Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Boxwoods for spring

Hello all! How are you this fine Tuesday?

Sooo, here’s the thing. If it’s not going to feel like spring, then I’m just going to pretend. Sound good? Good.

I’m trying to think of ways to change up what I already have to make it work for the season. I don’t do a ton of spring decorating, and usually what I do use ends up staying out until July (or so), but I do like to bring some more natural decor into the house about this time of year.

You know…when it should start to kind of sort of feel a teensy bit like spring. But it doesn’t.

I’ve noticed that boxwood decor is out and about at the stores a lot lately. I guess I’ve always used topiaries and mossy stuff all year round, but it seems to me there’s more of the boxwood variety specifically this year.

So I got to thinking – I have a couple preserved boxwood wreaths from Christmas:

boxwood wreath Christmas

They were just chillin’ in the holiday closet downstairs and I decided to bring one of them up. Since they are preserved boxwood they are supposed to be misted with water once a month or so. Mine haven’t be touched since the end of December, so I gave this one a nice watering:

preserved boxwood wreath care

I was going to use a bright spring ribbon, but at the last second went with the same burlap I used during the holidays. The texture that I loved at Christmas feels natural to me and perfect for spring too:

spring boxwood wreath

I just tacked it on the back of the door with a hammer and an upholstery tack I had nearby:

hanging wreath on door with ribbon

You know, who doesn’t have upholstery tacks laying around? Most of the time I just hot glue the ribbon to the top of the door but I was feeling lazy.

It looks lovely on our pantry door – and totally springy!:

boxwood wreath spring

At least I think so anyway. I love how green and lush it is – anything that brings some life to a space works for me this time of year.

Here’s a few other springy boxwood creations I found – this faux wreath is so pretty with little flowers sprinkled throughout:

spring boxwood wreath

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That would be so easy to do if you have one on hand like mine!

And if you have any doubt that boxwood works for spring decor – just put some eggs on it and you’re good:

boxwood wreath with easter eggs

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I love that for a spring wreath!

I thought Tricia’s bunny boxwood wreath was pretty darn adorable:

boxwood bunny

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I mean, come ON. Precious!

I used some faux boxwood from Hobby Lobby to make a little boxwood plant forever ago:

faux boxwood

But Jen had a much simpler plan (and hers are cuter!):

DIY boxwood topiaries

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And I loved these preserved boxwood mats for crafting – the possibilities are endless!:

boxwood mat crafting

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Those mats reminded me of my mossy “S” I made years ago:

DIY moss letter

OK, it’s not boxwood, but close. And so easy to do! Messy. But easy. :)

So what do you think? Does boxwood work as well for the spring as it does the holidays? Do you use it this time of year?

P.S. You can find out more about the pantry here. And more about the fork and spoon above the door here. :)

29 comments:

  1. I love the boxwood and the burlap! Looks good - and "springy". C'mon Spring!!!!
    I love the wreath with the little flowers, and wonder if I could find some little flowers at dollar store and save the $80 price tag?

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  2. Where did you buy the boxwood wreath? I just love the texture of the boxwood.

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  3. I LOVe boxwood for spring. It's fresh and new feeling! I actually hate boxwood the bush, but for some reason i love it in the home ;)

    PS I finally frosted all the windows on our lower level (inspired by you guys of course!) and I'm so glad I did! The post is here: http://www.brittanysjoy.com/2013/03/frost-windows-with-contact-paper.html

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  4. love it. it's so lush and perfect. i could use some spring now. thanks!

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  5. I really need to just suck it up and buy some boxwood. I always love it when I see it. And I know I'd love it for the holidays.

    Yours looks lovely!

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  6. I'm with Kim, I so need to suck it up, and purchase the$40 boxwood wreath from Target that I have been eyeing since forever, you my friend have just motivate me to do so! It looks wonderful with the burlap ribbon. BTW, where did you get those adorable dog hooks by your pantry door? They are so cute!

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  7. We have a ton of boxwood all around our yard. You can be sure I'll be following hubby around with a bag while he trims it this summer!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. It looks great and very "Springy" You also gave me a great idea about using boxwood for crafting!!

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  9. The bunny wreath! Oh what fun he is.

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  10. I'm with you! You can't force Mother Nature's hand, but I will do everything I can to pretend until the real thing arrives. I love that boxwood is so versatile, and I might have to pull my holiday boxwoods out of the Christmas decorations and put them to use!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. Love the idea of preserving boxwood wreaths!
    Once they dry out and go brown you can always paint them.
    I love adding boxwood clippings into my decorations.

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  12. What's better than a boxwood? LOVE it!
    Susan
    simplymodernhome.com

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  13. Beautiful! Gave you a shout out!!! Nancy

    http://johnhoodfamily.blogspot.com/2013/03/spring-with-bloggers.html

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  14. I love the boxwood for Spring! Love the burlap against the black door too. I never thought about buying real ones (I kill every living plant) but I just may try these. Thanks for sharing!
    Barbara at Chase the Star

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  15. Boxwood is good all year at my house! I love the way you're displaying yours on the door.

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  16. I've jumped on the boxwood bandwagon too! I think they're great all year! Love yours with the burlap!!
    ~~Angela

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  17. The boxwood wreath looks perfect on your pantry door. I need to get on the boxwood bandwagon!

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  18. Yep, I think everybody is READY for spring to show itself. So many great ideas out there, for sure. Thanks for sharing a few of them with us!

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  19. I had no idea boxwood sheets existed!
    This is awesome!

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  20. I always use a thumb tack to hang wreaths. just push the thumb tack through the ribbon or burlap (lol) into the top of the door. Holds perfectly and you never see it.

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  21. I love the boxwood for spring also. It just adds that green springy touch!

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  22. I have a ton of actual boxwood outside in our yard, but I really need to get some preserved boxwood to dress up the house a bit on the inside. We have no greenery or plants and we could really use some!

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  23. HA I love the blue dog butt hooks on the wall. I have them in orange!

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  24. So happy to know I'm not the only one who hasn't "sprayed" their preserved boxwood wreath(s). Did take care of them AFTER I read this post! (Dianne Colquitt, one half of "Junkey Monkeys" from the IAVM at The Fountains)

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  25. Love boxwood but haven't used it yet...thanks for the inspiration.

    I have the same utensils and I love them too, but how in the heck did you get them to hand sideways? I'd love to do this over my pantry door but I'm at a loss!

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  26. I LOVE the boxwood plant that you made! I've been trying to find a way to use boxwoods on either side of my front door because I still have Christmas trees there!

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  27. Green is always good. Color of life! Love the fork and spoon...especially how you've used them. Cute!

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  28. Perfect! You're making me go and clip the boxwood plants I had so well trimmed at the front yard! Hmmm I guess the hubs won't approve me doing that! :)

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