is removed. Again, we did this 4-5 times and the mirror finish came off the glass easily each time.

DIY Antique Mirror

6. The Final DIY Antique Mirror Step

Once your DIY antique mirror is done and you are happy with the result, it’s time to hang it!

Now, you could hang your mirror from a normal everyday sawtooth hanger but I decided to add a fun, whimsical detail to our mirror by hanging it from ribbon. I love using ribbon in our home décor, it adds another layer of depth and texture that I just can’t get enough of.

DIY Antique Mirror

To hang your mirror from ribbon, add eye hooks to the top left and right sides the mirror. Eye hooks simply screw into the wood frame, so they are very easy to use. Grab your favorite ribbon and thread one piece through the left eye hook and another ribbon through the right eye hook, then tie the ribbon in a knot around the eye hooks.

Meet the other ends of the ribbon in the center of the mirror and tie into a knot (make sure the knot is centered otherwise your mirror will hang crooked). Hang the ribbon from a nail.

Then take another length of ribbon and tie that into a bow around (and covering) the nail. Trim the ribbon tails so that they are at your desired length. How pretty is that?!

Decorative Mirror

Don’t forget, you could change the ribbon seasonally…which is exactly what I will be doing!

Antique Mirror

This DIY antique mirror was super easy, inexpensive, and honestly I wish we had done it sooner. The entire project took us about an hour from start to finish and was easier than we anticipated. The result is a gorgeous DIY antique mirror that looks like it’s been around for ages, and I love having a mirror hanging in our entryway.

Why have we not hung one here before?!

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Summer Stovetop Potpourri Ideas

There is nothing better than coming home to a deliciously inviting scent to warm the soul, even during the hottest months of the year! A cozy home is engaging each of the five senses and that includes our sense of smell. These summer stovetop potpourri ideas will do just that. Citrus, herbs, and spices are the perfect natural scents to bring the smell of summer into your home.

Stovetop Potpourri

During the cooler months I always have a pot of stovetop potpourri simmering on the stove with spicy aromas filling our home. (You can find my Christmas stovetop potpourri, here.) Why not do the same for summer but with fresher, lighter scents like citrus and herbs! Stovetop potpourri is a simple and inexpensive way to add seasonal scents (that are completely customizable) to your home.

Summer in the Kitchen
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One of the great things about stovetop potpourri is that it’s a great way to use up edible ingredients (typically fruit, herbs, spices) that may be old or expiring. Maybe you made homemade lemonade with fresh lemons. Take the squeezed lemons, that you normally would have thrown away, and add them to a stovetop potpourri. Those squeezed lemons will smell delicious for days simmering on your stove! Or maybe you made my DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles. Take the lemons and the herbs once your candle has burned out, and use them in a stovetop potpourri.

Summer in the Kitchen

Stovetop Potpourri is a great natural alternative to candles, air fresheners, or diffusers. Once you start simmering your own potpourri, you will love the delicious fragrances that will permeate your home.

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Limes & Herbs

Here are 3 simple stovetop potpourri recipes that will instantly make your home smell like summer!

Williams-Sonoma Stovetop Potpourri

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Walk through one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma and you are met with the soothing aroma of citrus and spice. You can recreate that amazing Williams-Sonoma fragrance in your own home with lemons, rosemary, vanilla, and peppercorns.

Lemon & Herb Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 3 Sprigs rosemary
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Black peppercorns
  • 8 cups Water
Summer Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine rosemary, lemon, vanilla extract, and peppercorns. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Lemon & Herbs
Lemon & Herbs

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Simmering Stovetop Potpourri

Bring the scent of the tropics into your home with this stovetop potpourri filled with lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and coconut. The delicious aroma of this potpourri will transport you to the Bahamas or the Caribbean without the cost of a plane ticket.

Citrus & Pineapple Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • 1 Lime, sliced
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 1 can Pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp. Coconut extract
  • 8 cups Water
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine lemon, lime, orange, pineapple juice, and coconut extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Tropical Stovetop Potpourri
Tropical Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

All green stovetop potpourri is my favorite to have simmering on the stove during the summertime. This potpourri will make your home smell fresh and clean with mint, thyme, limes, and vanilla extract.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Ingredients:

  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 4 Sprigs thyme
  • 2 Sprigs mint
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 8 cups Water
Herbs & Limes

Directions:

In a Dutch oven, combine limes, mint, thyme, and vanilla extract. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

All Green Stovetop Potpourri
All Green Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop potpourri is completely customizable! You can use these recipes as a base or a template to create your own personalized potpourri for your home. The options of the type of fruit, herbs, and spices you use are endless. No matter what you use, I guarantee your home will smell amazing!

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Cozy Kitchen Corner

My love of a cozy home is apparent! For those of you that have been here for a while, you know that there are certain areas of our home that I love to style and update frequently. This cozy kitchen corner is one of them.

I am not entirely sure why this kitchen corner is one of my favorite spaces in our home. It just makes me feel cozy and happy. When we recently installed beadboard in this area, the cozy meter flew off the charts for me!

Summer Style

Our original plan for this cozy kitchen corner was to add wooden hanging pegs to the trim piece going along the top of the beadboard (similar to this shelf we installed in another part of the kitchen). However, when I stumbled upon these gold sweet home signs with hooks at Target, I began to imagine something slightly different here. Instead of installing the hanging pegs on the trim, we hung 3 of the sweet home wall signs on the beadboard (I always like to group items in odd numbers). I absolutely adore the character, the pop of gold, and the functionality these signs add to this little corner.

Market Bag
Summer Home
View From the Kitchen

The signs include 2 gold screws and 2 anchors each, however the signs I purchased were missing a couple of each. Instead of returning the signs or searching for gold screws, we used regular black screws and applied Rub ‘n Buff in European Gold to match the screws to the color of the signs.

We did not anchor the screws into the wall because we screwed the signs into the beadboard. However, I would recommend using anchors if you install these signs on drywall or sheetrock.

Rub 'n Buff
Sweet Home Sign

I kept the styling of this kitchen corner very simple for summer by adding a market bag and a couple of towels for the pool. The French door in this corner of our kitchen leads out to the pool area so this is a great spot to hang essentials for swimming and sunbathing. These wall hooks have become very convenient!

Summer View

I hung these blue stripped towels from Hearth & Hand by Magnolia on two of the hooks. The fringe detail on the towels is so pretty and the blue stripes are absolutely perfect for summer! Blue is one of my favorite colors to use in our home during the summer months. You can see more ways I incorporate blue into our home for summer, here.

Kitchen Corner
Summer Home View

The market bag I hung on one of the hooks is also from the Hearth & Hand by Magnolia line. It’s a great summer bag for the beach, or a trip to the farmer’s market, or for packing a picnic. I love the organic texture of this bag and the coziness it adds to this corner.

Kitchen Corner
Sunflowers
Beadboard

These sweet home signs would look amazing hung by a front door as a single sign or grouped together in multiples. The hooks are the ideal size to hang keys, leashes, hats, bags or coats.

Summer View

To complete this kitchen corner (for now!) I added a new, neutral area rug. I wanted a rug here that was sturdy enough to soak up wet feet coming in from the pool, but a rug that was cozy too. This rug is the perfect fit for this corner!

Kitchen Rug
Cozy Kitchen Corner

This cozy kitchen corner is not finished! We will be installing wallpaper above the beadboard by the end of the summer. I cannot wait to show you the wallpaper that we chose for our kitchen and entryway. Stay tuned. It is going to make this space even cozier…if that’s even possible!

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DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles

Simple and easy DIY lemon & herb citronella candles are the perfect way to ward off summer’s unwanted biting insects.

It’s officially summer at our house when the sun begins to set and the yard becomes filled with our least favorite insect, mosquitos. They are a nuisance and force us to head indoors sooner than we are ready. With our property surrounded by wetlands, we will never be able to rid our yard of all mosquitos. However, these lemon & herb citronella candles may provide us a little sanity and a few more minutes outside!

Citronella Candles

This was my first time making DIY citronella candles. I can assure you, it will not be my last. These candles are unbelievably easy to assemble, smell divine, and repel mosquitos naturally.

Ingredients
Lemons & Limes

Supplies You Will Need:

  • Gather mason jars of varying sizes (or use all the same size). I like grouping these candles in 3’s with jars of all varying heights.
  • Round up a few floating candles. I used these.
  • Snip fresh rosemary sprigs from the garden. Fresh sprigs of lavender or basil would also work for this.
  • Slice lemons and limes. The amount of lemons & limes you need will depend on the amount of candles you are making & the size of the jar. On average, I used about 2-3 lemon slices and 2-3 lime slices per jar.
  • Purchase an organic lemongrass or citronella essential oil. I used this lemongrass essential oil.
DIY Citronella Candles
Floating Candle

How to make DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles:

Fill your mason jars this way:

  • First start by adding the lemon and lime slices. I used about 3 lemon slices and 2 lime slices for the large mason jars and about 1-2 lemon slices and 2 lime slices for the small mason jars.
  • Add 1-2 springs of rosemary.
  • Fill mason jar with water until an inch below the lid rings.
  • Add about 20 drops of the essential oil. Take a butter knife or spoon and mix the ingredients in the jar carefully.
  • Place the floating candle on top.
Summer Tablescape

These DIY citronella candles will last up to 3 days before the fruit and herbs will start to go bad. However, you could add the fruit and herbs to a stovetop potpourri for a day or so before tossing! Stovetop potpourri is such a great use of old fruit & herbs. You can find one of my stovetop potpourri recipes here.

DIY Citronella Candles

Not only do these candles repel bugs naturally, but I cannot get over how beautiful they are too! How perfect would these be for summer entertaining?! These candles would be so gorgeous lined up down the center of a table for an outdoor dinner party. Or grouped together in odd numbers like I have here!

Summer Tablescape
DIY Candles

For a video tutorial on how to make these simple DIY lemon & herb citronella candles, visit my reel highlight on Instagram titled DIY. I would love to know if you make these! Tag me on social media or leave me a comment here and let me know!

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How to Create a Hydrangea Centerpiece

A hydrangea centerpiece is one of my favorite centerpieces to create! With summer now here and hydrangea coming into season, I wanted to share a simple and easy way to create your own hydrangea centerpiece. Hydrangea blooms are beautiful to look at in outdoor landscapes, but they are even prettier when clipped and brought indoors to be styled inside your home, as a centerpiece. I love going out into our yard and clipping a few fresh stems to style on our kitchen island or placing a handful in a vase in our built-in bookshelves.

Hydrangea are not quite in season here in the northeast (just a few more weeks to go!) however that has not stopped me (and shouldn’t stop you) from enjoying these beautiful flowers all spring long thanks to my local Trader Joe’s! Fresh hydrangea stems transformed into centerpieces and bouquets have become a staple in our home from spring all the way through the end of summer.

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks when it comes to creating hydrangea centerpieces as well as the secrets to keeping your hydrangea centerpieces looking fresher longer!

sink full of flowers
sink full of flowers
sink full of flowers

Where to Purchase Hydrangea

If you do not have hydrangea growing in your yard or if they are just not in season yet, your local grocery store is a great resource to purchase gorgeous hydrangea stems. My favorite go-to grocery store to purchase hydrangea (or any other flowers for that matter) is Trader Joe’s. The fresh cut flower selection is always phenomenal and their prices are relatively inexpensive.

I’ve noticed that the local supermarkets in our area have upped their “flower game” by stocking a more robust flower selection to include bunches of hydrangea. You will pay a slightly higher premium when purchasing hydrangea at the supermarket, however when you’re in need of the big beautiful blooms, you may be willing to spend a little more money.

  • Trader Joe’s $5.99/3 stems
  • Local Supermarket $12.99-19.99/3-5 stems (this will vary by supermarket & time of year)

Simple & Easy Ways to Create a Hydrangea Centerpiece

Hydrangea centerpieces are one of the easiest to arrange and are extremely versatile! You don’t need many hydrangea stems to create an impactful centerpiece because of the fluffy, voluminous blooms.

One of my favorite ways to create a centerpiece with hydrangea is by simply adding a handful to a vessel such as a pitcher, wooden bucket, glass vase, or a vintage trophy. The amount of hydrangea stems you will need will depend on the vessel you are using (keep reading…I am going to share a trick when using a wide mouthed vessel!) but typically you will want to add an odd number of stems to fill your centerpiece.

When only adding hydrangea stems to your vessel, you are going to have a more rounded centerpiece with blooms beginning where another one ends. I love how an all hydrangea centerpiece looks big and fluffy…it’s so fun and organic looking!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

To create a hydrangea centerpiece, you will first need to decide on the vessel you will be using to know how many hydrangea stems to purchase (or cut from your landscape). I chose to use a vintage silver trophy for this centerpiece, which you will want fill fairly full of water. Hydrangea stems are extremely top heavy, so to help me create this centerpiece and to keep the blooms & stems in place, I used a taping technique.

To use this technique, simply create a grid on your vessel ( keeping the grid squares as large or as small as you like) with regular scotch tape (see photo above). When your grid is in place, you can start adding in your hydrangea stems. Cut your stems (see tips on this farther down this blog post) all about the same length. (Length will vary on the vessel. Once you have one stem cut to the correct length, use that stem as a guide as to how long the other stems should be.)

Continue to fill the vessel with hydrangea stems, placing each stem into a square in your tape grid, until you have achieved the desired fullness of your centerpiece. After you have your centerpiece is done, you can go back and remove the tape grid. However, you cannot see the grid when once all the flowers have been added so typically I do not remove it.

I like creating all white hydrangea centerpieces as it can lend itself to so many occasions. White hydrangea centerpieces are perfect for weddings, showers, summer cookouts, or simply placed on your kitchen countertop. The options are endless when it comes to the centerpiece you create and how it can be used!

If you like a little more color in your centerpiece, check out this arrangement I put together with blue hydrangea perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

Hydrangea make a beautiful centerpiece on their own, however hydrangea can be used as a filler flower as well. Mix other flowers into your centerpiece for a different look! When deciding on other flowers to add to your centerpiece, remember to think in groups of three. For this centerpiece, I added beautiful white peonies & roses to complete the group of odd numbered flowers (odd numbers are always more pleasing to the eye).

I tucked the smaller roses throughout the centerpiece into the hydrangea to make the hydrangea blooms appear smaller. The larger peonies, I placed those throughout the centerpiece as well, but between the hydrangea stems. I left a couple of the green leaves on the peonies, because I loved the little pop of green against the white flowers. You can make this a more vibrant centerpiece with flowers of varying colors. I love the gorgeous monochromatic look of all white flowers in this vintage silver vessel!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Hydrangea Blooms Looking Fresher Longer

There is nothing more frustrating than creating a centerpiece and within the next day or even hours your hydrangea are wilted and limp. This has happened to me numerous times until I learned a few tricks to help keep those blooms lasting longer. The most important fact to know about hydrangea is their need for water…lots of water. Your centerpiece should stay well watered (add fresh water daily) to keep the hydrangea flowers fresh and full. Hydrangea actually comes from the Greek words “hydor”, which means water and “angos”, meaning jar or vessel…such an appropriate name for a water loving flower!

hydrangea tips
hydrangea tips
hydrangea tips

In order for the hydrangea stems to drink as much water as possible, give your stems a fresh cut when you bring them home. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle, then cut up the stem about an inch from the bottom. This allows the hydrangea stem to drink as much water as possible. (See photo above for reference.) Next, you want to remove the leaves from the stem (sometimes I will leave 1-2 on depending on the style centerpiece I am creating). The leaves require water so by removing them, the hydrangea flowers will be able to soak up more water and will stay fresher longer.

If your hydrangea flowers do begin to droop, don’t worry! Fill a sink full of cold water and submerge the hydrangea flowers & stem into the cold water. Leave them in the cold water for several hours or overnight. Within several hours your droopy, wilted flowers will start to look full & voluminous again. Once flowers have returned to their fullness, remove from the water, shake off any excess water, snip a little of the stem off the end, and put back into your centerpiece. I have had hydrangea last several days after using this technique to revive them!

hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece
hydrangea centerpiece

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DIY Mother’s Day Gift & Tablescape

Mother’s Day is less than a week away, are you ready?! If not, I’ve got another Mother’s Day gift idea for you! Last week, I shared gift ideas from some of my favorite retailers, you can read that post here. However, this week I wanted to share with you an inexpensive and easy gift that little ones can help with and one that mom will love.

Fresh herbs planted in aged terracotta pots. Each Mother’s Day, I ask Dave for herbs to plant in our planter we have on our back deck right next to the kitchen. I love having fresh herbs all summer long that I can easily access while I’m cooking. I use them in everything from salad dressings to sauces to marinades for meat & poultry, and even ice cream! (You can find my rosemary ice cream recipe, here.) One of the other great things about growing herbs is the delicious scents that eminent from them and the wonderful aromas that fill our deck and kitchen!

Instead of gifting mom an herb in the ugly plastic container that comes from the store with the ugly plastic plant label…let’s make it special by transplanting the herbs into beautiful aged terracotta pots (that we aged ourselves!) and adding super cute wooden plant labels! I had aged terracotta pots a few weeks ago for our front porch (read that post here) and had such a fun time doing that, I thought I would age more pots for these herb gifts. Some other fun ideas to dress up a basic terracotta pots besides aging them would be painting with acrylic paints or decoupaging (littles would have so much fun helping with any of these techniques!). Aging terracotta is super easy technique I found on Liz Marie Blog.

Mother's Day Gift Idea
Herbs
Herb Labels

To age terracotta pots you only need a few things; organic garden lime, water, clay pots (for the herbs I bought 4″ pots), matching clay saucer, bowl for mixing, and a paint brush. To make the aging mixture, add 1 cup of lime to bowl and mix with 1 cup of water (ratio is 1:1). Stir until lime fully dissolves in water, mixture will resemble mud. To apply the lime mixture, use a paint brush to brush the mixture onto the clay pots & saucers, making sure to coat pot evenly. Allow to fully dry and if desired, apply 1 to 2 more coats (I applied 3 coats to the pots pictured here). That’s it!

Once your clay pots are fully dried from the aging process (should only take an hour or so) you can transplant your herbs into their new pots. You can use any herbs that you or mom like for this DIY. I purchased rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, chives, and mint. Note: You may need a handful or two of potting soil when transplanting (we like to use Miracle-Gro Potting Soil). Once you’ve transplanted your herbs, water in, and add the wooden herb tag. You can purchase the tags I used here (I also like these), or you can also make your own with popsicle sticks!

Mother's Day Gift Idea
Herbs in Terracotta Pots
Herbs

Your DIY herb pots are now ready for gifting to mom, how easy was that! Let’s not stop there though…

I took the herb pots and made a tablescape with them! If you’re hosting a Mother’s Day breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner this would be the perfect tablescape to display your potted herb gifts and then have mom take the centerpiece when done!

Mother's Day Tablescape
Herb Centerpiece

For this tablescape, I started by adding a runner to the center of the table. Then, I centered two of the herb pots in the middle of the table and the runner. I added three mason jars on either side of the herb pots using a large, medium, and small mason jars on either side of the centered herb pots with a votive candle inside each mason jar. I then added another two herb pots on either end of the table (other side of mason jars) to complete the center of our tablescape.

Mother's Day Table
Place Setting
Candles in Mason Jars

I kept the place settings simple for this tablescape with white plates, clear drinking glasses, and gold utensils. I used a napkin that matched the table runner which I then tied with a simple twine bow and inserted an extra wooden plant tag into each napkin.

Light the candles and your table is ready to celebrate mom this Mother’s Day!

Herbs as a Centerpiece
Mother's Day Tablescape

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3 Easy Ways to Update Your Front Porch for Spring

It’s that time of the year here in New England when the warmer temperatures arrive and us New Englanders can’t wait to get back outside and soak up the rays of sunshine after a long winter. Dave and I start getting the itch right around this time of year (more Dave than I) to head outside to start cleaning up the yard, freshening up the beds, and removing any old décor from the holidays. Living in the northeast, we know we need to enjoy any and all warm, sunny days because it doesn’t last long around here! We still have a lot to do to get the yard ready for the season, but a simple refresh to our front porch was a great way to get us started and is a beautiful way to welcome our guests. If you’re itching to get outside like we were to start freshening up your outdoor spaces, I have three simple updates that can be done to your entrance or porch this spring that will take no more than a trip to your local box store and couple hours of your time. Remember to enjoy the fresh air and getting your hands in the dirt, before you know it, Fall will be upon us again!

1. Add Pots or Planters with Fresh Flowers

Your front porch should reflect your home and how you want to present it to the world. It’s the place people see when driving by and it’s the first space someone sees before ever stepping foot in your home. The plants and the pots you select for your front porch should be a reflection of your style as well as an extension of your landscape. For our front porch, we added terracotta pots. I wanted a terracotta style pot but without the orange color, so I followed a simple aging technique I found on Liz Marie Blog last year for terracotta pots. This aging technique was so simple and gave the pots exactly the color and antique look I was going for. I absolutely loved the result and can’t wait to do this on more terracotta pots either this summer or next year! (Here is the link to the aging technique that I used: Aged Terra Cotta Pots.)The plants we selected to place in the pots were a Scarlett O’Hara Pieris (white flowers on the left of the door), Forsythia (yellow flowers to the right of the door), and a Butterfly Blue Pincushion Flower (purple flowers to the right of the door). Each one of these plants we selected can be removed from the pots and transplanted somewhere else in our yard once they are done flowering or get too large for the pots. We also made sure each one of these plants prefer full sun, since this part of our home gets quite a bit of sunlight. The plants in your neck of the woods may vary from ours, so be sure to check the care instructions of any plants you are purchasing to make sure they will thrive where you are placing them in your landscape.

Here are a few more pots and planters I am loving for a front porch!

2. Hang a Wreath on Your Front Door

For me, there is no easier way to freshen up our front entrance and front door than by hanging a beautiful, seasonal wreath on it! You don’t even have to change your wreath seasonally either. Choose a wreath (I like wreaths made of faux materials since they will last longer) that can be used for your door for multiple seasons (olive leaf, eucalyptus, fern, any type of greenery really) and simply change the ribbon (for spring I like to use ribbon in shades of yellows, pinks, or purples). That’s it! Such an easy way to change your front door without making a big purchase or having to store multiple wreaths for different holidays or seasons. Another way I like to make a big impact with a wreath on our door is by changing the location of where the wreath is hung. Most people hang their wreath from the top of the door, change that up! Instead of hanging from the top of the door, try hanging your wreath a quarter way or halfway down your door. I promise changing the location of the wreath on your door, will make your front door feel unique and brand new!

Here are a few more inexpensive wreaths for the front door that I am loving!