I can’t even tell you how excited I am for spring. I know this hasn’t been a bad winter, but honestly, it isn’t the cold that bothers me. It’s the lack of sunlight. And now that sunset is officially at 7:25 pm, I’m feeling a lot happier. Of course, my happiness might also be due to the flowers that we’ve been bringing to the office. We have dogwood branches from Sprout Home, lilacs from the corner store and just last week, we got beautiful bouquets from Amy Merrick (it doesn’t hurt having a talented florist around the corner). With all these flowers, I thought it might be fun to dig into the DIY archives. You can never go wrong with a simple bunch of flowers and a vase, but if you’d like to get a little more ambitious, here are my favorite floral projects. — Amy Azzarito
Image above: A May Day floral door basket uses hellebores, tulips and rhododendrons.
Image above: A sweet violet centerpiece made with simple drinking glasses
More best of floral DIYs after the jump . . .
Image above: Floral accessories for everything from package toppers and hair ties to corsages and bracelets
Image above: Be sure to save your favorite spring flowers with our DIY flower press.
Image above: A spring floral box made using a vintage wooden box
Image above: A teapot flower arrangement made with lots of jasmine!
Image above: Grow your own! The ins and outs of plant propagation
Image above: Create wall art using dried flowers and herbs.
Image above: An easy vase project created using test tubes and a wood block
Image above: Grow wildflowers in your yard with a plantable love note. (This is a great idea for wedding invites.)
Image above: I’m a sucker for a great wreath — and they don’t have to be reserved for the holidays. Here’s a lovely spring wreath (with little mushrooms!).
Image above: A little birch bark basket, perfect for hanging on an empty coat hook
Image above: A tiny little planter made from an egg cup. A cluster of these would look great as a centerpiece.
Image above: Empty wine bottles become hanging vases.