DIY a Donut Hole Tower and Donut Kebobs (and a Donut Giveaway!)

Why not throw a Donut Party for National Donut Day on June 2, or to celebrate the end of a school year, a new graduate, or really, do you need a reason? Hang a Donut Wreath on your front door, display this DIY Donut Hole Tower and DIY Donut Kebobs, and you’re ready to host a fun, Donut Party. Read on for more about the Donut Giveaway, too.

DIY Donut Cone and Donut Kebobs

DIY Donut Hole Cone and DIY Donut Kebobs

M-m-m-m-m-m . . . .

To make a Donut Hole Tower, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone (or other size)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Donut holes, about five dozen
  • Mini donuts, two
  • Optional: Pink icing & sprinkles
  • Tools needed: Clear tape; round toothpicks

To make a Donut Hole Tower:

1. Wrap the cone in plastic wrap, and tape in place.

2. Optional: Decorate a few donut holes with pink icing and sprinkles.

3. Add donut holes around the bottom of the cone first. To start, work with the larger donut holes, and save the smaller donut holes for the top portion of the cone. For each donut hole, insert two toothpicks, angled up, into the cone. Then, insert the donut hole onto the toothpicks. Continue to add rows of donut holes till the cone is filled.

4. Top off the cone with a pair of mini donuts, using toothpicks to hold them in place.

DIY Donut Hole Cone

The French word for a Donut Hole Tower is “croquembouche” – what a mouthful!

The French word for a Donut Hole Tower is “croquembouche”, which sounds so very fancy! And fancy enough that you could add this to a holiday brunch or bridal shower menu. Just be sure to leave room on the buffet for these Donut Kebobs, too. The kebobs are super easy to DIY, easy enough to whip up for a classroom party or Halloween bash.

DIY Donut Kebobs

You could top off the base with paper shred instead of sprinkles, but I think the sprinkles are much more festive.

To make Donut Kebobs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 2” x 4” x 12” block
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mini donuts, 28
  • Bamboo skewers, seven
  • Sprinkles
  • Optional: Pink icing, washi tape
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make Donut Kebobs:

1. Cut two strips of scrapbook paper to cover the foam block; add 1/8” to the height of your paper strips to create a small lip at the top of the foam block. This creates a rim to hold the sprinkles in place. Glue paper strips to foam block. Optional: Decorate with washi tape.

2. Optional: Decorate a few donuts with pink icing and sprinkles. This step isn’t necessary, but I liked the punch of color. Depending on your party theme, from Halloween to a bridal shower, you can change up the frosting to match the color scheme.

3. Thread four donuts on each bamboo skewer.

4. Insert the skewers into the foam block.

5. Spread sprinkles on top of the block.

6. Serve!

So fun & easy!

DIY Donut Hole Cone and Donut Kebobs

DIY Donut Wreath

Now, I want to share the fun! I’ve pulled together a Donut Giveaway, including a $25 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, donut socks, donut notepads, donut erasers, a donut banner, and washi tape. For your chance to win the Donut Giveaway, post a comment below about your favorite kind of donut. Leave your response by midnight on Thursday, June 1, and I’ll announce the winner on June 2, National Donut Day.

National Donut Day Giveaway

For your chance to win these goodies, leave a comment below about your favorite donut flavor. You must comment by midnight on Thursday, June 1. The winner will be announced on National Donut Day, June 2.

I’ll start – hands down, my favorite donuts are the freshly made, still warm donuts served at my local apple orchard. It’s a tradition that we visit the orchard each fall to indulge in the donuts. M-m-m-m-m!

Happy donut crafting (& eating)!

Sharon

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Do-nut miss this Donut Party, starting with a DIY Donut Wreath

I have a little fun planned this week, as I’m thinking ahead to National Donut Day on June 2. (Yes, June! It’s almost here, can you believe it?) I’m hoping that this week’s donut crafts will inspire you to host your own Donut Party to celebrate National Donut Day. To start, I’m sharing this sparkling, sweet & sprinkled DIY Donut Wreath.

DIY a Donut Wreath

To make a Donut Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12”, wreath with beveled front
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Fabric with sprinkles pattern, fat quarter size*
  • Glitter, crystal clear
  • Paper for pattern (I used wax paper)
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Spray adhesive
  • Tools needed: Scissors; marker; stiff paintbrush; newspaper

*I ordered a fat quarter from Spoonflower. (Spoonflower is my rabbit hole!)

DIY Donut Wreath

I found my Sprinkles fabric on Spoonflower, and there are lots of options.

To make a Donut Wreath:

1. Paint wreath brown and let dry.

2. Trace around the wreath on paper. Draw a scallop edge around the outside. Cut out and place the pattern on your wreath. Be sure you like how the scallop edge will look; if you don’t like it, make a new pattern. (I didn’t like my first pattern, and revised it to create a new scalloped edge.)

3. Using pattern, cut out the sprinkles fabric, and glue fabric to the front of the wreath.

4. Spread out newspaper, and working in a well ventilated area, lightly spray the wreath with spray adhesive. Sprinkle with crystal clear glitter. Let dry.

5. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem to form a hanging loop. Insert and glue in the back of the wreath.

DIY Donut Wreath

Throw a Donut Party for the end of the school year, a graduate, a bride-to-be, new mom, or do you really need a reason?!

DIY Donut Wreath

Do you follow Courtney over at Crafts by Courtney? Courtney shared her own version of a super-cute Donut Wreath over on Make it Fun.

DIY Donut Wreath

Courtney made her super-cute Donut Wreath with felt.

Kudos to Barb, who guessed the answer to last week’s riddle: What has no beginning, no end and no middle? Answer: A donut!

Here’s a little more donut fun – take this quiz and tell us what your favorite donut says about your personality!

Happy crafting, and see you on Friday!

Sharon

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A new idea for a summer wreath: DIY a Patriotic Mesh Ribbon Wreath

The temperature soared past 90 this week, so it’s high time to share this new, Patriotic Summer Wreath from Patty Schaffer. The wreath’s officiall name is a mouthful – DIY Patriotic, Mesh Tubing Ribbon Wreath, phew! When I’ve featured a craft made with mesh tubing or ribbon in the past, I’ve had readers say “I’ve always wondered what to do with that product.” So, I’m glad Patty is sharing her pretty and Patriotic Summer Wreath and showing us another way to use mesh tubing.

DIY Patriotic Summer Wreath

To make a Patriotic, Mesh Tubing Ribbon Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Mesh tubing in red, white and blue (30 yds each)
  • Spool wire, 22 gauge
  • White, glitter stars, purchased or make your own
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Glue dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; pins
DIY patriotic summer wreath

Patriotic Mesh Ribbon Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Patriotic, Mesh Tubing Ribbon Wreath:

1. Make U-pins: Bend 2-1/2” lengths of wire into ‘U’ shapes.

DIY Patriotic Summer Wreath

Pinch together 2 – 3 loops, and pin them to the wreath.

2. Starting with blue, coil the tubing to make two to three loops approximately 2” across. Pinch loops together at the bottom, and secure to the wreath with a U-pin. It’s not necessary to cut the loops from the length of mesh tubing. Add another set of loops and pin in place next to the first set.

Here are a few more hints Patty shared for covering the wreath with the mesh tubing:

  • Fill in the wreath in this order: outside edge first; then the face of the wreath; and finally the inside edge.
  • The loops don’t need to be in neat rows; just fill in the area.
  • If you need to cut the loops from the longer length to move from one area to the next, be sure the ends are securely pinned to the wreath after cutting.

3. In between the groups of blue loops, add in loops of white mesh tubing. Continue to add more sets of loops till you cover about ¼ of the wreath with blue and white loops.

DIY Patriotic Summer Wreath

Patty filled in the blue portion first, and then added the red and white stripes.

4. Use the same technique to add alternating stripes of red and white deco tubing.

5. Attach white, glittered stars to the blue section with glue dots.

DIY Patriotic Summer Wreath

Patty used purchased stars, but you can easily cut them from cardstock, too.

6. Pin and glue a ribbon loop to the back of the wreath for hanging.

DIY Patriotic Summer Wreath

This Patriotic, Deco Mesh Wreath is from a while back. I think deco mesh and mesh tubing are somehow related, like distant cousins.

DIY Deco Mesh Patriotic Wreath

Flashes of silver ribbon add sparkle to this Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreath.

Patty also shared with us her Wrap & Roll Bandana Wreath a few years ago.

DIY Patriotic Bandana Wreath

Wrap & Roll Patriotic Bandana Wreath

A reminder that today is National Mod Podge Day! Celebrate!

May 10 is National Mod Podge Day! Don't miss it!I have some sweet fun planned for next week, and I can’t wait to share! Here’s a hint – do you know the answer to this riddle: What has no beginning, no end and no middle?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Science Fair Project: How to make a Molecule Model

Today I have more inspiration for your next science project – an easy, DIY Molecule Model. Last week, Linda Valentino shared her tutorial for making an Atom, and today, she’ll show how to make Water and Methane Molecule Models. Follow Linda’s lead to mix and match the atoms to make other Molecules, too. If your end-of-school-year agenda doesn’t include a science project, be sure to bookmark this page for next year. You know you’ll need it sometime!

Easy DIY Molecule Models

To make a Molecule Model, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2” ball and four, 1-1/2” balls (Methane Molecule)
    • One 2” ball and two, 1-1/2” balls (Water Molecule)
  • Wood dowel, 3/16” x 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint in red, blue and white
  • Optional: Letter stickers in black
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; toothpicks

To make a Molecule Model:

1. Cut dowel with scissors into four, 2-½” lengths. Paint white. You’ll use two dowels for a Water Molecule and four for a Methane Molecule.

2. Insert toothpicks into the balls and use as handles while painting. Paint the 2” balls red and the 1-½” balls blue.

3. Water Molecule (H2O):

  • You’ll use one red ball (Oxygen); two blue balls (Hydrogen); and two dowel lengths.
  • Dip one end of each dowel length in glue, and insert into the blue balls.
  • Squeeze glue on other ends of dowels, and insert into the red ball.

4. Hydrogen Molecule (CH4):

  • You’ll use one red ball (Carbon); four blue balls (Hydrogen); and four dowel lengths.
  • Dip one end of each dowel length into glue, and insert into the blue balls.
  • Squeeze glue on other ends of dowels, and insert into the red ball.

5. Optional: Use letter stickers to label each ball. If needed, add a dab of glue to help secure the stickers to the balls.

DIY easy Molecule Models

I have a few more Homework Helpers, so if you’re looking for more ideas, be sure to check them out.

Bookmark these! The best school project tutorials! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s a fun fact – designer Linda Valentino used to be a teacher – an art teacher! Did you have a favorite teacher? I remember every art teacher I had, and many others, too.

Here’s another fun fact — this Friday, May 10, is National Mod Podge Day! I think I’ll celebrate, how about you?

May 10 is National Mod Podge Day! Don't miss it!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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A+ science project: How to make a model of an atom (and the gift card winners)

The last few weeks of school seem to go on forever, don’t they? And then there are the last-minute projects . . . I hope today’s tutorial to DIY a model of an atom will help ease the pain! When you hear “mom, I’ve got a science project due tomorrow”, Crafts ‘n Coffee has you covered! Thank you to Linda Valentino for today’s tutorial on how make a Lithium Atom with balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. (Need more ideas? Check out the DNA Model, Animal Cell Model, Plant Cell Model and Solar System models, too.)

DIY a a model of an atom

To make a model of a Lithium Atom, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Six, 1-1/2” balls and three, 1” balls
  • Metal rings, two
  • Wire, 26-gauge in silver
  • Monofilament (clear) nylon thread
  • Acrylic craft paint in red, blue and yellow
  • Toothpicks
  • Straight pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; paintbrush

To make a model of a Lithium Atom:

1. Push one ring into the other and center. Wrap wire around joints until secure. Squeeze glue onto wire, and let dry.

2. Insert toothpicks into the foam balls, and use the toothpicks as handles. Paint the balls:

  • 1” balls red
  • Three 1-½” balls blue
  • Three 1 ½” balls yellow

3. Build the nucleus:

  • Dip both ends of a toothpick in glue.
  • Insert one end in a yellow ball and the other end in a blue ball.
  • Tie a 15” length of nylon thread around the exposed toothpick between the two balls, leaving one end as long as possible.
  • Trim off the shorter end, and dot knot with glue.
  • Repeat, making a second pair of blue and yellow balls.
  • Using toothpicks and glue, join together the two pairs of blue and yellow balls to form a group of four. Position the balls so that the nylon threads are on opposite sides.
  • Insert one end of a toothpick dipped in glue into the last yellow ball.
  • Push the toothpick through the group of four balls, and add the last blue ball on the other end.

4. Add the electrons:

  • Using the plastic knife, carefully cut the red balls in half.
  • Center two pairs on one metal ring, and glue the halves together.
  • Center the last pair on the second ring, and glue the halves together.

5. Center the nucleus in the middle of the rings. Tie one nylon thread to the top, and the other to the bottom. Trim off ends, and add a dab of glue on each knot.

6. Optional: If you’re going to hang your model, loop nylon thread through a ring for a hanger.

How to make a model of an atom

It’s been years (decades!) since I’ve had a science class, and I had to look up Lithium to find out more about it. Turns out it’s the lightest metal and the least dense, solid element, but it sure has powerful properties!

About four more weeks till school is over . . . How’s the school year going in your house or your neighborhood? When is the last day?

I also have the winners of the three, $25 gift cards. Thank you to everyone who shared their crafts. I love reading about what you’re making! The winners are Katiria, Debbie Kaste and Yolanda. Please contact me for the details, ladies.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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A crafty experiment – DIY a Geometric Succulent Wreath

I love the clean, geometric lines that are so popular right now, like the geometric container I used to display one of my Succulent Moss Balls. I wondered if I could somehow recreate this look in a wreath, and voila, my experiment turned into a DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath. It was surprisingly easy, especially once I figured out how to recreate the look of a metal frame – duct tape! Here’s how you can make your own Geometric Succulent Wreath. I’ve shared links to a few more succulent craft ideas you’ll find on Crafts ‘n Coffee, too. (And be sure to enter the gift card giveaway!)

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

Geometric Succulent Wreath

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

I used gold duct tape for my wreath, but you could use bronze, black, or another color.

To make a Geometric Succulent Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12”  x 36” sheet
  • Newspaper, paper bag, or other paper for your pattern
  • Duct tape (I used gold, but you could also use black, bronze, or other color)
  • Faux succulents, five – six
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; wood skewer; wire knippers

To make a Geometric Succulent Wreath:

1. Measure and sketch the wreath pattern on paper. The wreath measures:

  • 16” tall from top to bottom
  • 11-1/2” wide at the widest point
  • 8-3/4” from the top point to the top of the middle bar
  • 6-1/4” from the bottom of the middle bar to the bottom point
  • All sides are 1” wide
DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

Pin the pattern to the foam sheet.

2. Cut out the pattern and pin it to the foam sheet. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, score the outline onto the foam sheet. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. As you cut along each line, hold the ruler along the edge of the pattern to help guide the knife. Cut out the wreath form. Smooth out rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

The wreath form, cut out and ready for the duct tape.

3. Cover the wreath form in duct tape, starting with the outside edges. To cover the edges, tear the duct tape strip in half first. After outside edges are covered, cover the inside edges.

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

Cover the outside edges first, and then the inside edges. Tear the strip of duct tape in half when covering the edges.

4. Cover the front of the wreath. Use a full strip to cover the front, and wrap the extra tape to the sides, making sure the sides are fully covered.

5. Decide how you would like to arrange your succulents, and trim stems as needed. Use the point on a wood skewer to make a hole in the duct tape and insert and glue the succulents into the wreath.

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

Trim stems and arrange the succulents. If needed, make a hole in the duct tape first with a wood skewer.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue the hanging loop into the back of the wreath.

DIY Geometric Succulent Wreath

The succulents are faux, so there’s no mess to worry about!

This one is easier than it looks! And so are these other succulent crafts. Enjoy!

DIY Succulent Crafts

Fall Succulent Wreath

Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

Succulent Book Planter

Succulent Moss Balls

Succulent Teacup Garden in a Moss Wreath

Faux Succulent Container Garden

Don’t forget – you have until midnight on Thursday, May 11 to enter for your chance to win one of three, $25 gift cards to your choice of Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby. Here are the giveaway details.

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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Celebrating today with a gift card giveaway

It’s Fri-yay and I am celebrating! The garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine includes my Faux Barn Wood Wreath! Yay, and thank you Craft Ideas! When I met with Craft Ideas Editor Molly Goad at Creativation in January, I was so excited when she asked if she could publish the Faux Barn Wood Wreath. “Yes, of course!” was my answer. I thought I’d share a little behind-the-scenes lore about the photo, too. The wreath hangs on a 120-year-old bread board, first used by the photographer’s great, great aunt. How cool is that?

DIY Faux Barn Wood Wreath

This Faux, Barn Wood Wreath is in the garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine, on newsstands now.

The garden issue of Craft Ideas is on newsstands now, and it’s brimming with creative ideas to decorate your outdoor space, and to bring the outdoors in. This technique-packed issue has ideas for card making, beading, painting, embroidery and more. You’ll find some of the cutest crafts for kids, too. And that’s not all — the magazine is giving away 30+ prizes! You don’t want to miss all of these goodies, do you? When you’re running errands this weekend, stop by the newsstand and pick up a copy.

Garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine

This issue is brimming with crafts and giveaways!

Because it’s Friday, and because the Faux Barn Wood Wreath is one of my favorites, I’m going to give away three, $25 gift cards to a craft store (winners can choose between Jo-Anns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby). If you’d like a chance to win one of the $25 gift cards, tell me about the last project you made with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. You’re all so creative, and I can’t wait to hear your answers! Please tell me about your craftiness by midnight on Thursday, May 11, and I’ll announce the three winners on Friday, May 12.

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!

Sharon  

 

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Southern Living Inspired Moss & Flowers Wreath

Patty Schaffer returns today to share another beautiful, DIY wreath (Patty recently shared with us her Spring Magnolia Wreath and Easter Egg & Spring Blossoms Wreath). The March issue of Southern Living features an elegant Moss Wreath made with moss and real azaleas. Lovely, but alas, the azaleas won’t last long. Patty took matters in hand and recreated her own everlasting Moss & Flowers Wreath, made with an appealing mix of mosses and springtime silk flowers. Patty’s Moss & Flowers Wreath is stunning, and you can enjoy it for a long, long time.

DIY Moss & Flowers Wreath

Moss & Flowers Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

DIY Spring Moss & Flowers Wreath

The different varieties and colors of moss add a lot of interest to the wreath.

To make a Moss & Flowers Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Moss rolls, two
  • Mixed moss, 1 bag
  • Reindeer moss in light green, two bags
  • Silk flowers & berries, assorted
  • Ribbon
  • Wire, 22-gauge, in green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Heavy-duty scissors; wire cutters

To make a Moss & Flowers Wreath:

1. Cut 3” lengths of wire and bend in half to make u-pins.

2. Using heavy-duty scissors, cut the moss roll to the lengths needed to cover the inside, outside and front face of the wreath. Attach the moss to the wreath with the wire u-pins. This doesn’t need to be perfect and it’s o.k. if there are gaps – you’ll cover the wreath later with moss and flowers.

How to DIY a Moss Wreath

Cover the outside edge, inside edge, and front with the roll of moss. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

3. Glue reindeer moss onto the wreath. Mix in moss from the variety pack to add different textures and colors. Completely cover about 2/3 of the wreath with the moss, and leave the lower 1/3 uncovered.

How to DIY a Moss Wreath

Glue the moss to the wreath, adding in the different types for contrast. You can see that any gaps in the moss roll are o.k., as you will cover these now.

4. In the lower, uncovered portion of the wreath, determine how you’d like to arrange the flowers, berries and leaves. Trim stems as needed. Anchor the stems in place by inserting them into the wreath, and by using u-pins and glue.

DIY Moss & Spring Flowers Wreath

Arrange and add flowers to the lower 1/3 of the wreath.

5. Glue a few lengths of ribbon among the flowers.

6. Knot together ends of a 12” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the ribbon to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

DIY a Moss & Spring Flowers Wreath

These are everlasting flowers, and the blooms will never fade or wilt!

DIY Moss & Flowers Wreath

If you like, you can change out the flowers for different seasons and holidays.

Here’s Patty’s original inspiration from Southern Living. I couldn’t find this exact wreath on the Southern Living web site, however, there is a Christmas Moss Wreath. You could do the same thing with Patty’s Moss Wreath, and change out the flowers for different seasons.

Moss & Azaleas Wreath from Southern Living magazine.

You’ll find this Moss & Azalea Wreath in the March issue of Southern Living. (Photo courtesy of Southern Living)

It seems like everyone likes moss crafts, and if you do, too, don’t miss this round up.

DIY Moss Crafts

I’m sure Patty would love to hear from you, and you can always get in touch with her over at her etsy shop, ps it’s in the details.

I’ll have more wreath talk on Friday, and a little giveaway, too . . .

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Mother’s Day craft for kids: DIY a Butterfly Bouquet

A bouquet of butterflies – isn’t that a magical idea? This bright, beautiful Butterfly Bouquet is a special Mother’s Day craft idea for kids. Mom will love the colorful Butterfly Bouquet, too. After all, a fresh flower bouquet won’t last long, but mom can treasure her Butterfly Bouquet for years to come. Like so many of the craft ideas shared here, feel free to change up your bouquet and use different colors, add more butterflies, or even display in a vase instead of a clay pot.  Here’s to the magic of crafting!

DIY Mother's Day craft idea for kids

Butterfly Bouquet by Linda Valentino

To make a Butterfly Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” ball
    • 1-7/8” x 2-1/2” eggs, three
  • Clay pot, 4”
  • Cardstock in pink, orange, turquoise
  • Patterned paper to coordinate with cardstock
  • Acrylic craft paints: purple, yellow, pink, white, green, black
  • Silver tinsel stems, two
  • Ribbon:
    • 1/4″ wide in orange, pink, turquoise
    • 7/8” wide in yellow
  • Rhinestones, 5mm, in yellow, purple, pink
  • Straight pins with black heads, six
  • Red chalk or blush
  • Wood skewers, three
  • Paper shred or crinkle grass in green
  • Craft foamie in green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; liner paintbrush; plastic knife; black marker

To make a Butterfly Bouquet:

1. Prepare the clay pot:

  • Paint the pot purple. Let dry.
  • Glue yellow ribbon around rim.
  • Make a bow and glue to the ribbon.
  • Glue the 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam inside the pot.

2. Butterfly bodies: Roll eggs on a table to slightly flatten the wide end, so the egg is more oval in shape.

DIY Mother's Day craft idea

Kids can make the butterflies in their favorite colors, or use their mom’s favorite color.

3. Paint the butterfly bodies:

  • Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of each egg and use it as a handle while painting.
  • Paint the lower, 1-1/2” of each egg in yellow, purple, and pink.
  • Mix each color with white and paint the top of each egg with matching color.
  • Let dry.

4. Make the wings:

  • Using the pattern, cut two wings from each color of cardstock and two inner wings from coordinating paper.
  • Glue the inner wings to wings.
  • With a plastic knife, make a 1-1/2” slit on each side of body.
  • Dip point of wings in glue and push into slits.
DIY Mother's Day craft idea

Add pins for eyes.

5. Add faces:

  • Push in pins for eyes.
  • Blush cheeks with chalk.
  • Paint on a thin, black smile.

6. Glue 2-1/4” ribbon around each body, under the face. Glue matching rhinestone to ribbon.

7. Antennae: Cut tinsel stems in half. Fold three tinsel stem pieces in half and insert and glue into top of head. Curl ends.

8. Make the bouquet:

  • Remove skewers from the butterflies and cut to 7”, 8”, and 9”.
  • Paint skewers green and let dry.
  • Dip ends of skewers in glue and push into bottom of bodies.
  • Insert butterflies into foam ball in clay pot.
  • Cut leaves from craft foamie and glue to skewers.
  • Fill top of pot with crinkle grass.
DIY Mother's Day Craft

This Butterfly Bouquet would make a great craft for groups, too.

Did you notice that the wings were hearts? Such a sweet detail! Speaking of hearts, here’s another craft the kids can make for Mother’s Day — an Origami Heart Wreath.

DIY Origami Heart Wreath

The heart with wings is a little more challenging for younger hands, but older children can easily follow the tutorial.

There is something magical about the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies (just like there’s magic when you transform basic craft supplies into something beautiful, too). Right now, we are waiting to see what hatches from a cocoon I found on a recent walk. I did a little research online, and I think our cocoon will hatch into a promethean moth. I will let you know when the big day comes!

Are you seeing butterflies in your neighborhood?

Happy crafting!

Sharon    

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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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