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If you follow my Instagram account, then you know how much I love porches. The front porch on our home is such a nice place to hang out and relax, but I’ve never put much time into it. So when Nearly Natural offered to send some items to try out, I jumped at the opportunity!
Here is what the front porch was looking like initially…
And here is the front door entryway that was looking a bit bare…
One of the best way to spruce up any space is by adding greenery.
Nearly Natural sent these perfect artificial plants to add to the front porch update. I wanted something to place on the tables that I made to tops for last year. It looked so bare with just the little yellow bird on it. This 15″ Watermelon Peperomia was perfect to fill the spot…
The bamboo planter was just the right height for what I was looking for.
I love plants and gardening and all things green. The front porch was looking a bit bare and not too festive for summertime. So in addition to adding the plants I decided to make some slipcovers. With most of the holidays during summer being patriotic, I decided to go with a red, white and blue theme.
You know me though, I love to pinch pennies so I didn’t want to spend a bunch on new cushions and didn’t want to spend a fortune on expensive outdoor fabric. Luckily, the local thrift store had two large blue shirts and an extra large red and white striped polo for a total of about 7 dollars. These were perfect for my easy peasy cushion covers.
First, turn the shirt inside out and sew the two bottoms of the shirt together. (If you’re really good at sewing you probably don’t need to pin the front and back of the bottom of the shirt together but for me it’s just easier to do this ahead of time)
Second, turn the shirt inside out. You’ll need to cut the top of the shirt at the shoulders to slide the cushion into it. For one of the t-shirts, I had to make sure that the graphics would be on the bottom and not seen. So I flipped it over and put in a couple stitches into it so that it would stay put. Then, I repeated this for the other cushion as well.
The small pillows were a little more work but not much. 🙂 I had these pillows in our living room this past year for the big makeover (blog post to come soon) and decided there was just not enough stuffing in these. These turned out to be just perfect for the front porch update. I shook the pillows to make all the stuffing fall to the bottom of the pillows. In order to determine how much fabric would be needed, I pinned the pillow in half. This made it super easy to cut out the fabric and sew it all together. I was a little worried that there wouldn’t be enough fabric from the front of the shirt but it worked out! 🙂
Now that the cushions were added, I had to decide where to place the plants. At first, I added them to the seating area and love it!
As for the front door, I had gotten a flag canvas print to add(thanks to the people moving out a couple streets over) and then tried the bamboo plant by the front door and love it there too.
I’m loving the bamboo plant at the front door as well as in the sitting area. This just makes me so happy to have my seating area and entrance decorated and ready for summer! What’s your favorite place for the bamboo plant? Let me know in the comments below.
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