April Showers...

By: Missy Sorg

When did May Day stop being a thing?  The old adage April showers bring May flowers used to actually mean something.  I remember as a kid crafting straws and construction paper into flowers to give to my mom for May Day.  I apparently outgrew that at some point.  But, why?

Now that my spring flowers have been a little stunted by the recent cold snap and snow (I know – snow in April, seriously?) I’ve been looking at options to bring in some flowers.  While scanning my favorite spots on Pinterest, I came upon a super cute idea to decorate my front door!

Wreaths (in the traditional sense) are so last year.  Who wants a circle of flowers?  Why not turn that April Showers and May Flowers into something super adorable?  

What You’ll Need:

  • Umbrella
  • Small Flower Pot
  • Potting Soil
  • Ribbon
  • Flowers

Instructions:

  1. Using the potting soil, prepare your small flower pot – by “small” we mean small enough to sit inside the closed umbrella without looking weird, but large enough to accommodate your flower.
  2. Place your flowers (either a couple bulbs or some of those pre-potted-easily-transferrable guys you can pick up from your local gardening center) in the pot and fill in around the roots/bulbs to help set and stabilize the flowers.  Use plenty of water to keep the soil moist, but pay attention to any planting instructions that accompany the particular flower you choose.
  3. Using the ribbon, tie a bow around the middle of the umbrella.  Keep in mind you can use the ribbon to help hold your flower pot – either by tying the ribbon around the flower pot to help hold it in place or by tying the ribbon and using it as a base to place your flower pot on top of it.  If you are placing the flower pot on top of the ribbon, you may want to place something in the bottom part of the umbrella to keep the flower pot from pushing the ribbon down and disappearing into the bottom of the umbrella.  Perhaps packing peanuts or old newspaper would work without making it too heavy.  
  4. Carefully hang your new flower décor on your door (or wherever) making sure it is secure enough to not fall off when the door is opened.  (If the handle of the umbrella works to accomplish this, great!  If not, you can use some extra ribbon to help craft a hanger to attach to your door with a small nail, screw, or hook – and, yes, one of those handy adhesive hooks should do the trick.  Just make sure it will hold the weight of your potted feature well.  You don’t want a 5-lb flower hanging off a 1-lb hook.)