To decorate it I went back to Google and found these cute, vintage Easter postcards, printed them out, tore the edges and distressed them. Using Mod Podge I attached them to the container front and back.
After they were dry, I used a small paintbrush to add glue to parts of the images and then sprinkled on my favorite ultra-fine glitter. Once this was dry, I used a small, dry brush to remove any excess glitter.
To hold the branch in the container, I used hot glue to attach a spray paint can lid into the bottom, put the branch in the little center hole and surrounded it with sticky tack to secure it. I added some sheet moss to cover all of that.
I had a hard time deciding what to put ON the tree so looking around I decided to take some pages from an old book and make flowers to attached to the branches.
First I crumpled up the pages and then un-crumpled them. Taking a light brown ink pad, I rubbed the pad over the wrinkled pages, distressing them.
Then I used a circle scallop punch to punch out the petals. If you don’t have a circle punch or scallop punch, just cut out circles free hand – the more uneven, the more vintage it will look anyway! Laying 4 petals on top of each other, I inserted a jewel-brad.
Next I crumpled up the petals and then fanned them back out giving the flowers a 3-dimensional look. These were attached to the branches of the tree with hot glue.
You really could use any type of container-- even an empty aluminum can would be cute! So this is a really inexpensive (and in my case . . . free!) project to use as a table centerpiece for your Easter dinner!
And I found a 'temporary' use for the little vase whose handle I replaced with beads! Happy Easter everyone!!