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Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter decor

I have been sifting through my old Easter postcards and thinking about different ways to display them.



For a simply sweet display make one card your focal point and add a piece of scrumptious ribbon to curl around it, and accent it with small flowers and a few eggs.




I like to make copies of my originals onto cardstock, add a bit of glitter, and hang them from a pretty ribbon on an Easter tree, door handle or the back of a dining chair.




I love this idea of a wreath made from Jordan almonds hot glued onto a straw wreath base. The daffodil yellow is truly glorious. I think propping up a postcard next to the vase would be just the right finishing touch.




Seemingly random things can be brought together under cloche. An old photo of a sweet girl in her Easter finest, a silver egg cup, a small bunch of flowers and an image cut from a postcard nestled into another sweet silver dish all work beautifully together.
TIP: If you don't have a pedestal, recreate one with a plate and a overturned bowl.



I've had this arrangement of faux cherries for quite awhile. It is cute, but doesn't really suit our decor anymore. I still dearly love the wee pedestal.
There is indeed an expiration date on most silk or faux decor. This is due to the item just going out of style or becoming caked with too much dust and grime. A simple tug allowed me to remove the cherry topper leaving the great base.
I began playing around with various combinations of things that I could place on the top. I love this wee rabbit, but the moss green wasn't quite right. So, I pulled that off too. :)

I thought I might like a cloche over the new arrangement. It is easy enough to turn any old glass vase into a cloche by the addition of a votive cup and either a lamp finial or drawer pull.





Add some epoxy and viola~ a very inexpensive but cute cloche!



I couldn't stop at just one thing. I had to try another arrangement.


In the end my new pedestal found a place to rest uncloched (is that a word?) on a small side table. The rabbit is nestled in some natural Easter grass.



The glass cloche found its place on our formal dining table display. Wednesday's post will cover dining table decorating ideas.
Be blessed!

50 comments :

Linda said...

Thanks for the great ideas! I love the whimsy of each one. :-)

Mildred said...

GOOD MORNING LAURA, WHAT PRETTY, FESTIVE IDEAS THIS MORNING. I LOVE THE OLD POSTCARDS ESPECIALLY. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AND A BLESSED EASTER.

Jade Creative said...

These are fabulous ideas!
I will definately try them out and see what I come up with. I'm always sewing, so to do a simple project like this will be a welcome change.

Hope you can join Kari and Kijsa and myself for "Doors to Adore" tomorrow.
Have a wonderful day!
Darlene

Frippery said...

Wonderful ideas and inspiration. Thanks.

Kris said...

The rabbit looks lovely sitting on the side table. Thanks for the ideas on making a cloche. Think I'll give it a try.

Have a happy day

Kris

Carrie said...

Very cute arrangements.

LiLi M. said...

I love the tutorial of the cloche! Lovely Easter decorations!

Terri and Bob said...

Lovely, as usual!

Roxane said...

I love using cloches! I think I might use them for a wedding shower centerpiece :) Thanks for always giving me so many creative ideas.

Housewife Savant said...

You just rocked my world.
I almost skipped your new post this morning. I KNEW there'd be delights, and during kitchen renovations I'd be crazy to add decorations to the clutter.
This year I'm sitting on my hands (and apparently mentioning it a lot, b/c I've typed these words again and again.)
But I DIDN'T skip, and I'm thrilled.
I adore all Things Under Glass. Obviously, so does everyone else, because not only are there skillions of lovely creations but there are no glass bells to be thrifted.
Your idea is SPECTACULAR.
Thank you for sharing!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I just love looking at all the different ways people decorate their doors.
I don't blog on Tues. and Thurs. due to my school schedule, but I will make sure to check out everyone else's beautiful blogs.

DesignTies said...

I love all your creative Easter displays :-) Your idea for recycling old Easter cards is great!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

FROGGITY! said...

GREAT ideas! now i am inspired and want to decorate!!! you always have the best posts/decor!

hope your easter week is fabulous!

Heather said...

Your house must look so great all decorated!

susan said...

Great idea for a cloche. I hear they are usually expensive! I am a Gunn also(maiden) I don't run into many! Come back and visit!

KBeau said...

These are all beautiful and some great inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Laura, great idea for making a cloche..I haven't been able to find one anywhere! This looks like something I could definitely do! Great pictures love your home!
Blessings,
Debbie

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

These are all fabulous ideas. I love the cloche with the tiny bit of ribbon spilling out, very pretty.

Muthering Heights said...

I love the way you re-purpose things around your home. Very pretty!

Lou Cinda said...

Shut Up! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you did with the little pedestal and the bunny and the cloche! I just LOVE it!! So creative, and I LOVE bunnies!

Lou Cinda :)

alchemyfineliving said...

What beautiful vintage postcards. I love how you made them into ornaments. What a fun idea!!

ps. thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving the lovely comment

Sofia Striffler said...

I love the pedestal turned into the cloche that was a great transformation for me.

Sherrie said...

Love your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing these with us;0)

Jen said...

Love the creative use of turning old pretties into fabulous new stunners!
Thanks for the inspiration, and for sharing.
Happy & Merry Easter - may the chocolates be delicious and may all the eggs lay well. Happy decorating and dinning!

Joy said...

Oh my gosh Laura, you are so creative! I love it all.

Martha said...

Such great Easter decor -- love everything you did -- it all looks expensive, too --

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Laura,
What beautiful ideas you have shown. I do love the cloche.
It's so sweet.

Thank you for visiting my blog and your kindness.
I really appreciate it.

Have a blessed week.
~Melissa :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What great ideas you have - don't you just love to re-purpose? Thanks for your visit!

philben5 said...

Can't wait to try some cloches of my own. Thanks again for all of your inspiration.
Blessings
Roxanne

Mary from boogieboard Cottage said...

wowwie-wow-wow! I think a lot of bloggers are going to run out an try this! (I know I'm going to)Thank you so much for the great idea! :O)

Cynthia said...

Wonderful and creative, love your ideas Laura. Cindy

Tanya said...

Just love the cloche ideas and of course the vintage postcards are such a perfect Easter decoration!

Pinky said...

Gee, I never thought to MAKE a cloche! Have looked for one for ages with no luck so thanks for the inspiration!!!!! Pinky

ScrappinAway said...

I like the jordan almond wreath! They look like mini easter eggs. I think next year I will try that with my little one!

Dixie said...

Those are such great ideas! I cant wait to try it.

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Oh, my! What sweet Easter decorations. Your idea for the pedestal and re-using a portion of a silk floral arrangement is fantastic! Now, can you stop by and work your magic at my house?! I just love what you do!

Happy Monday,
Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

You have created some lovely things. One idea I'm sure to use is to use a plate and bowl to raise up something to display. Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Allidink said...

Ahhh I love all of those ideas!!!! I am going to go try some myself! You are so good at that!

All the best,
Allison

linda said...

Your Easter decor is beautiful! I love to decorate for the holidays but we're in the middle of getting new carpet so I haven't decorated much at all. You should see my house right now...no wait, no one should see my house right now! It's turned upside down!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

Beautiful Easter ideas!
~Michelle

Shelia said...

These are great ideas and they really turned out darling!
Be a sweetie,
shelia :)

Leah C said...

Beautiful Easter things! Thank you for stopping by my blog to express sympathy:)

janet said...

so pretty and festive, and i love that spot with the lovely chair and table where you placed it.
hugs
janet

Glenda said...

Well that's using your noodle. I love the idea of the drawer pull. You been a busy lady.

Ciao

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lots of great ideas! Very clever how you made your cloche...I would have never thought of that! Susan

Andrea said...

Thanks so much for posting your handmade cloche. Great idea!

Andrea

Liz said...

Tre' CUTE! :)

~ Liz

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I ove vintage post cards, so I really enjoyed seeing all of these wonderful ideas for displaying them. laurie

honeysuckle said...

Thanks Laura, I have made pedestal cake plates with glass dishes, now I will have to try the cloche idea. Thanks for it.

alice said...

I adore the Jordan Almond wreath!