More spring craft ideas: A Needle Felted Easter Chick

How do you like the new Easter header? It’s snowing as I write this, but we all know that spring and Easter are right around the corner, hooray! In today’s tutorial, I’ll share how to DIY the Needle Felted Easter Chick in the header. (To see the full photo, check out the Crafts ‘n Coffee Facebook page.) For those of you who regularly read Crafts ‘n Coffee, you might have already guessed that this Needle Felted Easter Chick is designed by Rebekah Meier.

Such a cute DIY! Made this felted chick over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Needle Felted Easter Chick, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” and 1-1/2” balls
    • 3” egg
    • 4” disc
  • Wool roving: Light yellow, light blue, pink and tiny amount of orange
  • Wool felt: 8-1/2” x 11” in cream; 9” x 1” in dark pink
  • Ribbon:
    • Cream, 1” x 14”
    • Striped green grosgrain, ¼” x ½ yd.
    • Velvet, ¼” x 4”
  • Floral stem wire
  • Floral tape
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Black scrapbook brads, 2
  • Small fabric flower
  • Pearl bead, 2mm
  • Fabric glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears; wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; small felting needle mat; wire cutters; paintbrush; disappearing fabric marker

*Note: Needle felting is a quick and easy craft. It requires a special felting needle that has extremely sharp barbs along the needle. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle, and the smaller the holes left behind. For this project, a heavier weight felting needle is recommended. You’ll place a piece of wool roving onto the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and then push the needle into the foam over and over. The barbs on the needle will lock the fibers in place.

Adorable! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Needle Felted Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Needle Felted Easter Chick:

1. Position 1-1/2” ball on the wide end of the foam egg and at a slight angle. Rub the two shapes together so they fit snugly, then attach the head to the body using glue and toothpicks.

2. Place small amounts of yellow wool fibers onto the chick and attach with felting needle or felting tool. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safety. Continue felting fibers onto the body until it’s completely covered.

3. Place small amounts of yellow roving onto needle felting mat. Use the tool to create 2 small pieces of felted roving approximately 1/8” thick. Cut out two wings. Needle felt one wing onto each side of chick.

4. Feet: Cut six, 2-¾” lengths of floral stem wire. Wrap together 3 of the wires with floral tape, leaving ½ of the wires unwrapped. Bend the unwrapped wire to create chicken feet, with two toes in front and one facing the back. Cover feet with floral tape. Repeat for the other leg and foot. Paint legs with acrylic paint. When dry, insert legs into the chick’s body.

Sweetest Easter Chick made by needle felting onto a base of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll use scrapbook brads for the eyes. You could substitute a small piece of readymade felt for the beak.

5. Insert scrapbook brads into chick’s head for eyes.

6. Repeat step 3, using orange roving. Cut felted roving into a small diamond beak shape. Needle felt beak onto chick. (Note: you could also use orange felt for the beak.)

7. Felt light blue roving onto the 1” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, covering it completely. Add a small amount of extra roving on top of ball to create an egg shape. Needle felt two thin stripes of roving around the egg.

This felted egg looks like cotton candy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Doesn’t it look like cotton candy?

8. Using disappearing marker, trace the top and bottom of disc onto cream wool felt. Cut on traced lines with pinking shears. Adhere felt circles to the top and bottom of the foam disc.

9. Glue ribbon around the edge of the disc.

10. Glue the chick and small egg to the top of felt covered disc. Needle felt small wisps of pink roving onto the top of disc, around the small egg and the chick’s feet.

11. Cut one 8” x ½” strip from dark pink wool felt and roll into a tight cylinder shape and secure with fabric glue. Cut one 1” circle from felt and adhere to the top of the cylinder. Trim the circle even with the cylinder shape.  Cut one 1-¾” circle with pinking shears and adhere to the bottom of hat for a brim.  Glue the hat to the chick’s head.

12. Add velvet ribbon, fabric flower, and bead to the hat.

13. Tie grosgrain ribbon around the neck of chick.

Here’s another Felted Spring Chick from Rebekah.

eaasy needle felted Easter Chick tutorial

Felted Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier.

Kathleen George created this cute-as-can-be Yarn Chick. As felting needles are too sharp for children, this Yarn Chick is a good spring craft for the kids.

How cute would this be in an Easter basket? Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Wrap up this Easter chick with leftover yarn.

Here’s one more Easter felting project from Rebekah – her Needle Felted Easter Eggs.

Here's an easy way to try needle felting (and it's not hard) -- DIY these pastel Easter Eggs with tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.comty

Pastel, Needle Felted Easter Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Rebekah will be back later this week to share another spring craft that I think you’ll adore. See you soon.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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More mad for plaid: DIY no-sew Madras Tie Easter Eggs

Today I have another way to repurpose men’s neckties. If you went shopping for second-hand ties after yesterday’s Madras Tie Topiary, I hope you picked up a few extra to DIY these Madras Tie Easter Eggs. I think you’re familiar with the tucking technique used to make these no-sew, fabric Easter eggs, but what’s different is the colorful star added to the wide end of the egg. Designer Kathleen George walks you through the steps.

Use old Madras plaid ties to make these pretty Easter eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Madras Plaid Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

 

Here's how to repurpose those old neckties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

 To make Madras Plaid Easter Eggs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” eggs
  • Madras plaid neckties, two
  • Quilt batting, ultra-thin
  • Trim, such as rickrack
  • Pearl head straight pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; fine tip marker; rubber bands; tape measure; iron; table knife; nail scissors

To make Madras Plaid Easter Eggs:

1. Divide the egg into quarters:

  • Mark the center point on both ends of the egg using the fine tip marker.
  • Stretch two rubber bands around the egg lengthwise, dividing it into four equal sections.
  • Run the marker next to the edge of each rubber band, marking off the sections. Remove the rubber bands.
How to make a tucked, fabric star on a fabric Easter Egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll create the star on the wide end of the egg. First, measure and mark points 2″ and 1″ away from the center, and then connect these points to create a star.

2. Mark the wide end for the star:

  • Measure 2” down from the center point of the wide end, and mark this point on each line drawn in Step 1.
  • Measure 1” down from the center point of the wide end, and mark this point in the middle of each section. Draw a line connecting this point to the center of the wide end.
  • Draw a star around the egg by connecting each 2” mark with a 1” mark.

3. Score all lines from Steps 1 & 2 with a sharp pencil.

4. Cut out four large and four small pieces of ultra-thin quilt batting using the pattern. Center each batting piece inside its corresponding section, and glue in place with several dots of white craft glue.

5. Clip the threads that hold the ties together at the back. Remove the liners from inside each tie. Iron the fabric flat.

6. Cut four large pattern pieces from one tie, and four small pattern pieces from the second tie.

No-sew, quick fabric eggs made from old madras plaid ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tuck the fabrics into the egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using the table knife. The foam will grip the fabric and hold it in place.

7. Attach the fabric pieces to the egg:

  • Center a fabric piece over the corresponding section on the egg.
  • Use the table knife to push the fabric edges into the foam egg all along the scored lines.
  • Hold the knife as straight as possible, and keep the fabric smooth.
  • Once the fabric piece is “tucked” into the foam, trim away excess threads and fabric with nail scissors.
  • If needed, add a dab of glue to hold loose ends in place.

8. Glue trim over the “seam” lines. Insert pearl head pins in the points of the star.

Use old Madras plaid ties to make these pretty Easter eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

DIY these with silk ties and you’ll have beautiful Christmas ornaments instead.

Don’t you think these would make beautiful Christmas ornaments, too? If you used old silk neckties instead of the plaid, cotton ties, you could create some gorgeous fabric ornaments for your tree.

Who’s crafting this weekend?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Mad for Plaid: Repurpose old ties for your spring décor

We all love a good recycle craft, right? There’s something so satisfying about repurposing old or discarded items and making them beautiful again. That’s what designer Kathleen George did when she picked up a handful of madras ties at the second-hand store. She refashioned a Spring Topiary & Easter Eggs from the pastel, plaid neckties. I have the DIY for the Madras Plaid Spring Topiary today, and I’ll share the Madras Plaid Easter Eggs tomorrow.

Here's how to repurpose those old neckties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Madras Plaid Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone and 4” ball
  • Wood dowel, ¾” x 4”
  • Madras plaid neckties, three
  • Lightweight, iron-on fabric stabilizer
  • Trims, such as rickrack
  • Pearl head pins
  • Acrylic craft paint in a coordinating color
  • Yes! Paste or other craft paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; 1” putty knife or table knife; stiff bristle paintbrush; iron; sharp pencil; needle & thread
Made with old ties! Great idea for repurposing. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Madras Plaid Spring Topiary by Kathleen George.

 

To make a Madras Plaid Topiary:

Make the topiary form:

1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut the 4” ball in half.

2. In the rounded side of one half ball, use the tip of the knife to make a ¾” deep hole for the wood dowel. Do the same in the center bottom of the cone.

3. Glue the wood dowel in the half ball base and in the bottom of the cone. Check to be sure the topiary stands straight before the glue dries.

4. Paint the dowel and the base in a coordinating color. Let dry.

Prepare the ties:

5. Clip the threads that hold the ties together at the back. Remove the liners from inside each tie. Iron the fabric flat.

6. Cut six, 13-1/2” x 3” pieces of fabric stabilizer. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron two pieces of stabilizer onto the back of each tie.  Be sure that the stabilizer runs straight with the pattern in the fabric.

7. Cut out six tie shape pieces using patterns.

8. Cut four, 4” x 3-1/2” pieces of fabric stabilizer for the base and iron onto reverse side of tie fabric. Using patterns, cut out four segments.

How to make a Spring Topiary from old ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Your fabric pieces will look like long, skinny ties. When you glue them to the cone, position them so the points hang below the cone.

Cover the cone and base:

9. Using the tie pattern and a sharp pencil, mark six segments all around the cone.

10. Spread a thin, even layer of Yes! Paste onto the cone with a putty knife.

11. Following the lines marked in Step 9, position a fabric piece on the cone, with the point extending below the bottom edge. Smooth down the fabric piece with your fingers. Paste the top onto the top of the cone.

12. Repeat, covering every other section on the cone. Cover the three remaining sections, slightly overlapping the first pieces.

13. Glue trim along the “seam” lines. Pin the ends in place with pearl head straight pins.

14. Cover the base the same way. Remember to cut a slit as indicated on the pattern so that the fabric will lay flat on the curved, half ball.

15. Glue trim around the base.

Make fabric roses from old ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Optional: Decorate the base with fabric roses.

Optional: Make fabric flowers:

1. Cut 2” x 6” fabric strips for larger flowers, and 1” x 3” strips for smaller flowers.

2. Iron strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.

3. Stitch a gathering stitch along the open edge. Pull threat slightly to gather and then knot off. Do not cut the thread.

4. Begin to roll the flower from the end with the thread still attached. Roll tightly at first, and then more loosely as you go. Stitch the bottom together as you go to hold it together.

5. Glue roses to the base, and insert a pearl head pin through the centers.

6. Glue a fabric rose to the top of the cone.

Here's how to repurpose those old neckties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You might even have a stash of old ties on hand, so I hope you’ll think about using them for a few spring crafts. I’ll share the eggs tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Feather your springtime nest with this sweet bird’s nest

Let’s give Mother Nature a nudge and bring on a little springtime crafting! Rebekah Meier, a master at mixed media, shares this mixed media craft for spring, which I’m calling a Bird’s Nest Diorama. How clever is it that Rebekah nestled her little bird’s nest scene inside an egg? Spring really is on the horizon, and in the meantime, DIY this Bird’s Nest Diorama.

So sweet! A bird's nest nestled in a bird's nest. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Bird’s Nest Diorama by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Bird’s Nest Diorama, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  4” Egg
  • Tissue paper with a music theme or other theme of your choice (Rebekah used tissue paper from Tim Holtz)
  • Spring stickers, including a bird (Rebekah used stickers from K & Company)
  • Bird’s nests: miniature and 3-1/2” in diameter
  • Excelsior moss
  • Distress Ink in antique linen
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; waxed dental floss; metal teaspoon; 1” paintbrush; cosmetic sponge

To make a Bird’s Nest Diorama:

  1. Cut the egg in half horizontally:
  • Draw a line all the way around egg, from the narrow end to the wide end.
  • Score the foam with a sharp pencil as you draw your line.
  • Position dental floss on the narrow end and along the scored lines on both sides.
  • Pull on both ends of the dental floss, cutting through the egg.
  1. Carve out the flat side of the egg, creating a nook for the nest and bird.

3. Cut tissue paper into pieces. Brush Mod Podge onto the egg, apply the tissue paper, and brush on a top coat. Let dry.

  1. Lightly sponge the egg with antique linen distress ink. Let dry.
  1. Position egg in the larger nest, and glue in place.
Bird's nest detail from a sweet Bird's Nest Diorama. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah found a bird sticker for her nest. You might even find a miniature bird for your diorama.

  1. Add a small amount of excelsior moss in front. Glue mini bird’s nest in the cut-out nook in the egg.
  1. Glue a small bird to the nest. (Rebekah used a bird sticker.)
  1. Decorate with other small cut-outs and stickers. Rebekah used the word “Harmony” from her sticker pack.
A mixed media, spring craft on CraftsnCoffee.com.

There are so many ways that you could embellish your diorama egg.

Here’s another springtime project Rebekah shared a while back — her Mixed Media Spring Shrine. Beautiful!

DIY a mixed media Spring Shrine. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Spring Shrine.

I’m starting to plan for spring here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I am pulling together new ideas for Easter, too. Are there any springtime craft ideas you’d like to see here on Crafts ‘n Coffee?

Happy crafting.

Sharon  

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We’re wearing more green today: A Shamrock Topiary Cone

After I posted yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day Topiary, several readers commented that it was nice to see some green. For everyone who is snowbound today, I’m sharing more green with another easy decorating idea for St. Patrick’s Day. These quick, Shamrock Topiary Cones brighten up the inside when it’s snowy and cold outside. I have a quick round up of more St. Patrick’s Day craft & decor ideas, too.

Cute and easy Shamrock Cones for St. Patrick's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

An easy DIY for St. Patrick’s Day decor.

To make a Shamrock Topiary Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. in a shamrock print
  • Buttons in green and white and assorted sizes
  • Gold sequins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Glass candleholder and gold spray paint (I purchased my candleholder at a dollar store)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sequin pins

To make a Shamrock Topiary Cone:

1. Wrap the fabric around the cone to determine how it will fit and which side will be the back. Glue one end of the fabric to the back, wrap the fabric around the cone again, and glue the other end in place. Trim excess fabric, leaving an extra inch around the bottom and a ½” at the top.

How to make a Shamrock Topiary Cone for St. Patrick's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glue the fabric tabs to the bottom and top of the cone.

2. Cut tabs in the extra fabric at the top and bottom of the cone. Fold down tabs and glue in place.

3. Glue assorted green and white buttons to the top of the cone.

Cute toppers for Shamrock Topiary Cones. CraftsnCoffee.com.

After I made these little button tops, I had another idea. You could stack black buttons in the shape of a Leprechaun hat instead.

4. Pin on gold sequins.

5. Optional: Spray paint a glass candleholder gold. Let dry. Display cone on the candle holder.

Easy DIY decor for St. Patrick's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

These will add a touch of spring green to your decor.

If you’re looking for more St. Patrick’s Day crafts and décor, here’s a list of projects you’ll find on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Fun & easy ideas for St. Patrick's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

St. Patrick’s Rainbow Yarn Wreath 

Deco Mesh St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

Green Daisy Wreath

St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary

30-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath round up

Here’s why I am loving this slice of green today today. It’s -6 here, and -17 with the wind chill. Yikes! On the plus side, it’s too cold for snow and the skies are blue. I feel like I’m living in Arandelle in the movie Frozen! If you “want to make a snowman,” you’ll have to do it inside, like this cute Olaf. How’s the weather where you are? I hope the sun is shining!

Oh my goodness, so cute! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Olaf loves this weather!

Have a fun weekend, and happy crafting!

Sharon   

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DIY a 30-minute (tops) St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

When I spied this St. Patrick’s Day garland in a discount store, I knew it was the start of a super-easy St. Patricks’ Day Topiary. (Remember my Mardi Gras Feather Boa Wreath? I had a similar idea for that wreath, but couldn’t find a Mardi Gras garland.) St. Patrick’s Day is a fun one, but it’s gone in a flash, so who wants to spend a lot of time with the décor? DIY this quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day Topiary and you’ll have plenty of time for celebrating.

So cute and took just 30 minutes to make! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make this St. Patrick’s Day Topiary in 30 minutes!

To make a Super-Fast St. Patrick’s Day Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 16” cone
  • St. Patrick’s Day garland
  • Gold coins
  • Pot-‘o-gold pick (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; u-pins
Supplies for St. Patrick's Day crafts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used the large, green cone for this topiary. I’ll show you what I made with the smaller, white cone tomorrow . . .

To make a Super-Fast St. Patrick’s Day Topiary:

1. Pin and glue one end of the garland to the base of the cone. Wrap the garland around the cone all the way to the top. Pin and glue as you wrap to help hold it in place. Cut off excess garland.

2. Glue stack of gold coins to the top of the cone.

Cute topper for a St. Patrick's Day Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Perch the pot-‘o-gold on a stack of gold coins.

3. Carefully remove the pick from the pot-’o-gold, and glue the pot on top of the stack of coins.

4. Glue gold coins to the garland all around the topiary.

And that’s it! Thirty minutes later (maybe) and you’re done. Be sure to check out these St. Patrick’s Day topiaries, too.

St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary 

So sweet! And easy because it's made with pre-cut flowers. CraftsnCoffee.com

St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary by Kathleen George.

St. Patrick’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary

DIY a Deco Mesh Topiary for St. Patrick's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com

I’ll show you what I made with the rest of the supplies tomorrow.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

 

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Think spring with a glittering bunny topiary

It’s cold out there! The bunny who lives in the backyard hasn’t been seen in weeks, and the dog dashes out and back inside as fast as he can. How sweet it would be to see a little sign of spring, and that’s why I’m sharing this Glittering Bunny Topiary from Rebekah Meier. The bunny’s sparkling silhouette remind me that spring will be here soon.

So sweet for spring! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittering Bunny Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Glittering, Bunny Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36″ sheet; and one 4” ball
  • Craft stick, ¾” wide
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream
  • Crystal glitter, coarse
  • Clay pot, 4”
  • Tissue tape (Rebekah used Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Tissue Tape in the Sketchbook pattern)
  • Check ribbon, 1” x 1 yd.
  • Lace, ½” x 18”
  • Excelsior
  • Paper flowers, 16 – 20 (Rebekah used purchased flowers, and you could also DIY your own)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; straight pins; craft knife or serrated knife; foam paintbrush; dental floss; box lid or newspaper

 To make a Glittering Bunny Topiary:

1. Cut out the bunny pattern, pin it to the foam sheet, and trace around it with a sharp pencil.

2. Cut out the bunny by carefully cutting on the scored line with a craft knife or serrated knife. Finish shaping the bunny by sanding the edges with a scrap piece of foam, and smoothing with your hands.

3. Insert the craft stick in the center, bottom of the bunny.

Cute, sparkling bunny on a springtime flower pot. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The bunny silhouette is a classic.

4. Paint the bunny and craft stick, and while the paint is wet, sprinkle with glitter. Work over a box top, newspaper or tray for easier clean up. Let dry.

5. Paint clay pot, and let dry.

6. Wrap the pot in tissue tape, starting under the rim, and winding the tape down and around, till pot is covered.

7. Insert the 4″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into the pot, and push down till the ball is snug in the pot.

8. Resting the pencil on the rim of the pot, draw a line all around the ball. Holding dental floss in both hands, pull it across the ball along the scored line. The floss will cut right through the foam.

9. Glue lace around the rim of the pot. Tie the check ribbon in a bow, and glue to the top of the pot.

10. Insert the craft stick into the center of the foam ball. Glue small amounts of excelsior around the top, covering the foam ball. Arrange and glue flowers around the top.

11. Tie a bow around the bunny’s neck.

A vintage spring bunny. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Place him in a window where he’ll sparkle.

If you’d like more of a bunny fix, here are a few more spring bunny tutorials.

 Prim Felted Bunny

Rebekah Meier shares an easy felting technique to make this Prim, Felted Bunny. CraftsnCoffee.com

Prim, Felted Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

 Mama & Baby Bunny

Mama & Baby Bunny by Debra Quartermain.

Mama & Baby Bunny by Debra Quartermain.

Yarn Bunny

How cute is this? Kids can make this little Yarn Bunny, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yarn Bunny by Kathleen George.

 

Sock Bunnies

So sweet! Sock bunnies made with little baby socks. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sock Bunnies.

Yesterday, I saw a beautiful spring photo of blooming crocus taken in Utah. Our crocus won’t bloom for a few months yet. Are you seeing signs of spring where you live?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY four Big & Easy Mardi Gras Wreaths

It’s a blue sky day, but so cold with wind chills in the -15º range – and that’s reason enough to make not one but four DIY Mardi Gras Wreaths. The bright, festive colors really warm up a day like today. I’m calling these the “Big, Easy Mardi Gras Wreaths” because they are super-easy. Try one, or get carried away like I did and make all four. (It’s a long post today, but like I said, I’m sharing four tutorials for Mardi Gras Wreaths. Plus, I’m announcing the Crafts, Coffee & Chocolate winner.)

Four, fun and easy Mardi Gras wreaths to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.comI hadn’t planned on making four Mardi Gras Wreaths. I went shopping for a Mardi Gras garland to make one quick, Mardi Gras Wreath. After scouting several stores, I came up empty handed, and then I saw the feather boas. That will do, I thought, and I’ll substitute the feather boas for the garland. Then, as I headed to the check-out counter, I saw rolls of organza on sale and thought “ah ha, I can make a Mardi Gras wreath with these.”

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this easy Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath.

Love the colors! Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath.

As I was standing at the cash register, I glanced over at the floral department and noticed that the gerbera daisy bushes were on sale. Well, wouldn’t those make a pretty Mardi Gras Wreath . . . So, I went back through the checkout line a second time.

So easy Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Flower Wreath.

I made one last stop at the party store to look for a Mardi Gras garland and even the party store didn’t have garlands for Mardi Gras. But, I saw the colorful Mardi Gras masks for $1.00, and I knew I could make them work, too.

Perfect for Mardi Gras -- a Mardi Gras Mask Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Mask Wreath.

And that’s how my four Mardi Gras wreaths came to be. I hope there’s one you like!

Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this easy Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath.

To make a Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Feather boas in green and purple (I used two, 6’ boas in each color)
  • Mardi Gras mask
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors, floral U-pins
Materials needed to make a Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Mardi Gras Feather Boa Wreath.

To make a Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath:

1. Pin and glue the ends of one green and one purple feather boa to the back of the wreath. Wrap the boas around the wreath, and pin and glue the remaining ends to the back. Repeat with the second set of feather boas till the wreath is covered. Trim off the excess feather boas, and pin and glue the ends to the back of the wreath.

Here's an easy way to make a Mardi Gras Wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap it up!

2. Pin and glue the mask to the wreath.

3. Make a hanger and pin and glue to the back of the wreath. You can’t see my hanger in the photo, but I took a 6” length of elastic, Mardi Gras necklace and tied each end around a U-pin. Then, I inserted and glued the pin to the back.

Mardi Gras Mask Wreath

Perfect for Mardi Gras -- a Mardi Gras Mask Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Mask Wreath.

To make a Mardi Gras Mask Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Crepe paper roll in purple
  • Mardi Gras half masks: Four each in purple, green and yellow; and three sequined
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
Great idea for a Mardi Gras Wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a Mardi Gras Mask Wreath.

To make a Mardi Gras Mask Wreath:

1. Wrap the crepe paper around the wreath, covering it completely. Glue ends to the back.

How to wrap a wreath with crepe paper. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can use crepe paper, ribbon, or fabric strips to wrap your wreath.

2. Remove the elastic strings from the masks.

3. Arrange the yellow, green and purple masks around the wreath. If needed, temporarily pin the masks in place. Once you like the arrangement, glue the masks to the wreath.

4. Glue the sequin masks and Mardi Gras coins to the wreath.

5. Twist a 6” length of chenille stem into a loop. Insert and glue the stem in the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Mardi Gras Flower Wreath

So easy Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Flower Wreath.

To make a Mardi Gras Flower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Glittered scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”
  • Gerbera daisies, four each in purple, green and yellow (mine came in bushes)
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; floral U-pins; optional: floral shears
Make the prettiest Mardi Gras Flower Wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You don’t need a lot of supplies to make a Mardi Gras Flower Wreath.

To make a Mardi Gras Flower Wreath:

Covering the edges of a wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glue the paper strips around the outside and inside edges.

1. Cut the scrapbook paper into 2” strips. Glue strips around the outside and inside edges of the wreath.

2. Carefully remove the flowers from the stems. If your flowers don’t come off easily, cut them off with floral shears.

3. Arrange the flowers around the wreath. Gently press each one into the foam wreath to hold them in place. If you don’t like the arrangement, keep moving the flowers around until you do. Glue the flowers in place. Glue a Mardi Gras coin in the center of each flower.

4. Using floral pins, attach three strands of Mardi Gras beads to the back of the wreath. Trim off the ends, so they hang freely. Glue Mardi Gras coins to the strands. (Adding the strands of beads is optional, but Mardi Gras is not an understated occasion, right?)

5. Pin and glue a length of beads to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath

Love the colors! Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath.

This wreath took a little longer than the other three, but it’s still easy enough to make in an evening. You’re familiar with this technique, I’m sure, and it couldn’t be easier. There’s something so satisfying about the crunch of the foam as you pick in your fabric or ribbon, and it grips it tight. I’ve been thinking that I could change out the metallic gold ribbons, add a few more yellow ribbons and a little pink, and it would be a sweet wreath for Easter, too.

To make a Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Assorted ribbons in purple, green and gold, including 1-1/2” and 2” wide grosgrain ribbon; and 2” and 5” wide organza ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; dull pencil or chopstick

To make a Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath:

1. Glue 2” wide ribbon around the outside and inside edges of the wreath.

2. Cut 5” organza ribbon into 5” squares, and other ribbons into 6” – 8” lengths.

DIY a ribbon wreath for Mardi Gras. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I started out using all organza ribbon, but decided it needed more color and more punch.

3. First, fill in the wreath with organza squares. Layer together two, 5” squares, and gather the center. Twist the center to make a little tail, and then insert this tail into the foam wreath with a chopstick or dull pencil. Continue, working your way around the wreath. It’s o.k. if there are bare spots, as you’ll fill those in next.

Ribbons for a Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I added more vibrant ribbons for a little “pop.” By switching out pink ribbon for the gold, I think this would make a pretty Easter wreath.

4. Add the more colorful ribbons to fill in the wreath. For the denser ribbons, such as the grosgrain, position the chopstick or dull pencil in the center of the ribbon, and then push it into the wreath.

5. Twist a 6” length of chenille stem into a loop. Insert and glue the stem in the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Four, fun and easy Mardi Gras wreaths to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com

And those are my four Big & Easy Mardi Gras Wreaths. Do you have a favorite? Have you ever gotten a little carried away in the craft store as one idea led to another, and another?

Thank you to everyone who weighed in on their favorite photo in the Crafts, Coffee and Chocolate giveaway. I appreciate your feedback and loved reading the comments. I wish I could choose more than one winner. Random.org helped me pick today’s winner, and it’s Veronika. Please contact me, Veronika, to arrange for your prize.

I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, and happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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Celebrating Mardi Gras with DIY decorations

Mardi Gras is next week, and here’s what’s on my craft table today. I’m wrapping up a few super-easy craft ideas for a fun Mardi Gras celebration, and I’ll share them with you tomorrow. Today I have several DIY Mardi Gras decorations from the past, along with a new (to me) Mardi Gras Ornament Wreath direct from the bayou. Let’s start with what to do with all of those Mardi Gras beads.

Easy Mardi Gras craft ideas. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what’s on my craft table right now. More tomorrow . . .

Mardi Gras Bead Cones

How to use up those Mardi Gras beads -- Make Mardi Gras Cones. CraftsnCoffee.com
Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath

This wreath adds a lot of color to a winter landscape!

This wreath adds a lot of color to a winter landscape!

Ornament Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas. Ginger, who blogs at Deep Fried Kudzu made this beautiful Mardi Gras Ornament Wreath, and she’s sharing her tutorial, too. Ginger splits her time between New Orleans and Alabama, so she knows a thing or three about Mardi Gras.

Fun Mardi Gras Ornament Wreath, tutorial available at Deep Fried Kudzu.

Mardi Gras Ornament Wreath by Ginger at Deep Fried Kudzu.

I’ll see you tomorrow with more Mardi Gras inspiration! And I’ll announce the Crafts, Coffee & Chocolate giveaway winner, too. (There’s still time to enter.)

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A children’s craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Doesn’t a year of peace and harmony sound appealing? The Chinese New Year begins on February 19, and according to the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Sheep, and a year of calm. Whether you’re looking for a craft to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, or a springtime craft for kids, take a peek at this Hair-Raising Sheep. I don’t know if he will instill you with calm, but I’m pretty sure he’ll make you smile!

Cute idea for kids! Make your own sheep planter. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Hair-Raising Sheep by Kathleen George. (Note: We used artificial grass for photography purposes.)

If your kids want to get creative with this idea, great! Kathleen shared two other hair-raising critters for inspiration. I think you could also go extra-terrestrial with this idea and make a fun Martian, too.

These are so fun! Kids will love making these planters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

 To make a Hair-Raising Sheep, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One 5” egg and two 3” eggs
  • Acrylic craft paints in black and pink
  • Thick white yarn
  • Wiggly eyes, two 10mm
  • Smooth black button
  • Potting soil, small amount
  • Grass or other quick-growing seed
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; pencil; ruler; teaspoon; flat paintbrush; plastic spray bottle

*Note: Be sure to help children as they cut the foam with the plastic knife.

To make a Hair-Raising Sheep:

  1. Cut a thin slice from the narrow end of the 5” egg so that the egg will stand and not roll. Cut another slice from the wide end of the egg, so that the top of the egg is flat. This will be the sheep’s head
  2. Draw a circle on the flat top, ¼” from the edge. Using the teaspoon, dig out the top of the egg, creating a hole that’s 2” deep and ¼” from the sides.
  3. Cut in half width-wise one 3″ egg. Paint the wider half black and let dry. This will be the muzzle.
  4. Cut the remaining 3” egg widthwise, removing the lower third from the wide end. Cut the remaining 2/3 in half for the ears. Using the spoon, carve away the cut end so that the ears will fit against the head. Paint black and let dry.
  5. Glue the muzzle and the ears onto the sheep’s head.
  6. Paint the cheeks pink. Glue on wiggle eyes and add the button nose.
  7. Cut yarn into 1″ to 1-1/2″ lengths. Use white glue to adhere yarn to head in a random pattern of circles and swirls; let dry.
  8. Carefully spoon the potting soil into the hole at the top of the sheep’s head. Firmly press down the dirt. Sprinkle a small amount of grass seed onto the dirt and gently pat down with fingertip. Use the spray bottle to saturate the soil and then place it in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist until the seeds begin to sprout.
Cute ideas for kids -- make your own planter for grass seed. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep, or the coming of spring, with this cute planter.

Cute, and fun for kids to create. Lots of imagination needed. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A polka dot pig or striped dog? Why not!

Younger kids might enjoy making this Little Lamb with air-dry clay.

Kid's Craft: make a lamb wiith Crayola Model Magic for an easy kids' craft. Crafts 'n Coffee

Little Spring Lamb designed by Kathleen George.

Here’s the fabulous Chinese Dragon Puppet Kathleen George designed and shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee last year. This is a definitely a more involved project for children and adults to make together, and the finished dragon puppet is amazing.

Follow the tutorial to make a Chinese Dragon Puppet for the Chinese New Year (or really, any time). CraftsnCoffee.com

I’m thinking we might celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Chinese dinner next week. How about you?

P.S. It’s Valentine’s Day Week! Have you entered the Crafts, Coffee & Chocolate giveaway?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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