I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Easter. It’s the ugly holiday. At least it used to be. In recent years Easter and spring decorating in general has gone through a bit of a transformation. Sure you’ll still see the odd straw stuffed buck toothed rabbit wearing overalls but for the most part things have gone a bit higher end. Easter is less about pastel colours and more about the feeling of spring.
Bird’s nests, grass, moss, clay pots … that sort of thing. Most of which we all have at home. Kay, maybe not the bird’s nest but if you’re like me, and I think a lot of you are, you DO have a bird’s nest somewhere.
And before you start jumping up and down with your hand in the air, No. I am not frightened of the microscopic mites, bugs, fluttery things or birdpoop that might comes with these nests. I find a new nest on my porch every year because the birds, unlike me, seem to like to build a brand new house every year. I bring the nest inside, stick it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a day or two. That kills some of the ick.
The rest I’m not worried about. I mean, I wouldn’t EAT the bird’s nest, but I’m comfortable with displaying it for a month or so a year. I have a similar theory for other decorative items like pillows and coffee table books. Display them, do not eat them.
So, go gather yourselves some spring-like items and display them.
Wanna REALLY make an impact? Stick whatever you found under glass. If you stick it under or on top of glass it’ll look special. And rare. Like a big, toothy grin from Kristen Stewart.
That first example is an old silver candlestick, a real bird’s nest, some sparkly styrofoam eggs and a tiny birds nest from the dollar store.
The second example is a much larger glass cloche (which I got for my birthday from one of my sisters) a fake, mossy looking bird’s nest and an old Ikea candlestick. The stuff at the base is dollar store crap and a white ceramic rose I’ve had forever.
Don’t have a cloche? Check out some flea markets or second hand stores for them or for old clocks that come with this sort of thing over them. If you can’t be bothered with that, these look almost as good without the glass. Just get a round of wood (craft store) to act as a stand and arrange your spring things on it.
Keep your display at different heights and don’t make it too symmetrical.
Things you can use? Clay pots, soil, moss, antique gardening tools and books, blown out eggs, seed packets, even a nice bunny if you have one. Just go rooting around your basement or garage and you’ll come up with something.
If you’re the least bit suspicious of it check it for “ick”. You can do their by either trying to eat it, or … sticking it in the freezer. Your choice.