After removing our St. Patrick’s Day decor and centerpiece this past weekend, I wanted to create a centerpiece that would work for Easter but one that could also be used beyond the holiday. And I wanted to come up with something that was quick and easy to put together.
I picked up a pot of miniature pansies at Walmart and transplanted them into a wide, white ceramic dish. I added moss around the plants and placed a porcelain chocolate bunny in the center. After Easter I can remove the bunny.
My original plan was to use the dish with the pansies just this way. But I decided that I wanted to add a few additional elements. So I pulled out a square tray made from reclaimed wood to corral everything and a little bird nest and a chubby little bird to add to the “springy” feel. The dish garden needed to be elevated so the elements in the arrangement would have varied heights for interest.
Since I don’t have a white cake pedestal to match the white container, it occurred to me that I could set the dish on top of a small white bowl turned upside down.
I used a few dots of hot glue to secure the dish garden on top of the bowl.
When the elevated dish garden was placed in the tray, I added some natural excelsior and green moss, and then placed the nest with three small speckled egg, and the cute chubby bird around the base of the dish garden.
Lately I find that I am craving texture in all aspects of decor. This centerpiece has lots of texture. It works well with a simple table-settting for an Easter meal or a spring dinner. I prefer a centerpiece to be low enough not to interfere with diners’ line of sight and conversation and this one meets that criteria also.
Other than the pansies, which cost $7, I used items that were already on hand. Putting the entire arrangement together took about a half hour, including replanting the pansies and digging out the other elements.
I’ll be back on Wednesday to share the recipe for a yummy dessert. I hope you’ll stop back by.
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