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Now that Christmas is over, the snowfall we have here in the midwest – along with the below freezing temps – feel absolutely pointless. I’m ready for spring! I’ve been looking for some rustic spring decor for our new house to try to fake my mind into thinking that spring is just around the corner. Many others must feel the same way because rustic seems to be the hot decor theme, as indicated by the expensive price tag on the items that I love. Instead of paying the high price tag, I’ve decided to make some of my own.
The couple that crafts together, stays together, apparently. These twine carrots were a bit tricky to figure out, but luckily I get by with a little help from an unlikely source, my man’s-man fiancé! How great is that?
I love the look of these, sitting in a little basket on the table in our entryway. With a few logistical fixes by my fiancé and some creative additions by me, we created a very cute set of carrots with a rustic feel that are perfect for Easter!
The best thing we could find for what we wanted to do was this very inexpensive grapevine wire – it was about $2.49 at Hobby Lobby. I looked for inexpensive wire on Amazon but it’s at least twice the price there. I didn’t see any online at Michael’s, but there might be some in-store if you’re not near a Hobby Lobby. You might find a similar product at a local florist or florist supply store because they’re used to make wreaths.
For the body of the carrot, we found that foam cones work best and they’re super cheap – under $5 for a pair of them at Hobby Lobby. The smaller you can find them, the better, because I feel they’re more realistic. We likely could have found smaller online, but when the creative juices are flowing, they don’t like to wait 3-5 days for shipping.
Because the grapevine wire is basically wire wrapped with raffia, we slid a bit of it up the wire so some of the wire at start of the loop was exposed. We poked it down inside of the foam at the small end and started to wrap the bottom, working our way up to the top.
This is where Doug came in handy because my patience is very drained by the end of the day with two kids. While this part is not difficult, it does take a little patience to get it started. Neither of us are incredibly crafty, so trust me – if we can do this, so can you!
We found that the grapevine wire that we purchased at Hobby Lobby fit around one of these cones exactly! Just keep wrapping the twine around the cone tightly and as close together as you can so you don’t see the green of the cone. If you’re not that confident in your wrapping skills, you might spray paint the cone brown or orange, but we found a more decorative solution that problem… keep reading!
One you get to the top – the wider end of the cone – we cut little pieces of florists wire to secure them and just twirled or wrapped it around itself on the top. To add a pop of color and to hide the spots around the cone where you could see the green, we found crazy cheap orange raffia and wrapped it around, securing it in places under the twine to make sure it would stay in place.
We also found silk greens to pop in the top – which do so easily because of the foam cone – to make them look more like carrots plucked right out of the ground.
Below, you can see a close-up of the top and the orange raffia.
We found a basket we had at the house that had the same rustic feel, plopped a few of these bad boys in it, and voila! We also found some green tissue paper, shredded it with our cross-cut shredder and added it to the bottom of the basket.