Greetings Friends and if you're new here, welcome! For me, nothing says spring quite like a garden. Today I've paired repurposed tart tin flowers with fresh and dried herbs and sprinkled in several DIY projects to create a natural spring mantel. Come join me and other bloggers as we welcome spring...
I am so excited to join my friends at Hometalk for the DIY My Spring Blog Hop--what a fun way to kick off spring!
If you follow my blog, you know that I try to bring the outdoors inside whenever I can. I also happen to love tart tins and often find them at thrift stores. The shape of these just looked like flowers to my repurposing mind so I combined them with herbs and dried flowers from my garden to create a unique botanical mantel. In a few minutes, I'll share how easy they are to assemble, but first let's take a look at the rest of the mantel...
I've always been fond of white picket fences. I crafted this one from a .50 bag of yard sale pickets. No power tools required--just some white paint and a glue gun! I am smitten with this mossy little bird and it just so happens he's the only thing featured that I didn't DIY or grow ;)
Two of my favorite fragrances ~ rosemary and lavender! Do you like the aged patina on the pots? I brushed them with watered down spackle.
The only thing that could possibly rival my affection for the garden is vintage dishes. Yep, I'm Cecilia... and I'm a dishaholic! Don't worry, I didn't paint this pretty piece of English transferware to make it a chalkboard. I'll be sharing how I made it in an upcoming post.
This fresh rosemary and dried lavender herb garland is a new addition at Secret Garden Herbs. Click here!
Take a closer peek at the tart tin flower garden. Dried rose petals and lavender form the centers of the flowers while fresh thyme and rosemary create the stems. Need herbs? Look here!
Here's how to make your own tart tin flowers. First you'll need the tins. I've found all of mine at yard sales and thrift stores so be on the look out. Using a paint brush, I painted the center of the tin with mod podge. Next, I sprinkled dried rose petals to cover the bottom of the tin and allowed them to dry. This is the project for saved petals to pretty to part with!
For the middle flower, I glued one rose bud in the center and covered the rest with lavender. I attached the tart tins and the herbs to the picket fence with Simply Tacky. It's $1.99 at Hobby Lobby, holds securely and is completely removable if--or should I say when--I change my mind.
Here's a wider view, before adding the garland...
What would spring be without a bunny? I've found Bunny Foo-Foo at a yard sale several years ago and we've been friends ever since.
Happy spring! Remember to check out all of the talented bloggers below!