What happens when you spread out possible spring decor items, step back, and then select a favorite oldie, but goodie piece and decide to use it in a new, unexpected way? For me, it was the above very lush "Welcome Spring Bunny Centerpiece!" The lesson I learned in creating this arrangement was to respect the power of stepping back, playing with materials, and letting the pieces fall together.
When I did this, I gravitated to the Easter egg bedecked grapevine wreath. I have had this wreath for several years. It usually hangs in my kitchen window in the spring time. I love the way these eggs are painted. I often leave it hanging well after Easter, because it just makes me smile. I fully expected to hang it in its traditional place in the kitchen window. Then, I looked at it in a new way. What if, I used it as the base of my centerpiece for the dining room table centerpiece? I started choosing materials and playing around with them and "Welcome Spring Bunny" was born.
This centerpiece may look challenging, but it was quite simple to create. Let me walk you through the steps.
Step 1: I started with the full-sized, white, pearlized, cake stand. I made this cake stand from a candlestick purchased at Goodwill for $1.00, a plate I already had, and some spray paint. Click Here or on the image for the tutorial.
Step 2: Arrange green reindeer moss on the plate in the shape of a wreath.
Step 3: Place a small cassoulet bowl or any flat bottom bowl in the center. I found when I was playing around with this piece, that I needed to elevate the foil bunny figurine. Without this extra height, the foil mother rabbit would be dwarfed by the wreath.
Step 4: Center the wreath around the cassoulet dish and reindeer moss. At this point I thought the bottom sides of the wreath looked a little bare. After all, the original wreath was meant to be viewed head on. I pulled some of the wired pip berries and floral stems down.
Step 5: I thought the arrangement needed to be filled out to match the lushness of the rest of the wreath. I took apart one spring floral pick and used some of the pieces to enhance the wreath on the sides. Grapevine wreaths make it very easy to poke the wire pieces into the sides. Once again, I didn't use any glue or hot glue to attach the additional picks.
That's all there was to creating this lush, "Welcome Spring Mother Bunny" centerpiece.
I will be the first to admit that the wreath itself, makes this a stunning piece. I purchased it years ago from a small, local, gift shop. I love it and I haven't come across anything quite like it sense. I am sure another arrangement could be created by using a small spring wreath and perhaps adding a few more picks and it would be equally beautiful. I've put together a few more examples to show you what I mean.
This Peter Rabbit spring centerpiece was made from essentially the same materials as the "Welcome Spring Bunny". I used my Fostoria America glass cake plate, green moss, cassoulet flat-bottomed bowl, speckled eggs, and a woodsy rabbit. The "wreath" was made from a garland that I purchased last year. When the salesperson packaged it, she wound it into a circular form which made a very lush, wreath. I decided to keep it that way and used it as a wreath last year. I am using it here as an example of what you can do with a small, purchased wreath, or garland that has been doubled.
This is another variation using the same basic materials. This time, the small wreath is made of small white blossoms and pip berries. I like the contrast of the white wreath with the rustic, woodsy rabbit.
For this variation, I substituted a spring bunny vase for a rabbit figurine.
I purchased this vase/flowerpot at TJ Maxx. I liked that the front and back view are different and equally sweet. I figure I can use this piece all spring long. I have a choice of showcasing the spring bunny or spring flowers. I like pieces that give me options in how I display them. I also have plans to plant wheat grass in this pot. I'll post a photo when the grass is grown. I envision leaving the grass as it is, or adding a spring chick, bunny, or the like. Some speckled eggs might be in order, too. Like I said, I like to have lots of options when making these pieces.
Lastly, I wanted to share an example of a centerpiece that does not have a cake plate as a base. I chose to use a galvanize plate charger. The charger is hardly visible. Any large plate or platter could be used.
I hope this post inspires you to use what you have, what you like and love, and make something that truly makes you happy.
Have fun creating!