How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Pipe Lamp

How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Pipe Lamp

Industrial Pipe Lamp

Have you seen the ‘industrial pipe lamps’, which seem to be one of the new trends?  They have a Steampunk look, don’t they?  Yes, they are so unique!  They also have a hefty price on them but how difficult would one of these be to make at home?  And at what cost?

 

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While you and I may not be savvy with all the plumbing paraphernalia, here, Jon-Michael, who works at the local Ace Hardware store, has come up with an easy DIY project!  How cool is this?  Can you imagine the impression made when you turn the red handle on the gate valve and the light comes on?

Jon-Michael put this first one together as I took photos of the process.  Then, using the directions, I put together a second one, which will be on the wall in the game room.

 

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This may look like a disparate group of items, but when assembled together in a particular way, the end result makes a real conversation piece!  

Note in this picture, this type of light socket was changed to the kind in the picture and the materials list below.  It will be safer for this project.   After roughing this up, we realized there was a possibility of the socket causing a potential short and we chose the safer light socket.

For this project, you will need:

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You Will Also Need :

Electrical tape, an adjustable wrench,  a plumber’s wrench or vice, and quick -setting epoxy.  You may need Teflon tape.How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Spacers for mounting on the wall (This will give enough room for the cord to slip between the wall and the flange.) or you could mount the lamp on a board, plaque, or piece of a pallet.  You could create a channel in the back of the wood to accommodate the cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This multi-tool from Gerber really came in handy for this project.  These were a Christmas gift last year for my son and he uses them all the time!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percent of any purchases through this link.  Thanks for supporting this website!)

 

The Lamp Cord we chose is an 8′ Silver cord.

Disclaimer – A word of caution here, work with a licensed electrician or a certified professional to help with wiring your lamp. We are not responsible for any action taken as a result of the information or advice on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com. 

 

 Industrial Pipe Lamp Instructions

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Thread the male end of a 90° Street Elbow into one end of the 1″ Tee.  (Each thread can be slightly different.  Not all the threading starts in the same spot.  If the  elbow, once tightened, is not at the right angle, wrap with 2 – 3 turns of Teflon tape and retighten. )

 

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Cut two pieces of the smaller vinyl tubing about 3″ long and slide one over each of the rotary switch wires, stopping about an inch from the switch.   The tubing helps prevent the plastic coating on the wire from being damaged on the abrasive interior of the pipes.  The plastic coating on the wire is to protect you from being electrocuted!  You don’t want to damage that wire!  

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Insert the switch into the elbow and Tee fitting with one tube covered wire extending from each end. 

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Loosely thread the 1 – 1/4″ to 1″ Reducing Bushing into the 1-1/4″ coupling.

*Do not tighten at this time. 

 

 

 

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Loosely thread the 1″ close nipple into the 1-1/4″ to 1″ reducing bushing from the previous step.  

 

 

 

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Insert the socket, wire ends first, up through the 1-1/4″ coupling and out the top of the 1″ nipple.

 

 

 

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Connect the black wire from the light socket to the wire from the switch, using a wire nut(Remove the small piece of plastic insulation from the end of the switch wires and the socket wires first.)  Twist the ends of the wire slightly before covering with the wire nut.  Then, twist the wire nut catching the wires inside.  There should be no bare wire showing once the wire nut has been tightened!  Be sure to wrap the wire and the wire nuts with electrical tape.  I have seen where some say this is not necessary but I prefer to err on the side of caution!

The correct way to wrap the wire with electrical tape is to pull the tape tight and start wrapping the wires going into the wire nut, wrap across the wire nut, wrap back to the middle, and then cut the tape.  I cut a piece of tape about 8″ long so it was more manageable.

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Cut 1″ of the 1/4″ tubing and carefully press this onto the brass tip of the rotary switch.   Press down and then continue pressing back and forth when it becomes difficult.  It needs to completely cover the brass tip but not the threaded plastic piece.  (My first instinct was to heat the tubing but I was informed not to do this!  It distorts the plastic.  Slow, steady pressure, and wiggling back and forth slightly finally worked.)

 

 

How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comPlace the 1/2″ gate valve into a vice or hold in place with a plumber’s wrench.  

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Taking a second wrench, unscrew the stem from the valve and remove the brass tip from the end of the stem.

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Mix a small amount of epoxy following the directions on the package.  

 

Place a small amount on the threads of the stem and thread this into the reducing bushing.  *Do not over tighten!

Wipe off any excess and let dry for 10 minutes.  

 

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Set the 1″ to 3/4″ reducing bushing and stem from the previous step in front of you.

Now, take the valve Stem – Bushing piece, press the other end of the tubing from the rotary switch onto the end of the stem firmly and thread the bushing into the top of the tee.  (If you are having difficulty pushing the tube over the end of the stem, and I did,  rock it back and forth slightly, while pressing the bottom of the rotary switch from inside the tee.)How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

To prepare the lamp cord, pull the two end wires of the cord apart for about eleven inches.

Cut an 8″ length of the 3/8″ tubing and insert the neutral wire all the way through the tubing.How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Next, run the tubing with the wire inside, through the tee – elbow fitting.  (You might have to loosen the switch assembly to allow the tube with the wire to pass through.  Remember to tighten afterward!)

On the specific lamp cord used for our project, the ribbed wire is the Neutral.  The smooth wire on the cord we used is the HOT wire!  It also has the black wording on it. (Be sure to check the package for which wire is hot on the cord you use.) We wrapped a small piece of black electrical tape around the hot wire for easier identification.

 

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Connect the two neutral wires with the wire nut, the neutral from the socket and the neutral wire from the lamp cord.    Wrap with electrical tape like before. 

 

 

Now, connect the two hot wires, (the one from the lamp cord marked with the black electrical tape and the one from the switch), with the wire nut and wrap with electrical tape.

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Unscrew the close nipple and thread it into the street elbow, guiding the wires through the center as much as possible to keep the wires from being skinned.  How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Next, unscrew the 1-1/4″ to 1″ Bushing and thread it onto the nipple from the previous step.

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Gently press the wire nuts and wires back up into the reducing bushing and then thread the coupling onto the reducing bushing. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

*Do not twist the socket as you spin the coupling!

 

 

 

 

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Finally, thread the 1-1/4″ Coupling onto the bushing.  (Note the socket is still loose and not seated in the bushing.)

 

 

 

Wrap the light socket, behind the raised rim 2-3 times with electrical tape. Then, take hold of the light socket, twist it counterclockwise 1/2 turn, and then press firmly into the 1-1/4″ bushing another 1/2 turn clockwise. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

Carefully insert the prong side of the cord into the remaining pipe nipple and guide the cord through.

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*The prong on ours was snug, but it was able to be eased through the pipe.

 

 

 

 

 

Guide the rest of the cord through the pipe, keeping it away from the sharp pipe edges, and then thread the nipple into the tee. How To Create Your Own AMAZING Industrial Lamp on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guide the cord through the flange in this same manner and thread the flange onto the pipe nipple.

 

 

 

 

 

To mount this to the wall, you will need 4 drywall anchors (if not mounting into a stud) and 4 nylon spacers (these will allow the cord to hang down the wall without being pinched when mounted).

You could also use a wooden base of your choice for the lamp.  Just drill a 1/2″ hole through the wood to allow for the cord.  You might want to create a channel down the back for the cord, too.

We opted to buy and use one of the Edison light bulbs.  Don’t they look neat in this industrial pipe lamp?  When lit, they just look like regular light bulbs.

Create your own AMAZING industrial pipe lamp!  It’s really pretty easy!

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How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

Want to make a snowman you’ll love?  Making these Papier-mâché Snowmen is so much fun!  This is the third snowman I’ve created using the same Papier-mâché used for the pumpkins earlier this year.  Creating those was so much fun, too!  What can I make for spring?  Hmmm…

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How to make a snowman?  This little snowman, (With his hat, he stands 12″ high.), was made in the same way the other snowman and the lady snowman were made, using a newspaper sleeve and crumpled newspaper.  A warning here, after you make a snowman, making these can become addictive!

You may think that I had a vision when each of these was started but that is not really the case.  For Frosty, I knew he would be wearing the earmuffs.  For Ellie, (It just seemed an appropriate name for her.), the Lady Snowman, I knew she would be wearing a red hat.  The last snowman, Archie Frost, (My friend, Cyndi, named him!) would be wearing a top hat.

 

Beyond that, they just began to take shape as the clay was applied and the arms were shaped.  Archie reminded me of a dancing snowman at first.  The way his arms happened to be positioned, it just seemed right. 

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Then, a little bird perched on his hand came to mind, and there you go.  Perfect!

 

For complete instructions on how to make a snowman, click here ►How to Make A Papier Mache Snowman from the beginning.

After he was completely dry, he was painted white, antiqued, and clear glitter was applied just like the other two before him.  He looks adorable just like this, but wouldn’t he just be perfect with a top hat?

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Instructions On How To Make A Top Hat

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To make this hat, I actually used the same brim pattern I cut out of an advertisement for the Lady Snowman’s hat.  Ellie and Archie had heads that were about the same diameter.  The hat I envisioned was a little wider at the top than it was at the base.  So, I cut a piece of newspaper, which would fit the inner circle of the hat brim.  Then, I sliced the top of the crown pattern, as you can see in the picture, to open it up a little.  You can see that making your own pattern is pretty simple.

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Using that piece as a pattern, and leaving those spaces open, I traced it on another piece of newspaper.  Then, it was folded in half, pinned to a piece of folded black felt, and cut out.  You can see the brim was cut, too, but a little width was added to the brim.  

Not shown in the picture, but also necessary, is a 4″ circle of black felt, (or whatever size fits your crown), for the top of the hat.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

The piece for the crown was folded in half and a 1/8″ seam was stitched on the loose edge, which would be the back seam.

 

 

 

 

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Fold the brim in half and mark the fold with straight pins.  Fold the brim in the opposite direction and mark these folds.

Divide the crown into quarters in the same way.  Then, match up the pins and pin the two pieces together, adding more pins to secure the pieces.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Sew around the pinned opening, 1/8″ from the edge.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

A four-inch circle was cut for the top of the hat.  The top edge of the crown and the circle were divided into fourths with the straight pins and that edge was sewn in a 1/8″ seam.  

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Clip the threads and turn it right side out and you have a hat!  How simple is that?

A piece of red velvet ribbon was attached by using a tiny dab of Tacky Glue in the front, on the right side, the back, and on the loose ends on the left side.  A little sprig of holly was glued where the two ends came together.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I think this is my favorite so far!  Each has his own personality!

How to make a snowman you’ll LOVE?  It’s really easy!  Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.  Another newspaper sleeve with crumpled paper stuffed inside with a wadded up ball of paper for a head sits beside me right now.  Yes, a collection begins.

This post has been linked to Friday Feature Linky Party on ‘Oh My Heartsie Girl’.

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Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration

Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration

Summer Mantel Ideas

Summer mantel ideas and inspiration were on our minds as Sophia and I went to our local Homegoods store.  I asked her to help me find some new items to add to the mantel.  These two large shiny gold pineapples caught her eye.  Yes, I had noticed and admired them but this nine-year-old was adamant that they were the very pieces needed to brighten the mantel.

You might have realized that my style is a little more subdued, as a sweet young woman once described it, ‘quietly elegant‘.  Whether that is true or not, I like the description!  Thinking that the rather large shiny gold pieces might be a little bit of a challenge to incorporate into our muted decor but what the heck!  They were purchased along with a pair of blue glass candle holders.  The blue and gold look nice together and they repeat the colors of a few of the throw pillows we already have.

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Before we left on this little shopping expedition, I had been toying with the idea of using a couple of white lanterns that we have had for a few years.  In my mind, they were larger than they actually are and weren’t quite as tall as I remembered either.  Blue, white, and the shiny gold make a nice color combination though.

The round black clock was the only item which remained for this makeover.  The gold Roman numerals on the clock was another gold element.  Everything else was removed.  The shiny gold pineapples were placed on the fireplace and yes, they were pretty much of an attention getter!  As I looked at the subdued colors of the room, the realization that more shiny gold was going to be needed.

The lanterns were retrieved from the basement, cleaned up a little, and placed on the mantel along with the pineapples.

If you introduce a new color to a room, it looks more intentional and at home, if there are little pockets of that color placed all around the room.  Your eye follows color and you can use that to your advantage.  There is gold in this room but not the bright shiny gold in these pineapples.  The blue glass candle holders were placed on the mantel, too.  No problem there, blue is also on the throw pillows and the blue and white Chinese vases, bowls, and knick knacks.

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At this point, there was a debate in my mind about whether the lantern should be between the pineapple and the blue candleholder or if the candle holder should be in between the lantern and the pineapple.  The easiest way to decide is to do both and take a look.  The straight lines of the lantern between the rounded shapes of the candle holders and the pineapple won out in the end.

Another gold item needed to be placed in the center of the arrangement.  Looking around, the brass pedestal bowl was spotted.  It seemed a perfect centerpiece.Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Although I had white candles which were a little taller, these candles wrapped in gold wire carried on the golden theme and seemed perfect.

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Yes, but the brass pedestal bowl seemed to need a little more height.  So, a blue book was placed under it.

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The blue book adds more of that color to the mantel but it seemed to need more weight, too.  A black book was placed underneath the blue book.  Yes, it needed that.  Then, it seemed something was missing from the ends.  Right?  Something blue to carry the color throughout the whole arrangement was needed.

I recalled seeing two little ceramic blue birds at the local craft store.  That was my plan.  Well, circumstances kept me from getting to that store but I did make it to another and these little birds caught my eye.  At the time, I thought they would have to make do for now.Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Well, don’t you know they were perfect?  The little birds not only pulled the blue together but also carried the white throughout the arrangement.  In fact, they seemed to bring it all together and completed the triangular composition.  The little birds also repeat the blue and white patterns of the Chinese vases and bowls placed throughout the room.

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   Using shapes to create a triangle is one of my favorite compositions.  The simplest of all polygons, the triangle base down, gives a visual impression of stability.

   Decorating your mantel can be an adventure.  With me, at least, you can see it is trial and error.  A bold triangular composition was in my mind from the beginning and this time it was also the end product. Fear is a road block to creativity.  Fearlessly plunge into it and see what is pleasing to your eye.  You might be surprised at what you come up with in the end.

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Maybe these ‘Summer Mantel Ideas and Inspiration’ will help you create a beautiful mantel arrangement, too.

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Do You Have A Paint Color Mistake? How To Fix It!

Do You Have A Paint Color Mistake? How To Fix It!

April 6, 2017

  Do You Have A Paint Color Mistake?  Have you ever taken someone else’s advice, knowing full well that it wasn’t right, yet you went right on and did it anyway?   In your gut you knew it and as you beat yourself up, you ask, “I knew better.  Why did I do that?”

 

  Well, I did not follow my own advice when I painted our master bedroom en suite several years ago!  A well-known person with her own signature paints offered chips with coordinating colors on them.  I brought one of them home and decided to paint my ceiling a bold gold color and the walls a green from her color suggestions on that chip.  Even though I had reservations, she was way more famous than I and all of her experts knew better than I, right?

    Don’t get me wrong.  They are both beautiful colors, but the saturation of color in the paint on the ceiling is more than the paint on the walls.   It has always felt a little wrong.  For an earlier post click here► For a foolproof way to choose your Paint colors.  Or click here for another post you might like ►No Fear Paint Selection.

     Seriously, the rest of my home is painted with beautiful colors following this method.  I would not change one of them!  If I have to paint again, I would probably choose the same colors.   Do you love your color choices that much?   If you choose your colors from something you love, how can you go wrong?

     I have loved the way the afternoon sun poured in the half round window at the peak of the vaulted ceiling on the west wall and illuminated the golden color.   I loved the green on the walls more.  It’s kind of like being enveloped in a meadow.

   The two colors ‘together’ have bothered me for a long time!   You could see the ceiling had a lot more saturation of color and at certain times of the day, it was unsettling.  It’s amazing how different the colors on the walls and ceiling look at different times of the day.

      The photo above is a relatively good representation of the gold color.  (It’s hard to get a perfect match with a camera and the computer.)  It is a little garish next to the softer green and the paler color, isn’t it?

   Don’t you love vaulted ceilings?   Physically painting vaulted ceilings is not something I particularly love.   So I lived with it for awhile.

   When we were working on the bathroom/dressing area, I finally decided to fix the problem.  The paint color we chose for the bathroom, Autumn Blond from Sherwin Williams, is the new color for the ceiling in the bedroom and the dressing area, but in a flat finish.  

    You may be thinking that the Autumn Blond color is just a neutral.  It is, but I could have chosen any color on the fan with that same depth of color and it would have looked better than that stark gold.  You can see that the green and the wheat have white added.  They have a softness about them.  Clearly, the gold doesn’t.

 Paint Color Cross-Pollination

    Remember in an earlier post how we cross-pollinate adjoining rooms by painting the wall color on the ceiling of the adjoining room and vice versa?  Please don’t tell me you still have all white ceilings!  If you have color on the wall, you will love the color on the ceilings!  You can paint it the same color as the wall and it will look a shade lighter.

   If you want the ceiling to look even lighter, you can skip up or down one, (depending on your fan), on the same card to a lighter tint of the wall color.

 

   If you want it to look darker, you will have to skip up or down, (depending on your fan), on the color fan and choose a step darker paint.  If you have tall ceilings and want them to look a little lower, you can visually bring them down with paint.  It will seem a little cozier, especially, if your ceilings are stark white!

    In the picture below, from an earlier post, you can see that the ceiling is the original green color and the walls are the Autumn Blond, which is a color pulled from the new ceramic tile on the bathroom floor.

  Yep, I love the new color!  The garish gold is gone.  I no longer look at the bedroom ceiling and wish I had painted it another color!  The whole house is in color harmony.

    This is an easy way to choose a perfect color for your next paint job.  Would you like more posts on paint and color?  Do you have a paint color mistake?

 

 

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Spring Mantel Ideas – Simple and Understated

Spring Mantel Ideas – Simple and Understated

Spring Mantel Ideas – Simple and Understated

March 7, 2017

    Spring Mantel Ideas – Simple and Understated.  Perhaps that is my mantra – ‘understated’.  If it is yours, too,  you’ve come to the right place.  If not, you can always embellish with more.  These ideas will give you a good foundation upon which to embellish.

 

   Last year, I found this adorable bunny at Hobby Lobby.  I loved it so much, I decided to go back and buy another one.  Wrong.  They were all gone by the time I got there!   Don’t you hate when that happens?

 

   This year, when I saw these bunnies back again at Hobby Lobby, I purchased another and a smaller version, too.  Aren’t these the cutest bunnies?   I could just imagine them on the fireplace mantel.

    Contemplating removing the clock again, I decided against it.  I love that it is black and loving those little black touches throughout the house, I couldn’t…   (Rationalizing.)  Besides, the tips of the bunny ears show up nicely in front of it.

    After placing the two larger bunnies on the mantel, it seemed something was missing.   They needed something nestled between them.  The thought of a little nest with the antique-looking eggs I made earlier this week came to mind.  A trip to Michael’s and the Dollar Tree was necessary.  Michael’s had the little 7-inch nest and Dollar Tree had inexpensive moss.

    Have you ever heard of ‘reindeer moss’?   Turns out reindeer moss is actually a lichen of the genus Cladonia, which the reindeer eat.  Who knew?   Regardless, I liked the green color of it and picked up a bag for a dollar!

 

    Although the reindeer moss-lined nest with the eggs looked okay, it seemed to need a little something more.

   So, a couple of pieces cut from a spring floral bouquet were gently bent to curve around the nest.    While that looked nice, the thought to add a little ivy to this to give it a little more interest came to mind.

    You see the workings of my simple mind.  While the flowers added a different color and texture, there was still something missing.  The little pieces of ivy added that little extra understated touch.   Subtle, but isn’t it perfect?

 

   A few weeks ago, the two orchids in the picture were purchased at the local grocery.  Although they are still blooming, it seemed replacement flowers a little more indicative of the season were needed to welcome spring.

    So at Sam’s Club, there were more orchids but as I was reaching for a white one to put in the cart, the thought of spring tulips popped into my head.  Yes, white or ivory spring tulips just seemed right at that moment.  

   Stopping at two local Kroger stores on the way home and searching in the floral departments, I couldn’t find an appropriate pair of tulip plants.  Where are the tulips now when I need them?  

    Totally disappointed, I headed home.  Looking at the mantel again, I contemplated using a different set of vases.  Setting one on the mantel, the idea of using some of the silk floral stems leftover from the nest came to mind.  

     Isn’t the big vase on the right beautiful?  Yes, but you know what?  I think the smaller vase actually looks a little more delicate and spring-like.  Don’t you?  

 

   Using little wire cutters, the stems were cut from the bouquet and placed in the vase.  When the stems were first placed in the vase, they were too short.  Wine corks do come in handy.  I just piled some in the vase and voila!  Perfect height!

    Notice that I also switched the birds around.  With the smaller vases, it seemed the one on the right would now draw the eye back to the mantel.  I like the negative space all around the elements.   You can definitely see the triangular composition in this one, which is always pleasing to the eye.

    Notice that in this triangular composition there are multiple secondary triangular compositions, as indicated by the blue and red lines in the picture below.  Although each of these triangular compositions has almost identical items, you could create a similar triangulation with completely different items.

   Typically, liking something a little understated, this is very appealing to yours truly.  More elements could be added but sometimes restraint is a good thing. Don’t you agree?

    Hope this has helped motivate and inspire you to create your own spring mantel decor!  Spring Mantel Ideas – Simple and Understated.

 

 

 

 

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