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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Easter Eggstravaganza: French Post Eggs in a chicken wire cloche

I marvel at how creativity transforms unexpected craft materials, like chicken wire, into something beautiful. Rebekah Meier works her magic to turn a length of chicken wire into a country style cloche, and that’s not all. Nestled inside the cloche is a trio of sweet, French Post Eggs, in soft, spring pastels. How pretty would this be on your table this spring?

DIY Chicken Wire Cloche & French Post Eggs. Lovely for spring! CraftsnCoffee.comY

Chicken Wire Cloche & French Post Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

So pretty! French Post Eggs made with scrapbook paper and Styrofoam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

The eggs are pretty displayed on their own, too.


To make French Post Eggs & a Chicken Wire Cloche, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” eggs
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets (lightweight works best)
  • Paper shred, cream color
  • Chicken wire, 18” x 13”
  • Striped ribbon, 1 yd.
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; pliers; gloves; foam paintbrush; wooden skewer; ruler; optional: paper trimmer or rotary cutter

To make French Post Eggs & a Chicken Wire Cloche:

Chicken Wire Cloche

1. Wear protective gloves while working with chicken wire. Roll up the 18” ends and form a cylinder that’s 13” tall and 6” in diameter. Twist together the cut ends to hold the cylinder together.

2. Twist the top of the cylinder into a 2” knob. The finished wire cloche should be approximately 10-1/2” tall.

3. Wrap ribbon around the top of cloche and tie into a bow.

French Post Eggs

1. Using paper trimmer, rotary cutter or scissors, cut scrapbook papers into 1/4” wide strips.

2. Insert a wooden skewer into the wide end of each egg and use it as a handle.

3. Working on one egg at a time, brush a thin, even layer of Modge Podge onto an egg. Randomly wrap paper strips around the egg until the entire egg is covered with paper. Repeat for remaining eggs.

Sweet eggs made with scrapbook papers and Styrofoam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The old fashion handwriting adds a romantic, vintage flair.

4. Paint a final layer of Modge Podge® onto the eggs.  Let dry.

5. Shape the paper shred into a nest, and nestle the eggs in the nest. Place cloche over eggs.

I love this! Tutorial to make the cloche & French Post Eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What else have you seen made with chicken wire?

Have you noticed the chicken wire trend? How have you seen it used? Or, have you made anything with chicken wire? I’d love to hear about it. (And remember, every comment you leave is another entry to win the Most Eggscellent Prize Package.)

Sneak peek of a  . . . CraftsnCoffee.com

Coming tomorrow!

The Easter Eggstravaganza continues tomorrow, and here’s a sneak peek of tomorrow’s feature. I bet you can guess what it is!

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: How to make an Easter Egg Shadow Box

I love the fact that Eggstravaganza Week lets me showcase so many different ways to decorate Easter eggs, like this Easter Egg Shadow Box. This Easter Egg Shadow Box has a folk art style and vintage flair, and is a keepsake craft for sure. You’ll use just half an egg, so why not make two – one for you and one to give as a gift. (And don’t forget about the Crafts, Coffee & Candy giveaway.)

Don't spend a fortune buying this folk art shadow box in the store. Make it yourself! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easter Egg Shadow Box by Denise White.

To make an Easter Egg Shadow Box, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” egg
  • Box, large enough to fit the egg (Denise used a paper maché box with a scalloped lid)
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet (for background)
  • Paper clay
  • Acrylic craft paints: white, sea green, purple, pink and light blue
  • Antiquing medium
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; rolling pin; sandpaper; paper towels; pencil; flat and liner paintbrushes

To make an Easter Egg Shadow Box:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam in half lengthwise. Save one half for another project.

2. Roll out paper clay, and cover the half egg. Let dry completely. Fill in any cracks with more paper clay and let dry. Sand lightly; some texture will give it folk art character.

3. Paint egg white with the flat brush. Paint two – three coats of white paint, letting dry between coats, till egg is covered.

A folk art egg you can make yourself with paper clay and an egg of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Your painting doesn’t have to be perfect. Imperfections are part of the charm of folk art.

4. Using a pencil, lightly draw your design on the egg. (If you’re confident in your painting skills, you can paint freehand instead.) Denise painted on sea green stripes; a purple wavy line; a pink zig zag; and pink and purple polka dots. Let paint dry.

5. When dry, very lightly sand the egg to give it a worn look. Paint with antiquing medium, and then quickly wipe off the stain with a paper towel. This should give the egg an antiqued look.

6. Paint the display box. Michelle used both the top and bottom of the box, and fit the bottom of the box into the box lid, and painted both together. Let paint dry. Lightly sand the box to give it a worn appearance.

7. Cut scrapbook paper to fit on the inside back of the box. Glue in place. Center egg, and glue into box.

Are you wondering about the Crafts, Coffee & Candy Easter Eggstravaganza prize? You could win:

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

To enter, just follow along during Easter Eggstravaganza week and leave a comment each day. The more comments you leave, the more entries you have. I’ll announce a winner on Thursday, April 3.

Today’s question: What’s your favorite crafting season? Do you spring into crafting in the springtime? Go crazy for Christmas crafting? Tell me when you really get your craft on.

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Lions and Leopards and Zebras, oh my!

Can you believe that these high-style eggs started out with a package of tissue paper from a dollar store? Chicks and bunnies might be more typical Easter fare, but these animal-print Jungle Eggs are certainly more sophisticated. For more traditional Easter eggs, substitute Easter print tissue paper or napkins, and wrap your eggs in colorful baker’s twine instead of regular twine. (And don’t forget about the Eggstravaganza giveaway!)

Stylish Safari Eggs made with dollar store tissue paper. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Jungle Eggs by Kathleen George.

 

To make Jungle Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” eggs
  • Mod Podge
  • Animal print tissue paper
  • Optional: Twine
  • Tools needed: Scissors; chopstick or wooden skewer; wide, soft brush

To make Jungle Eggs:

1. Push a chopstick or wooden skewer into the wide of the egg and use it as a handle.

2. Using the pattern, cut out 6 pieces of tissue paper to cover each egg. Make small snips along the edges of the tissue paper pieces so that the tissue will lay flat against the curved surface of the egg. If possible, make your small cuts following the design lines in order to disguise the cuts.

3. Spread a generous coat of Mod Podge onto a section of the egg.  Place one end of a tissue paper piece at the chopstick and the other end at the top center of the egg. Using your fingertips, lightly smooth the tissue onto the egg, working from the center out.

4. Gently brush a light coat of Mod Podge over the tissue paper to hold it in place.

Cool, jungle eggs made with tissue paper, Mod Podge and Styrofoam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

Use this technique with Easter tissue paper if you’d like a more traditional, holiday display.

5. Attach the remaining tissue paper pieces in the same way, slightly overlapping each piece. Let dry.

6. Give the entire egg a second, generous coat of Mod Podge.

7. When dry, remove the chop stick with a gentle twist. Cover the hole with a small piece of tissue paper and Mod Podge.

8. Optional: When dry, tie a length of twine around the middle of an egg.

Kathleen used a similar technique when she made these Safari Deco Spheres.

High style with a dollar store price. Tissue paper decoupage on Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com

Safari Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

How do you plan to decorate eggs this year?

P.S. Check out the Most Eggscellent Prize Package! Don’t miss your chance to win these goodies!

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: DIY natural Butterfly Eggs

If you’re looking to make spring eggs that don’t scream “Easter” in bright, vivid colors, take a look at Rebekah Meier’s Butterfly Eggs. These butterfly beauties are soft and subtle, and you could easily display Nature’s Butterfly Eggs year-round. Thank you, Rebekah, for sharing your tutorial. (And don’t forget about the Most Eggscellent Prize Package giveaway.)

Pretty, decoupaged Styrofoam eggs. Love the soft colors and butterflies! CraftsnCoffee.com

Nature’s Butterfly Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Nature’s Butterfly Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” eggs
  • Tissue paper in white
  • Butterfly stickers, flat and dimensional
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream and burnt umber
  • Decoupage medium, matte
  • Varnish, satin finish
  • Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Sketchbook or other pattern of your choice
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden dowel; 1” flat paintbrush; old newspaper; paper towels

To make Nature’s Butterfly Eggs:

1. Insert a thin, wooden dowel into the wide end of each egg and use it as a handle. Tear tissue paper into small pieces, and cover the eggs with tissue using the decoupage medium. Let dry.

2. Paint eggs cream. Let dry.

3. Cover your work surface with old newspaper. Dilute burnt umber paint with water (1 part paint to 2 parts water). Dip paintbrush into mixture, and gently throw paint onto eggs, creating a speckled finish. Blot excess paint with a paper towel. Let dry.

4. Apply one coat of varnish to eggs.

5. To finish the 4” egg: Wrap tissue tape around the circumference. Apply dimensional butterfly sticker to the center of the egg; secure with a dot of glue.

DIY a decoupaged Butterfly Egg. Pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com

Add a coat of varnish over the butterfly sticker so it appears to be decoupaged onto the egg.

6. To finish the 3” egg: Apply a flat butterfly sticker to the center of egg. Brush on a coat of varnish, creating a decoupage effect.

7. Carefully remove the wood dowel, and cover the hole with a small piece of tissue paper.

Now that your Nature’s Butterfly Eggs are finished, you can use your leftover tissue tape to make Vintage, Tissue Tape Eggs.

And of course, I can’t have an Eggstravaganza without a Most Eggscellent giveaway. This year’s Eggstravaganza has a sweet prize package (sorry, the basket itself is not included):

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

Sweet! Win these goodies during the Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee! (Basket not included.) CraftsnCoffee.com. To enter, just follow along and leave a comment each day during the Eggstravaganza. The more comments you leave, the more entries you have. I’ll announce a winner on Thursday, April 3.

I want to know what you’re crafting this spring — tell me about your crafty adventures right now.

Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: DIY a Vintage, Tissue Tape Egg

It’s time for an annual tradition on Crafts ‘n Coffee – the Easter Eggstravaganza! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing fun and crafty ways to decorate eggs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. There’s another tradition that’s part of the Eggstravaganza, too – the Most Eggscellent Prize Package. More on that later, because first I want to introduce you to today’s beautiful, Vintage, Tissue Tape Eggs. (If you like this look, you might want to check out yesterday’s Vintage Book Page Wreath, too.)

Gorgeous eggs made with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape. Part of the crafty Eggstravaganza on CraftsnCoffee.

Vintage, Tissue Tape Eggs by Kathleen George

These vintage-style eggs look like they’re crafted with book pages and sheet music, but they’re simply wrapped in Tim Holtz® Tissue Tape. This sheer, patterned tape is stronger than it looks, and you’ll find it easy to use, too. Kathleen George created these eggs with the Symphony patterns, and if you can’t find it in your stores, it is widely available online. Kathleen shares several ways to make the flowers, too, and paper punches are optional.

To make Vintage, Tissue Tape Eggs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
  • Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Tissue Tape – Symphony patterns
  • Cardstock in cream
  • Punches: Large flower and ¼” circle*
  • Pearl head pins
  • Straight pins
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewer; sponge brush; ruler

*Note: You can also draw a flower pattern on cardboard, and use this instead of a paper punch.

Sweet, fringed flowers. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These sweet, fringed flowers are made with scissors, not punches.

To make Vintage, Tissue Tape Eggs:

1. Pin one end of the tape to the wide end of the egg, and wrap the tape around the egg, top to bottom. Continue wrapping the egg, slightly overlapping each layer, till the egg is covered. If needed, make tiny cuts in the edge of the tape to help it lie smooth.

2. Insert the wood skewer into the wide end of the egg. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge, and let dry.

3. Make the flowers:

Paper punch flowers: Cover a small piece of cardstock with tissue tape, and smooth tape with fingers, making sure it’s secure. Punch flowers and centers from cream cardstock and taped cardstock, and mix and match layers to create flowers. (Note: If you don’t have a paper punch, draw a flower pattern on cardboard, and use this to create your flowers.) Glue layers together, insert a pearl head pin through the middle, and pin onto the egg.

Mix and match cardstock and tissue tape to make these pretty flowers. Tutorial shows how to make the flowers and decorate Styrofoam eggs.  CraftsnCoffee.com

Use the punched out flowers “as is” or cut apart the petals, slightly curl them, and then reassemble to make a daisy.

Daisy flowers: Punch out a flower and cut apart the petals. Slightly curl each petal by rolling the petal over the wooden skewer. Overlap the petals and glue the flower back together. Punch out a ¼” hole for the center, and insert a pearl head pin through the center and the flower. Pin to the egg.

Fringed flowers:

Make these easy, fringed flowers and pin them onto STYROFOAM eggs. So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.comof

A pearl head pin goes through the center.

  • Small fringed flowers are made with a ½” x 1-1/2” paper strip, and the large fringed flowers are made with a 1” x 1-1/2” paper strip.
  • Cut fringe along one 1-1/2” edge.
  • Roll the uncut edge tightly around a wooden skewer.  Secure the end with a dot of glue and hold firmly until it is set.  Slide the roll off the skewer. Separate the fringe.
  • Insert the blunt end of the wood skewer into the egg, making a small indentation. Place a dot of glue into the indentation, and insert the flower into the hole. Fluff the fringe to make a flower shape.
  • Insert a pearl head pin into the hole in the center.

4. Cut out leaves, and curl them with the skewer. Arrange around the flowers and glue in place.

Tim Holtz’s tissue tape comes in other patterns, too, so shop around and find your favorite.

Sweet! Win these goodies during the Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee! (Basket not included.) CraftsnCoffee.com.If it’s time for the Eggstravaganza, then it’s time for the Most Eggscellent Prize Package, too. This year, the giveaway is packed with crafts (of course), 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 – of course!

(Note: The winner receives what’s in the basket, but not the basket itself.)

To enter, just follow along and leave a comment each day. The more comments you leave, the more entries you have.  I’ll announce a winner on Thursday, April 3. (I love giveaways, don’t you?)

I’ll see you Monday with the next installment in the Easter Eggstravaganza.The annual Easter Eggstravaganza on CraftsnCoffee.com! So many pretty ways to decorate eggs for Easter, plus a Most Eggscellent giveaway!Happy Easter Egg Crafting.

Sharon

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Read all about it: Beautiful, Vintage Book Page Wreath

Isn’t this Vintage Book Page Wreath gorgeous? If you’re still looking to make a spring wreath, this might be the one. In addition to designer Kathleen George’s tutorial for the Vintage Book Page Wreath, I also have a sneak peek at the annual Easter Eggstravaganza, which starts tomorrow. (And as Crafts ‘n Coffee readers know, an Easter Eggstravaganza means a Most Eggscellent Prize Package, too!).

Gorgeous! Love this wreath. Complete tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.comTo make a Vintage Book Page Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Old book pages, sheet music, or other source for aged papers; you’ll want to have two contrasting shades
  • Cardstock, three, 12” x 12” sheets in cream and/or natural colors
  • Paper punches: 1/8” circle; flowers and leaves of your choice (Kathleen used Sizzix punches)
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 3”
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Paper paste
  • Glitter glue
  • Yes! Paste
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; craft pins; foam brush; wood skewer
Such a beautiful collection of paper flowers! They're on the Vintage Book Page Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com. nd the

Kathleen George used rolled paper roses and punched flowers to decorate the wreath.

To make a Vintage Book Page Wreath:

1. Wrap the wreath in 1” x 5” strips of paper cut from old books. Paste and pin the ends of each strip to the back of the wreath. Alternate the different shades of papers.

2. Bush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Don’t worry if the paper wrinkles at first – it will dry flat.

Pretty paper roses! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. #SpringWreath

The tighter you roll up the spiral, the tighter the rose (top). To create the curved petals (bottom), gently roll the petals over a skewer.

3. Make the paper roses. (Kathleen provides step-by-step instructions below, and you can also reference a photo tutorial on HGTV.com.)

  • Cut eight, 4” squares from book pages. Cut off corners, forming circles.
  • Draw a spiral on the reverse side of one circle, starting at the edge and going all the way to the center. A tighter spiral will create a fuller rose.
  • Cut along the spiral line, but leave the circle in the center uncut, as it will form the base for the rose.
  • Start by tightly wrapping the outside edge of the spiral around a wood skewer. Roll tightly, as this becomes the center of the rose. As you continue rolling, you can roll more loosely and remove the skewer.
  • Slightly pinch the bottom of the rose as you roll, and add a dab of glue to help hold the flower together.
  • The center may try to pop out as your roll, so squeeze the center down into the rose. Trim off any excess paper at the bottom so the rose will sit flat.
  • When you get to the center of the spiral, bend the center under the rose, forming a base. Add glue to the base and glue the flower in place.
  • Let the rose relax and the petals open up.
  • Gently curve the outer petals by rolling them over the skewer.
  • Trim off any edges that appear out of place.
  • Repeat to make eight roses.

4. Pin and glue the roses to the wreath.

5. Punch out flowers and leaves from the cardstock. Arrange on the wreath and glue in place.

6. Fold a 3” length of ribbon in half, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

I have to show it again — it’s so pretty.

Gorgeous! Love this wreath. Complete tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.comAnd now, here’s a preview of some of the Easter eggs you’ll see in the Easter Eggstravaganza. The Eggstravaganza starts tomorrow, so don’t miss it!The annual Easter Eggstravaganza on CraftsnCoffee.com! So may pretty ways to decorate eggs for Easter, plus a Most Eggscellent giveaway! Happy crafting, and see you tomorrow.

Sharon

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Adorbs! Craft these no-sew softies in time for Easter

It’s the first day of spring*, the perfect day to welcome the Easter Parade! This sweet, barnyard bunch could not be cuter. Better yet, these springtime softies are no-sew, and designer Debra Quartermain shares her shortcuts to make these cute critters. Who couldn’t use a little lamb, baby bunny, and a few sweet chicks right about now? You’ll find the full tutorial on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

No-sew softies! Super sweet for spring. You can do this! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easter Parade by Debra Quartermain.

Adorbs! Loving these sweet, no-sew softies.  CraftsnCoffee.com.

There’s no sewing required to make these cuties. Just fire up the glue gun and you’re all set!

Such a sweet sheep, perfect for Easter, and it's no-sew, too.  CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aww, who can resist this face?

We have sunny blue skies and springtime weather today, at last. The snowdrops are a little behind schedule, but they should be blooming soon.

Snowdrops, almost ready to bloom. They're a little late this year!

At last – the snowdrops are getting ready to bloom.

I’m working on the next Easter Eggstravaganza, along with a most Eggscellent Prize Package, and I’ll have more about both later this week. So stay tuned.

*Oops — it appears I’m a little over eager for spring. The first day of spring isn’t till Thursday. All I can say is, sorry about that and think spring!

Happy Think spring, and happy crafting!

Sharon

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A little of this & a little of that makes for a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary

This DIY, Shabby Paper Spring Topiary is like a crazy quilt. You’ll use those leftover paper scraps that were just too pretty to toss, along with whatever fancy edge scissors and paper punches you have on hand. Then, add a few trims, like beads and pearl head pins, and you have a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary. No matter what you piece together, it’s going to be pretty.

Pretty paper topiary for spring. Love this look, but it's easy enough to change up the papers, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Shabby Paper Spring Topiary by Patty Schaffer

To make a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone
  • Patterned Paper (Patty used the Bramble Rose Collection by My Mind’s Eye)
  • Ribbon or other trim, ½” x 6”
  • Button, large
  • Pearl Accents in pink and white
  • Pearl head pins
  • Seed beads
  • Optional: Pedestal base
  • Glue Dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; straight pins; deco edge scissors; paper trimmer; paper punches

To make a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary:

1. Cut a 2” wide strip from your paper, and then cut the strip into ½” x 2” rectangles. Trim ends of each piece with a paper punch, deco edge scissors, or regular scissors, to create a decorative edge. You can also use deco edge scissors to cut out the ½” x 2” rectangles, creating a decorative edge all around.

2. Slightly curl the end of each rectangle by rolling it around a pencil. Starting at the base of the cone, pin decorative pieces in an even row all around the cone.

Pretty details from a Shabby Paper Spring Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patty also slipped in a row of paper ribbon, created with her lace edge punch.

3. Add a second row, following the instructions in Steps 1 & 2. Overlap the second row over the first to cover up the pins. Continue to cover the cone, row by row, using a different paper for each layer. Be sure you always slightly overlap the rows to cover up the pins. Have fun trimming, punching, and creating different patterns for each layer.

4. Once the cone is covered, embellish with beads. Patty glued on pearl accents, and also pinned on beads with pearl head pins.

More pretty details from this shabby style spring topiary. So sweet! Crafts 'n Coffee.

Patty covered the top row of pins with trim, and added a button to the top. It’s the details that make this Spring Topiary so pretty.

5. Glue ribbon around the top of the cone to cover the last row of pins. Top off the cone with a button.

6. Optional: Display on a pedestal. (You can pick these up at Dollar Tree for $1.00.)

The details on this spring topiary are beautiful, and you see something new every time you look at it! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You find something new every time you look at Patty’s topiary.

Patty is a wizard with paper, and she has some really cute spring and Easter goodies in her etsy shop. She made this very famous “Welcome Spring” wreath, too.

Did you miss Crafts ‘n Coffee yesterday? My plans were waylaid by this week’s storm, and I spent an extra day out of town – and missed this nasty scene (phew!).

OH Turnpike during Vulcan Storm. Source: AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Jeremy Wadsworth

Source: AP Photo/The Toledo Blade, Jeremy Wadsworth

But we have blue skies today, and spring is less than a week away. Hooray!

What are your weekend plans? Who’s crafting?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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