If you read my post about Magnolia Market – Is It Worth The Drive? you know the answer AND you know the answer lead to this Magnolia Market inspired series. Over the next few weeks I will share some easy ways to infuse Joanna’s signature Fixer Upper style to your décor in case you can’t make the trip to Magnolia Market, or like me enjoy being thrifty and staying on a small decorating budget.
Honestly, for me I get great satisfaction making my own things and putting my personal spin on them. I hope these ideas will inspire you to do the same.
When I walked in the door of Magnolia Market I had to make a mental game plan to take it all in. My friend and I worked the store like we would a grocery store, not missing an aisle, nook or crany. One of the very first things that grabbed me was this light and airy Spring display.
These delicate homemade tulips are fashioned from plain old cardboard egg cartons, paint and wire.
I will admit they are super easy to make, but it’s a good sit in front of the TV or podcast kind of project, as they are a little time consuming.
To stay in line with my Easter décor I chose four colors of acrylic craft paint that blend with what I already have going on in my Easter pallet.
TIP: Add a little water to your paint for this project, the cartons soak it up. This way your paint will go a little further and spread easier.
Either way one bottle of each color is more than enough to cover an 18 egg carton. Four 18 egg cartons were used here, with a few flowers to spare. I found it easier to paint the whole egg carton first, before cutting it up.
Once the first coat was dry, I touched up a few spots and let the cartons dry completely. Using large scissors I cut the cartons into little tulip cups. On the straight outside edges I cut a small scoop out to help with the shape of the “flower”. One more coat of touch up paint to cover the newly cut edges and they were ready.
Next, using a straight pin I poked a small hole in the flat part of each carton. You need to determine where you will place your string of flowers before the next part so you know how long to make the strands.
For my mantel I used an old fence picket to hang the wire flowers from. Simply hammer nails into the back side of a board and gently wrap the wire end around the nail. You could use this same concept to hang these from the ceiling, etc. I think a garland out of these would be precious too!
The remainder of my Spring mantel is a mix of old repurposed items. The fence picket is one of many from a sweet friend. The screen was a curbside score. The white vase was a Magnolia Market purchase. Get the silver vase story here, the candlestick DIY here. The big bunny I’ve had a while and I just love him. Next week I will demo how to make your own moss letter!
Hunting your yard is, in my opinion the best way to add fresh pops of color for no cost to any space you are sprucing up. Magnolia Market is heavy on faux greenery and Tulips, I personally always prefer fresh if possible. One little branch from a bunch of different shrubs in my yard makes for a fun focal point.
I have to laugh when I look at my kid’s Easter baskets. They are one thing I splurged on from Pottery Barn years ago. Except, I ordered the two oldest kids their baskets when they were really young, before the baby. This year I decided it was time to finally get the third child his own basket…like his siblings.
Poor third child, he’s six.
I move slower now.
So – I ordered it while Easter was still in the attic and had NO IDEA that I ordered the ginormously big one. I thought I got the same size. As you can imagine it was a sore subject.
So there it is…a Magnolia Market inspired project that you can’t buy, but can EASILY and INEXPENSIVELY make! Let me know what you think! Will you make it? Use different colors? How will you display yours?