Since we've moved to a house that has a mantel above the fireplace, I've been having fun figuring out how to decorate it for holidays. The Valentine's decor was taken down a while ago and I've just finished decorating it for spring! Well, maybe. I keep tweaking it. But here's what I have so far.
I wanted to do something new for Easter, mainly because I didn't have a mantel before and didn't have anything that seemed to fit it well. I also didn't want to spend a lot of money, if any at all. So, I dug into what I had, repurposed a few things, made a couple small purchases, and ended up with this little hybrid of my "egg collection" and some real, live grass!
Department 56 stuff (and more from my mom, who freelances for Dept 56 painting buildings!).
label paper, slapped it on a piece of foam core, and cut them out with an X-acto knife. Then I spray painted some bamboo skewers silver, stuck the pointy ends into the foam core, and trimmed them to the height I wanted. Voila! Free but effective. (Well, free because I already had this stuff around)
one of my old Junk Mail Gems craft show display pieces. Good ideas can come from breaking stuff! I noticed that the old brass candlesticks that I had painted silver, worked perfectly to hold an egg and give it height on a pedestal. So, I went to work recycling my already recycled displays, giving the candlesticks a fresh coat of silver paint, and using them to hold my eggs.
I tend to get a little spray-happy with my silver paint. I've used it to bring so many dated, brass decor items into this century. I didn't stop at the candlesticks...I picked up 4 little ceramic rabbits at the thrift store for $0.39 cents each, and painted them as well. I think my new bionic bunnies add a little extra Easter-y flare without being too cheesy and literal.
I'll probably re-position things a million times between now and Easter, but then that's half the fun. I'm pretty sure my husband thinks I'm crazy when he sees me fiddling with my eggs AGAIN. But, hey, that's the price you pay when you marry an artist and designer. The wall sculpture above it I actually made 7 or 8 years ago for our living room (copying one that I saw for hundreds of dollars at a furniture store)...it's the color scheme of our carpet. But, it matches well with the spring colors!
We still have over a month until Easter, but spring starts in just a few days! It's not too late to get out an interesting container and plant your own green grass...see what you can come up with for a little "live" decor!