Science Fair Salvation: How to make a double-helix DNA Model

Tomorrow is National DNA Day. Who knew! I can’t think of a better time to share this tutorial to make a DNA model. If you have a child in school, grandchildren, a young neighbor, or maybe you’re friends with a few teachers, pin this DIY DNA tutorial. The next time you hear about a last-minute science fair project, designer Kathleen George has you covered! I’m also sharing the results of my dog’s official DNA test.

Pin this for later! How to make a double-helix DNA Model for a school project or science fair. CraftsnCoffee.com.

First, a little DNA humor:

Q. What did one DNA say to the other?

A. Stop copying me!

And now, here’s how to make your own double-helix DNA model.

To make a DNA Model, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 46, 1” balls; scrap piece
  • Wooden skewers, eight
  • Acrylic craft paint: yellow, white, orange, pink, bright green and dark green (or six different colors of your choice)
  • String
  • Chopsticks or ¼” wood dowel
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; stiff bristle paintbrush; knippers

Finished size: The DNA Model is approximately 17” long, including the hangers.

Pin this for science class projects and science fairs. Step-by-step tutorial to DIY a double-helix DNA Model. CraftsnCoffee.com.

DNA Model by Kathleen George.

To make a DNA Model:

1. Insert a wood skewer through the center of each 1” foam ball. Rotate the skewer to smooth out the inside and the edges around each hole. This will make it easier to string the balls.

2. Insert a toothpick into each ball, which you’ll use as a handle when you paint the balls.

3. Paint the balls:

  • Paint 16 balls yellow. These will represent sugar.
  • Paint 14 balls white. These will represent phosphate.
  • Make four groups of four balls each for the nitrogenous bases.  Paint each group of four a different color (Kathleen used bright green, dark green, pink and orange paint). Four balls will represent cytosine; four will be guanine; four will be thymine; and the last four are adenine.
  • Once the balls are painted, insert the toothpicks into a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the balls upright while the paint dries.
  • Let the paint dry thoroughly.

4. Cut two, 28” lengths of string. Spread white glue to cover 2-1/2” on one end of each string. Roll the ends between your fingertips to work the glue into the string. Hang the strings over the edge of your work surface to dry. When dry, the stiffened ends will make it easier to thread on the balls.

5. Prepare the pairs of nitrogenous bases. Using knippers, cut the wood skewers into eight, 3” lengths. Thread two balls onto the center of each skewer:

  • Make four pairs of one cytosine with one guanine
  • Make four pairs of one thymine and one adenine.
Super helpful tutorial to construct a DNA model. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Follow this diagram as you build your DNA model.

6. Thread eight yellow sugar balls and seven white phosphate balls onto a string, starting and ending with a yellow sugar ball and alternating the colors as you go. Tie a large knot 3” from the end, and glue the knot in the hole at the bottom of the ball at the end of the string. Don’t cut off the excess string. Squeeze a drop of glue at the top of each hole to secure the balls. Repeat, creating a second string with the balls in matching order.

7. Add the pairs of nitrogenous bases, inserting the skewers into the yellow sugar balls. Be sure to insert the skewers firmly into the balls; add a drop of glue if needed to help hold it in place.

Detail of a DIY DNA Model. Great for science class! Pin and save this one. CraftsnCoffee.com.

insert the skewers into the yellow sugar balls.

8. Cut a chopstick or ¼” wood dowel into two, 8” lengths to create the hangers. Tie the strings onto hangers and add a dab of glue to hold the strings in place. Trim off the extra string. To create the look of the double helix, twist the double strands in a counterclockwise direction.

How to test your dog's DNA. CraftsnCoffee.com

JoJo is an all-American mutt.

I shared the story about our pup’s DNA test a few years ago, but I imagine most of you didn’t see it. My daughter fell head-over-heels when she saw JoJo at the shelter, and he’s been our best buddy ever since. When my daughter studied DNA in science class, we decided to officially test JoJo’s DNA. It’s an easy process – we swabbed his cheek and sent the swab to the lab. The results confirmed that JoJo is an all-American mutt with traces of Chihuahua and Maltese. Most of JoJo’s DNA is so mixed up that it’s too hard to identify.

And that’s o.k. with us. I’ve always had mutts and they’re my favorite kind of dog. How about you – is there a breed that holds a soft spot in your heart? Or are your furry friends mutts, too?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

 

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Celebrate National Astronomy Day and make a Solar System model

Last week, I shared the Recycled Earth Day globe in time for Earth day tomorrow. Today, we’re leaving earth behind and travelling into outer space to celebrate National Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 25. I get asked a lot of questions about making a Solar System. In fact, DIY Solar Systems are so popular that I’ve shared three tutorials to make a Solar System, and I’m revisiting them today in honor National Astronomy Day. And if you’re a Star Wars fan, be sure to read to the end . . .

Three tutorials to make a Solar System. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Solar System Poster

How to make a Solar System Poster using balls of STYROFOAM. Save this one for school! At some point, every student has to make a model of the Solar System.

The “Real” Solar System

How to make a Solar System using Styrofoam balls

Solar System Mobile 

One more way to make a model of the Solar System. Always good to have on file! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Star Wars Galaxy

Of course, with the new Star Wars moving coming out this summer, I would be remiss if I didn’t share another fan favorite from Mad in Crafts. Jessica and her son turned her Solar System into the Star Wars Galaxy. How cool is that?

So cool! Mad in Crafts shows you how to make a Star War Galaxy!

If you’d like to know what might be happening in your area to celebrate National Astronomy Day, you can check out this list.

JoJo, an all-American mutt. CraftsnCoffee.com.

JoJo

I’ve planned one more science project for later this week, and I’ll share a little story about our buddy JoJo, too. Hint: It’s something we ALL have in common yet it makes us all different. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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An Earth Day craft for kids to DIY & display all year long

If you’re looking for a craft to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, check out today’s Recycled Globe. You’ll use old newspapers, magazines and junk mail to create your very own Earth Day Globe. Kids learn about repurposing, and about geography and just how interconnected we all are – it’s a small world after all, right? The kids I know love digging into a goopy mess, so they’ll have a blast making the paper maché mix, too. If you’ve been looking for a good paper maché recipe, this is it – save it for future crafts. (I remember making paper maché puppets as a kid.)

Earth Day craft for kids -- DY a globe with repurposed newspapers, magazines and junk mail. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Recycled Earth Day Globe by Kathleen George.

To make a Recycled, Earth Day Globe, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Repurposed papers, including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, wrapping paper, etc. (be sure your mix includes blue images)
  • Acrylic craft paint in green
  • World map, atlas, or other reference for drawing the continents
  • Black string
  • White craft glue (Kathleen used Elmer’s School Glue for this project)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; blender; mesh strainer; plastic bowl; plastic container with lid; stiff bristle paintbrush; chopstick; rubber bands; indelible marker; pencil; straight pin with a large head (like a corsage pin)

To make a Recycled, Earth Day Globe:

  1. Prepare the papers:
  • Find papers with blue images, and cut them into 1” squares. You’ll need a scant cup of blue squares.
  • Tear up newspapers into small pieces; you’ll need about six cups of scraps. Place the scraps in a bowl and cover with water. Let the paper soak overnight.
  1. Mix up the paper maché mash:
  • Place the wet newspaper pieces in a blender and add a small amount of water.
  • Blend well, adding a little more water if needed.
  • Pour the mash into a large mesh strainer and let it drain until it’s no longer dripping and can be molded.
  • Transfer to a plastic container with a lid.
  • Add several tablespoons of white glue and blend well with your hands.
  • Mix in several tablespoons of green acrylic paint.
  • Store in the covered container till you’re ready to use it.
Hands-on Earth Day craft for kids shows how to repurpose papers and make an Earth Day globe. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The oceans are created from blue paper squares, and you’ll build the continents using paper mache.

3. Cover the foam ball with blue paper squares:

  • Insert a wood dowel or chopstick into the 6” foam ball, and use this is a handle.
  • Brush a generous amount of white craft glue onto the surface of the 6” foam ball.
  • Using the paintbrush, pick up a square of blue paper and place it on the ball; brush glue over the paper piece, smoothing it down in place.
  • Repeat, until the entire globe is covered.
  • Let dry.
  1. Wrap a rubber band around the center of the globe. Draw a dotted line with the marker around the globe, using the rubber band as your guide. This will be the equator. Remove the rubber band.
  1. Wrap two rubber bands around the globe vertically, dividing it into quarters. This will help you locate the position for each continent. Referring to a map, lightly draw the outline of each continent with a pencil.
  1. Build your continents by adding small amounts of paper maché mash inside the outlines for each continent. Continue adding the mash till the continents are fully formed. If the paper maché doesn’t stick to the globe, mix in more glue. Let dry overnight. (Keep a small amount of leftover paper maché mash to fill in the hole left by the chopstick.)
  1. Carefully twist the chopstick and remove it from the globe. Cover the hole with paper maché.
  1. Tie the string around the large, pearl head pin. Poke a hole in the top of the globe. Squeeze glue into the hole and insert the pin. Let the glue dry thoroughly before handling the globe by the string.
An Earth Day craft that teaches about the world, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Isn’t it pretty?

Here’s another Earth Day craft for the kids that repurposes plastic shopping bags. The Flower Garden Picture is great for younger kids, and tweens and teens can make the Dove Picture.

Green craft idea for kids: How to make Punch Art pictures using plastic shopping bags.

Kids will use plastic bags and the punch art technique to make these pictures, and they’ll learn about repurposing, too.

This Plastic Bag Chicken is not a kids’ craft, but it’s my favorite way to repurpose plastic bags!

Guess what this chicken is made from -- plastic shopping bags! What a fun way to repurpose. Get the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Repurpose those plastic shopping bags to make this barnyard chicken.

How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day next week?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Chic, modern wall art combines cork with gold accents

I am often amazed at how DIY wall art can refresh your home. And, there are so many creative ways to make wall art! Today’s DIY wall art is fresh and innovative, combining rustic, textured cork with sleek gold accents. I’m sure you’ve noticed that metallic gold is hot right now, and this Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art is a subtle, sophisticated way to introduce a touch of gold to your décor. No one will guess that it’s made with scrapbook paper! I’m sharing a few more high-fashion wall art ideas made with paper, too.

Amazing, DIY Wall Art. Make it with scrapbook papers! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
    • Twelve, 4” discs
  • Corkskin paper or sheets of cork (I found the paper in my local craft chain, and I have a few online sources below, too*)
  • Assorted metallic papers (You’ll find these in the scrapbook aisle. Kathleen used an assortment of gold, metallic papers: glossy, satin, matt, embossed, and crinkled)
  • Upholstery nails in gold, three packages
  • Craft wire
  • YES! Paste or other adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; 1” – 2” putty knife; optional: rubber brayer, gold craft pins

To make Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art:

1. Wax your knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Measure and score your foam sheet so it measures 1” x 12” x 30”. Cut the sheet to size. (Note: This is the size Kathleen used. You can also use a full-size sheet, or make it smaller than 30”, too.)

2. Cut the foam discs in half.

3. Cut the corkskin to 12” x 30”, or other size to fit your foam sheet. Spread a thin, even layer of paste over the foam sheet. Attach the corkskin to the foam sheet, and working from the center out, rub with your fingertips till it’s smooth. Optional: Roll with a rubber brayer.

4. Glue 1” strips of corkskin along the edges, following the same technique as Step 3. Let dry.

DIY Wall Art detail. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll cover the top and bottom of each half disc with the same paper, and then use a contrasting paper along the edge.

5. You’ll use one paper for the top and bottom of each half disc, and a second, contrasting paper along the edge. To cut the paper to size, trace around each half disc on the reverse side of the paper, and cut out. Cut a 1” x 7” strip for the edge. Follow instructions in Step 3 to glue the papers to the foam discs. Once you’ve covered the edge, fold the excess paper to the back of the disc. If needed, use small craft pins to hold the paper in place till the glue dries.

Kathleen’s assortment of half discs included:

  • 13 half discs covered with embossed paper, with shiny gold paper around the edge
  • Six half discs covered in a matt finish paper, with crinkled paper around the edge
  • Five half discs covered in satin paper, with metallic paper around the edge

6. Outline the cork-covered foam sheet with upholstery tacks, spacing them 1” apart.

7. Arrange the half discs on the foam sheet, and then glue in place with low-temp glue.

How to DIY contemporary wall art. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add more gold details with rows of tacks.

8. Optional: add extra tacks between the discs.

9. Glue and pin the ends of an 8” wire into the back of the artwork for hanging.

Sleek & contemporary DIY wall art. Yes, DIY! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Pretty sleek, eh?

*This Cork & Cork & Gold Accents Wall Art looks upscale, but you’ll find the materials in your local craft store. I ran out to my local Michaels store last night to see what they had, and I found pads of cork papers, including cork sheets in different colors. I also found individual sheets of cork in the scrapbook paper aisle, along with lots of different metallic gold papers. I’m sure Jo-Ann Stores, Hobby Lobby and A.C. Moore have similar assortments.

Cork papers sold by the pad are great for making wall art. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) sells pads of cork paper.

If you’d rather order online, Kathleen recommends Paper Arts, which has several variations of corkskin paper. Another option is Dick Blick.

It’s amazing what you can create with paper. This DIY Disc Wall Art looks like metal, doesn’t it? It’s actually made with textured papers and discs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s super light to hang, too.

Cool DIY Wall Art made with paper and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

For more industrial chic, check out this Marbled Paper Wall Art.

Gorgeous! And it's made with marbled paper. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Marbled Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

You’ll also use papers to make the bead accents in this Paper & Bead Wall Art.

Gorgeous! The tutorial is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper & Bead Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Amazing what you can make with paper, isn’t it? Which look is your favorite?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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The perfect Mother’s Day craft: A Mason Jar Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint + mason jars = two huge, craft trends, right? Add STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to the mix and you get a DIY Mason Jar Chalkboard! I was so excited when designer Kathleen George discovered this amazing chalkboard fabric – yes, chalkboard fabric. And now, chalkboard fabric + mason jars + STYROFOAM Brand Foam = a Mason Jar Chalkboard. How cool is this? And it’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea, too.

Love this Mason Jar Chalkboard! The chalkboard fabric is so cool. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mason Jar Chalkboard by Kathleen George.

If you can’t find the fabric locally, there’s enough time before Mother’s Day to order it from Nancy’s Notions. You can make several memo boards from one yard of fabric, so make it for Mother’s Day, make it for a neighbor, a friend, and absolutely for yourself. There are several ways to embellish the memo board, and if you use purchased flowers, you’ll have this Mason Jar Chalkboard hanging up in your own kitchen in no time at all.

To make a Mason Jar Chalkboard, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • Chalkcloth fabric 
  • Acrylic craft paint, black
  • Ribbon:
    • 1” x 20” silver
    • ¾” x 18” gingham
  • Scrapbook paper for roses, leaves, and tag (or use purchased flowers and a readymade tag)
  • Twine
  • Chalk
  • Yes! Paste or other adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; felt tip marker; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; stiff paintbrush; 1” putty knife; roller or brayer

To make a Mason Jar Chalkboard:

1. The finished bulletin board measures 12” wide x 18” high. If you like, you can draw a Mason jar free-hand on the foam sheet, or use the pattern. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and then trace around it with the marker.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the Mason jar. Sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam, and press smooth all edges with your fingertips.

3. Paint the edges black, and extend the paint along the front edge of the board, too. Let paint dry.

4. Trace the Mason jar pattern onto the back of the Chalkcloth and cut out, adding ¼” all around. You’ll trim away any excess fabric later.

5. Using the putty knife, spread a thin, even layer of Yes! Paste or other adhesive on the reverse side of the Chalkcloth and the front of the Mason jar. Center the cloth over the foam sheet, and working from the center out, gently smooth out the fabric with your fingers. Use a roller to smooth the cloth, as well, if desired. Set aside to dry overnight. Once it’s dry, carefully trim away excess fabric.

A few cute details from a DIY Mason Jar Chalkboard. Perfect for Mother's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make your own paper flowers or fabric flowers, or save time and purchase them readymade.

6. Cover the jar lid with ribbon:

  • Glue a 10” length of silver ribbon along the top edge of the jar to cover the top, and then fold over and glue along the front.
  • Glue a second 10” length of ribbon to the front, overlapping the first ribbon and completely covering the area for the lid.
  • Fold the ribbon edges over onto the back of the board and glue in place.
  • If needed, carefully trim away excess ribbon at the corners so it folds neatly.
  • Note: Optional: Kathleen used a plastic ribbon, which she embossed to create lines similar to a real Mason jar lid.
  1. Tie a gingham ribbon around the top of the jar.

8. Make the paper roses to embellish the Mason jar. You have lots of options for embellishing:

  • Kathleen made her roses using paper strips, and this video tutorial will walk you through the steps. Kathleen started with a 1” x 6” paper strip, and then varied the sizes of strips to make the roses larger and smaller.
  • You can also make rolled paper roses using this tutorial from Make: magazine.
  • If you have die-cutting equipment, you can die-cut flower embellishments.
  • Or, use purchased flowers. You’ll find burlap roses, paper flowers, and silk flowers readymade and ready to go in the craft store.

9. Cut leaves from scrapbook paper. Glue roses and leaves to the Mason jar.

10. Tie on a tag and a piece of chalk.

Love this Mason Jar Chalkboard! The chalkboard fabric is so cool. CraftsnCoffee.com.

There are so many ways you could use this chalkboard fabric, and you could cut your foam sheet into many different shapes, too. You could make a chalkboard arrow, or a board shaped like a house or a heart. This could be a lot of fun! How would you use this fabric?

Chalkcloth fabric -- how cool is this? CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

 

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DIY a springtime wreath of book page roses

How was your Easter weekend? Are you seeing signs of spring? I just added the new spring photo (above), and it’s one of my favorites. Today, I’m sharing a DIY spring wreath made with your favorite scrapbook papers — it’s a Springtime, Book Page Roses Wreath. Patty used a combination of blue and green scrapbook papers, and added the sweetest nosegay of book page roses, too. This would also make a very pretty DIY gift to give to mom on Mother’s Day.

Beautiful, DIY spring wreath made with scrapbook papers and book page roses. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Springtime, Book Page Roses Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”, three coordinating sheets
  • Old book
  • Beading pins
  • Paper adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make a Springtime, Book Page Roses Wreath:

  1. Cut the scrapbook papers and several book pages into ½” x 4” strips.

2. You’re going to work around the wreath, adding the first row of paper loops all around the outside edge. To cover the wreath in paper loops:

How to make a Springtime Wreath with book page roses and scrapbook paper loops. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Bring the ends of a paper strip together, forming a loop (left). Pin the first row of loops all around the outside edge of the wreath (right).

  • Fold a paper strip in half, ends together, forming a loop.
  • Pin the ends of the loop to the outside edge of the wreath, with the loop facing down and the ends facing up.
  • Pin loops all the way around the wreath, completing the first row. Mix up the papers and book pages as you go.
  • Add a second row of loops around the wreath, covering the pins from the first row, and making sure the loops are slightly offset and not lined up with the first row.
  • Continue adding more rows of loops, till the wreath is covered. Patty’s wreath has eight rows of loops.
  • Leave an area uncovered at the top right here you’ll add the book page roses.
  1. Cut a 1/4’” strip from a sheet of scrapbook paper and glue it around the inside edge of the wreath, hiding the pins from the last row of loops.
  1. Pin scraps of paper over the area you left blank for the roses. The paper will not show, so it doesn’t need to be perfect. The paper simply provides a base for the roses.
Detail for DIY book page roses.

This little nosegay of book page roses is so pretty, and because you’ll use old books, it costs just pennies.

  1. Make paper roses from the old book pages. Patty shared her technique for making book page roses when she shared her Paper Roses Valentine Wreath. Make: magazine also has an excellent tutorial for making paper roses. Glue the roses to the wreath. Patty added 13 paper roses to her wreath.

Here’s a picture of Patty’s Paper Roses Valentine Wreath. The glittered edges are so pretty, and you could glitter the flowers on today’s wreath, too.

Gorgeous wreath made with paper roses & dusted in glitters. CraftsnCoffee.com

Paper Roses Valentine Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Kathleen George used book pages and creamy cardstock when she made her Vintage Book Page Wreath.

Gorgeous! Love this wreath. Complete tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

All of these wreaths would be pretty on the front door, or they’d make a sweet gift for mom or someone special. I plan to share a few more DIY Mother’s Day crafts in the weeks ahead.

Pretty wreath! Inexpensive to DIY, too, with scrapbook paper and an old book. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What colors would you like to use to make this Paper Loop & Roses Wreath?

How was your Easter weekend? Did the Easter bunny pay a visit?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Beautiful Butterfly Eggs

When my daughter was young, we would purchase butterfly larvae and watch them transform into cocoons and then emerge as bright orange butterflies. It’s like watching the drab, winter landscape transform into a more colorful spring. Perhaps that’s why I have a soft spot for these sweet, Butterfly Stamped Eggs. I think they’re a lovely way to wrap up this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza, and a beautiful tribute to spring.

Stamped Butterfly Eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Stamped Butterfly Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Butterfly Stamped Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 3” eggs; foam block or scrap piece
  • White tissue paper
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Archival ink pad* in black
  • Antiquing ink pads (Rebekah used Ranger Tim Holtz® Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen, and Scattered Straw)
  • Butterfly stamps (Rebekah used Papillion CMS 106 stamp set from Stampers Anonymous)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewer or chopstick; 1” flat paintbrush; cosmetic sponges

*Note: Archival ink will withstand the decoupage medium and other water based products.

To make Butterfly Stamped Eggs:

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

2. Tear tissue paper into 1” pieces, and decoupage onto eggs using Mod Podge and a flat paintbrush. Cover egg completely with tissue paper. Insert wood skewer or chopstick into foam block or other scrap piece, and let eggs dry.

Stamped details on Butterfly Eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Stamp butterflies on tissue paper, and then decoupage onto the eggs. If you use archival inks, they won’t run when the Mod Podge is applied.

3. Using archival ink, stamp butterfly design onto tissue paper. Let dry.

4. Trim around the stamped design, center and apply to egg with Mod Podge. Let dry.

5. Using a cosmetic sponge, gently apply Distress Ink onto eggs, and let dry. Rebekah used Tumbled Glass ink on the 4” egg, and Scattered Straw and Antique Linen on the 3” egg.

6. Carefully twist and remove the wood skewer or chopstick. Decoupage a ½” square of tissue paper over the opening.

Last year, Rebekah shared Butterfly Eggs with a dimensional butterfly cutout.

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

Nature’s Butterfly Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

While we’re on a butterfly theme, don’t miss Patty Schaffer’s Butterfly Topiary & Egg made with a butterfly paper punch.

paper and paint chip butterfly topiary and butterfly egg

Butterfly Topiary and Butterfly Egg by Patty Schaffer.

Do you have a favorite egg from this year’s Eggstravaganza? Have you tried any of them yet?

It's the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee!

If you want to take a closer look, here’s a quick recap of this year’s Easter eggs:

Vintage Glitter Eggs

Twine Easter Eggs

Needle Felted Easter Egg Garland

Vintage Map Eggs

Sunny, Springtime Fabric Eggs

Origami Paper Easter Eggs

Thank you so much for joining in the Easter Eggstravaganza!

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Sharon  

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Easter Eggstravaganza: DIY Vintage Glitter Eggs

We can’t have an Eggstravaganza without a little – or a lot of glitter, right? Rebekah Meier lends her pretty, vintage style to these DY Vintage Glittered Easter Eggs. Of course, you can make these eggs in a rainbow of glittering colors, if you like. So, get your spring sparkle on and make a few of these Vintage Glitter Eggs.

Sparkling, Vintage Glitter Eggs.  DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Glitter Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Vintage Glitter Eggs:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 4” eggs; block or scrap piece
  • Fine glitter in silver and gold
  • Cream cardstock, one sheet
  • Book page, one
  • Crepe paper roll in cream
  • Buttons, two
  • Decorative ribbon, 16”
  • Satin ribbon, ¼” x 24”
  • Lace, 1” or 1-1/2” x 18”
  • Pearl head pins with white heads
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter glue
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears; wooden skewers or chopsticks; button thread & needle; foam paintbrush; pencil
Sweet glittered egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah used silver and gold glitter for her eggs. You can change them up with your favorite, sparkling colors.

To make Vintage Glitter Eggs:

  1. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the wide end of each egg to use as a handle.
  1. Brush a thin, even layer of Mod Podge on an egg. Working over newspaper or a box lid, sprinkle glitter on egg till it’s completely covered. Shake off excess glitter. Insert wood skewer or chopstick into a block or scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the egg upright while the glue dries. Repeat with remaining eggs.
How to make a crepe paper rosette. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Layer cardstock, a book page, crepe paper and a button to make the reosette.

  1. Make the rosette:
  • Trace a 2” circle onto a book page and cut out with pinking shears.
  • Glue book page circle onto cream cardstock. Cut circle from cream cardstock with pinking shears.
  • Fold in half lengthwise a 12” strip of crepe paper. Trim the open edge with pinking shears.
  • Gather the folded edge of crepe paper strip with button thread and needle, creating a rosette.
  • Glue rosette to the center of layered, cardstock circle.
  • Glue button onto the center of rosette.
  • Glue lace around the egg, wrapping it widthwise or lengthwise. Trim away excess.
  • Glue completed rosette to the center of egg, on top of lace.
  1. Cut one 8” piece of decorative ribbon. Fold in half, dip pin in glue, and pin edges to the pointed top of egg. This will be the hanger.
  1. Tie a bow in a 12” length of satin ribbon. Trim ends and glue next to the hanger.
  1. Edge rosette and button with glitter glue.

A few years ago, Rebekah shared these glittered eggs with peek-a-boo scenes.

how to make glittered Easter Eggs

Glittered Peek-a-Boo Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Just a few weeks ago, Crafts ‘n Coffee featured Rebekah’s glittered Bunny Topiary.

So sweet for spring! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittering Bunny Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

Do you craft with glitter? Or are you in the camp of “I’m never letting glitter in my house”?

It's the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee!

I have one more egg to share in this year’s Eggstravaganza. See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon    

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Easter Eggstravaganza: DIY Twine Easter Eggs

You can wrap up these Twine Easter Eggs in two steps – I like that! And then add your own flair with the embellishments. Rebekah Meier adds a vintage twist with lace, ribbon and paper flowers. In a past Eggstravaganza, designer Patty Schaffer put her own spin on Twine Eggs with colorful pops of bright, felt flowers. I’d love to know how you would decorate your Twine Easter Eggs.

Sweet Twine Easter Eggs. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Twine-Wrapped Eggs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” eggs
  • Jute twine
  • Embellishments: Lace, ribbon, paper flowers, and buttons
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
Divine twine! Twine egg tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Twine Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Twine-Wrapped Eggs:

1. Squeeze a pea-size dab of glue on the narrow end of the egg. Pin one end of the twine onto the glue, and start to wrap the twine around the egg. Add more glue and pins as you go, and keep wrapping till the egg is covered.

2. Embellish:

  • Wrap ribbon and lace around the middle of an egg, secure with glue and pins.
  • Add bows, buttons and paper flowers.
Sweet details on Twine Easter Eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

Add a button and bow . . .

These Twine Eggs are beautifully done. CraftsnCoffee.com.

. . . or a paper flower.

Love these Twine Eggs and sweet decorations. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah’s Twine Eggs are another Easter project you’ll want to display year-round.

If you’d like to punch it up a bit, here are Twine Easter Eggs designed by Patty Schaffer. She pinned on colorful felt flowers and they really “pop.”

Charming Twine Easter Eggs.  Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Twine Easter Eggs by Patty Schaffer.

Finish the ensemble with Patty’s Twine Topiary, too.

How to make a twine topiary with a Styrofoam cone.

Divine Twine Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

I want to share just one more project. After a looong winter, I am loving these bright flowers and butterfly. If you feel the same way, be sure to check out Patty’s Burlap, Twine & Butterfly Wreath.

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Burlap, Twine & Butterfly Wreath by Patty Schaffer

 

How would you decorate your Twine Eggs? Buttons? Butterflies? Rickrack? Or??

The Eggstravaganza continues Thursday . . . See you then!

It's the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: DIY a pretty, Easter Egg Garland

The colors in Patty Schaffer’s Easter Egg Garland are so cheery! Look closely and you can see the sparkling beads she added, too. It all adds up to a pretty, Felted Easter Egg Garland. Patty’s garland is about 36” long, and you can add more eggs to make it longer. Patty hangs her garland across a buffet in her kitchen. You can try that, or swag it across a mantel or in a window, or wherever you need a little splash of color.

Colorful Easter Egg Garland. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Colorful, needle felted Easter egg garland. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The contrasting beads add sparkle.

To make an Easter Egg Garland, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Nine, 2” x 2-1/2” eggs
  • Wool roving in nine assorted colors
  • Embroidery floss in coordinating color, about 36”
  • Beads in coordinating colors, about 15 per egg
  • Invisible thread
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting tool*; beading needle; large sewing needle

*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 an Easter Egg Garland:

1. Place a small amount of wool roving on an egg and use the felting tool to attach the roving to the foam egg. Insert the needle into the egg over and over again, locking the fibers in place. Add more roving and continue to felt it in place till the egg is covered.

Detail of a sweet, Easter egg garland. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make it bright, or choose pastels.

2. Repeat Step 1 till all nine eggs are felted.

3. Use a beading needle and invisible thread to attach beads to each egg.

4. Thread a large needle with embroidery floss, and string on the eggs to create a garland. Center the needle about ¼ of the way down from the narrow end of the egg, and push it through the egg, keeping it centered as you go. Inserting the needle ¼ down from the top will help the eggs hang straight and keep them from spinning.

I’ve featured a few needle-felted eggs in past Eggstravaganzas, like these Pastel, 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.

And these Bright, Needle-Felted Easter Eggs.

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Bright Needlefelted Easter Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Don’t miss all of the spring pretties in Patty’s etsy shop. You’re sure to find a card, tag or little gift idea to tuck into a special Easter basket.

Where would you hang this Needle Felted Easter Egg Garland in your home?

I want to hang this in my house! Sweet, Easter egg garland. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pretty colors, all in a row.

Have a crafty weekend, and I’ll see you next week with a few more eggs-ceptional eggs!

It's the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee!

Happy crafting.

Sharon  

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