Salvaged Tabletop Herb Garden

salvaged junk project spring herb garden
you've all heard that phrase 'best laid plans', riiiiight? sigh.

last Thursday morning, as i was loading up my truck to restock the homewardFOUND shop, 
i cut a very deep gash in my finger...
and it was immediately apparent that no bandaid would suffice.
it required a visit to the ER and five stitches, then being immobilized for several days.

as a result, i've been working on things behind the scenes here on the blog
(with one hand. do you know how hard it is to type with one hand?!!!)
and the happy outcome is that all of my archived spring posts are cleaned up, 
properly tagged, and easy to find!

much as i don't like accidents, there was that time a happy accident 
became a spur-of-the-moment project: a tabletop herb garden...

i was setting up at a vintage show, moving things all over the booth,
trying to find a place to put the last industrial bread-baking pan (i had 30 to sell).
a small metal wheelbarrow frame was sitting on the ground, 
waiting for a wood crate to be placed into it.
then i had a better idea! 
springtime planting ideas with rustic industrial style
i placed the metal frame up ON the table 
[on a burlap feedsack so it wouldn't scratch the wood of the table for sale]
and then sat the metal bread pan in the wheelbarrow frame.
it didn't fit perfectly... but it was unique!

i added some potted herbs, handfulls of straw from the ground,
along with the vintage jelly jars that were slated to sit on a tray on the table.
and the look was decidedly more interesting than my original plan!

it's a great idea for a move-able herb garden centerpiece in your home, too -
here's how to put one together:

* line a metal baking pan of any size/shape with plastic or foil

* place pots of herbs or spring flowers into each section (they hold a LOT)
you could also plant the herbs in the pan - just add rocks before soil, for drainage.
add straw or moss, if you wish.

* sit the pan on something that it's not supposed to go with -
a wire lampshade frame, for example. or the silver base of a fancy warming tray.
mix rustic with refined, simple with ornate, rough with smooth!

* place your planter on the table as a centerpiece, or at your entry, or on the kitchen island.

it makes for a great conversation piece,
and is an easy move from table to kitchen counter to backyard
for watering and sun exposure.

here's another one of my 'unusual' planter ideas: soup tureen planters!
repurposed tabletop planters for your spring tablescapes from homewardfound decor

shared online:

the how-to home | project inspire{d} #262


Winter Into Spring Decor

winter spring home decor use what you have glass globes
 wondering how to decorate for the change from winter into spring?
try combining the hues and textures of winter with a touch of spring flowers, 
like the clear & white glass, burlap, and cherry blossom combination above.

this is a really simple way to take an everyday item and make it work as decor...
yes, those round things in the photo up above ARE what you think they are:
glass light globes
from old porch lights and overhead hall lights!

these are available at vintage lighting stores, building salvage stores,
and sometimes thrift shops for just a few dollars each.
you can find new ones at hardware stores, but they usually aren't as interesting as old ones.

i've used glass globes in MANY ways over the years...
continue reading to see what i've done with them for spring!


Valentine's Day Projects + Tutorials

hearts flowers jewelry and more valentines day inspiration using what you already have at home homewardFOUND decor
looking for some 'fast, cheap, & easy' TM ideas + inspiration
for making Valentine's Day gifts + decor using what you already have?

you'll find tutorials and photos for my TOP TEN best-selling and most popular original projects
- plus two inspiring valentine party themes - in the homewardFOUND blog archives
i've pulled the links all together here to make it easy for you ;)

have fun makin'! 

shared online:

funky junk interiors | diy salvaged junk projects #414


Tutorial: Faux Spring Blossoms

make your own faux spring flowers from paper with this tutorial from homewardFOUNDdecor.com
i don't know what kind of weather you are dealing with, my friends, 
but it's so hot here in SoCal that Mother Nature is reeeeeeeally confused...
the question seems to be 'to bloom or not to bloom' 
because it's not quite clear whether it's late winter, early spring, or full-blown summer.
(Olaf the snowman would love it here right now!)
in other areas, some of you poor souls are dealing with BELOW ZERO temps!

for those of us who are looking for some evidence of spring, i have a trick to share:
forget nature. make your OWN spring blossoms!!!

i made some last year for our entry hall, and shared them on IG:
make your own faux spring flowers from paper with this tutorial from homewardFOUNDdecor.com
it's a super simple, quick project that makes use of materials that we ALL have:
the blooms are made from white tissue paper. or white paper napkins. or white toilet paper.
yes, seriously. any thin paper will do! actually, so would thin fabric.
(and of course you could make them pink or yellow)

continue reading for the tutorial...


Have a Heart!

happy february, everyone!
five years ago, i shared a project here on the homewardFOUND blog
that began with a simple wood moss-filled garden planter.
 click here to see the planter-turned-door wreath post

i found another way to use that wood planter:
i decided to re-create the look of a floral heart using PAPER!
it was simple enough to cut petals and leaves and spirals out of old sheet music + school paper,
to fold and bend and twist them into shape, gluing them along the way,
and then to tuck them into the chicken-wire of the planter.

these flowers are so simple to make... just remember your kindergarten 'cut & paste' skills,
maybe even enlist some kids to help!

continue reading for more details...