Mother’s Day Craft: DIY a Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

Nobody needs more work, especially moms, right? This easy Mother’s Day craft is made with faux succulents, so nobody has to keep one more thing alive. The faux concrete planter is super easy for you to DIY, too. When I painted my Faux Concrete Eggs, I painted an extra egg for this Faux Concrete Succulent Planter. If there are others in your life who can use an easy-care “thank you” gift, you might want to paint a few extra eggs, too.

DIY Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

Making this faux, concrete planter is easy, and the faux succulents are easy-care, too.

To make a Faux Concrete Succulent Planter, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5” egg
    • Block, cube or other scrap piece
  • Faux succulents, 3 – 5 stems (the number will depend on the size)
  • Folk Art Faux Concrete Finish
  • Acrylic craft paint in pink, or other color of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; painter’s tape; wood skewer; stiff bristle paintbrush; wire knippers
DIY Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

I used pink for my color blocking, and you can substitute any color you choose.

To make a Faux Concrete Succulent Planter:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the eggs, so that it will stand.

2. Insert a skewer in the flat end of the egg and use it as a handle.

3. Brush on a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Insert the wood skewer into a foam cube or block to hold the egg upright while it dries.

4. Tape off a portion of the egg for color blocking. Be sure the edges of the painter’s tape are secure and sealed.

DIY Faux Concrete Eggs

This is how I painted my Faux Concrete Eggs. If you’re making the planter, you will cut a slice from the wide end of the egg first, before painting. Insert the skewer into the flat end of the egg.

5. Following the instructions on the package, brush on the base coat of the concrete finish. Before it dries, dab on and blend the darker top coat. Let dry.

6. Remove the painter’s tape, and brush on acrylic craft paint in the unmasked areas.

7. Trim succulent stems to about 1-1/2”. Insert and arrange in the top of the egg. When you’re pleased with the arrangement, remove each stem, squeeze glue in each hole, and then place the stem back in the hole.

 DIY Faux Concrete Succulent Planter.

You might make these planters for favorite teachers, too.

If you need more crafty ideas for Mom, then take a peek at this round up of 35+ DIY ideas for Mother’s Day.

DIY Mother's Day crafts

Mother's Day craft for kids

Sneak peek!

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, and a lot of these ideas would also make a wonderful “thank you” gift for a favorite teacher. Whatever your plans for next week, be sure to say “thank you” to the hard-working teachers in your life!

Here’s a little preview . . . Wait till you see the cute craft idea that the littles can make for Mom. See you Friday!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Born in China movie craft: DIY a Panda Bear!

I am eager to see the new Disneynature movie Born in China, which debuts today. The documentary follows a Panda bear family, and after watching the movie, this DIY Panda Bear craft for kids would make for a fun, family craft night. Pandas aren’t the only “stars” in the movie, and you’ll also learn about the lives of golden monkeys and snow leopards. This looks like a movie everyone in the family will enjoy, and afterwards, why not pull out the craft supplies and make your own Panda Bear. The tutorial is from several years ago, so click on through!

DIY Panda Bear craft for Born in China movie

Watch the movie Born in China, and then have a family craft night and make your own Panda Bear.

Kathleen George made a Panda Bear Ornament with socks and a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and I think you could change it up and make this for every day, too.

DIY Panda Bear craft for Born in China movie

Replace the scarf with a ribbon and bow to make this an all-season Panda Bear.

You’ll find more information about the movie Born in China on the Disneynature web site. They also have a wonderful activity packet for kids, and a guide for educators.

I hope to see Born in China this weekend. How about you?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Spice up your Cinco de Mayo with a DIY Chili Pepper Door Hanger

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Have you already put away the eggs and baskets? If so, I have a suggestion for your next holiday craft – DIY a Chili Pepper Door Hanger for Cinco de Mayo on May 5. (It’s hard to believe that May is right around the corner!) This colorful Cinco de Mayo craft is straight out of Texas, home for designer Debi Schmitz. If Debi’s super-sized, 20” chili pepper doesn’t grab your attention, surely the bright, striped ribbon and colorful buttons will! It’s a fun & spicy Cinco de Mayo decoration, and I hope you’ll give it a go.

DIY Cinco de Mayo decoration

To make a Chili Pepper Door Hanger, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Craft paper, newspaper, or other paper for pattern
  • Fabric:
    • Red, ½ yd.
    • Green, ¼ yd.
  • Ribbon, multicolor, 7/8” x 5 yds.
  • Metal ring, 1”
  • Buttons in assorted colors and ¼” – 3/8” dia.
  • Seed beads, green (or other colors of your choice)
  • Sequin pins, 7/8”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or utility knife
DIY Cinco de Mayo craft

Bright buttons and colorful ribbon amp it up.

To make a Chili Pepper Door Hanger:

1. Cut out the chili pepper:

  • Cut out pattern A & pattern B. Note the fold lines as you cut them out.
  • Tape A & B together, and pin the pepper pattern to the foam sheet.
  • Trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Wax your knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle, and then cut out the chili pepper.
  • Sand edges smooth with a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
DIY Cinco de Mayo decoration

Cut out Patterns A & B, tape them together, and pin them to the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

How to cut a sheet of STYROFOAM

Cut out the pepper with a utility knife or serrated knife.

How to Sand smooth Styrofoam

After cutting, sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Center the foam chile pepper on the reverse side of a 28” x 16” piece of red fabric. Add 2″ all around the pepper, and cut out the fabric.

3. Cover the front with fabric:

  • Wrap the fabric around the pepper, pinning and gluing the extra fabric to the back of the pepper.
  • Ease the fabric around the rounded edges, keeping it smooth and even.
  • Keep the fabric taut, but not distorted. Trim away excess fabric.
DIY Cinco de Mayo craft

Center the foam pepper on the wrong side of the red fabric.

DIY a super-sized chili pepper for Cinco de Mayo

Pin and glue the fabric to the back of the pepper.

4. Cover the back with fabric:

  • Spread a thin layer of glue on the edges of the pinned fabric.
  • Center a 25” x 13” piece of red fabric on the back of the chili.
  • Smooth the fabric and press the edges into the glue.
  • When dry, trim the edges neatly.

5. Add the green top:

  • Using pattern C, cut top from green fabric.
  • Spread a thin layer of fabric glue around the top edge of the chili.
  • Place the green fabric on the front of the chili, with the excess fabric at the top.
  • Pin fabric at the top.
  • Turn chili over, and pin and glue fabric to the back.
  • Trim away excess fabric.
DIY Cinco de Mayo Chili Pepper Door Hanger

Wrap the excess fabric to the back, and pin and glue in place.

6. Outline the zig zag edge with buttons: Thread a bead and a button on a sequin pin, dip pin in glue, and insert. Repeat, till the zig zag edge of the pepper top is filled in.

DIY Cinco de Mayo Chili Pepper Door Hanger

Glue ribbon around the green top.

7. Pin and glue ribbon around the green fabric top, covering the edge.

8. Add the hanger:

  • Thread a 22” length of ribbon through the metal ring.
  • Pin and glue one end of the ribbon at each side where the green and red fabrics meet.
  • Pin and glue in place about 5” of the ribbon on each side of the pepper. Leave the remaining ribbon unattached to use as a hanger.

9.  Add ribbon streamers:

  • Fold in half two, 18” lengths of ribbon, and tie a knot in each end.
  • Thread a bead and a button on a pin, and pin and glue the streamers to one side of the pepper.
  • Repeat, adding streamers to the other side.

10. Pin on five more button/bead combinations along each side.

11. Pour a margarita and enjoy!

DIY Cinco de Mayo Chili Pepper Door Hanger

How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Here are a few more festive and fun Cinco de Mayo crafts from a while back.

DIY crafts & decor for Cinco de Mayo

Does your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo? What are your plans for May 5?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Get the whole family in on this DIY Easter Egg Wreath

I think Patty Schaffer’s DIY Easter Egg Wreath is the prettiest one yet! It’s a super-fast wreath to DIY, and a fun family activity, too. As the family gathers ‘round this holiday weekend, ask each family member to decorate an egg for the wreath. The plain white, plastic eggs are like mini canvases, each one a masterpiece in waiting. When the decorating is done, arrange the eggs on the wreath and you’ll have a family heirloom to enjoy for years to come. Let’s get “crackin'” on this Easter Egg & Spring Blossoms Wreath.

DIY easy Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg & Spring Blossoms Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

How to DIY a customized Easter Egg Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make this wrath a family project, and have each person decorate his or her own egg. Use favorite colors and designs, and even add your autograph!

DIY Easter Egg Wreath easy

Patty always has a pretty wreath hanging on her chalkboard at home.

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Plastic decorating eggs in white (these were from WalMart*)
  • Fabric, 10” x 45” strip
  • Gouache paints, acrylic craft paint, permanent markers, or egg dye kit
  • Faux spring silks: Pussy willow branches and flowering cherry branches
  • Reindeer moss
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; wire cutters

*These inexpensive, plastic eggs are sold in a cardboard egg carton, and made specifically for decorating. They do not open and are not fillable.

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

Look at how those colors pop!

To make an Easter Egg & Spring Blossoms Wreath:

1. Gather the family and decorate the eggs. If using egg dye, follow the instructions on the package. Or, paint the eggs with acrylic craft paints or gouache paints (Patty used gouache paints). You can also draw your designs with permanent markers.

How to make an easy Easter Egg Wreath

Wrap your fabric strip around the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and pin the fabric in place on the back of the wreath.

2. Loosely wrap the fabric strip around the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. As you wrap the fabric around the wreath, pin the fabric to the back of the wreath. Continue till the wreath is completely covered.

3. Arrange the cherry blossom branches and pussy willow branches where the fabric ends meet on the wreath. Trim branches as needed to create a pleasing arrangement. Glue branches in place.

4. Add moss in and around the branches; be sure to cover any visible hot glue.

DIY spring Easter Egg Wreath

Such happy colors!

5. Arrange eggs around the moss and branches. When pleased with the arrangement, glue the eggs in place.

6. If you like, add more cherry blossoms, pussy willows, and moss to fill in the arrangement.

7. Thread ribbon through the wreath for a hanger.

DIY Easter Egg Wreath

I hope Patty will share a few more wreaths with us!

No matter what your faith or traditions are, I wish you a warm and happy weekend surrounded by good friends and family! Enjoy!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY Spring Gift Idea for Mother’s Day, teachers, or maybe you!

Today I have a quick, DIY spring gift idea, thanks to Debra Quartermain sharing her Simple, Spring Flower Cones. These colorful cones are so blooming sweet! And easy enough that you can make multiples for Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day. In fact, these pretty flower arrangements work up fast enough that you can still make the trio for your Easter table centerpiece. Use the flowers, paper or fabric you have on hand, or change it up with new favorites.

Easy DIY Teacher gift or Mothers Day gift

Simple Spring Flower Cones by Debra Quartermain.

To make Simple, Spring Flower Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 9” cones
  • Scrapbook paper, three 12” x 12” sheets (Debra used vellum paper) or fabric
  • Silk flowers, three (Debra used large gerbera daisies)
  • Fabric brads or buttons, nine
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; wire cutters

To make Simple, Spring Flower Cones:

1. Cut out your paper or fabric to cover the cone:

  • Place foam cone on the edge of a sheet of scrapbook paper or piece of fabric.
  • Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
  • Roll cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone. Add ½” along the top line.
  • Trace around the bottom of the cone on unused portion of paper or fabric.
  • Cut out both pieces.

2. Cover your cone:

  • Wrap cone piece around the cone, overlapping and gluing the seam at the back.
  • At top of cone, fold down excess paper and glue to secure.
  • Glue circle to the bottom of the cone.
  • Repeat for all three cones.

3. Dip brad ends in glue and insert three brads, evenly spaced, down front of each cone. Or, glue buttons to the front of each cone.

4. Trim flower stems to 3”. Dip ends in glue, and insert into tops of cones.

 DIY easy gift idea for mom or teachers

I’m a big fan of gerbera daisies, but you can use other flowers if you prefer. Debra wrapped her cones in vellum paper, but you can change up this, too.

Sneak peek of the prettiest Easter craft. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek! Don’t miss Friday!

I hope you’ll join me Friday for a very last-minute Easter craft. When Patty Schaffer showed me her most recent creation yesterday, I fell in love and knew I had to share it with you. Yes, it’s going to be last minute, but it’s not to be missed. You can make it a family project over Easter weekend, and you’ll have a gorgeous and memorable keepsake for years to come.

See you Friday, and happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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How to DIY a Spring Magnolia Wreath for your front door

Yesterday, the magnolia tree beside the house was blooming; today, it’s covered in snow! All the more reason to love Patty Schaffer’s beautiful, DIY Magnolia Wreath. Here’s her secret – she’s used a silk magnolia leaf garland, so this wreath will last season after season, no matter what the weather. Here’s something else I’d like to share – I actually got to meet Patty a few weeks ago! Yay! Read on for the DIY on this Spring Magnolia Wreath and my little road trip.

DIY Spring Magnolia Wreath

Spring Magnolia Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Spring Magnolia Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Magnolia leaf garland, 6-ft.*
  • Magnolia leaf garland with blossoms, 6-ft.*
  • Fabric, ¼ yd.
  • Ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; pins

*Hobby Lobby carries magnolia garlands, and the other craft chains probably do, too. Patty ordered her garland from Save-on-Crafts.

DIY Magnolia Wreath

The ribbon is optional, but I like how it accents the copper color on the reverse side of the leaves.

 DIY Spring Magnolia Wreath

As you can see, it’s beautiful without the ribbons, too.

To make a Spring Magnolia Wreath:

  1. Cut fabric into 2” wide strips. Wrap the strips around the wreath to cover the foam. Use pins to secure ends.
  2. Cut apart the garland so that you have individual leaves and small bunches of leaves.
  3. Pin and glue the leaves to the wreath. Work around the wreath in one direction, and overlap the leaves as you go.
  4. Arrange and then pin and glue in place two – three magnolia blossoms and buds.
  5. Optional: Add ribbon loops and tails around the blossoms, and secure with pins.
  6. Loop ribbon through the wreath for a hanger.
 DIY Spring Magnolia Wreath

Patty displays the wreath on the chalkboard in her kitchen.

Patty has made many beautiful wreaths, and you may be familiar with her famous spring grass wreath. That’s how I first met Patty – when I saw her cute spring wreath on Pinterest, I reached out to her to see if she could create a similar spring wreath for Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’m so glad she said “yes”!

DIY spring grass wreath

Welcome Spring Wreath

I was on the road a few weeks ago and I knew I would be in Patty’s neighborhood. So we had a quick meet up at her aunt & uncle’s greenhouse, Hickory Grove Greenhouses. Patty showed me some of the wreaths and other arrangements she makes for the greenhouse – all beautiful, of course! We also had a peek into the walk-in cooler, packed from floor to ceiling with potted bulbs that would soon burst into bloom.

Patty Schaffer at Hickory Grove Greenhouses

Patty and I at Hickory Grove Greenhouses.

Patty makes beautiful crafts from paper, too, and you can see many of them in her etsy shop, P.S. it’s in the details.

We had a few more fun stops on our road trip, including the Jello-O Gallery Museum in LeRoy, New York. Back in 1897, carpenter Pearle Wait created a fruit flavored gelatine dessert that his wife named Jell-O. He sold the trademark in 1899 for $450, and you know the rest of the story!

Jell-O Gallery Museum

Jell-O Gallery Museum in LeRoy, New York.

Another day we stopped in for lunch and browsing at An Unlikely Story, the bookstore and café owned by Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Who else loves to browse bookstores? The shop has a terrific line up of author talks, too – I wish I lived closer!

An Unlikely Story bookstore & cafe

We stopped in at An Unlikely Story for lunch and browsing.

Back at home, what a difference a day makes. Here’s my blooming magnolia tree, taken yesterday before the snow fell. It’s a very tall and gangly tree, and oftentimes, the weather zaps the buds before it can bloom. At least it bloomed for a brief while this year.

Blooming magnolia tree

A few blooms on my magnolia tree, before the snow started to fall.

And here’s the same view this morning! Crazy, right?

snow covered magnolias

Crazy April snow!

At least Patty’s Spring Magnolia Wreath will keep on blooming! Is there a spring wreath hanging on your front door?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Stitch up beautiful, Embroidered Sweater Eggs

Every Christmas, Kathleen George’s Sweater Ornaments are one of the most popular tutorials on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so I am excited that Kathleen is sharing her DIY, Embroidered Sweater Eggs today. Now, these would be pretty enough made with soft, pastel sweaters, especially if you’re lucky enough to find sweaters with cables and other designs. However, Kathleen sweetened the deal and embroidered her Sweater Eggs. The details are beautiful! So, run out to your second-hand store, or search in the back of your sweater drawer for some forgotten sweater, and DIY a few Sweater Eggs!

DIY Sweater Eggs embroidered

DIY Embroidered Sweater Eggs

The sweet, embroidered flowers are made with simple stitches, and I’ll share links to tutorials below.

To make Embroidered Sweater Eggs, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” eggs
  • Old sweater
  • Persian wool, one length each of light green, dark green, peach and purple
  • Optional: Pearl head pins for flower centers
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; fine tip marker; pencil; table knife or 1″ putty knife; tapestry needle

To make Embroidered Sweater Eggs:

1. Mark the top and bottom of the egg with the pencil, and using these points, center a rubber band around the egg from top to bottom. Using a sharp pencil, score a line around the egg, using the rubber band as your guide.

2. Move the rubber band and repeat, dividing the egg into four equal quarters.

3. Carefully score the lines again and mark them with the marker to be sure you can clearly see the grooves.

4. Using the pattern, cut four pieces from the sweater. Hint: If your sweater has cables or other designs, cut your pieces to incorporate these.

5. Cover each section on the egg with a piece of sweater fabric:

  • Center a fabric piece over the corresponding scored section on the egg.
  • Position the knife blade on the fabric directly over a scored line.
  • Keeping the knife as straight as possible, gently push the fabric seam allowance straight into the scored line on the ball.
  • Alternate between sides as you tuck in the sweater fabric, and be sure to keep the fabric smooth.
  • Add the other fabric pieces in the same manner.
  • When egg is covered, use small scissors to carefully trim away any excess fabric and threads.
DIY Embroidered Sweater Eggs

You can use other stitches you know to embroider your eggs. Or, if your sweater has cables or other patterns, use those for embellishment instead.

6. Embroider your eggs. Needle ‘n Thread has excellent video tutorials for lots of stitches, so if you’re unfamiliar with these embroidery stitches, be sure to check out Mary’s tutorials. You can also change up the stitches and designs to suit your preferences. Here’s how Kathleen decorated her eggs:

DIY Embroidered Sweater Eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Imagine a basket of these in pastel colors!

Aren’t they lovely? Last year, Rebekah Meier shared her Embroidered Easter Eggs with us.

DIY easy Embroidered Easter Eggs

Embroidered Easter Eggs

This might be my last Easter craft this year . . . Have you already wrapped up your Easter crafts and decorated your eggs? I don’t want to rush the season, but I don’t want to show a “must-make” fabulous idea two days before Easter, either!

Happy spring crafting!

Sharon

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Saying “goodbye” to March with a little DIY, Barnyard Lamb

March roared in like a lion, and to make sure it goes out like a lamb, I’m featuring this Barnyard Lamb craft for kids. This little lamb is a craft older children can tackle on their own, and younger children may need a little coaching from an adult. Designer Linda Valentino shared a barnyard of spring animal crafts with us, including a Water Bottle Chick and Sock Bunny. That’s quite a crafty menagerie!

DIY lamb craft for kids

To make a Barnyard Lamb, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 3” and 2” eggs
  • Felt: three 9” x 12” sheets in white; scrap of black
  • Black acrylic craft paint
  • Wiggle eyes, 10mm, two
  • Pink pom pom, ½”
  • Black chenille stems, four (cut to 9” each)
  • Flat baby clothespins, 2 ½”, four
  • Ribbon, 3/8” wide
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; paintbrush; paper plate

To make a Barnyard Lamb:

1. Cut out approximately 65, 1-¾” circles from the white felt. You’ll cut about 30 circles from each sheet. If you’ve marked your circles with a pencil first, cut inside the lines so the lines do not show.

2. Cut two ears from black felt and a tail from white felt.

3. Slightly flatten point of the 2” egg (head). Paint head and ½” of clothespin ends (legs) with black paint.

4. Attach the head to the top, narrow end of the 3” egg. Dip two toothpicks in glue and insert into the 3” egg. Squeeze on a little more glue, and pick and glue the head onto the body.

5. Dip top end of legs in glue and push into bottom of body.

6. Squeeze a puddle of glue onto paper plate. Place the end of the paintbrush in center of a felt circle and, holding felt circle around handle, dip center of circle into glue. Push circle center into body. Repeat, adding circles about ½” – ¾” apart, until body is covered. Add two circles to top of head, creating a little tuft.

7. Add the details:

  • Glue eyes, ears, and nose to face.
  • Glue tail to body.
  • Wrap each leg with one chenille stem.
  • Tie ribbon in a bow and glue to neck.
DIY sheep craft for kids

How clever that Linda used clothespins for the hooves!

Designer Kathleen George used a different technique to DIY her little Lamb, and she covered her foam egg with Crayola Model Magic.

DIY lamb kid's craft

Little Lamb by Kathleen George

This Hair-Raising Sheep is a little silly, but you know kids will love to watch its grassy mop grow.

DIY lamb craft for kids

Hair-Raising Sheep by Kathleen George

Here’s the complete barnyard Linda shared with us this spring, including the Sock Bunny and Water Bottle Chick.

DIY easy animal crafts for kids

Years ago, I remember my daughter and I making little pink piggies. She had so much fun that day. Somewhere, I have photos of those cute little pigs . . . if I ever find them, I’ll be sure to share.

We have a rainy weekend on tap, but at least it’s not snow. Who has crafty weekend plans?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Springtime decorating idea: How to DIY a bright and happy Easter Egg Garland

I’ve hatched another idea for springtime decorating. Once I started decoupaging, I just kept going and going . . . and I made this Easter Egg Garland in happy shades of pink. I’m a fan of pink and it was easy enough to pull a few coordinating fabrics from my stash. But you can also decoupage these eggs with tissue paper, paper napkins, book pages, origami papers, or fabrics in your happy color. I used the same technique from when I made my Decoupage Fabric Eggs, and I’ll share it again here. (I’m also announcing the winners of the Spring Craft Giveaway today!)

DIY Easter Egg Garland with Styrofoam eggs, fabric and Mod Podge. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com

How to DIY an Easter Egg Garland. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make this your own! Change the colors, use paper instead of fabric, and use different sizes of eggs, too.

To make a Decoupage Easter Egg Garland, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Eggs, four, 3” and six, 2” (You can use more for a longer garland, and use different sizes, too.)
    • Cube or other scrap piece
  • Fabric in five different pink prints
  • Packaging twine in pink and white (I bought mine at Michaels)
  • Mod Podge
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewers; paintbrush; toothpicks; tapestry needle
Pretty Easter Egg Garland. Easy decoupage project. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can probably think of lots of places to hang your garland.

To make a Decoupage Easter Egg Garland:

1. Cut several, 1” strips from each fabric. Cut the fabric strips into triangles.

2. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of each egg to use as a handle.

3. Push a wood skewer all the way through each egg, about 1/3 down from the top. You’ll use these holes for stringing the eggs. Remove the skewer, and insert a toothpick into each hole.

How to DIY a pretty Easter Egg Garland. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mark each hole with a toothpick, so you don’t cover them with fabric. Remove the toothpicks before the Mod Podge dries, or they could get stuck (don’t ask me how I know . . .).

4. Working on one egg at a time, brush Mod Podge onto a portion of the egg, and place fabric triangles on the Mod Podge. Overlap the triangles to cover the egg. Brush Mod Podge over the fabric pieces. Continue covering the egg with fabric, working on one area at a time. When the egg is covered, remove the toothpicks before the Mod Podge dries. Insert the skewer into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold it upright while the egg dries. Continue till all of the eggs are covered in fabric.

5. Arrange your eggs in the order you will thread them onto the garland. Thread the tapestry needle with the packaging twine. Thread the eggs onto the twine.

6. Hang and display!

Love this! DIY Easter Egg Garland on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make your eggs during a few evenings of HGTV watching.

Here are the Decoupage Fabric Eggs I made with a bright combination of pink and orange. You could go in so many different directions with these eggs, depending on the fabrics, or papers, you choose.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs

These Framed Spring Eggs might be my favorite! They’re not pink, but the assorted shades of blue remind me of Robin’s eggs and springtime.

Pretty, DIY Spring Egg Wall Art on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Decoupage is easy, and so is this DIY wall art!

I hope you’ll make your own collection of happy eggs!

I know I’ll have two happy readers today, as I’m announcing the winners of the two Spring Craft Giveaway prize packages. I had fun reading about the many different ways you all plan to decorate your eggs! Random.org selected the winners and they are Rose and Kathy Ferguson. Congratulations! Please contact me for the details, Rose & Kathy!

Update: I need to hear from you, Rose & Kathy, by end of day April 14! I will need to pick another winner if I don’t hear from you!   

A big “thank you” to Plaid Crafts for supplying some of the goodies in the prize packages!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A precious, Paper Clay Easter Chick

It’s always a treat to share one of the “heirloom” paper clay crafts from Rebekah Meier. It’s amazing how Rebekah breaks down each step, so that anyone can make one of her delightful characters. While you may not make this whimsical, Paper Clay Easter Chick in an afternoon (there is drying time, after all), you will treasure her for years to come. Here’s how Rebekah made her Paper Clay Easter Chick, step by step. (Have you entered the Spring Craft Giveaway?)

DIY paper clay easter chick craft

Paper Clay Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier

To make a Paper Clay Easter Chick, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ BRAND FOAM:
    • Balls, one each 1-1/2” and 2-1/2”
    • Egg, one 3”
  • Air dry clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint in yellow, baby pink, raw umber, orange, skin tone, and tapioca
  • Maple gel stain
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Acrylic satin varnish
  • Glitter glue in crystal and pink
  • Crepe paper streamers in yellow
  • Floral wire, paper covered
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Button thread in cream
  • Cream blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; serrated knife; round toothpicks; clay knife; acrylic clay roller; powder; fine sand paper; needle; paintbrushes: ¼”, ½”, flat and liner

To make a Paper Clay Easter Chick:

1. Build the body: Dip a toothpick in glue, and insert it halfway into the narrow end of the egg. Pick and glue the 1-1/2” ball onto the egg.

2. Using clay knife, cut off a 3” piece of clay. On a hard surface (such as glass), sprinkle powder. Place clay onto powdered surface and roll with acrylic clay roller. Apply more powder onto roller as needed. Roll clay to a 1/8” thickness. Place clay onto body, completely covering it. Smooth clay with wet fingertips until all seams are blended. Add the details:

  • Roll a 1/4” strip and wrap around the head, creating a hood.
  • Shape a small diamond shape piece of clay into a beak and press onto the top of hood.
  • Roll two small balls and place onto the top of hood.
  • Roll two pin size balls and press to the front of body for buttons.
  • Roll a very tiny ball and place on the center of face for the nose.
DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

You’ll add a beak and eyes to her hood.

3. Add arms:

  • Bend floral wire in half and twist.
  • Cut wire to approximately 2-1/2” and insert into the shoulder area of body.
  • Add small pieces of clay around the wire, creating a short sleeve.
  • Smooth seams at the shoulders with wet fingertips.

4. Add legs:

  • Trim bamboo skewer to two, 2” pieces.
  • Insert skewers into the bottom of the body.
  • Cover skewers part way with clay to create pants.
DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

You can see her flower wand a little better in this photo.

5. Make the clay flower:

  • Roll six small, pea-size balls.
  • Arrange five balls around a center ball.
  • Let dry.
  • Glue 3” bamboo skewer to back of flower.

6. When clay is completely dry, sand with fine sandpaper till smooth. Wipe away excess dust with paper towel or soft cloth.

7. Paint the Chick:

  • Body – yellow
  • Face – skin tone
  • Buttons – baby pink
  • Beak – canyon orange
  • Eyes – dot on raw umber, then add tiny dot of cream
  • Mouth – raw umber, applied with liner brush
  • Eyes on hood – raw umber
  • Legs – canyon orange
  • Flower – baby pink petals and yellow center

8. Mix equal parts gel stain and staining & antiquing medium. Paint onto chick and wipe off immediately with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.

9. Brush on one coat of varnish, and let dry.

10. Fold in half lengthwise an 18” length of yellow crepe paper streamer. Fold again, creating a ½” wide strip. Gather open edge with button thread.  Place around the neck and gently pull and knot off, creating a collar.

DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

Add strips of fringed crepe paper to look like feathers.

11. Fold in half lengthwise a 12” length of crepe paper, and then fold again so the strip is ½” wide. Cut small snips along one edge. Repeat with a second strip of crepe paper. Glue both strips around the chick’s belly. Ruffle the fringe to create the look of feathers.

12. Repeat Step 11, adding fringed strips around the arms and legs.

13. Crumple a small piece of crepe paper and glue to the back of the head (hood) of body.

14. Make the base:

  • Using pencil, score a line around the middle of 2-1/2” ball. Cut ball in half with serrated knife. Save one half for another project.
  • Brush a thin layer of glue onto a half ball.
  • While wet, shake on pink glitter. Shake off excess.
  • Let dry.
  • Insert Chick’s legs, and adjust if needed till Chick stands straight.

15. Bend wire arms and insert flower.

16. Dot glitter glue on the buttons and flower.

17. Blush the cheeks.

DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

Paper Clay Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier

I don’t want you to miss out on the other paper clay figures Rebekah has shared with us in the past. Click through for the step-by-step tutorials to DIY each one. Make them all and have your own Rebekah Meier collection!

Springtime Paper Clay Bunny

DIY paper clay Easter bunny craft

Springtime, Paper Clay Bunny

Paper Clay Spring Chick

DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

Paper Clay Spring Chick

Flower Pot Chick 

DIY paper clay Easter chick craft

Flower Pot Chick

Flower Pot Bunny

DIY paper clay Easter bunny craft

Flower Pot Bunny

Bunny & Chick Candy Jars 

DIY easy paper clay crafts

Bunny & Chick Candy Jars

Which one is your favorite?

P.S. Be sure to enter the Spring Craft Giveaway by midnight on Monday, March 27!

Spring Craft Giveaway

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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