Let me show you how I decorated my small front porch this Spring using a variety of rustic and vintage items and fresh Spring flowers.
Rustic Spring Front Porch
There’s something so restorative about seeing the first hints of Spring bulbs peeking through the soil in March after a long New England winter (if this was a movie you would be hearing the narrator say “in fact, every winter is a long winter in New England…”)
I know when it’s time to decorate my small front porch for Spring when I can finally yank out the winter greens from the planters that have been out there since November!! Yes, this is a thing…the evergreen branches that I stuck in my planters have been frozen and are still alive and kicking!
Add a Table
Last Fall, I brought the potting table that I had in my cutting garden up onto my little front porch to use for my Fall display. Can you believe this table was a dumpster find??.. You can read all about how I upcycled this table here.
It allowed me to put together an interesting arrangement of all my favorite Fall goodies in a tidy little space. Everything looked so pretty until the loony squirrels and chipmunks started munching on everything that was on the floor…
So I thought I would incorporate the table for Spring until my garden is ready for me to move it back (it’s still in the 30s at night so gardening is a ways off for me!!)
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Make a Simple Spring Wreath
Above the table, on the porch, I hung an old window frame that I’ve used in so many places over the years! Most recently it was hanging in my living room above a cabinet. What I love about this particular vintage window frame is that one side is chippy white paint and the other side is just rustic wood so it’s so versatile!
The window frame is the perfect spot to hang a wreath. I’ve wanted to make a wreath like this since I saved a picture of a $138 wreath from Terrain.
First I went through my wreath stash and found this old winter wreath that I haven’t used in years! It was in the “someday I’ll fix it up and hang it again” pile.
After I removed the red pips and greenery it was time to get started to make this look Spring-y!
For this wreath, I am using a few dried strawflowers, Spanish moss, bunny tails, and some dried wax flower sprigs. The moss also disguised the fake glitter snow that was on the original wreath.
All I did was to first hot glue clumps of the Spanish moss to the wreath (I get the moss at the Dollar Tree), then hot glue sets of 3 strawflower heads to the wreath and add a few of the bunny tails around the strawflowers.
To finish it off I popped a few small sprigs of dried wax flowers, they dry similar to baby’s breath flowers.
Buying Spring Flowers for the Porch
Now my favorite part, adding fresh Spring flowers to the porch!
On a cold February night, I opened an email from White Flower Farm and it had a photo of the prettiest basket of flowering daffodils! I had to have it!! Full disclosure I also had to have 1/2 their dahlia inventory and a houseplant that I had been looking for since last Summer!!!
They did a fantastic job of packing it! Some of the daffodils were starting to sprout too.
I took a ride over to my local nursery to pick up violas and pansies for the front porch…and maybe a few houseplants…I know, I know, I have an addiction!!
What are some good flowers to use on a front porch in springtime?
Here are a list of Spring flowers that are perfect for Springtime color on your porch:
- Pots of Tulips
- Pots of Daffodils
We were having such cold weather up here that I had to put off decorating the porch for a couple of weeks because the temps were going down into the teens at night and even though pansies are hardy I thought that might be pushing it a little bit!
Pot Up the Flowers
When I am decorating my porch I like to come up with interesting containers to use for my flowers.
One of my favorite things is to hit flea markets, antique stores, and thrift stores to find cool things to use around my home and garden.
Over the years I’ve put together a pretty good collection and reuse the pieces in different ways throughout the year.
You can check out some of my thrifting excursions and finds:
This white bunny planter was a Christmas Tree Shops find I (I think??) It’s roomy enough to fit a tall plastic pot with a couple of pansy plants.
Another planter I put together was in this old metal basket. To disguise the plastic planter I stuck inside I wrapped angel vine garland around the inside of the basket first. Then I planted a few different color violas in the pot.
For a little extra touch, I used a Dollar Tree wooden bunny ornament that was leftover from my Dollar Tree Bunny & Egg Wreath.
A quick coat of Waverly antique wax(brushed it on with a sponge tip brush) and a little white chalk paint around the edges (paint it on and wipe most of it off) gave the bunny an aged appearance. Then I tied it onto the metal basket with jute twine.
Putting Everything Together on the Front Porch
Now the fun part!! Pulling everything together on my small porch to make it look like Spring.
The daffodils have all started filling in the basket since I got the package a couple of weeks ago.
Of course, I had to add a couple of little touches to it by crisscrossing 3 pieces of grapevine pulled from a grapevine garland and a few short pieces of pussy willow stems.
I’ve said it a bunch of times if you are a regular reader but having a grapevine garland is a must-have in my decorating toolbox and I use it in so many decorating projects in different ways!
To hang up the wreath I added a length of jute twine to the top and hung it on the window frame.
Besides the daffodil basket, I added the ceramic bunny and a metal birdcage with a vintage cement bird figurine.
For the bird’s “nest” I used a clump of Spanish moss and added a couple of pieces of grapevine along with quail eggs and a guinea pheasant feather. The quail eggs and feathers are sprinkled throughout my Spring home and I used a few on this wreath.
Near the back of the table, I found a spot to put a set of galvanized pots in a wire basket. Inside each pot, I popped in one pansy plant from a flat of 6, then added a bit of Spanish moss to cover the dirt.
It’s those small touches like adding grapevine or moss to your planters that will take your decorating to the next level.
Beneath the Table
The space under the table was perfect for setting up another Spring vignette. First I flipped over a rustic farm crate as a base. In the back, I stacked up a couple of round vintage metal baskets and an old covered metal jug. In the front, I used the pansy planter that I had just put together.
When you are working with a smaller space it’s important to be resourceful and take advantage of all your nooks and crannies!
The only new piece I added was a white ceramic jug that I got from Magnolia (it’s on sale plus there was an extra 20% off all the sale merch last month!!). It’s the perfect spot for a few fresh pussy willow branches.
On the other side of the front door
On the smaller side of my porch, I tucked in one of my favorite all-time thrift store finds…this $2 chair!! It’s the perfect spot for my Walmart bunny (check for it in your garden dept. here’s the link but not available online)
I wanted to hang up a little something on the wall but not a sign. Then I remembered this sweet chicken wire hanging basket…added a few more of the dried strawflowers and dried wax flowers and tied jute twine around it and called it a day!
Now that the porch is all set for Spring can someone please send some warm days my way!!! I need to go inside by the fireplace for a little while to warm up!!