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Bird Themed Table Centerpiece

A bird themed table centerpiece is perfect to use to decorate a table for spring.

I displayed this centerpiece on my dining room table but it also would look great on a chest, coffee table, kitchen counter, or on a porch in a protected area.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason Jar

I’m sharing my bird themed table centerpiece for this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. Cindy selects a picture from Pinterest and challenges our group to create our own version of the look.

If you arrived here from DIY Beautify, welcome! I always enjoy visiting Cindy’s Texas home to see how she has decorated for the season.

You’ll find links to all of the bloggers who participated in this month’s Pinterest Challenge at the end of this post.

Our Inspiration for this Month’s Challenge

The inspiration for this month’s challenge comes from Doreen of Hymns and Verses. Doreen created a Bird House Tablescape for Spring and our inspiration picture is her beautiful bird themed centerpiece.

Doreen created a beautifully set table for spring. For this challenge, I focused on Doreen’s table centerpiece.

The design elements that Doreen used for her centerpiece include:

  • Bird House
  • Bird’s nest with eggs
  • Two Mason jars filled with flowering branches
  • An enamel pail filled with delicate white flowers
  • Rectangular basket
  • Bird plate in front of the basket

After seeing Doreen’s beautiful centerpiece, I shopped my house to create my own version.

Bird Themed Table Centerpiece

I was able to quickly gather what I wanted to use for my centerpiece but what I didn’t have was a rectangular basket with handles to use.

As luck would have it, I spotted one in a van parked next to us at the city landfill one day. The two men unloading the van appeared to have cleaned out an estate and they were throwing away so much good stuff.

I spotted a rectangular basket with handles on top of one of their piles in the van. The moment one of them grabbed that pile, I immediately asked if I could have the basket. The man gave it to me which made me happy because at least I saved one good thing from the dumpster that day.

Basket Saved from the Dumpster

After washing and drying the basket, it was ready to be used as the base of my bird themed table centerpiece.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason Jar

Did you notice the Easter decor in the background? Don’t miss my spring home tour that includes both spring and Easter decor and also how I decorated our family room for spring and Easter.

Centerpiece Details

Doreen used a large birdhouse in the center of her basket. I used a bird house that my dad made in the 1990s. He gave this one to my grandmother and she had her talented neighbor paint it.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason jar

My grandmother wrote on the bottom of the birdhouse the maker and who painted it.

Writing on the bottom of a handmade birdhouse

I have two more birdhouses that my dad made in my basement. If I were artistic, I would paint them like Betty Bales did for my grandmother.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide, birds nest, and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason jar

Doreen included a nest filled with eggs in her centerpiece. My nest is one that I made last year. I love how realistic mine looks.

Bird themed spring centerpiece with a bird house, bird book, nest with eggs, and a Mason jar filled with pink flowers

Doreen used two vintage blue Mason jars filled with flowering branches in her centerpiece.

My basket is a bit smaller than Doreen’s and I only had room for one jar. I filled it with flowering branches from last year’s pink and green spring mantel.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason Jar

The canning jar that I used for the flowers was given to me by my mom and was used for many years by relatives to can vegetables from the garden.

It’s waffle grid design is unique and I have never seen one like it for sale in an antique shop.

Pink faux florals in a vintage, clear, embossed Mason jar with a bird nest

Doreen included an enamel bucket filled with delicate white blooms in her centerpiece. I didn’t have room for an enamel bucket, so instead I included a 1949 Birds A Golden Nature Guide that belonged to my grandmother.

Pink faux florals in a vintage, clear, embossed Mason jar with a bird nest, and 1949 Birds A Golden Nature Guide

You can’t see it in the picture, but I displayed the book using one of my grandmother’s rectangular shaped flower frogs.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason Jar

My grandmother must have really enjoyed this book over the years as it is worn and it’s filled with newspaper clippings about birds, the most recent from 1972.

Pink faux florals in a vintage, clear, embossed Mason jar with a bird nest, and 1949 Birds A Golden Nature Guide

All of the items that I used are elevated by two large books that I placed in the bottom of the basket.

To hide the books, I camouflaged them with evil Bamboo that grows between my house and the house next door. More pink blooms add color to the evil Bamboo. Bamboo is very invasive, that is why I call it evil!

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide, birds nest, and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason jar

Doreen displayed a bird plate in front of her basket. Doreen actually added her bird motif to a plate she already had. You can get a copy of the bird art that she used on her blog post.

Instead of a plate, I used a bird tray that my friend gave to me a few years ago.

Small black tray with painted gold birds and scenery displayed in front of a spring centerpiece with a bird theme

The needlework under my basket was completed by Mr. SP’s grandmother. His mom gave this to me early in our marriage and I have so much enjoyed it over the years.

Handmade bird house with a 1949 Birds Golden Nature Guide and pink flowers in a clear, embossed Mason Jar

I love how my centerpiece looks on our dining room table and it’s in a spot where I get to enjoy it multiple times a day which makes me happy.

The next blogger sharing her version of our inspiration picture is my dear friend, Julie, of My Wee Abode. Julie lives in a 400 square foot loft apartment in California that she has decorated beautifully. I’m looking forward to seeing what she created for this challenge!

More Projects to Enjoy

Many thanks to Cindy for organizing this fun monthly challenge!

Click on the links below to visit each blogger who is sharing their version of our inspiration picture.

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura! The basket was a great find. I wish I could have saved more that those two guys were throwing away.

  1. Love the green on your pretty birdhouse and those pretty pink blossoms are gorgeous. Such a great find with the basket tray, glad you saved it from the dump. Perfect base for your beautiful vignette.

    1. Thank you so much, Marty! I love doing the Pinterest Challenge each month. You table and centerpiece are so pretty!

  2. Paula, the pink is so perfect and bright for Spring! I love that vintage birdhouse and the sentiment behind it!! And that wicker tray showed up at the landfill just in time…great save! You killed it this month ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy! I love doing the Pinterest Challenge each month. The great thing about this month’s challenge is I can use it on my table and then when I get tired of it there, I’ll move it to my coffee table. You did an awesome job this month, too!

  3. I’m glad you commented about your jar. At first I thought you had wrapped some kind of wire mesh around it. HA! I like the pink blossoms – coordinates so well with your birdhouse.

    1. Thank you! I’ve got to do some research on that jar to see if I can find out when and where they were made.

    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca! I had so much fun putting this together and I really enjoyed seeing what the other bloggers created this month.

  4. Oh my gosh, Paula! I LOVE everything about this! Definitely my fave of all…even the inspiration. Hope your day is full of grace and joy!

  5. So many cute elements to this! The basket was a great dumpster find, but I love most that you have the birdhouse from your dad and grandmother! So special!

    I’ve pinned this to my Birdhouses Pinterest Board!

    I’d love it if you’d like to share at the Sundays on Silverado Pinterest Board!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  6. Paula – You did an awesome job with your Pinterest challenge. I have really enjoyed checking out all the bloggers who participated. I especially love nature themed decorating for Spring and I love birds! That basket you “rescued” is gorgeous and so is the birdhouse. What a treasure! I also love the pink blossoms in the mason jar. So pretty! The vintage book is so cool and the bird nest you made looks better than a real one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. hi paula

  8. I absolutely love this sweet centerpiece, Paula! It’s beautiful! Love the pretty pinks, and oh, that Bird guide; what a treasure! I also love that your tray is a dumpster save; so awesome!

  9. I remember you posting that photo of you scoring that basket, Paula! What a perfect container for your pretty vignette. I love the colors in your display. The whole centerpieces has such a peaceful, happy vibe. I’m so glad I got to see one of your dad’s birdhouses, too. I remember you mentioning that he had made some. You captured all the little details from the inspiration photo so well. Loved it all.

  10. As always… I love your decor, and this centerpiece is just lovely. Loved hearing the story about your birdhouse and the bird book! I’ve always loved birds and have several guides in my library. Off to see your spring tour! Pinned and shared, of course! (Thanks for the sweet shout-out!)

  11. Paula, there are so many things ngs I love about your arrangement. First, the birdhouse that you dad made. How special to have it. I collect vintage mason jars and I’ve never seen the waffle pattern either. The flowers are lovely and perfect for spring. Including the bird book is extra cool. So glad that you were able to get use the basket you saves from the dumpster. Beautiful job. I hope you all have a wonderful spring.

  12. OH MY SOUL! I cannot believe you saved that from the dumpster! I would have been standing there right next to the guys while they unloaded – LOL! Love your basket with all that beautiful pink. And you totally knocked this challenge out of the park! Always love your pieces and the sentimentality. Thank you for joining in. You are a great inspiration!

  13. What a lovely basket, Paula! I’m glad you were there, too, to save it!! When I used to go with my dad on our monthly dump trips (as a teen and early 20’s), we found some amazing things getting tossed… Sad, really. But the bright spot is you saved this basket to be loved again, and your spring vignette with family treasures is perfect!!!

    I was thinking your grandmother’s bird book was well-loved because she enjoyed studying all the birds that probably came to her backyard, like I do. I leave notes in my mother’s 1960’s Audubon Bird book about what birds came and when (and now where). It does help track bird migration and you can use that information to share with local ornithologists when they look for it.

    Enjoy your sweet vignette and I LOVE the blue on your dining room walls!!!
    Happy spring hugs to you and yes, I did see your post on SYS just yesterday (from last week)! I’ll look for this cutie on last night’s for next week.

    Big hugs,
    Barb ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I love reading your posts! As always I love the elements of family that are always in it, like your grandmother having the birdhouse maker sign the bottom. And finding your basket at the landfill! Such a great find!! Love the pops of pink too!

  15. Paula,
    I adore your darling take on this month’s Pinterest Challenge. I love the use of colors with the vintage items and especially adding the book! Only you could take an adorable photo dumpster diving!

    1. Hi Paulaโ€”
      My sister, Stacey, directed me to your blog because she knew Iโ€™d love it! This Pinterest Challenge centerpiece is really so sweet. I love how you have incorporated sentimental, meaningful family goodies inside your thrifted basket! Happy Easter ๐Ÿ‡

      1. I am so happy that Stacey directed you to visit my blog and I hope that you’ll continue to visit. I really enjoy decorating with family treasures.

    2. Thank you, Christy! I got lucky with that basket but it really pained me to watch how much other good stuff those guys were throwing away.

  16. Your birdhouse centerpiece is lovely. As usual, you have great sentimental pieces. I love the wicker basket you saved! The bird book is a wonderful addition.

  17. Love that you saved that basket from the dumpster! What a beautiful find and all of your care, thought, memories and sweet pieces, only add to this beautiful centerpiece!! Love it all!

  18. I always enjoy the lovely vignettes you create, Paula, and I have such a fondness for bird decor. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous centerpiece with us at the Snickerdoodle Party, it is being featured this weekend. Wishing you a beautiful Easter weekend!

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