These sweet, little, spring vignettes were as easy as 1,2,3 and completed with a few things that I already had in my spring decor box. Both feature the candlestick/saucer cake plates I made. This was one of the reasons I made these mini cake plates. I wanted to have multiple cake stands for display purposes, but I didn't want to the multiple price that would come with them. I was able to make 4 cake stands for the price of one! Cake plate stands are currently trending and are a great way to vary the height of a display or call attention to an arrangement. I use stacks of books for the same purpose, too.
Here are the three steps to the sweet peeps vignette:
Step 1: Place some reindeer moss on the mini cake plate stand.
Step 2: Center the little peeps on the plate.
Step 3: Twist a few pieces of pip berries or the like together to form a "u" shape and place around the peeps.
There you have it: 1...2...3! I think this little beauty will find a home in the powder room.
I've had my little peeps for a few years. As part of our third grade science curriculum, we learned about the life cycle of chickens and we hatched baby chicks. I saw these in a gift shop and purchased them for my classroom decor. They came out every year for the the egg to chick unit. When I retired, the peeps came home with me and I am enjoying them in my spring decor. You could substitute a number of figurines for the focal point of this piece. I have a friend who loves all things to do with birds. I can see her putting one of her bird figurines or birdhouse in the center of this piece. Another friend has a collection of rabbit figurines. A little bunny would be equally charming. Look around, and see what you have or what makes you smile.
The nest in the candle jar cloche was inspired by a visit to a rather high end home decor shop and from several views on Pinterest. Cloches and cake stands seem to be trending now, and like all things can come with a price tag. For this piece, I took one of the candle jars that I saved and up cycled it as a cloche.
Here are the three steps to the nest in a cloche.
Step 1: Layer small rocks in the bottom of the jar. I bought a bag at Dollar Tree and just used enough rocks to cover the bottom of the jar.
Step 2: Add a second layer of reindeer moss or grass on top of the rocks. (By this time, I had run out of reindeer moss, but had this bag of firmer green grass left from last springs decor. Yes, I save bags of raffia, grasses, and potpourri, when possible from season to season. While these items are relatively inexpensive, it doesn't take much to pop them into a ziplock bag and store them for use for another season. There is also the fact that sometimes I get attached to some of my finds and have learned that I can't always find them in succeeding years. Plus, I just feel good about recycling and reusing materials.)
Step 3: Place the nest in the jar and slightly tip it so the eggs are easily visible.
At this point, I thought the cloche needed just a little more color and interest. Once again I twisted a few pip berries together from the same one I deconstructed for the sweet peeps vignette.
Step 4: Place the twisted berry floral behind the nest. The wire in these florals is your friend. Bend and use them to your advantage.
Step 5: Place the nest in the candle jar on the cake stand.
The nest in a cloche was as easy as 1...2...3... and....4....and ...5, but admittedly they were all very simple steps. Once again, I had most of the materials for this piece in my spring decor stash or crafting cabinet. I did purchase the nest with the eggs from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts. The nests came six in a pack and actually have a little clip on the bottom. JoAnn's has some fantastic sales and was able to purchase these at 40% or 50% off.
By this time, you may have noticed that I haven't been hot gluing these pieces together. I like the freedom to rework the pieces and reuse the materials in different ways each year.
At the end of each piece, I step back and do a little evaluation of the piece. I am wondering if I should spray paint the lid of the jar white to match the plate stand. I think I might like it as it is, but I am still contemplating the spray paint. For now, this little nest in a jar is going to find a home on the family room bookshelf.
Have fun creating! I would love to hear from you and how you might personalize these vignettes to your liking. Please feel free to share ideas and photos.
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