The definition of Spring Fever is “a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring.”
Raise your hand if you’ve got Spring Fever. Ooh! I do, I do! Maybe it’s the longer sun-filled days. Maybe it’s the chirping birds and buzzing bees. Maybe it’s that wonderful feeling when you open all the windows and let the fresh breeze drive Old Man Winter right out of the house. All of the above. I’m waking up energetic and I feel the urge to plant flowers, plan picnics and paint everything pastel.
I’m channeling that energy by being extra crafty this week. Each year I buy those inexpensive plastic eggs right after Easter when they’re practically giving them away. Usually, I save them for crafts for the kids but this year I made something pretty for the table.
A centerpiece topiary made of pastel painted eggs that was very inexpensive and easy to make. So, let’s get crafty!
Easter Egg Topiary
What You’ll Need:
Plastic Eggs – 3 to 5 dozen depending on topiary size
Matte Acrylic Craft Paints – pale blues and greens, tan, and white
Flat paint brush
Styrofoam cone or Poster board
Preserved Spanish moss
Glue gun and glue sticks
A terra cotta pot, planter or basket
Protect your craft area with paper or plastic. Begin by painting your eggs. I used matte paint because it sticks to the plastic, the seam of the eggs won’t show as much with matte paint and I like the velvety way it looks. Prepare to get messy as these little guys are slippery when wet. Set them on a wire rack to dry and remember you only need for the front of the egg to look pretty as you won’t see the back. The eggs will need at least two coats of paint. Let dry completely.
If you’re not using Styrofoam, you’ll need to make a cone. I wanted a big centerpiece so using poster board saved quite a bit of money as Styrofoam can be expensive. Just roll your poster board into a cone, tape it together and cut it to the size you want.
To assemble the topiary; start at the base of the cone and working your way around and upward, glue the eggs to the cone with hot glue. Use paint on a Q-tip to touch up any visible unpainted spots. Use a pencil to tuck moss in any open places in your topiary and glue where necessary.
Place the finished topiary onto your base. If you want a permanent display, use glue to attach the cone to your base.
This craft idea could be adapted to other purposes. You could make a wreath, make topiaries of different shapes and sizes. The eggs can be painted any color you wish, or not painted at all.
This centerpiece has already brought so much color and cheerfulness to our home, the very essence of spring.
Focusing my springtime burst of energy on this has saved my husband from all things pink and lavender, for now.
However you choose to treat your Spring Fever, get well soon.
Frugal Festivity contributed by Patti Diamond from Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous! www.divasonadime.com Join us on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom.