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Cheap Spring Decorations

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

The Vines

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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  1. Such clever and delightful projects! So glad to discover your blog 🙂

  2. Lots of inspiration for budget friendly spring projects. Love the flowers and the birdcage. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

  3. Very pretty! I love birdcages and agree with you not putting a faux bird in it. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!

  4. Both items are just lovely. You are right about that pink, pretty but very classy.
    I find what you say about the birdcages interesting, and not putting birds inside them. I like your workaround the problem, not silly at all!
    Your felt flowers are gorgeous, I’m pinning THAT idea right now!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you for commenting that it isn’t silly. Once upon a time I had a bird as well, but we left the cage open for him and he wandered around the kitchen floor like a cat. Thank you very much for the pin, I appreciate it very much.

  5. Hi Leanna, Love the tray – the paint color is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I love this metallic champagne rose colour. It reminds me of the dusty rose trend of the 80’s but this one shines. Pink is my favorite colour and I am glad to be able to have at least the odd decor piece in pink again,

      Thank you for commenting.

  6. What great spring decorations. Love the tray. I have an old one I just might paint pink. The tutorial for making the felt flowers is awesome. I even have a similar bird cage.
    Stopping by from the DIY party.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Beverly: That new pink metallic paint is the funnest colour I have come across in a very long time. The tray looks better than it did new. Thanks for the thumbs up.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That is a wonderful compliment. I want my blog to have some whimsy, that’s one of the reasons why I titled it Of Faeries and Fauna. You made my day!

  7. I LOVE those felt flowers! I’ve been looking for ideas to dress up my mantle for spring. Now I’m inspired. Thank you.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Tiffiny. I like these flowers because they are sturdy and really inexpensive to make. These are only a couple of examples, I have also made some felt tulips as well as they were really cute.

      Enjoy your crafting and thanks for commenting.

  8. Those little florals are darling! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! And thank you for the sweet comment at The Dedicated House! It means the world! Feel free to share this post at my Make it Pretty Monday party which will be live Monday morning at 8:00am. Here’s the link for last week’s party if you want to check it out. (I took this week off for Spring Break) http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2017/03/make-pretty-monday-week-209.html . Have a fabulous rest of the week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, they are simple to do but I like them very much.

  9. These are such cute spring decoration ideas- I love the magnetic board (I never would have thought of that!). Always a joy to come and see what you crafted Leanna. Have a great week!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Randy. Hope your having a good week. You can always use the board as a tray was well. I thought of it because I am trying to get my craft room completed. Thanks for commenting, as always lady I appreciate it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I am really glad to hear it. I like them because you don’t have to use a silhouette or use a fabric stiffener.

      Enjoy your week lady. Leanna

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