Monday, 2 May 2011

Decorative Spring Table

Today I just wanted to show you how to make a decorative nest which you can use for displays for Spring table settings  and displays all year round.
First, take some material from nature from which you can wind a wreath (it still needs to be a bit spring-y and flexible ) - this could be old clematis- shoots, or dried sweet peas from last year .
Just have a look around to see what you can find, either in your garden or on a field trip or walk.
The material needs to be flexible and not break .I used old sweet peas .
 I also got some very thin  willow wisps to thread around it and some moss for the filling of the nest.
So this was my main material.

 Take a handful or two of the stringy material, either clematis or old sweet peas, stretch it out so you have a long  sort of string a hand wide and  start turning it into a circle, as though you are making a wreath. Cup the bottom together with your hands and pad and make into a bowl. Use some willow strips to weave through it so you fasten it to itself.  Make a slightly bigger wreath on top and a circlet of willow at the top.
Leave the willow sticking out here and there to get a rustic feel. Fill the bottom of your nest with moss.
Now for your eggs.
Take a big darning needle, make a big hole at the top and the bottom of your egg,

and blow out the egg yolk and egg white-
- and don't forget to collect the egg in a bowl so you can use it afterwards.
I usually get some feline assistance with the disposal of the egg yolks at this part of the proceedings !!
Clean the eggs and dry them ( more extensive instructions if you need them are in this post, (  Easter egg  display with painted eggs ) then paint the eggs pale blue .
 I had some “ Theresa’s Green “ paint over from Farrow and Ball, from my plate rack make-over post  - and this was a perfect  pale blue.
To be  able to paint the egg all over, so that you do not have to hold it, you can  take a wooden skewer which you can get in a kitchen shop or supermarket, normally used for barbecueing, and skewer the egg on it, sticking the skewer in through the bottom hole you made, and fixing it in the top hole in the egg.
Paint the egg all over, turning it on the skewer, than fix the skewer while the paint dries in a surface that will support the skewer and egg.I could not think of anything clever so put it in a big candle.

You get no marks or fingerprints on the egg this way and it can dry all over. Once the egg is dry, it is time to paint the little speckles on it.
Take a saucer, a brush, some dark brown oil paint and some  non-smelling oil paint thinner.
     Thin the paint with the oil-paint thinner- it should be thin enough so you can spatter with it, but no so thin that the spattering will be too pale.You will just have to experiment a bit and do a trial- run of spattering on paper like I did here..
        Then spatter your egg- just take a hoghair brush, put the ends in the thinned oil paint, and run your thumb carefully over the brush, pointing in the direction of the egg.
 Your egg should end up like this:
   Make yourself a couple more eggs like this, place them in your newly made nest from clematis and willow...
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Add a gingham ribbon if you like..and you are done!
You can use this as a nice Spring Table Display in whatever way you like..quite simple, with some silver candelabra's and Spring flowers-
                                               or with a painting that echoes the eggs and the nest ...
                                             or just with some silver and crystal decanters..
 Whatever you decide, it will be quite a fun project -will just look lovely and will give that special Spring feeling in your house!
So enjoy the Spring time and your Spring crafting!!                        


Marian said...

Dank je wel voor deze leuke tutorial om gespikkelde eieren te maken, geweldig.

Arabella said...

Beautiful job - I love the eggs and nest!! Glad to find you today through Show Off your Cottage Mondays - I'm your newest follower :O)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

What beautiful eggs! Thanks for the "how to!"

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Bea,

You are the very best in presenting such a decoration in a clear and well illustrated manner! Looks so precious at the end.

Lots of love,


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love the tutorial. The eggs are fantastic. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Phyllis said...

The nest is as perfect as if a bird had actually made are most artistic. And I adore the eggs.....yet again, so realistic and delicate.

The Tablescaper said...

Great tutorial, beautiful eggs. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Mary said...

Great job with the eggs! Thank you for sharing it at Masterpeice Monday. Have great week, Mary :O)

foreverdecorating said...

Great look and great tutorial

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love the tutorial. They eggs turned out great!

Tammy said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing. It looks so spring like and peaceful. Your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful natural element. I love all things bird related, so this is perfect for me. You displayed your nest so wonderfully in the last pictures. I'm now your newest follower!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

They indeed came out nicely!

Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you! said...

Very pretty. I love the nest tutorial and eggs. The way you put them together with the silver and crystal is just beautiful.

Katherines Corner said...

Oh how pretty. Well done, thank you for sharing this fun craft tutorial. I enjoyed my visit yo your lovely blog, Hugs!

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part II post. I've since posted a lot more of our royal breakfast and thought you might like to come back and take a look.

I'd love to have you join us at Seasonal Sundays this Sunday, particularly since it's Mother's Day.

- The Tablescaper

At The Picket Fence said...

So pretty and springy! You did a beautiful job on them. Thank you for sharing your project with us at Inspiration Friday!