Craft a bouquet of daffodils for your spring wreath

Even though it snowed again on Tuesday, the daffodils are blooming and I know the snow season is almost over. Nothing says “spring” like daffodils, and nothing says “welcome” like a Spring Daffodil Wreath hanging on your front door. These felt daffodils are easy to make, and you might make a few extra to decorate your Easter table, too.

Pretty spring wreath with DIY felt daffodils. I want to make a big bouquet of these! CraftsnCoffee.com

Felt Daffodil Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make the Felt Daffodil Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Yarn, light green (Note: The thicker the yarn, the faster you’ll wrap the wreath)
  • Felt: Yellow, white, gold and dark green
  • Needle & thread
  • Pins with orange heads
  • Floral wire: White and green
  • Floral tape
  • Thick, white craft glue or a low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; small, needle nose pliers;
    large darning needle or other type of needle tool

To make the Felt Daffodil Wreath:

1. Pin one end of the yarn to the back of the wreath, and wrap the yarn around the wreath. As you wrap, make sure the yarn covers the wreath and you don’t have bare spots. If you’re using a thinner yarn, wrap around the wreath a second time. (Hint: Before wrapping the wreath, wind the yarn into a ball so it will easily pass through the center of the wreath.)

Pretty! Tutorial to make the Felt Daffodils is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll make the stamens from floral wire.

2. To make a yellow daffodil:

  • Using patterns, cut out two petal pieces and one trumpet from light yellow felt.
  • Glue two petal pieces together, with petals fanned out.
  • Roll the trumpet piece around your finger to form a tube; glue overlapping edges together.
  • Glue bottom edge of trumpet to the center of the petals. Get glue dry.

To make the stamens & stem:

  • Fold in half three, 4” lengths of white floral wire.
  • Curl ends in a spiral using needle nose pliers.
  • Fold in half a 12” length of green floral wire. This wire will hold the stamens in place and will serve as a stem.
  • Using the large needle or other pointy tool, poke two holes in the petals. Thread the green wire through the trumpet and into the holes. Before pulling the wire tight, slip the stamens under the wire in the middle of the trumpet. Pull the wire tight and twist together on the underside of the petals.
  • Wrap the stem with green floral tape.
  • Cut leaves from green felt, and attach to the stem with floral tape.
Felt crafts: How to make felt daffodils and jonquils for a spring wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The jonquil petals are made like the daffodil’s, and the centers are made with a strip of fringed felt.

3. To make a white jonquil:

  • Using patterns, cut out two petal pieces. Glue the two pieces together, with the petals fanned out.
  • Cut out a 2-1/4” x ¾” strip of orange felt for the center. Fringe strip along one long edge, cutting to the center of the strip.
  • Roll up the strip tightly and stitch closed. Glue to the center of the petals and let the glue dry. Fluff the fringe.
  • Add the wire stem and felt leaves like you did with the daffodils.

4. To make small cherry blossoms:

  • Cut out cherry blossoms from white felt using the pattern provided.
  • Fold the blossom in half and make a small stitch at the center fold to give the flowers a little dimension.
  • Attach to the wreath using an orange, pearl head pin.
Pretty spring wreath with DIY felt daffodils. I want to make a big bouquet of these! CraftsnCoffee.com

Kathleen used a fine yarn to wrap her wreath, and you can save time by using the chunkiest yarn you can find.

5. Assemble the wreath:

  • Bend 1” lengths of floral wire into U shapes, and use to attach the flower stems to the wreath.
  • For flowers without stems, cut the stem off close to the underside of the petals. Glue and pin the flowers in place, and add 3 – 4 leaves, if you like.
  • Glue and pin a loop of felt to the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.

I also wanted to share this gorgeous, Daffodil Wreath from MJ and her kids over at the blog Classic Play. MJ made her big bouquet of daffodils from paper, and I hope you’ll hop on over to Classic Play to see just how she did it.

Gorgeous Paper Daffodil Wreath from the blog Classic Play.

Paper Daffodil Wreath by MJ at Classic Play. Go see it!

And one last daffodil photo. Here are my intrepid daffodils on Tuesday morning. Gah! Fortunately, they’re troopers and back to blooming beautifully today.

April snow on the daffodils.

Daffodils have to be tough!

I hope the daffodils in your life are blooming, too.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to create a Verdi gris finish in an afternoon (instead of years)

Here’s a DIY Button Wreath with a twist – it has a rich, Verdi gris patina that looks like it’s aged for decades. Designer Kathleen George masterfully created this faux finish, and if you follow her tutorial for this Button Wreath, you can paint on the patina in an easy afternoon. I’m sharing a few more Button Wreaths, too, so there’s bound to be one you “just have to make.”

Such a pretty button wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com shows you how to add the Verdi gris patina to the wreath.

To make a Verdi Gris Button Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Acrylic craft paint: Gold metallic and turquoise
  • Gold buttons , several assorted packages, or raid your stash
  • Wire edge ribbon in gold, 1″ x 1/3 yd.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; disposable sponge; disposable palette — a paper plate will work; paper towels; soft, clean rag
These buttons really have the look of an aged patina, but you can easily create this Verdi gris finish with paints. CraftsnCoffee.com. slook

The Verdi gris finish highlights the textured details on the buttons.

To make a Verdi Gris Button Wreath:

1. Paint the wreath gold and let paint dry. Brush on a second coat, and before the paint dries completely, lightly dry brush on a thin layer of turquoise paint. You don’t want a solid layer of turquoise, and you should be able to still see the gold paint.

Look at the highlights on these patina buttons. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t they pretty?

2. Glue buttons onto the wreath, covering the surface. If you have enough buttons, add a second layer for a little more dimension. Let dry.

3. Brush gold paint onto the buttons. While the paint is still wet, gently wipe buttons with a soft rag to remove excess paint and highlight the button texture. Let dry.

4. Brush a light coat of turquoise paint onto the buttons, and wipe off excess paint with a soft, dry rag. Refer to the photo to see how to create the paint layers – the turquoise paint will highlight the negative contours of the buttons, and wiping off the paint highlights the details on the buttons.

5. Optional: Glue a few gold buttons around the wreath.

6. Tie ribbon around top of wreath. Knot ends to create hanging loop.

Designer Patty Schaffer made this Button & Button Flowers Wreath.

Simply stunning! One of my favorite button wreaths! CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Patty Schaffer designed this Button & Button Flowers Wreath. I love the “flowers” she created by layering the colorful, patterned buttons.

Patty also made this Sweetheart Button Wreath. Dash over to the tutorial page to watch the video on making button crafts.

Such a sweet button wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This wreath would be pretty displayed any time of the year.

Here’s one of the most famous Verdi gris finishes in the world – the Statue of Liberty. I recently climbed all 500+ steps to the statue’s crown. Have you the visited the Statue of Liberty? And did you climb to the crown?

Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has aged to a soft, Verdi Gris finish.  CraftsnCoffee.com.

The Statue of Liberty has a beautiful Verdi gris finish.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY a bouquet of roses for Easter, a teacher, your mom, or?

Today’s “Rose Bowl” centerpiece has nothing to do with football. I am sharing a super-easy, Yellow Rose Centerpiece that would be gorgeous on the Easter dinner table. (You may have noticed this pretty little bouquet in the Wallpaper Wall Art post earlier this week.) It would also make a sweet, Teacher Appreciation gift or Mother’s Day present. Need to DIY a bridal shower centerpiece? Use roses the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses for an easy wedding shower centerpiece.

Mother's Day, teacher's gift, Easter centerpiece -- there are so many reasons to make this super-easy "Rose Bowl" centerpiece. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

There are so many ways you could use this “Rose Bowl” centerpiece. It’s a classic!

To make a Yellow Rose Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball
  • Small bowl or urn, 4″ diameter opening
  • Yellow roses, various shades and sizes
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Pencil; ruler; wire cutters or floral shears

To make a Yellow Rose Centerpiece:

1. Rest foam ball on bowl or urn; using pencil, draw a line around the foam ball where it meets the rim of the bowl or urn.

2. Trim flower stems to 2″ length. Glue and insert flowers around foam ball, following the scored line. Continue adding flowers till the top half of the ball is completely covered. Do not cover the bottom of the ball.

3. Glue ball in bowl or urn.

So pretty and so easy! You can quickly make multiples for a wedding, bridal shower or other big event. Or just make one for mom or a special teacher. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yellow roses symbolize friendship, joy and good health.

And touchdown! You’re done! (Too corny, right? I really tried to hold back on the football analogies, like “Draft this Centerpiece . . .” Sometimes, it’s hard to stop.)

Are you already planning your Easter dinner? What’s on the menu? I think I’m hosting the dinner this year, and I’m looking for suggestions.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Don’t cut corners when decorating – decorate them instead

Remember the famous line Patrick Swayze uttered in the movie Dirty Dancing: “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”? Well, how about putting a few cones in your corners? Did you notice the Floor Cones in the Wallpaper Wall Art I shared earlier this week? They really make a statement, don’t they? I’m sharing two different ways to DIY these Floor Cones to add a little drama to your corners, or any other nook in need of some decorating dash.

Love this look! It takes just a small amount of wallpaper to DIY this wall art. So easy (and cheap)! CraftsnCoffee.com

The wallpaper wall art creates an instant focal point, and the Floor Cones finish the look. (You could even wrap the cones in leftover wallpaper.)

To make these Floor Cones, Kathleen George spackled and painted 24” and 30” cones of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. On the smaller, 15” cone, she painted on a faux finish to create the crackled texture. For added height, display the cones on foam cubes. The step-by-step instructions are on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

A cool idea for decorating corners and other nooks & crannies. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Decorative Floor Cones by Kathleen George.

I featured this Foam + Fabric Safari Wall Art a few years ago, and you’ll see that the Safari Floor Cones give this look a final flourish. These cones are 24” and 30” tall, and simply wrapped in fabric. Easy! (And so is this Safari Wall Art. I made this grouping in less than two hours and for less than $100. Start now and you’ll be done way before dinner.)

DIY this wall art in an hour or two and for less than $100! Love it! CraftsnCoffee.com.

From the home deco booklet “Great Decor in a Flash — Without a lot of Cash.” DIY this wall art in an hour or two and for less than $100!

These floor cones are so cool! And super-easy to make. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

These decorative, Safari Floor Cones make a really cool statement, and are so easy to DIY.

You could also wrap up these cones with the wallpaper leftover after making the Wallpaper Wall Art. Wouldn’t that tie it all together?

If you can’t find the larger cones in the stores, Save-on-Crafts has 24” cones and 18” cones on sale.

The Craft Place has cones up to 36” tall. The taller cones aren’t cheap, but that’s because of how they’re made. It takes a large block of foam to cut out a 36” cone. (And by the way, all of the leftover scrap is recycled.)

Banish the dust bunnies and decorate those corners instead!

Now, who saw the movie Dirty Dancing? I see that it’s now a Broadway show, too. Has anyone see the live show?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY wall art inspiration: Make wall art with wallpaper

Are you glad that wallpaper is back in vogue? I love the look of wallpaper, and the instant style it adds to a room. Though really, it’s not so instant – it takes a lot of time to paper a room (read on for my wallpaper horror story). And, wallpaper can be pretty pricey. If you want to add a wallpaper punch to a room, but don’t want to spend a lot of time or money, how about creating Wallpaper Wall Art? This DIY wall art technique uses less than a roll of paper, and a whole lot less time. Hang three of these DIY wall art panels on a wall, and you get the drama of wallpaper – minus the drama.

Traditional Wallpaper Wall Art

Love this look! It takes just a small amount of wallpaper to DIY this wall art. So easy (and cheap)! CraftsnCoffee.com

The wallpaper wall art creates an instant focal point — and just enough drama.

Both of these looks showcase wallpaper on 1” x 12” x 36” sheets of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. The wall art really packs a punch in either room, don’t you think? And you can see that it works with any style. You’ll find the step-by-step instructions on StyrofoamCrafts.com – just click through the photos or the links.

Contempo Wallpaper Wall Art

Such a cool look! Love the wall art made with wallpaper. So much easier than papering the entire wall. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This wallpaper could make a room spin, but it’s perfect as an accent piece.

I’ll share my wallpaper horror story if you share yours. Years ago, I papered my bedroom, finishing up late at night, and I just loved how it looked. Till I turned out the lights and went to bed. As I lay there in the dark, I began to hear a wooshing sound as the wallpaper began falling off the wall, strip by strip! Oh no! I learned the hard way about prepping your walls first.

How about you? Do you have any wallpaper horror stories?

Happy crafting (and decorating!).

Sharon

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Hopping down the bunny trail today: DIY Easter bunny crafts

What’s Easter, or spring for that matter, without a bunny or two? I am revisiting several bunny craft tutorials from past years, and sharing a new tutorial for a soft, sweet pair of pastel, felted bunnies. If you’re not into needle felting, read on for bunnies made with yarn, socks, gloves, and more. If your kids are clamoring for an Easter bunny craft, I’m sure they’ll love one of the bunnies below.

So sweet! Easy needle felting project, and great for beginniners. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mama & Baby Bunnies by Debra Quartermain.

To make Mama & Baby Bunnies, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Mama bunny: 3-1/16” x 2-5/16” egg (Duck egg); and 4” ball
    • Baby bunny: 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″ egg (Hen size); and 3” ball
  • Wool roving: 4 oz. each natural and violet
  • Embroidery floss in black, 1 yd.
  • Tools needed: Scissors; two round toothpicks; felting needle* (Debra used the Clover Needle Felting Tool); embroidery needle; scrap of foam rubber or other felting base

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at all times. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in project.

To make Mama and Baby Bunnies:

Note: The Baby and Mama bunnies are made the same way, so if you’re making both bunnies, you’ll repeat the process, using the sizes indicated in the list of supplies.

1. Press the wide end of an egg on a flat surface, such as a tabletop, to flatten it. The egg will be the bunny’s head; the narrow end is the nose, and the flattened end attaches to the body.

2. Place glue on the ends of a toothpick, and insert one end into the flat end of the egg, and the other into the ball. Add glue between the two foam pieces, too. Consult the photo for how to position the head onto the body. Press together firmly, and let glue dry.

3. Loosely cover the Mama’s body in natural roving, and insert your felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Repeat, inserting your needle over and over again, to lock the fibers in place. When you’re done, the fibers should hold tightly onto the body without glue. If needed, add more roving as you go. Felt around the area where the head joins the body to create a neck.

4. Needle felt the Baby bunny with the lavender roving, following the instructions in Step 3.

5. Eyes: Thread embroidery needle with six strands of black floss. Insert the needle under the head at the neck, and through to the center front of the face. Make French knots for the eyes. When done, push the needle through to the back of the head and knot thread.

6. Mama’s nose: Form piece of violet roving into a tiny ball and felt to the face, below the eyes. Baby’s nose: Repeat, using natural roving.

7. Mama’s ears:

  • Place natural roving on felting base, and using felting needle, form a 4″ by 5″ piece of felt.
  • Using pattern, cut out two ears from felt.
  • Shape two thin strands of violet roving into two swirls, and felt one to each ear.
  • Felt ears onto the bunny on either side of her head.
  • Baby’s ears: Repeat, using violet roving for the ears and natural roving for the swirls.
How to needlefelt a bunny. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The swirl looks like the bunny’s tail.

11. Shape a thin strand of violet roving into a swirl, and felt onto the side of the Mama bunny. Optional: Add a natural swirl to the side of the Baby bunny.

Here are a few more tutorials for making adorable, springtime bunnies. I’ll start with this sweet, pastel bunny family made from socks.

Sock Bunny Babies

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

Scatter these little cuties around the house.

Yarn Bunny

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

Wrap up a Yarn Bunny.

Amigurumi Bunny

Easy, amigurumi style bunny. There's no knitting, no crochet and no sewing! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easy Amigurumi Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

Glove Bunny

Another fun Easter bunny the kids can make. This one's made from a glove! CraftsnCoffee.com.  #Easter #Bunny #Craft #Kids

This Glove Bunny is an easy DIY.

Prim Felted Bunny

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

Prim, Felted Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

And there are even more bunnies in this roundup!

A collection of 14, super-cute Easter crafts. CraftsnCoffee.com

Three Baby Bunnies & a Very Large Carrot

Every year, a bunny visits my garden and eats my crocus right down to the ground, before they ever bloom. But not this year. I’m wondering what happened to the bunny, and hoping he simply moved on to greener gardens.

At last -- the crocus are blooming! CraftsnCoffee.com

At last — the crocus are blooming! And you can see we’re having April showers, too.

Are the critters stirring in your neighborhood?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Two dozen more ways to decorate Easter Eggs (& a winner & a surprise)

I had so much fun with this year’s Eggstravaganza that I’m already hatching plans for next year’s Eggstravaganza! If you’ve not yet found the perfect Easter egg craft, I’ve shared links below to many more creative ways to decorate Easter eggs. Click on through this list for more than two dozen ways to decorate Easter eggs using paper, twine, yarn, fabric, napkins, glitter, and even old t-shirts. And oh yes, I’m announcing winner of the most Eggscellent Prize Package, too.

Easter Egg Topiary

These are fun! Topsy, turvy Easter Egg Topiaries made with napkins, Mod Podge, and Styrofoam eggs.  CraftsnCoffee.com

Easter Egg Topiaries by Kathleen George.

Vintage, Glittered Eggs

how to make glittered Easter Eggs

Glittered Peek-a-Boo Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Mini Mosaic Egg

how to make tile mosaic eggs

Mini Mosaic Eggs by Aysha Shurman.

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

Very cool - these are made with an old, tie-dye t-shirt. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

Tissue & Ribbon Eggs

Mod Podge Easter eggs with tissue paper & ribbon. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.  #Easter #Crafts #Decoupage #ModPodge

Tissue Paper & Ribbon Eggs by Kathleen George.

Faux Chocolate Easter Eggs

These look so real, but they're faux chocolate eggs made with old crayons. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Chocolate Eggs by Kathleen George.

Fresh & Fancy, Fabric & Foam Eggs

These are classic, but look really cool with the modern Michael Miller fabrics. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Bright, Modern Fabric Eggs by Kathleen George.

Vintage, Decoupage Easter Eggs

DIY French Post Eggs with Mod Podge. #Easter #Crafts #Eggs #ModPodge #FrenchPost Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

French Post Eggs and Ancient Text Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Twine Easter Eggs

Darline! Love how the colorful, felt flowers and pins dress up these Twine Wrapped Easter Eggs.  DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com. #Easter #Egg #Twine #Crafts

Twine Wrapped Eggs by Patty Schaffer.

Vintage, Mixed Media Eggs

Vintage Easter egg craft ideas on CraftsnCoffee.com.  #Easter #Egg #Crafts #Buttons #Lace

Vintage, Mixed Media Easter Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Paint Chip Flower Easter Eggs

DIY paint chip flower Easter Eggs. So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com

Punched Paint Chip Flower Easter Egg by Patty Schaffer.

Yarn Wrapped Eggs

Learn how to make these pretty, yarn-wrapped Easter eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.  #Easter #Egg #Crafts

Yarn Wrapped Eggs by Kathleen George.

Stamped Spa Eggs

I could use these on my desk! Easy to make with clay and foam eggs, and not just for Easter! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Stamped Spa Eggs by Diane Flowers.

Spring Eggs (made with girl’s tights)

Cute & "best-dressed eggs" made with little girl's repurposed tights. What a fun way to use old, torn tights. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Spring Eggs by Kathleen George.

Safari Eggs

Cover your foam eggs with fun ribbons to make these Safari Eggs. Great for year-round decor (not just Easter). CraftsnCoffee.com.   de with ribbons

Animal Print Safari Eggs by Kathleen George.

Ombre Easter Eggs

Easy Ombre Easter Eggs. Tissue paper + foam eggs + Mod Podge. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ombre Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Washi Tape fun! And love the bigger size when you use Styrofoam eggs. Tutorial for Washi Tape Eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Washi Tape Eggs by Kathleen George.

Before I announce the winner, I want to say “thank you” to my daughter. She helped shop for the most Eggscellent Prize Package, and last night, she helped me tally the entries, assign the numbers, and then draw the winner. In fact, it was so much fun that she said “can’t I draw a runner up?” Well, o.k. . . . And then she asked if she could draw another and another . . . so, I have one grand prize winner to announce today, and five runners up!

First, the grand prize winner of the Most Eggscellent Prize Package is Debbie from Sewing Like My Grandmother Did. Congratulations!

Then, my daughter picked five more names who will win a chocolate Easter bunny and a crafty surprise! The five runners up are: Studio Rose, LisaM6, Debbie Kaste, Katiria, and Barb Macaskill.

Please contact me, ladies, so I can arrange for your prizes.

Thank you to everyone who followed along with the Eggstravaganza. I had a lot of fun, and I so appreciate each and every reader and comment. Be sure to spread the word and share Crafts ‘n Coffee with your friends. I’d love to have them join us, too.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Faux fooling with Faux Frosted Eggs

Happy April Fool’s Day! It’s also the Easter Eggstravaganza finale, and these Faux Frosted Easter Eggs are perfect for today. They look so yummy, but are definitely not edible. Whether you’re a cake decorating novice or a pro, you’ll find the Faux Frosted Eggs use simple cake decorating techniques. And, you can admire your handiwork year after year, as the Faux Frosted Eggs will never go stale. For a little more faux fooling, take a peek at our Faux Chocolate Eggs, too. (Don’t forget – it’s the last day to enter to win the Most Eggscellent Prize Package.)

These remind me of old fashion sugar eggs. They're made with Styrofoam eggs & spackling and will look pretty forever. Make them on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Frosted Eggs by Kathleen George.

Pretty - but don't eat them! The "frosting" is spackling. Really pretty for an Easter display. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Faux Frosted Flower Eggs by Kathleen George.

To make Faux Frosted Flower Eggs, you’ll need:

Note: The instructions are for the larger eggs with pink flowers. To make the hanging eggs, see below.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” eggs
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling
  • Acrylic craft paint: pink and light green, or other colors of your choice
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Tools needed: Cake decorating supplies (Kathleen used Wilton # 5 round, #67 leaf, and # 131 drop flower icing tips); soft, flat paintbrush; fine sandpaper; disposable bowls or other containers; table knife; wood skewer or chopstick; damp rag

To make Faux Frosted Flower Eggs:

1. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the wide end of the egg to use as a handle.

2. Place about 1 cup of lightweight acrylic spackle in a disposable bowl or other container. Mix in a tiny bit of water and stir until the mixture is smooth and has the consistency of yogurt. Brush a smooth layer of spackling onto the egg, using a soft, flat edges paintbrush. Let the spackling dry.

3. Lightly sand the egg. If needed, brush on a second coat of spackling. Let dry and lightly sand.

4. Prep the spackling to use with the cake decorator. Mix the spackling thoroughly, to be sure it’s smooth and free of any lumps or dried spackle crumbs that might clog the icing tip. Divide the spackling into three containers:

  • Plain spackle for the white icing. Add a drop or two of water if the mixture seems dry, being careful that the spackling doesn’t become too runny.
  • Pink: Tint about ¾ cup of spackling with a few drops of pink paint. Mix thoroughly
  • Green: Tint about ½ cup of spackling with a drop or two of green paint. Mix thoroughly.
Wow, these look so real but they're made with spackling. Sweet way to decorate eggs! CraftsnCoffee.com

Amazing – don’t these look like they’re made with real frosting? You’ll use simple cake decorating techniques and spackling to make these faux frosted decorations.

4. You’re going to decorate the eggs just like you would decorate a cake:

  • Decide which tips you’d like to use for your design, and fill pastry bags with green, pink, and white icing.
  • If you’d like, you can practice your techniques on wax paper or other disposable surface.
  • Place the tip under a damp rag when not in use.
  • Brush a light coat of water on the egg so that the spackling will stick when piped out.
  • Round tip: Squiggle lines and dots
  • Drop Flower tip: Flowers
  • Leaf tip: Leaves
  • Let dry.
  • Seal with Mod Podge.

5. Gently twist and remove the skewer or chopstick. Fill the hole with a tiny bit of spackling and smooth out.

To make the Faux Frosted Hanging Eggs, you’ll use 3” eggs instead. “Frost” the eggs like above, only tint your spackling with tan and pink paint. When you remove the skewer (Step 5 above), pin and glue a knotted ribbon into the hole.

Pretty keepsake Easter Eggs, "frosted" with spackling. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a hanging ribbon to the eggs and display around the house.

And this wraps up this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Do you have a favorite Easter egg from this past week? Have you entered to win the Most Eggscellent Prize Package of Crafts, Coffee & Candy? Today is the last day to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Thursday, April 3. Here’s what up for grabs:

  • One dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • A $25 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby)
  • A craft apron
  • Starbuck’s Via Coffee
  • Easter candy!

(Note: The basket itself is not included.)

Sweet! Win these goodies during the Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee! (Basket not included.) CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m a little behind in reading and posting all of your lovely comments. I’m reading each and every one, and enjoying them all. If you don’t see your comment posted yet, don’t worry, it will be posted before I draw a name for the giveaway. Thank you for your patience!

Happy Easter Egg Crafting!

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Springtime, needlefelted Easter eggs

Before I share the tutorial for these Needlefelted Easter Eggs, I thought I’d share a little ancient history. (I find it fascinating and I hope you do, too.) Long before people were spinning, weaving and knitting fibers together, people were making fabric for clothes and shelter by felting fibers to form a dense felt. In fact, the oldest, felted fabric dates back to 6300 B.C. How cool is it that today’s Felted Eggs share in a tradition that’s thousands of years old? Fortunately, making these Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs is a lot easier!

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.

The tutorial for these pretty, Needlefelted Easter Eggs does not include hunting and gathering, or shaping your needle from an old bone, promise! (Thanks to Living Felt for the history lesson.)

To make the Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” Eggs
  • Wool roving in pastel colors, plus tiny bits of black and orange
  • Satin ribbon, ¼” wide, in coordinating colors
  • Fabric glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; heavyweight felting needle* (Rebekah used the Clover Needle Felting Tool); ruler; straight pins

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at all times. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in project.

To make the Pastel, Needlefelted Easter Eggs:

1. Loosely cover an egg in blue roving, and felt the roving into the balls by repeatedly inserting the needle into the foam over and over again. This locks the fibers in place, and they’ll hold tight to the egg without glue. Add more roving as needed for a smooth, solid look.

2. Repeat Step 1 to cover remaining eggs with yellow, pink, green and white roving as shown.

3. Add the details to each egg:

I love polka dots for Easter! Easy needle felting idea on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make the polka dots, felt small balls of roving onto the egg.

Blue egg: Roll small pieces of roving into balls, and felt the balls onto the egg.

Green egg: Felt long, thin, vertical stripes onto the green egg, and then add two horizontal stripes around the egg, creating a plaid pattern.

Yellow egg: Shape a small, flat heart from pink roving and felt it on to the egg.

Pink egg: Roll one small yellow ball and six small blue balls from the roving, and felt the balls to the egg to form a flower.

This is so sweet! And it's easy enough for anyone to make these needle felted eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

Lightly felt the wing onto the duck, so that the wing has some dimension.

White egg: Felt a ball of yellow roving onto the egg for the duck’s head. Shape a half-circle of yellow roving and needlefelt to the egg for the body. Shape a smaller tear drop for the wing, and loosely needlefelt it to the body. Keep it loose, so the wing has some dimension. Needlefelt a tiny bit of orange for the duck’s bill, and a tiny black ball for the eye.

4. Cut 6″ ribbon length for each hanger. Glue and pin ends to tops of eggs. Tie small bows, and glue over the pins.

I have one more tutorial planned for the Easter Eggstravaganza, so don’t miss next week. I hope you’ve been following each day, and leaving a comment, too. Each comment you leave is another entry in the Most Eggscellent giveaway of Crafts, Coffee and Candy: 

  • One dozen eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • A $25 gift card to your favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby)
  • A craft apron
  • Starbuck’s Via Coffee
  • Easter candy!

(Note: The winner will receive all of the goodies in the basket, but not the basket.)

Sweet! Win these goodies during the Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee! (Basket not included.) CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon   

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Craft a beautiful, button-covered egg

I think this DIY Button Egg is one of my favorites in this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. I love the bright button “polka dots” and the punches of color from the pearl head pins. Making a button egg is pretty straightforward, and a perfect TV craft. It’s a fun Easter craft for kids. Kids will love digging through your stash of old, mismatched buttons to find the perfect buttons to make their own Button Eggs. 

Such a pretty Button Egg. Love the bright pops of color! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Button Egg by Patty Schaffer.


To make a Button Egg, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
  • Buttons:
    • Off-white in assorted sizes, about 150- 200
    • Assorted colors, about 15 – 20
  • Pearl head pins, about 200
  • Silver beads, 10 – 12

To make a Button Egg:

Pretty details on a Button Egg. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The colorful pins are so playful, and add a polka dot effect.

1. Pin buttons onto the egg with pearl head pins. Overlap the buttons to hide bare spots.

2. Once the egg is covered, pin on colorful buttons for pops of color. Occasionally thread a silver bead onto the pin before pinning on buttons.

Easy, right?

I have a growing stash of old, leftover buttons, do you?

(Are you following this week’s Easter Eggstravaganza? And have you entered to win the Most Eggscellent Prize Package?)

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon

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