Tablescape by Donna Karan, Image from House Beautiful April 2010
****Edited to add, instead of boring everyone with a repost, for Lindsay’s $5 challenge, I am just entering the eggs in this event :). I wanted to join in the fun!****
When I saw this gorgeous tablescape in the most recent issue of House Beautiful, it was love at first site. All the natural elements, the simplicity of green and white, the manzanita branches, the moss, the egg vases, (not to mention the gorgeous windows and stacked stone out the window) spoke to me. Loudly. I wanted to try and recreate something similar in my own home. However, do you have any idea how expensive manzanita branches are? No? Well, let me enlighten you then. The cheapest ones I could find run $9.99 per BRANCH ! So the above arrangement would cost around $80 in branches alone. Uh…no. I knew I had some spray painted branches in the basement that wouldn’t look nearly as cool, but would work. And, they were free. However, before I dive into all the little budget friendly details let me show off what I came up with spending around $5 out of pocket! Not as gorgeous as the original, true, but not bad either.
Okay, now for the breakdown. With branches covered, my next challenge was creating those egg vases.
Last year on clearance, I had purchased these plastic eggs at Gabriel Brother’s for $.25 an egg. (They had some gross candy inside that the kids were begging me for. On a totally random note, these eggs remind me of the Leggs pantyhose eggs. Does anyone remember those? So weird. Why would they sell women’s pantyhose in an egg? I can see the ad campaign people sitting around the table dreaming that one up. I know! Pantyhose go on your legs. Egg rhymes with leg. Women have eggs AND legs. Let’s call them Leggs and sell them in eggs! Yeah. Had to be men that thought that one up. But I seriously digress here. Where were we? Oh yes, spray painting your egg Leggs.)
I took the eggs apart, primed them, let dry, and then sprayed them with Heirloom White. Is there any other choice?
To speckle the eggs, I used some Dark Walnut Minwax stain that I had in the closet and using a combination of a q-tip and a toothbrush I dabbed at them.
I wanted a messy polka dot look so the q-tip worked great for the dots and the toothbrush for the mess ;).
Next, I drilled some holes right into the plastic. If I were to do this again, I would advise drilling first. I messed up my paint a bit with the drill and had to go back and touch it up.
Using some flowers I found at Dollar Tree, I filled my vases and called them done.
Then to get the mossy look, I took a bag of dollar store moss and placed balls of it here and there on my branches. More cheapo dollar flowers finished off the look!
The sheets of moss came from Joann’s and one package at 50% off cost about $3. The bunnies were from Target’s dollar spot 50% off last year, and the rocks were from a centerpiece on my coffee table.
I originally had my windowscape in the, uh, window…but I couldn’t close my curtains (drop cloths) at night which was driving me crazy.
It was also driving me crazy that I couldn’t for the life of me get a good picture with all of that backlighting. Soooo frustrating when something looks gorgeous in person and crappy on camera.
At least my egg vase looked cute in natural light.
So I draped a piece of burlap behind my fireplace, tacked it up with 3 small nails, and moved this windowscape to the mantel.
These bunnies are cute but honestly they won’t last long. My boys seem drawn to having them do battle with dinosaurs. Sorry bunnies, but you’ll be T-Rex fodder before long.
And, I can’t resist adding candles to any mantel creation. They just make a mantel for me.
Love it! Look at how warm and glowy everything is. I feel like I can almost smell rain and earth.
So here is the cost breakdown:
- Sticks Free
- Stones Free
- Candles Already had.
- Vase Already had (but purchased for $4.99 at Marshall’s)
- Eggs Already had ($1)
- Bunnies Already had ($1)
- Flowers $2
- Moss covering $3 from Joann’s.
Beautiful knock-off tablewindowmantelscape to enjoy this season? Priceless.