I’d seen a very cute basket wreath on Pinterest, thought I’d pinned it and now can’t find it, you ever do that? It was the inspiration for mine (thank you basket wreath creator!) and if I run across it again I’ll come back and edit my post to include the lovely basket creator source.
So, going off memory I knew it had moss and a nest and flowers and cute stuff and I decided to add some little chalkboard signs (ignore my six-year-old-looking penmanship) and I had to rock my fake flowers and greenery from Michael’s, where I believe the other wreath had real floral touches.
But sometimes we make do with what we have, right? The farmhouse style tray I had, a great deal on clearance from one of my favorite stores, World Market. It’s been a tradition to go there each spring, I’d buy their beautiful baskets to use for my girls’ Easter baskets and then reuse the baskets around the house, or to hold their treasures. They also have neat novelty toys from around the world, as well as treats so the kids always had fun with their baskets (and I had fun shopping there!)
This isn’t really a tutorial, but I’ll post what I used to make mine below, and I just layered the moss in there and played with the nest and greenery, some are secured in with floral wire. To put it outdoors it would need more securing, this one I’m keeping inside and won’t need to secure a hanger for it, either.
I want to be able to use the tray again, especially this summer for drinks or serving.
He’s a handsome little guy, isn’t he? These were the very first set of pictures from my new toy, a Nikon that my hubby bought for me for an early Mother’s Day present (and maybe a few other holidays thrown in there!) and I was excited to show y’all my first attempt at pics with it.
So, we headed out to test her out and found a beautiful spot here in Corpus Christi that I’d remembered from a 5k walk that we’d done awhile back. I was nervous cruising around with a big tripod set up and lugging the wreath and our little junkin’ find of the day.
There were people on the grounds, and here for meetings, and I was just trying to keep from breaking my new toy. No one seemed to bat an eye as I’m sure many people come here to photograph the beautiful historic district.
Do you ever get nervous doing something new, too? Especially out in public? I sure do, and while I was being clumsy with my props and self-conscious of anyone watching, I missed the perfect shot of a squirrel who had come to pose. He came right up, stood in front of us and put his hands (are they hands? I don’t know) anyway he put them behind his little head and waited a second, as I tried to get him in the perfect frame and zoom in, he lost patience and scurried off to play in their gardens, I don’t blame him.
Just like him scurrying off to play, my idea of play these days is to head out looking for rusty, dusty treasures. I’ve had to downsize my junkin’ excursions (our rental can only hold so much) in the past I was gearing up to open a booth or shop, but life sometimes has different plans for us. Now when I go looking it’s usually just for that one thing that tugs at my heart that I don’t want to leave behind, or a piece that would be useful or beautiful in my home.
This little chippy guy was the heart tugger of the day. No longer useful as a step ladder, his chippy goodness makes me smile and I’ll find some good ways to repurpose him. Using him as a photo prop for the wreath was his first official job. I think he did a good job, don’t you?
Galvanized Metal Tray (World Market)
Preserved Spanish Moss (Walmart)
Bird & Nest (Michael’s)
Chalkboard Plant Stakes (Michael’s)
Chalk Marker (One I had on hand, but here’s similar)