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.

needlefelting tutorial

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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Easter Eggstravaganza: Vintage Map Eggs (and how to antique maps and other papers)

Have you always wondered how to antique papers? Today, Kathleen George shares her special recipe for antiquing maps, book pages, or any other paper you want to look old. And then, you can make Kathleen’s beautiful Vintage Map Eggs with your newly “antiqued” maps. Be sure to antique extra map pages, because I have links to a few more map crafts, too.

DIY these gorgeous Map Eggs over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Vintage Map Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 4” eggs; foam block or scrap piece
  • Vintage maps, or antique your own*
  • Baker’s twine
  • Paper glue
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewers
Beautiful Vintage Map Egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Baker’s twine suits these eggs perfectly.

To make Vintage Map Eggs:

1. Using a sharp pencil, mark the center top and bottom of the egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Insert a wooden skewer into the wide end to use as a handle.

2. Using the pattern, cut six segments from the map. Make tiny snips along the edges to help the pieces lay flat on the curved egg.

3. Spread a thin layer of paper adhesive on the egg using paintbrush. Working from the narrow end to the wide end, attach a paper segment to the egg, smoothing it out as you go. Add more small snips, if needed, so the paper is flat. Repeat, until the egg is covered. Insert the skewer into the foam block or a scrap piece to hold the egg upright while it dries.

4. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

5. Gently twist the skewer to remove it. Cove the hole with a ½” square of paper.

Love these Vintage Map Eggs. Tutorial also tells you how to antique the maps and twine. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen antiqued the map pages and the baker’s twine.

  1. Wrap four, 5” lengths of baker’s twine around each egg, and tie each strand in a knot. Trim ends to about 1”.
I love these Vintage Map Eggs. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Map Eggs by Kathleen George.

*How to “antique” maps for a vintage look:

  1. Mix ¼ cup of water and 1 T. of light brown, acrylic craft paint or sepia ink in a glass bowl. Mix well. Adjust the color by adding more paint, ink or water.
  2. Crumple into a ball a 6” x 18” piece of a map. Smooth out the paper and paint it with a generous coat of the tinted water.
  3. Blot the paper unevenly with a sponge or rag, creating a mottled finish.
  4. Repeat, if you’d like a darker finish.
  5. When dry, iron flat.
  6. You can also age the baker’s twine by dipping it in the mixture, and then letting it dry.

Here are a few more ways to repurpose old maps.

Vintage Map Balls

how to make map crafts with old maps and foam balls

Old World Globes designed by Mary Lynn Maloney

Vintage Map Deco Cubes

DIY Map Craft: Make these with vintage maps and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Vintage Map Deco Cubes by Kathleen George.

Blooming Map Wreath

Map Flower Wreath: Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Map Ornament

Map Ornament: Decoupage an old map on a Styrofoam ball. Great souvenir! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Around-the-World Map Ornament by Kathleen George

There are more eggs to share in this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. Do you have a favorite yet?

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: Fabric Eggs, served up your way

I adore the vintage prints designer Rebekah Meier used to create these fabric eggs. I have some fabrics in my stash that would be perfect for these Sunny, Springtime Fabric Eggs. And that’s one of the reasons why I like these DIY Easter Eggs – they easily adapt to your favorite fabrics. The technique is easy, too, so this is an Easter craft the kids would enjoy. Especially if they get to select their own fabrics!

Sweet, springtime eggs. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Sunny, Springtime Fabric Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” eggs; block or scrap piece
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. each of three coordinating colors
  • Ribbon, two yds. in cream
  • Flowers, three
  • Pearl head pins, three
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewers or chopsticks; ruler; foam paintbrush; optional: rotary cutter and mat
The sweetest fabric eggs for Easter. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sunny, Springtime Fabric Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Sunny, Springtime Fabric Eggs:

1. Using scissors and a ruler, or the optional rotary cutter and mat, cut fabrics into ¼” strips.

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

3. Load paintbrush with Mod Podge and apply liberally and evenly on an egg. Randomly wind a fabric strip around the egg. Repeat with additional fabric strips till egg is completely covered. Wrap remaining eggs in the same manner.

Love this sweet & sunny Easter egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll wrap each egg in fabric strips. Kids can make these easy eggs, too.

4. Topcoat eggs with Mod Podge. Insert the skewers or chopsticks into the block or scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the eggs upright while they dry.

5. Wrap a ribbon around each egg and tie into a bow. Secure with glue. Pin a flower to the center of each bow.

These pretty, fabric eggs are not just for Easter. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Go ahead and display these little pretties year-round.

Here’s another, classic technique for making fabric-covered Easter eggs. Again, the beauty is in making it your own with your own fabric selections.

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

Bright, Modern Fabric Eggs by Kathleen George.

You can also repurpose an old T-shirt to make Fabric Easter Eggs, like these Tie-Dye Easter Eggs.

How to use an old t-shirt to make tie-dye Easter eggs

Sneak peek on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Coming tomorrow . . .

The Eggstravaganza isn’t over yet! I hope you’ll continue on this creative journey with me. That’s a little a hint about tomorrow’s eggs. Any guesses what they’ll be?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Easter Eggstravaganza: DIY Origami Paper Easter Eggs

What can you make with gorgeous origami papers besides origami? How about these pretty Origami Paper Easter Eggs? Origami papers are stunning on their own, with lush patterns and rich colors. They make it really easy to make something beautiful, like these Origami Easter Eggs. I love kicking off this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza with these DIY Origami Paper Easter Eggs.

Make these eggs with origami papers. So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com

Origami Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

To make Origami Paper Eggs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Four, 4” eggs; block or scrap piece
  • Origami papers (use all one pattern, or mix them up for a patchwork effect)
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Paper paste (Kathleen likes Yes! Paste)
  • Ribbon, ¼” wide
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; wooden skewer or chopstick; 1” putty knife; stiff bristle paintbrush; soft, flat bristle paintbrush
Origami papers are beautiful, and so are these eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll cut six paper sections to cover your egg. Mix and match your papers, or use all of one color and pattern.

To make Origami Paper Eggs:

1. Mark the center at the top and bottom of the egg using a sharp pencil. Insert the wooden skewer or chopstick in the center of the wide end; this will be your handle as you cover your egg.

2. Using the pattern, cut six segments from the origami paper. Make 3/8” snips along edges of each paper piece to ensure that the paper will smoothly hug the egg.

Easy origami Easter egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

For more variation, cut the paper pieces in half, and use different papers on the top and bottom of the egg.

3. Cover your egg with the origami paper:

  • Spread a thin layer of paper paste onto the egg (Kathleen does this with a stiff paintbrush).
  • Spread the paper paste on the reverse side of a paper piece section (Kathleen uses a putty knife).
  • Line up the paper piece with the center point on the narrow end of the egg, and carefully smooth the paper piece down onto the egg.
  • Adhere the edges, sealing the paper flat. If needed, make a few more small snips along the edges of the paper.
  • Add remaining paper sections, slightly overlapping each piece as you go.
  • Once it’s completely covered, roll the egg in your hands to help smooth out the papers.
  • Insert wood skewer or chopstick into a block or scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the eggs upright while they dry.
Pretty in purple! Origami Paper Easter Egg tutorial. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can simply use one color and pattern of origami paper, too.

4. Brush on Mod Podge to seal the egg. Let dry.

5. Gently remove the skewer or chopstick, and trim away excess paper. Cover the hole with a ½” square of origami paper. Brush Mod Podge over the square.

6. Wrap paper strips around the eggs for a finishing touch. Kathleen wrapped them around her eggs horizontally and vertically – see the photo for more ideas.

If you have any origami paper leftover, why not make Origami Paper Wall Art?

DIY this elegant wall art with origami papers. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love origami paper, but I don’t make origami. My daughter, however, makes beautiful origami creations. I am amazed at some of her intricate, folded paper constructions. It seems that everyone enjoys creating, and it’s fun to see what appeals to people. How about you — do you make origami?

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

Stay tuned for more beautiful eggs next week . . .

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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More than two dozen creative ways to decorate Easter eggs

It’s Easter Eggstravaganza time! Every year, I have a blast pulling together tutorials for beautifully decorated Easter eggs made with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and a sometimes surprising collection of supplies. Through the years, I’ve featured eggs decorated with feathers, buttons, old t-shirts, and of course, glitter, fabric, tissue paper, and so much more. Today, I have more than two dozen creatively decorated eggs from past Eggstravaganzas. And tomorrow, the new eggs will roll!

2014 Easter Eggstravaganza

So many creative ways to decorate Easter eggs! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Frosted Easter Eggs

Springtime Needle Felted Easter Eggs

Button Egg

French Post Eggs in a Chicken Wire Cloche

Easter Egg Shadowbox

Jungle Eggs

Nature’s Butterfly Eggs

Vintage Tissue Tape Eggs

2013 Easter Eggstravaganza

2013 Collage

Easter Egg Topiary

Glittered Peek-a-Boo Eggs

Mini Mosaic Egg

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs

Decoupage Tissue & Ribbon Eggs

Faux Chocolate Easter Eggs

Tucked Fabric Easter Eggs

French Post Egg & Ancient Text Egg

Twine Easter Eggs

2012 Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee. Dozens of creative ways to decorate Easter eggs.

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Ombre Easter Eggs

Safari Eggs

Best Dressed Easter Eggs (made from repurposed girl’s tights)

Spa Eggs

Yarn Eggs

Paint Chip Flower Eggs

Vintage, Mixed Media Eggs

Here’s a preview of this year’s Easter Eggstravaganza. I hope you find an egg or two that you’ll just have to DIY. Or maybe you already have a favorite from years past?

2015 Easter Eggstravaganza on Crafts 'n Coffee!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

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An easy, calorie-free Chocolate Easter Egg Topiary

So, I kind of like checking out the plastic Easter eggs every year to see what’s new. There’s always a different pattern or design I can add to my collection for Easter morning. When I saw these “chocolate,” plastic Easter eggs, I knew it was an Easter craft in the making. After Patty Schaffer made her Purple Ombre Easter Egg Wreath, she agreed to make a Chocolate Easter Egg Topiary for Crafts ‘n Coffee, too. It looks mouthwatering, doesn’t it?

DIY a Chocolate Easter Egg  Topiary with inexpensive plastic eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Chocolate Easter Egg Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Chocolate Egg Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Chocolate plastic eggs, about 4-1/2 dozen (Oriental Trading has them on sale)
  • Fabric scraps
  • Sheet moss
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and mat

To make a Chocolate Egg Topiary:

  1. Cut fabric into 1-1/4” wide strips. Use double sided tape and straight pins to wrap and cover the cone in fabric strips.
Chocolate Easter Egg crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mmmm — milk or dark?

  1. Starting at the bottom, glue eggs in rows around the cone. Continue to work your way up to the top.
  1. Tuck bits of sheet moss in between the eggs to fill in gaps.

Wouldn’t this be the perfect centerpiece for Easter brunch or dinner? It’s everlasting, too, so make it a tradition and display this Chocolate Egg Tree for years to come.

DIY a Chocolate Easter Egg Topiary with inexpensive plastic eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Display this Chocolate Easter Egg Topiary every year for a family tradition.

You might also want to check out these classic, Marshmallow Peeps Topiary Cones.

How to DIY a marshmallow Peeps topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Chicks or bunnies — which one would you choose?

I don’t want you to miss Patty’s Purple Ombre Easter Egg Wreath from last week, either.

Love the Ombre Eggs. Make it in four easy steps over on CraftsnCofee.com.

Oriental Trading sells the ombre eggs in purple, pink, blue and green. Or, use eggs in your favorite colors or patterns.

Here’s what I added to my egg stash this year – Bacon & Egg Easter Eggs and Garden Gnome Easter Eggs. These are going to make an appearance in the Easter morning egg hunt for sure.

What are the craziest plastic Easter eggs you’ve seen?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

P.S. Speaking of eggs, look for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza later this week!

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How to DIY an Easter Egg Wreath (in purple ombre!)

The purple eggs on this Easter Egg Wreath remind me of jelly beans. Designer Patty Schaffer made this Easter Egg Wreath with purple plastic eggs in three different shades for an ombre effect. The ombre eggs are on sale over at Oriental Trading, and they’re also available in pink, blue and green. Mix it up and use whatever color you like. Here’s how to make your Easter Egg Wreath in four easy steps. (I have a winner to announce today, too.)

Love the Ombre Eggs. Make it in four easy steps over on CraftsnCofee.com.

Purple Ombre Easter Egg Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14” wreath
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Plastic eggs, at least 7 dozen (you’ll find the purple ombre eggs at Oriental Trading)
  • Spanish moss
  • Ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and mat

To make an Easter Egg Wreath:

  1. Cut fabric into 1-1/4” wide strips. Pin and glue a strip to the back of the wreath, and then wrap the strip around the wreath; pin and glue the other end. Continue wrapping the wreath till covered.
  1. Randomly glue eggs to the wreath till it’s covered completely.
How to make an Easter Egg Wreath in four easy steps. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tuck in bits of Spanish moss between the eggs.

  1. Tuck in Spanish moss between the eggs, filling in empty spaces.
  1. Tie ribbon in a bow, and glue to the wreath.

Easy, right? Do you like the purple ombre eggs, or would you choose a different color?

Love the Ombre Eggs. Make it in four easy steps over on CraftsnCofee.com.

Oriental Trading sells the ombre eggs in purple, pink, blue and green. Or, use eggs in your favorite colors or patterns.

I have a winner to announce, too. Thank you to everyone who visited StyrofoamCrafts.com and took a tour around the site. I loved hearing about your favorite crafts, and read every single comment. The team at Dow helped select today’s winner and it is Barb Macaskill. Barb has an especially inspiring list of crafts she plans to make from the site! Congratulations, Barb. Please contact me so I can arrange for your prize package.

Who has weekend craft plans?

Happy crafting.

 Sharon

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Ten Carrot Crafts to DIY

Spring is all about the bunnies, which means you need to have a few carrot crafts, too. Today I’m sharing ten carrot crafts from several favorite bloggers (or should I say ten, ten-carat carrot crafts?). We all know carrots are sweet, but who knew they could be so cute! Which one is your favorite?

Yarn-Wrapped Carrots with ric-rac tops from Lolly Jane

DIY Cute Yarn Carrots from Lolly Jane.

Yarn Carrots with ric-rac tops by Lolly Jane.

Yarn-Wrapped Carrots with raffia stems from Positively Splendid

Sweet Yarn Carrots from Positively Splendid

Yarn Carrots with Raffia Stems from Positively Splendid.

Rustic Twine Carrots from As Mom Sees It

Rustic Twine Carrots from As Mom Sees It

Rustic Twine Carrots from As Mom Sees It

Dyed Twine Carrot from Debbie-Doos

Dyed Twine Carrot by Debbie Doos

Dyed Twine Carrot by Debbie-Doos

Baker’s Twine Carrot from Keeping It Simple

DIY Baker's Twine Carrot by Keeping It Simple.

Baker’s Twine Carrot by Keeping It Simple

Fabric Strip Carrots from Sassy Style  

DIY Fabric Strip Carrots by Sassy Style

Fabric Strip Carrots by Sassy Style

Carrot Spring Wreath from The Country Chic Cottage

Carrot Spring Wreath by The Country Chic Cottage

Carrot Spring Wreath by The Country Chic Cottage

Jelly Bean Carrot from Simply Designing

DIY a Jelly Bean Carrot with Ashley at Simply Designing.

Jelly Bean Carrot by Simply Designing

Now, with all of these carrots, you know there will be a few bunnies, too.

Sleep Tight Bitsy Bunny from StyrofoamCrafts.com

Adorable, no-sew Easter bunny & carrot craft. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sleep Tight Bitsy Bunny (I bet he’s dreaming of carrots). On StyrofoamCrafts.com

Three Baby Bunnies & One Very Big Carrot from StyrofoamCrafts.com

DIY no-sew plush Easter Craft. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Three Baby Bunnies & One Very Big Carrot

Through all of the cold and snow this winter, a bunny has been leaving tracks at night across our porch, and then right across the three-foot piles of snow on the deck. Maybe I’ll put out a few carrots to tide him over till the snow melts!

Don’t forget about our giveaway – there are no carrots in the prize package, but there is a chocolate bunny. Today is the last day to enter, so go check it out.

Happy carrot crafting!

Sharon

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Hundreds of free craft tutorials? Yes, please!

You can never have enough craft ideas, right? That’s the idea behind StyrofoamCrafts.com, the mother lode of more than 800, crafty DIYs to inspire your next project. Dow has been working hard behind the scenes to make StyrofoamCrafts.com easier to use and the source for all things creative. With loads of tutorials and enhanced navigation, you can find just what you’re looking for, from bunnies to beautiful home decor. And I’m celebrating with a giveaway!

Here’s what else you’ll find on StyrofoamCrafts.com (and it’s all free):

  • Video tutorials
  • Craft Club newsletter sign up. The Craft Club newsletter comes out several times a year and subscribers are the first to see fresh, new craft ideas.
  • Great Décor in a Flash – Without a Lot of Cash home decorating booklets.
Great Decor in a Flash -- Without a Lot of Cash

Learn how to make wall art and more in three free booklets from Dow.

The site has more than 30 categories of crafts and home decor, from wall art and window cornices to projects that celebrate eight different holidays. Christmas alone has 12 categories, from angels to wreaths. Easter is right around the corner, and you’ll find sweet bunnies, sassy ducks, and even more ideas for decorating eggs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Here are just a few seasonal craft ideas from the site.

Adorable, snuggly bunnies. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mama Bunny & baby Snuggles by Debra Quartermain.

Rainy Day Duck. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rainy Day Duck by Debra Quartermain

Pretty! And made with paper clay and foam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Weathered Plaster Eggs by Kathleen George.

Pretty eggs to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dragonfly Patina Eggs by Kathleen George.

Pressed flowers on foam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

15-Minute Faux Paper Eggs by Kathleen George.

Go on over and visit StyrofoamCrafts.com and you just might win a sweet prize package. To enter the giveaway, go to StyrofoamCrafts.com, page through the categories and find something you’d like to make. Then, come back here and leave a comment below to tell me which project has inspired you and why. Dow is going to help pick the winner and they’re eager to see your responses. This giveaway is going to have a quick turnaround – be sure to tell me which project you’d like to make by midnight Thursday, March 12. I’ll announce the winner on Friday the 13th.

Giving away a chocolate bunny on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could win a yummy, Chocolate bunny — and more!

Here’s what’s in the prize package:

  • A four-pack of 3-inch eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • A 10-ounce chocolate Easter bunny
  • A subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
  • And a few more seasonal treats (yummy!)

If you’d like a chance to win these goodies, please go visit StyrofoamCrafts.com and then leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to make.

I’ll wrap up today with a “thank you” to the Dow team who made it happen!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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How to make a Springtime, Paper Clay Bunny

My apologies to today’s Springtime, Paper Clay Bunny. He’s part of the new blog header, over on the left-hand side, but an unfortunate crop cut off his cute little head (fortunately, he didn’t suffer the same slight over on Facebook, where the photo is larger). This DIY Paper Clay Bunny is the charming companion to yesterday’s Paper Clay Spring Chick. Both of these springtime buddies are designed by Rebekah Meier.

You can DIY this! Just follow the step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Springtime Paper Clay Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

Adorable DIY! Make these with the step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love these both and cannot pick a favorite. Can you?

To make a Springtime, Paper Clay Bunny, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” & 1-1/2” balls
    • 4” egg
    • 3” disc
  • Paper clay (Rebekah uses Creative Paper Clay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: light pink, cream, yellow, soft white, burnt umber
  • Acrylic satin varnish
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Ribbon:
    • Grosgrain, ¼” x 12”
    • Satin, 1/8” x 6”
    • Decorative, ¾” x 10” (disc)
  • Fabric in coordinating print, 1” x 12”
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet, double sided
  • Floral stem wire, 18-gauge
  • Floral tape
  • Pearl beads, two 2mm
  • Button thread & needle
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Fine glitter
  • Glitter glue in yellow
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; toothpicks; flat and liner paintbrushes; bamboo skewer; clay roller; wire cutters

To make a Springtime, Paper Clay Bunny:

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

2. Ears: Cut two, 5-1/2″ pieces from stem wire. Bend wire in half so ends meet, creating ears. Wrap ears with floral tape. Insert ears into the bunny’s head.

3. Feet: Cut two, 4” lengths of stem wire. Bend each wire into an L-shape and wrap with floral tape. Insert wrapped wires into bottom of egg and glue in place.

4. Cover body with clay: Pinch off a golf ball size amount of paper clay, and roll into a ball. Roll flat with clay roller. Press clay onto the bunny’s body. Continue adding clay, pressing and smoothing until the bunny’s body is completely covered. If needed, wet clay slightly with water to keep it smooth.

Paper clay is easy to use and let's you create so many crafts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Use a toothpick to create lines for the fingers.

5. Gently pinch the clay on the front of the face, forming a slightly raised area for the bunny’s nose.

6. Roll two, 2” x ½” logs and shape into arms. Attach to the sides of the bunny. Using a toothpick, draw small lines on each hand to create paws.

7. Add thin strips of clay at the wrists and ankles to create cuffs.

8. Roll a small ball of clay and wrap around the 1” foam ball. Add more clay at one end to create an egg. Insert a 4” length of bamboo skewer into the bottom of the egg.

So sweet! This Easter bunny is made with paper clay and Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What a sweet face.

9. Painting: Be sure clay is completely dry before painting.

  • Head, feet and disc: cream
  • Bunny body: light pink
  • Cuffs at arms and legs: yellow
  • Egg: yellow
  • Bamboo skewer: soft white

10. Once the paint is dry, add details:

  • Egg – Use liner brush to paint zigzag lines and dots in light pink
  • Eyes – using pencil point, dab on two eyes and a nose in burnt umber. Highlight eyes with a small point of soft white.
  • Mouth – using liner brush, paint mouth in burnt umber

11. Mix one part burnt umber paint with two parts antiquing medium and apply to the entire body of bunny (including legs). Immediately remove excess with a paper towel or soft cloth.

Make a base for your crafts from a disc of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The bunny stands steady on a disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

12. Trace disc onto scrapbook paper, and cut out with decorative edge scissors. Glue to the bottom of the foam disc. Wrap decorative ribbon around the disc.

13. Glue bunny to the disc.

14. Glue a ½” wide fabric strip around the bunny’s neck. Tie ½” wide fabric strip in bow, and glue to the neck.

15. Apply one coat of varnish to the disc and the chick. While slightly wet, sprinkle with glitter.

16. Blush cheeks and inner ears with cosmetic blush.

17. Squeeze glitter glue on the cuffs at the wrists and ankles.

How to make a ribbon rosette. CraftsnCoffee.com.

There are so many sweet details on this bunny.

18. Ribbon rosette: Stitch a gathering stitch along the edge of a 6” length of ¼” wide grosgrain ribbon. Pull ribbon to gather the ribbon, creating a small flower. Knot thread and cut off. Repeat. Glue ribbon flowers to the front of the bunny. Glue a pearl bead to the center of each flower.

19. Tie ribbon around the bamboo skewer at the bottom of the Easter egg.

20. Brush bunny’s cheeks with cosmetic blush.

Adorable DIY! Make these with the step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

They make the cutest couple!

Do you remember the Bunny & Chick Candy Jars Rebekah shared several years ago?

bunny & chick Easter decorating ideas

Folk Art Candy Jars by Rebekah Meier.

This Easter Egg Shadow Box is another springtime craft made with paper clay.

This folk art would cost a lot in the store, but you can make it yourself. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easter Egg Shadow Box by Denise White.

When I start sharing chicks and bunnies, I know that spring will soon be here. Another sign of spring? Earlier this week, I saw a bluebird! I’m pretty sure he was looking for nesting materials on the snow-covered ground, and you couldn’t miss his bright blue and orange feathers. What signs of spring do you see in your neighborhood?

An Eastern Bluebird. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I saw a bluebird this week!

Happy crafting.

Sharon   

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