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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Happy Easter Egg Crafting.