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Adding a Bit of Spring to Your Home

2019

· French Country,Decorating

I've got SPRING in my step and I'm anxious to share it with you.

I just love this. My photo above and writing about ADDING A BIT OF SPRING TO YOUR HOME. Despite us having a small snow storm today and later on this week, I'm still thinking about spring and the beauty that it brings to us.

I love sharing things from talented artist. When I persue Pinterest, I'm always looking for unique things in home decor and different furniture finishes.

White Glittered Eggs

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic or Wood Eggs
  • Iridescent White Acrylic Paint
  • White iridescent Glitter
  • White glue
  • 2 Paint Brushes

Step 1. Start with painting your eggs with the white iridescent paint. If using plastic eggs, you'll need to apply several coats of paint to cover the color. If using wood eggs, two coats is sufficient.

Step 2. Pour some of your white iridescent glitter into your bowl. Paint some of your white glue over one side of an egg, then roll around in the glitter and allow to dry. Continue doing this with the rest of your eggs. Once your first side is dry, you'll do the same thing on the other side.

White Crystalized Eggs

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic or wood eggs
  • Iridescent White Acrylic Paint
  • Small bowl
  • Epsom Salt
  • White glue
  • 2 Paint brushes

Step 1. Start with painting your eggs with the white iridescent paint. If your using plastic eggs., you'll need to paint several coats on them to cover the color. If your using wood eggs, 2 coats is sufficient. Allow your paint to dry.

Step 2. Pour some of your epsom salts into your bowl. Paint some of your white glue over one side of an egg, then roll around in the epsom salts and allow to dry. Continue doing this with the rest of your eggs. Once your first side is dry, you'll do the same thing on the other side.

How to Decoupage Eggs with Napkins

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic or wood eggs
  • Pretty Napkins
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • White glue
  • Paint brush

Step 1. Start with painting your eggs with the white iridescent paint. If your using plastic eggs., you'll need to paint several coats on them to cover the color. If your using wood eggs, 2 coats is sufficient. Allow your paint to dry.

Step 2. Using sharp scissors, cut out the pattern of your napkins. Cut out any little decorative details that you'd like to use as well. Then remove the layers underneath the tops of your napkins.

Step 3. Paint the glue onto one side of your eggs. Gently place the napkin pattern over the glue and gently smooth out with your fingers. Continue doing this on the remainder of your eggs. Allow to dry.

Step 4. Now you'll do the same thing on the other side of your eggs.

Step 5. If you have small little details that you've cut out, now is when you'll apply them to your eggs in the empty areas.

The key to doing this is to make sure that you've used enough glue and that their completely smoothed out.

So what are we going to do with our new gorgeous eggs? I have some ideas for you.

How sweet is this? Simply get a terra cotta pot, get some artificial flowers similar to the one's seen above - cut the stems and stick into your pot. Now place your eggs on top.

If you have a beautiful urn that you could use - wonderful, but if you don't - a simple vase will do. Simply add either shredded natural paper inside your vase, or some brown moss. Fill your vase up and place your eggs on top.

How gorgeous would this be on your dining table? But we have gorgeous white eggs and beautifully hand crafted floral eggs. I love this idea. If you have a smaller table, just place three candle holders down the center with an egg on top.

How to Make a Birds Nest

Although I knew that making a birds nest was rather simple, it was nice seeing others expressing their talent.

Shared by http://www.countyroad407.com/how-to-make-a-nest-in-5-easy-steps/

I also looked into how birds nest are made in nature.

Throughout late March and April, you may be able to see evidence of this remarkable workmanship taking place around you.

MATERIALS FOR MAKING BIRD NESTS:

Step 1. Put on your gloves! Not for safety but for stickiness. Then pull the moss out and decide what size you want your nest. A couple of large handfuls makes a nice sized nest. Start shaping the nest pushing down the middle with your thumbs.

Birds will start by collecting sticks and dropping them on the branches they have chosen as their home.

To begin with, more often than not their twigs will drop through, but with time, they lodge in the branches of the tree and a rather unruly nest will begin to form.

How do birds, with only beaks as tools, turn these basic components into nests secure enough to take a growing family of nestlings, vying for their parents’ attentions and stretching their wings?

It would seem that beaks are very good tools for building. It’s a delicate business, the weaving in of new material to create the nest cup. A blackbird will land on the base of the nest and lay the next strand of grass or twig on the top. She will then turn in the nest and carefully weave this new strand into the side of the cup.

It’s the turning action that leaves the inside of the nest completely smooth and well compacted, ready to take eggs and chicks. She’ll continue until the cup is complete and will then visit ponds or puddles and collect mud to use to strengthen the inside of the nest.

Step 2. Spray the nest with the adhesive. This will quickly make your nest more malleable and where it takes its slightly permanent shape. You might want to make these next to a window that you can open slightly.

Step 3. Decide what you want to add – twigs, boxwood stems, moss, etc. You can add all or some. Spray it with the adhesive and place it where you want it. Consider how real birds make their nests. It’s not perfect nor is it symmetrical. Keep things random.

Some birds like nice neat cups of woven grasses and small twigs, camouflaged with moss and lined with mud.

Step 4. I placed the eggs where I thought they should go. When I thought it looked good, I picked up the egg and sprayed the nests and the bottom of the egg. Press it down and hold it for a few seconds. It sets that quickly.

Step 5. After we stepped back and admired our work, we sprayed the entire thing (bottom and top) with the Acrylic Sealer. This will keep it from falling apart and drying out.

After you've made a few birds nests, sprinkle them throughout your home on bookshelves - a few in your kitchen put together at different heights, or on one of your night stands.

Simple ways to add Height to Your Home Decor

I'm using antique bed springs to hold a few bird nests that I have and their gorgeous. Using antique items such as these are wonderful to give height to some of your home decor.

But what if you don't have things like this? Simply make small cardboard boxes.

You could simply use either white or cardboard color cardstock to make these and cardstock can easily be bought in the scrapbook area of your local craft store.

The first thing to decide in making your boxes is how large you would like them. For the square box, you'll make a square onto your cardstock, example 6" x 6". Then you'll measure out from this another 6". So you'll have the center square with four tabs off of it. Now follow the photo above for cutting.

I love round boxes but they can be slight expensive to buy. Here you can see that their rather easy to make.

For the round box, determine the size you'd like and make a square onto your cardstock. For example, 6" x 6" circle. Then you'll find something close in size to put over the square and trace. Then cut out two pieces - one for the bottom and one for the top lid. You'll also want to decide the height of your box.

So you'll now have different boxes that you can use for staging your home decor.

Just a pair of boots and a cup of coffee.

This was beautiful back in November, but we're into the middle of February and we want a little bit of color.

Taking cues from nature is always a beautiful thing.

Pinks, Purples and Whites are always spectacular French Country colors to use.

Making a Winter/Spring Weath

Making a gorgeous wreath for you front door is always welcomed. But this time of year, adding a bit of color is always beautiful.

All we need to do is make a super simple wreath with lot's of texture and a bit of color.

MATERIALS for this wreath:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • 2 dozen White Tulips
  • Pink or Peach Sheer Ribbon
  • Pink branch type pieces with tiny florals
  • Wire Cutters
  • Hot Glue

Step 1. Lay your grapevine wreath down on your table. Using your wire cutters, simply cut the stems of your tulips so you only have a couple inches left. You can also cut the pink branch type pieces. Cut your pink branch type pieces at various heights - some short and some long.

Step 2. Now using your glue gun, start with your tulips - applying a good amount of hot glue to the end of the stems and pushing into your grapevine wreath along one side. One dozen going up and the other dozen going down.

Step 3. Do the same thing with your pink type branches - placing the short pieces up into your tulips, with the long pieces glued to the top and bottom of your tulips.

Step 4. Take your sheer ribbon, cut a 24" piece. Wrap around your grapevine wreath in the center of the two dozen tulips and tie in a simple bow. Voila - your new Winter/Spring Wreath is ready to hang on your front door.

Dressing for Winter/Spring

Speaking of French Country loving to use white in their decor, they also love wearing it. I love this outfit and it's truly parisian.

How to Create a Rust Finish

I wanted to talk about creating a rust finish because knowing this is wonderful if you pick up things like metal watering cans, metal orbs, or other fun spring time pieces.

Very simple to make. MATERIALS NEEDED: Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt

Step 1. If you have small pieces, place them in a plastic container that has a lid. Pour hydrogen peroxide over your pieces and then pour a lot of salt into your container and gently stir.

Step 2. Cover your container and let sit for a few hours. And voila - you have RUST.

If you have a larger piece, do the same thing but using a spray bottle. Simply spray your piece with the hydrogen peroxide, then rub the salt onto it. If the salt doesn't seem to be sticking, then lay your piece down on one side and add the salt to it. Cover with a piece of seran wrap and allow to sit for a couple hours. Then you can do the same thing to the other sides of your piece.

How to Create a Verdigris Finish

You'll use the same materials that we used above for rusting your piece first. After your piece is rusted and dry, simply paint completely over your piece with seafoam acrylic paint. After your paint is dry, gently go over it with fine sandpaper to remove some of the paint.

You can read more about this on my Tutorials Page.

Now that we've learned how to create rust on your favorite metal pieces, you can create gorgeous metal planters for some of your favorite spring time flowers.

Then after creating these, go out and buy some artificial flowers to fill them. Place on your kitchen counter for a divine French Country feel that you can enjoy all the time.

You could also put your springtime favorites in baskets. I love the natural wood of the baskets with the pops of color in the flowers.

While you're out buying flowers for your gorgeous metal containers, pick up a few more to stick into a simple vase and adorn side tables in your living room for a pop of color. Aren't these peonies gorgeous?

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