Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!
Here is what you will need…
- 4 Tulip “bushes” in orange. I bought mine at Michael’s
- Wire Cutters
- Green burlap ribbon
- Greens I also bought these at Michael’s in their “Gardeners Market” section. They look like carrot tops to me 🙂
- Command strip and hook for hanging.
You should have 4 tulip bushes, you want to remove the flowers ( with stems attached) from the bush from ONLY one tulip bush.
Then you should have a nice pile of tulips on stems. You will then want to take three of these tulips aside and using the wire, create a bundle like this…
Notice how the bundle is like a triangle, one tulip is in the middle/underneath the top two and sticks out further. This will be the point of our carrot. Once you create your bundle you will need to take the end of the burlap ribbon, leaving the other end attached to the spool ( do not cut) and wire the bundle of tulips to the end of the ribbon. See below.
Next we are going to start adding some gradual bulk to our carrot by adding 3 tulips to the bundle.
Once again you want to continue the triangular shape placing the new tulip on top of the previous bundle and a little further up the burlap ribbon. Secure them to the ribbon with wire. Next we will make a jump in bulk by adding six tulips! You will add 4 first and wire them to the ribbon just as you did the previous three, leaving two unwired.
The two unwired tulips you want to bend out toward the sides making a more dramatic triangle shape, you’ll want to wire them a little further up the ribbon than the bundle of four, giving them room to flare out to the side.
Next you will begin adding the remaining three bushes to the carrot but first you will want to remove all of the leaves from the bushes, while leaving the stems and flowers intact. See below.
Before you add the first intact bush to the carrot you will want to flatten and fan the stems out just slightly.
Lay the fanned bush on top of the tulip bundles attached to the ribbon and position it so that the tulips will continue the carrot shape. The stems are wired which makes it easy to fan the tulips out after you get them bundled if you aren’y especially happy with the shape.
When you wire this bush onto the ribbon, wire a little further down the ribbon giving the stems ample room to flare out, making the carrot a little more shapely.
Then just on the few center most tulips, wire them just above the tulip heads make sure they will stay put so you don’t end up with a carrot with a bald spot.
Next you add in the second Intact tulip bush. This bush you will want to flatten and fan out ALOT. I suggest moving the longer stems so the they are the ones fanning out to the side while keeping the shorter stems in the middle.
Add this bush to the bundles in the same way you added the others.
Wire the bundle down with the outer most stems left out of the bundle.
Add the last remaining tulip bush in the same fashion.
Next we are going to bundle up the stems.
Wrap wire up and down the stems of the bushes, wrapping the ribbon up on the sides as you wire.
Next you will want to cut the greens for the top of the carrot. Using wire cutters remove the stems from the handle.
Next, wire the stems together.
Now you can wire the stems to the top of the carrot.
After the top of the carrot is wired in place you will want to flip the carrot face down so that you can create the loop by which the carrot will hang.
The back on the carrot will look like this. Fold the ribbon back toward the carrot creating a loop and cut the ribbon where the stems of the tulips and the greens meet.
Wire the ribbon so that the loop stays intact.
Flip the carrot back over so that it is facing up and center it on a large piece of burlap ribbon.
Tie a cute little bow hiding the wiring where the carrot and greens meet.
I like to leave long tails on my bows and cute a little triangle out of the ends for interest.
Hang your carrot door hanger using a command hook and voila! welcome the spring and Easter in style.