A Spring Mantel of Birds, Butterflies & Unique Colors!
Written by on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

art printI recently found this pretty butterfly art canvas, on clearance at Pier 1… for only $7.00!  [P.S.  they had several others, so check it out if you’re looking for inexpensive art]  Its price and beautiful subject matter inspired me to think about the possibility of a unique color palette for my Spring mantel.s_butterfly

Aqua is such a trendy color now AND it’s so perfectly refreshing for Spring!  And I’ve always thought of butterflies as works of art, so I’m happy to see them becoming a popular home goods subject matter.   For Spring, I thought it would be fun to combine them with the other popular newborn in Spring – birds – to create a unique color combination… just as in nature.

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To bring this pretty look together, I searched for inexpensive, but beautifully designed birds that were neutral enough to go (but not compete) with such a rich, substantial color combination.  I lucked out and found these white-on-white beauties!  And I just love how they have such a unique combination of flat & glossy finishes, making their vine & floral design stand out even more.  Plus – their neutral color will go with pretty much any color combination, in the future.  If you like them too, I picked up a few extras… you’ll find them in my store.


I also wanted to include a home for my birds, so I pulled out my old bird cage.  You might recognize it from previous Spring and Halloween designs (below) where I painted it to match the theme –


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And all I needed was a can of aqua spray paint to turn my bird cage into a Spring color, once again!

HINT:  Repainting decorations is a great way to recycle and stretch your budget

bird cage_before   black bird cage   aqua bird cage

And while the aqua spray paint was in-hand, I also painted a little bit of paper, gift bag filler (I already had) to create a new spring look

to tuck under each of my white birds.  This idea would also work with straw or moss.

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If you’ve been following my creativity, you’ll probably recognize the shabby chic, white (thrift store) frame

from previous design ideas – Valentine’s Day and Spring 2012. [click on each of these holidays to see those ideas]

This time, I used it to highlight (and enlarge) my new, $7.00 canvas print by adding 4 small spots

of (easy to remove later) hot glue to the non-visible, back corners of the canvas.

Using 5 branches of Springy yellow blossoms, a few, blue eggs, inexpensive paper butterflies and

orange scrapbook paper (to the back of the bird cage) added the finishing touches.

HINT:  Purchase silk florals after the season.  Although selection dwindles, the longer you wait, the better the discount,

and I have learned that finding 5 of a kind is not hard and feels great when I pick them up at 90% off.

I hope you like my unique color combination for Spring… it was a fun challenge! 🙂

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Enjoy the Creativity!




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