Now don't think for one second that I believe anyone is sitting around on pins & needles waiting to see what I've done with my mantel for spring. I know darn well that is not the case.
However, I did do some stuff. So I will share. Next year I hope to get it done & up earlier.
First of all, I'm a paper crafter from waaaaay back. It was my first crafting crush. Paper is cheap, easy to work with and the options! Endless. Fabric always seems like such a commitment. But not paper. And that's just how I like it.
So I decided to try and make several projects this spring out of paper...or at least using paper. And here it is in all its springly glory.
1) Egg Garland. Made simply by tying together oval shaped pieces of patterned paper with some cute ribbon. Easy enough.
2) Decoupaged Eggs. I took them from this:
I just decoupaged strips of the same patterned paper I used on the egg garland onto cheap plastic eggs. They aren't perfectly smooth or anything but I like the end result.
I also found this beauty at Goodwill for 99 cents:
And then subsequently decoupaged the crap of it too (see my SPRING PRINTABLE there in the background?):
4) The Wreath. I got 8 yards of ribbon to wrap my straw wreath and apparently needed 8.5 yards. I did the whole close-my-eyes-and-take-a-deep-breath thing and then decided to look at this as a chance to flex my creative muscles a bit.
I figured I'd just pin some strips of the same patterned paper I'd been using all along and no one would ever know.
I now think it turned out much better that way than anything else I was planning on doing. I mean, what else WOULD I have done? Right? So, thank goodness for happy accidents.
I then cut a bunch of different sizes of the same flower on several different sheets of paper with my Silhouette, inked the edges a bit and pinned them on in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
5) Hydrangea Ball & Egg. The second I saw this on Lolly Jane I knew I wanted to make one for my mantle! So cute.
Easy to make too.
Step One: Drive to Michael's and throw down $10 for the Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch.
Step Two: Justify purchase all the way home by thinking of several other things you plan on using it for besides two little things on your spring mantle.
Step Three: Punch out a ton of flowers! Or better yet, make your 5 year old daughter do it. I decided to do a multi-colored one to make it a bit funkier/non-traditional.
Step Four: Stack two flowers on top of each other, skewer with a pin & fluff petals.
Step Five: Attach to styrofoam egg or ball.
And that is it! I grabbed a few things I had around the house (birdhouse, empty frame, my framed spring printable, pedestal thingy) and I stood back to enjoy for the next week or so.
Did I mention I love paper?
PS Linking up to some fun parties here.
PSS For those of you "in the know," how hard would it be to build a mantel around that lame drywall one I've got going on now. I mean, wouldn't it just require some molding and a nice piece of wood on top and a bunch of white paint? Really, it must be done ASAP. Either by me or a professional (if you all agree it's too hard & tricky), but it MUST be done.