Before the Easter holiday is over, I’d better share some Easter decorations I have had fun making this month. My ever-changing glass cloche, or the dome – as we call it, (Valentine’s post cloche,) is decorated with a dish of hyacinth bulbs. I just set the dish on top of a brushed nickel candle holder to elevate it and then added a couple of vintage looking metal rabbits. My big purchase for this DIY was the bird’s nest. I bought the nest at Home Goods ($6. for 2 nests.) I had to remove a lighter straw that was glued to the inside of the nests, which was tacky looking. Then I added straw, from an old easter basket, to fill the blank area around the candle holder. The base is a wicker tray with a metal center, with lovely weathered gray tones. I flipped it over and love how the wide edge is against the countertop so it narrows up causing the glass dome display to be the focal point. I noticed that after it came all together, wish I had those insights when planning my DIY’s. I once heard Nate Berkus say, “Everything looks better under glass.” I think he is right, you can’t go wrong when decorating a glass cloche.
Now… for my Spring Fireplace Mantel. I added some yellow silk flowers to an existing white vase to brighten up the area and added a pretty Egg Topiary that is very simple to make. Directions are below, if you want to make one for yourself. One of these days this really boring fireplace needs to be refaced and a proper mantel added. Another MML DIY? I’ll post some inspiration photos and let you help me decide which would look best…
How to Make an Egg Topiary, with video
Supplies: (this is based on my topiary shown) – Pedestal Vase, 11″ – styrofoam cone, 12″ x 5″ – styrofoam ring, if needed to fit down into top of vase so cone sits at top of vase – plastic eggs (mine came as a mix of colors & speckled in one package – spanish moss – glue gun, low heat so won’t melt eggs. This is the video HERE I watched, by Martha Stewart, showing clearly how to make a beautiful topiary. She uses real (blown) eggs from her chickens. But you can find realistic looking plastic eggs, like what I found, at a craft store. Believe me, this is so pretty you will want the eggs to last for future Easter display. Also, the vase I found was wider than the base of the cone, so when I put the cone on top it fell way down into the vase. Solution… I glued a trimmed styrofoam ring to the cone base so it goes only about 2” into the vase (see 3rd photo below.) Now I can lift out the decorated topiary to store away until next season, leaving the empty vase for other uses. I will point out that the eggs are place with thin end up.