Cheap and Easy Spring Decorations
Both the Refurbished Magnet Board and the Felt Flower Bird cage are tiny projects. These spring decoration makeovers are so simple I felt it best to categorize them together into one post that was worth checking out.
Both these cheap spring decor projects can be done with what you have on hand or with dollar store objects. Lets get started.
Refurbished Magnetic Board
This is an old Ikea tray I had in the basement, a scented candle melted on it causing a permanent stain. After several unsuccessful attempts to clean it I tossed it in the storage room and forgot about. Recently I made a Romantic DIY Cake Stand and had some of the beautiful pink metallic paint leftover. This pink is an amazing colour, its feminine without being childish.
My original plan was to use it as a simple tray with a mod podge covered print in the center. I finished it but disliked the final look so I sanded it off and started over. To paint the tray I added three very light coats of paint, letting it dry thoroughly between coats.
To hang it on the wall I placed some command hooks on the back and strung wire between them preventing marks on the surface of the tray. I received some gorgeous feminine magnets as a present from my girls for Valentines day so I gave them a home on this new magnetic message board and added a beautiful spring printable. Once we get the basement finished it will be part of my craft room.
Bird Cage for Spring
I have a couple of different faux cages, this one being the smaller. Although I know they are faux cages, I shy away from placing a bird ornament inside them. I know that’s just plain silly, but I worked around it by opening the cage top and placing the faux birds outside the cage on a tray.
Its so cold and miserable outside right now so I continue to stay indoors if I can. I had pink white and green felt on hand so that’s what I chose. I think yellow felt would be a nice addition.
To start I cut all the felt into various blossom shapes.
The Felt Rose
Cut 5 one inch circles for each small rose. Fold the circles in half and cut along the fold .
Line them up and sew them along the bottom straight edge overlapping about half way.
Pull the thread to gather the material a little bit then tie a knot in the end to hold the gathering.
Roll the material up to form a rose, gluing along the bottom as you roll.
The Large Flower
You will need five small and six large cuts of felt. Then one piece of contrasting felt 2 inchs by half an inch, with scissors snip it into strips making sure not to cut all the way through. Sew the bottom and gather like you did for the roses. sew it into a circle and set aside.
Refer to this Easy Sew Giant Carrot Cushion for more specific details on how to put together the flower. To make this flower I accordion folded the bottom of each large cut petal and sewed the bottom, repeating it with the next felt petal until I had six of them in a circle.
Repeat the same process for the smaller felt cuts for the top flower layer. once done take and sew the two pieces together. Glue the ruffled centerpiece on top. You can finish it with a ball of green wire, or wool, or a button, or bead. This time I chose wire.
To make the vine cut a piece of green covered wire six inches longer than the width of your cage. Place your flowers to use as a placement guide for the leaves, but don’t attach them. Pinch the end of each leaf together and then glue it to the vine. Make sure to let it dry a couple minutes before weaving it into the front of your bird cage.
Wrap the bird cage with the ribbon of your choice, I liked this wide pink ribbon and because the wiring is elaborate on the top I placed the ribbon beneath it to let the fancy wiring show.
In order to make sure the ribbon stays closed cut a length 3 inches longer than the circumference of the cage, weave the ribbon through the wires . Start and finish where you want your flower to be, that way the joining of the ribbon is covered. Glue the ribbon into place.
To make the bow, fold the ribbon to the left and right, pinch it in the middle and using a small ribbon tie the center of the bow snug. Once tied use the rest of the ribbon to tie it to the cage.
Glue the flowers to the ribbon where they will be pretty and finally fill it in with extra leaves where you like..
I realize you may have a different stash of materials than I do, but I put together both these projects with things I had on hand. I did not shop and purchase anything.
The birdcage and birds are going in my guest room for Spring, because like my guests they have flown the coop for a day or two.
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