I shared yesterday my Spring Front Porch Decor and how I decided to use bold colors such as orange, hot pink and yellow. The main reason I chose these colors was because I wanted to make these bright orange carrots to hang on my lights. Since I am at home and cannot go shopping for crafting supplies (like most of you), I am using what I have on-hand.
Now, I have seen the cute carrot wreaths made with upside down tulips. I would have loved to have tried making those but my crafting coffers were limited. The only true orange florals I had were these roses.
I got these roses to use on my butterfly Christmas tree several years ago.
For each carrot hanger I used about seven roses. If you are limited to what you have, you could use less flowers by spacing the petals out more when assembling.
I began this craft by drawing a carrot on Dollar Tree craft foam poster board. This is the same foam I have used for other crafts. **I ended up making a more narrow top than what I drew here. I was kind-of figuring it out as I went.** I cut out the foam board to be my base. My base measured about 17 inches long and 10 inches at it’s widest.
I took the two carrot bases and spray painted them orange.
I then took each rose apart and piled up the petals. These roses came apart in sections with several petals attached. I used the entire section and bunched them together as they were placed on the carrot.
Using a hot glue gun, I began to glue petals from the bottom going upward in rows.
For the carrot top, I gathered several different types of greenery and attached them at the bottom with a zip tie.
I then tied a buffalo plaid bow and attached it to the green top.
I then took another zip tie and pulled it through a mounting base. You can find the mounting bases in the same section of the store as the zip ties.
I forgot to take a photo of this…but I then wrapped the zip tie tightly around the carrot top/bow combination. The mounting base comes with a sticky side that has a pull-off strip. I pulled off the strip and stuck the mounting base to the front top center of the carrot. You can put a little E6000 on the mounting base to make sure it stays put.
I took two more mounting bases and a pipe cleaner cut in half and attached them to the back of the carrot. You can put some E6000 on this, too, if you want.
For my carrots, I wanted to hang them from the light sconces at my front door so I needed a long piece of ribbon to hang them by. If you were planning to hang this from a wall or door, the ribbon can be shorter. I cut a piece of ribbon 2-3 feet long, folded it in half and attached it to the carrot with equal amounts of ribbon on each side.
To hang these carrots, I simply tied a bow with the ribbon from the sconces.
These carrots are very lightweight. To make sure the carrots were stable, I used double-sided picture hanging stickers on the bottom area of the carrots to attach the carrots to the brick. So far, they’ve stayed put and we’ve had a thunderstorm with wind since I hung these up.
So here’s my front yard decor for Spring 2020! I really love how the carrots turned out. I had everything I needed in my craft stash and was able to make them in a few hours. Of course, I have some burn marks on my fingers from touching the hot glue too soon. Learn from my impatience!
I live on a busy side street of our little town. There are so many people who pass by walking or riding bikes each day. I hope that when people see this, it will put a little smile on their faces and happiness in their hearts. We definitely need some!
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I hope that you have a wonderful day and find a way to brighten up the space you’re in.
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