Trendy Easter Décor: DIY easy, Faux Concrete Eggs

I am smitten with the Folk Art Faux Concrete Finish from Plaid! These Faux Concrete Eggs look amazingly real, but there’s no messy concrete involved! I am not a painter, and if I can successfully paint on this concrete faux finish, you can, too. Even the color blocked accents are easy enough. If you’re looking for a fresh take on Easter eggs, check out the tutorial below. You might even be tempted to make a few Faux Concrete Eggs to display year round! (Plaid and I have partnered on a giveaway, too, so you can recreate today’s Faux Concrete Eggs and the Fabric Decoupage Eggs from Tuesday.)

DIY Faux Concrete Eggs

They look like real concrete, don’t they?

DIY Faux Concrete Eggs

The color blocking is optional.

To make Faux Concrete Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5” eggs, or other size of your choice
    • Block, cube or other scrap piece
  • Folk Art Faux Concrete Finish
  • Acrylic craft paints in green, blue and pink (I used Folk Art)
  • Mod Podge
  • Tools needed: Painter’s tape; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush

To make Faux Concrete Eggs:

1. Insert a skewer in the wide end of each egg and use it as a handle.

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

3. If you’re going to color block your eggs, tape off your design with painter’s tape. Be sure the edges are secure and sealed.

 DIY Faux Concrete Eggs

1. Add painter’s tape to mask off the area for color blocking. 2. Paint on the faux concrete finish. 3. Remove the tape and paint unmasked portion with acrylic craft paint.

4. 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.

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

DIY Faux Concrete Eggs

You can display these year round.

These eggs were a lot of fun to make. I felt like I learned a new technique, and an easy shortcut to creating a trendy look. In fact, when I attended Creativation in January, I shared with the Plaid Crafts team some of the projects I’ve made with the faux finish, and we planned a giveaway for Crafts ‘n Coffee readers! With today’s giveaway, you’ll be able to make your own Faux Concrete Eggs, and you’ll be well on your way to making the Fabric Decoupage Eggs I shared earlier this week, too.

Spring craft giveaway

Here’s what in our Spring Craft Giveaway:

  • Folk Art Painted Finishes kit in Concrete
  • Folk Art acrylic paints in Podge Pink, Jamaican Sea, and Lime Green
  • Mod Podge, 8-oz. jar
  • A three-pack of Folk Art Shortie brushes
  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Three 5” and six 4” eggs
  • And a 10-oz. chocolate bunny (yummy)!

I’m giving away two prize packages for the Spring Craft Giveaway! For your chance to win one of the two prize packages, please leave a comment below and tell me how you are decorating eggs this season. Leave your comment before midnight on Monday, March 27 and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, March 28. I can’t wait to hear how you’re decorating your eggs!

(P.S. Plaid Crafts generously provided the product for this giveaway, however, they did not sponsor this post. I shared these Faux Concrete Eggs because I really love this faux finish.)

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Fill your Easter basket with DIY, Decoupage Fabric Eggs

It was a cold, gray day (kind of like today!) when I saw this bright, daisy print fabric at the store, and voilà, I found my inspiration to DIY these Decoupage Fabric Eggs. I paired the daisy fabric with a collection of pink and orange prints, a jar of Mod Podge and eggs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and created this colorful collection of Decoupage Fabric Eggs. While the snow flies outside, these eggs add colorful zip to a gray winter’s day.

DIY decoupage fabric eggs Mod Podge

DIY Mod Podge Fabric eggs

Mix & match your prints and colors.

To make Decoupage Fabric Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 4” eggs, or other size of your choice
    • Block or scrap piece
  • Fabric scraps
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; wood skewer; paintbrush

To make Decoupage Fabric Eggs:

1. Cut fabric in 1-1/4” strips, and cut each strip into triangles. The triangles don’t have to be perfect and can be different sizes.

How to DIY decoupage eggs

Cut a 1-1/4″ wide strip of each fabric, and then cut the fabric strip into triangles.

2. Insert a skewer in the wide end of each egg to use as a handle.

3. 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. Insert the skewer into a block or other scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam while the egg dries. Continue till all of the eggs are covered in fabric.

DIY Mod Podge eggs

These eggs are easy and small hands can make them, too.

DIY decoupage eggs easy

Place them in a basket, on a plate, in a bowl, or simply line them up on a table or a mantel.

If you’re wondering how other colors and prints will work, take a look at the Spring Egg Wall Art. I used shades of blue for these eggs, and I like this look, too. What colors would you use for your decoupage eggs? The choices are almost endless!

DIY Spring Egg Wall Art

I used shades of Robin’s egg blue, but you can make these eggs any color you like.

Happy crafting!

P.S. I’ve teamed up with Plaid Crafts, makers of Mod Podge, for a little giveaway — details on Friday . . . 🙂 See you then!

Sharon

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Another Sock Bunny tutorial and DIY Sock Eggs, too

Two DIY Sock Bunny tutorials in one week? I think you’ll excuse the overlap when you see how different each bunny is. How do I describe today’s Sock Bunny? She’s almost ethereal, or a sweet confection, or maybe pastel perfection? And then I decided on Cotton Candy Sock Bunny. Do you agree? Only Debra Quartermain can spin a plain white sock into a Cotton Candy Sock Bunny! She shares a technique for making Sock Eggs, too.

DIY easy no-sew Sock Bunny

Cotton Candy Sock Bunny & Sock Eggs by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Cotton Candy Sock Bunny, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • For the bunny: One each 4” and 6” eggs
    • For the eggs: 3” eggs
  • Lightweight adult knee sock in white, one pair
  • Child’s striped socks, one pair (for the eggs)
  • Buttons: three 1” flower; two 1” heart; nine ¼” pink and nine ¼” white
  • Pompoms, one 1” pink and one 2” white
  • Beads, two 5mm black
  • Felt, 6” square blue
  • Ric rac, 2 yds pink
  • Ribbon: ½” x 36” in pink and ½” x 36” striped
  • Skewer, one 6”
  • Brush-on blush or pink chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Foam glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler; knife
DIY easy no-sew Sock Bunny

Who can say “no” to this face?

To make a Cotton Candy Sock Bunny:

1. Build the Bunny body:

  • Cut a thin slice off wide end of 6” egg so the egg will stand on its own.
  • Flatten wide end of 4” egg.
  • Insert skewer into wide end of 4” egg.
  • Join the two pieces together with the 4” egg (head) angled upwards.
  • Add glue and push pieces firmly together.

2. Stretch the white sock over the bunny body, starting with the nose. Carefully stretch and pull the sock down around the body. Cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra inch all around. Stretch and glue extra sock to cover the bottom of the egg; if needed, use straight pins to help hold the sock in place.

3. Ears: From the second sock, cut two, 2-½” by 5” rectangles. Round off one end on each rectangle. Glue together the cut edges, forming the ears. Gather together the straight end on each ear, and glue to the top of the head on opposite sides.

DIY easy no-sew Sock Bunny

Just look at that face!

4. Using fingers, make a small indentation on each side of the head for the eyes. Push beads into the indentations for the eyes, and glue in place. Glue on pompom nose and blush cheeks. Glue flower button to top of ear.

5. Apron: Cut a 4” felt square, and round off two corners. Cut a ½” curve in opposite end to fit around the bunny’s neck. Glue ric rac around the sides and bottom of the apron. Glue another piece of ric rac to top, and wrap around to the back of the bunny’s head and glue in place. Tie a bow in 18” length of pink ribbon, and glue to the back of the head. Trim ends.

6. Glue on 2″ pompom tail.

DIY easy no-sew Sock Bunny

If this cotton candy palette isn’t for you, change up the colors.

To make the Sock Eggs:

1. Flatten the wide end of the 3” eggs. Stretch a child’s sock over the egg, starting with the narrow end. Pull the sock down and around entire egg. Cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra inch all around. Stretch and glue extra sock to cover the bottom of the egg; if needed, use straight pins to help hold the sock in place. Repeat for second egg.

2. Decorate eggs with ric rac, ribbon and ¼” buttons as shown.

Here’s Linda Valentino’s Sock Bunny from earlier this week.

DIY Sock Bunny tutorial

Both bunnies are so cute, and each one has its own personality. How would you describe today’s Cotton Candy Sock Bunny?

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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DIY a fluffle of Sweet Sock Bunnies!

Can you ever have enough bunny crafts? No, I didn’t think so! This Sweet Sock Bunny by Linda Valentino is cute as can be, and while kids will have a blast making these sock bunnies, I think it’s a pretty fun adult craft, too. I’m picturing these bunnies hopping down the center of the Easter dinner table, or placing one Sweet Sock Bunny at each place setting. Or display a fluffle* of colorful bunnies in a big basket. Let’s hop on to the tutorial.

DIY a Sock Bunny easy craft for kids

To make a Sweet, Sock Bunny, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Egg, 2 7/8” x 3 13/16”
    • Ball, 2”
  • Sock, child’s size (the foot and ankle height should each measure about 5”)
  • Chenille stem in white
  • Felt in white, small scrap
  • Pom poms: ¼” pink, one; ½” white, two; 1” white, one
  • Wiggle eyes, 10mm, two
  • Ribbon, 5/8” wide
  • Small silk flowers, yellow and pink
  • Red chalk or blush
  • Fabric glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpick; pencil
DIY Sock Bunny easy kids craft

You could make a fluffle of Sock Bunnies in a rainbow of colors!

To make a Sweet, Sock Bunny:

1. Turn sock inside out, and place it on work surface with the heel facing up. Cut down the center from the toe about 3-1/2”, to the beginning of heel. Glue cut ends together forming two ears. After glue dries, turn sock and ears right side out.

2. Make the bunny body:

  • Press the large end of the egg on a tabletop to flatten, so the egg will stand on its own.
  • Glue a 2-1/4” felt circle to the bottom.
  • Dip a toothpick in glue, and insert it hallway in the narrow end of the egg.
  • Add a dab of glue to the other end, and pick and glue the ball to the egg.
  • Press firmly together, and let dry.

3. Bend in half an 8” chenille stem, and insert one half in each ear. Insert bunny body into the sock, and pull the ankle opening down around the bottom of the egg. Glue sock in place at bottom.

  1. Finish decorating the bunny:
  • Tie ribbon around the bunny’s neck, and form a bow.
  • Glue two small flowers to bow.
  • Glue eyes, nose, and cheeks to face.
  • Blush cheeks with chalk.

Like I said, you can’t have enough bunnies this time of year, so check out these Bunny Babies, also made with socks.

DIY Sock Bunny Babies

Bunny Babies

If winter’s left behind a few mismatched gloves, turn them into adorable Glove Bunnies.

DIY Glove Bunny craft for kids

Glove Bunny

DIY this Yarn Bunny with soft, fuzzy yarn, chenille yarn, eyelash yarn, or other yarn you have on hand.

DIY Yarn Bunny Craft for Kids

Yarn Bunny

Here’s another yarn bunny, inspired by Japanese amigurumi.

DIY Amigurumi Yarn Bunny

Amigurumi Yarn Bunny

DIY sock bunny craft

Sneak peek!

*What’s a “fluffle”? It seems too good to be true, but I read that in some regions, a group of bunnies is called a “fluffle”. Don’t you love that? It’s the perfect name for a group of bunnies, and I hope it’s really true. Because I believe in fluffles, I’ve planned another bunny craft for Friday  . . .

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

 

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DIY a jumbo Minky Carrot Swag for your spring door décor!

I had a pile of leftover, bright orange minky fabric after making my No-Sew Minky Pumpkins last year. What do you do with leftover, bright orange minky fabric?? DIY a Jumbo, Minky Carrot Door Swag, of course! I remember making Easter bunny traps with boxes and carrots when I was a kid, and surprise, I never did catch that bunny. However, perhaps this bright, super-sized Minky Carrot Door Décor will get his attention and he’ll swing by with a big basket of chocolate! A girl can dream, right?

DIY Spring craft idea carrot door hanger

To make a Minky Carrot Door Hanger, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 4” cone
  • Minky fabric in orange, ½ yd.
  • Wired burlap ribbon in green and natural (mine had pink polka dots)
  • Twine
  • Floral wire
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape

To make a Minky Carrot Door Hanger:

1. Wrap the cone in minky fabric:

  • Cut a trapezoid from minky fabric measuring 13” wide at the top, 6” wide at the bottom, and 18” long.
  • Wrap fabric around the cone, positioning cone on the fabric so that it extends 3” beyond the top or wide end of the cone.
  • Pin and glue the fabric to the back of the cone, and trim excess fabric down the length of the cone.
  • At the tip, trim excess fabric leaving about ½” – ¾” extra fabric.
  • Glue excess fabric to the tip.
DIY spring craft idea carrot door decor

Wrap the cone in minky fabric.

2. Cut five, 12” lengths of green, wired burlap ribbon. Tape one end on each piece with tape, forming a point. Poke five holes in the top of the carrot with scissors or other pointed tool. Squeeze glue into the holes, and insert the taped end of each ribbon length into each hole.

DIY spring craft idea Carrot Door Swag

Insert and glue a burlap “leaf” in each hole.

3. Gather the fabric up and around the top of the carrot, and secure with a length of twine tied tight around the carrot greens.

DIY spring craft idea Jumbo Carrot Door Swag

Gather and tie off the minky fabric with a length of twine.

4. Shape natural burlap ribbon into a bow, and secure with floral wire in the center. Glue a strip of ribbon around the center. Glue bow to front of carrot.

5. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Poke a hole in the back of the carrot, add glue, and insert the hanger.

DIY spring craft idea Carrot Door Hanger

The bunny cannot miss this jumbo, bright orange carrot hanging on your front door!

Designer Debra Quartermain made her jumbo carrots with felt, and she added a few of the sweetest little bunnies, too.

Sleep Tight, Bitsy Bunny

DIY spring craft idea bunny and carrot felt foam

Sleep Tight Bitsy Bunny by Debra Quartermain

Three Baby Bunnies & One Very Large Carrot

DIY spring craft idea bunny and carrot felt foam

Three Baby Bunnies & a Very Large Carrot by Debra Quartermain

Here are a few more carrot crafts, too.

Does anyone else remember making bunny traps with boxes and carrots?

Happy carrot crafting!

Sharon

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A spring craft idea: DIY Decoupaged Egg Wall Art

We saw a robin in the driveway this weekend, and nothing says “spring” more than a robin and this Spring Egg Wall Art in shades of robin’s egg blue. I used Mod Podge and fabric scraps to decoupage these spring eggs, and they’re easily changed up with your favorite colors and prints. There are so many ways to decorate these eggs, and you can use tissue paper and paper napkins, too. You can even use different sizes of eggs. I considered decoupaging and framing just one large egg, but decided on nine smaller eggs instead. Here’s how I decoupaged my eggs and made the Spring Egg Wall Art.

DIY decoupage eggs and spring egg wall art

I used shades of robin’s egg blue, but you can make these eggs any color you like.

DIY decoupage eggs easy

I used fabric on my eggs, but you could also use tissue paper, book pages, paper napkins, origami paper, etc.

DIY Decoupage Easter eggs and wall art

Decoupage a few eggs each night, and you’ll be done by the weekend.

To make Framed Spring Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 2” eggs, nine (change up the size and quantity to fit your frame)
  • Picture frame; my frame was 1″ deep, and measured 9-1/2” x 11-1/2” with a 7-1/2” x 9-1/2 opening
  • Fabric scraps (I used four different patterns)
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Paper adhesive or spray glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; paintbrush; wood skewers; wax paper; masking tape or duct tape
DIY decoupaged Easter eggs and Framed Spring Egg Wall Art

Lots of choices! A few of the different fabrics and scrapbook papers I “auditioned” for the Framed Spring Egg Wall Art.

To make Framed Spring Eggs:

1. Cut a thin slice from the back of each egg, so the eggs will sit flat in the frame.

2. Cut 1” strips from each fabric, and then cut the strips into small triangles. (In my mind, small triangles would most easily fit around the curves of the egg. I’ve no idea if this is geometrically correct!)

3. Insert a wood skewer into the cut side of each egg.

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, carefully remove the skewer and place the egg on wax paper to dry. Continue till all of the eggs are covered in fabric.

5. Remove the frame backing and the glass. Trace around the backing on the sheet of scrapbook paper. Cut out the scrapbook paper and glue to the backing with paper glue or spray glue.

DIY decoupage eggs and Spring Egg Wall Art

Play around with your arrangement before gluing the eggs in place.

6. Arrange eggs on the frame backing. When pleased with the arrangement, glue in place with low-temp glue gun.

7. Place the frame backing back in the frame, and be sure it’s secure. If needed, add a small amount of tape at the back of the frame to help hold the backing in place.

DIY decoupage Easter eggs and Spring Egg Wall Art

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

Here are a few more ways we’ve decoupaged eggs in the past. Any of these eggs would be beautiful framed and hanging on the wall! The only difference in the tutorial would be to cut a small slice from the back of each egg, so that the eggs will sit flat in your frame.

French Post & Ancient Text Eggs

DIY decoupage French Post eggs

French Post Eggs and Ancient Text Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

Origami Paper Eggs

DIY decoupage Easter eggs with origami paper

Origami Paper Eggs by Kathleen George

Ombre Tissue Paper Easter Eggs

DIY tissue paper decoupage eggs

Ombre Tissue Paper Easter Eggs by Kathleen George

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

DIY washi tape Easter eggs

Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Kathleen George

Topsy Turvy Easter Eggs made with paper napkins

DIY napkin decoupage on Easter eggs

Topsy Turvy Easter Egg Topiaries by Kathleen George

I hope you’re seeing signs of spring where you live!

Happy springtime crafting!

Sharon

 

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A good luck, St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Wreath

We’re celebrating this week, with the Mardi Gras Coin Topiaries on Tuesday and a DIY St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Wreath today. Like any good rainbow, there’s the promise of gold, and this Rainbow Wreath is raining gold coins. You know I like easy crafts, and this wreath is no exception. In fact, I think older kids can easily make this St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Wreath. I’ve included links to a few other favorite, St. Patrick’s Day crafts, too.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Wreath

To make a Rainbow Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
  • Fabric, at least seven fat quarters in the colors of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (I used 14 fat quarters, on sale for .75¢ each)
  • Plastic coins, five gold*
  • Green ribbon, 1/2″ x 1 yd.
  • Chenille stem
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; tape measure; marker; wood skewer or other pointed tool; straight pins

*Optional: If your plastic coins aren’t gold, you can paint them gold.

How to DIY a Rainbow Wreath for St. Patrick's Day

You’ll need a fabric for every color of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

DIY Rainbow Wreath for St. Patrick's Day

You may have all the fabric you need in your stash.

To make a Rainbow Wreath:

1. Score your wreath into equal sections, one section for each color of fabric. I used 14 different fabrics, and divided my wreath into 14 sections.

DIY a St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Wreath

Measure and mark your wreath into equal sections, one for each color of fabric.

2. Cut fabric into 2” x 2” squares.

3. Place a fabric square on the wreath, center the wood skewer over the fabric square, and push the square into the wreath. Repeat, filling in each section in the order of the colors in the rainbow.

 DIY a St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Wreath

You’ll fill in each section with 2″ fabric squares. Center a wood skewer over each square, and push the fabric square into the wreath.

4. Cut five lengths of green ribbon, from 4-1/2″ – 7″ in length. Glue a gold coin to the end of each ribbon.

5. Pin the ribbon strips to the back of the wreath and adjust till you like how they hang. Glue in place.

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

How to DIY St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Wreath

Don’t you love a rainbow that’s raining gold coins?

Looking for more ideas? A while back, Kathleen George shared with us her St. Patrick’s Rainbow Yarn Wreath.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Wreath

St. Patrick’s’ Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath

This Green Daisy Wreath is even easier!

DIY easy St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Green Daisy St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

If you have enough green daisies, you can also make this St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary.

DIY St. Patrick's Day decor

St. Patrick’s Day Green Daisy Topiary

 You can wrap up the Shamrock Topiary Cones in an hour or less.

DIY easy St. Patrick's Day crafts

Shamrock Topiary Cones

You don’t have an hour to spare? If you have just 30 minutes, then this 30-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Topiary is perfect for you!

easy St. Patrick's Day DIY decor

Super-fast, 30-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

For another easy St. Patrick’s Day decorating idea, DIY a St. Patrick’s Day Tissue Paper Topiary.

DIY easy St. Patrick's Day crafts

Check your gift wrap supplies to see if you already have the tissue paper you’ll need.

Deco Mesh Topiaries are a favorite, including this Deco Mesh St. Patrick’s Day Topiary.

How to DIY a Deco Mesh Topiary

The gift bag makes an easy base. You could substitute a terra cotta pot, if you like.

I hope you’re inspired to try one of these fun St. Patrick’s Day crafts!

You’re probably familiar with the traditional Irish blessing, which starts “May the road rise to meet you . . . “,  but do you know the Crafter’s Blessing? Many thanks to Lyssa from Song of My Heart Stampers for sharing this! 🙂

Crafter's Blessing from Song of My Heart Stampers

Craft on!

Sharon

 

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Celebrate Mardi Gras and DIY Mardi Gras Coin Topiaries

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and today I have DIY Mardi Gras Coin Topiaries for your Mardi Gras party. Every year I like to feature at least one easy, Mardi Gras decoration, and keeping it easy is important because Mardi Gras is all about the big easy, right? It’s easy to find Mardi Gras coins in party stores and online, too. Cutting the coins in half is a cinch – just be sure to use an older pair of scissors so you don’t dull the blades on your best pair!

diy-mardi-gras-decorations

To make Mardi Gras Coin Topiaries, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  8” x 4” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors (not your best pair)
Easy DIY Mardi Gras decor

On one cone, I arranged the coins in stripes. On the second cone, I added the colors randomly.

To make Mardi Gras Coin Topiaries:

  1. Decide how you’ll arrange your coins. I decorated one cone in stripes, and the other cone is more random.
  2. Glue coins in rows around a cone, starting at the bottom. Overlap the coins as you go. As the cone narrows, you will need to trim the coins to fit. It’s easy to cut the coins in half with scissors – just be sure to use an older pair of scissors so you don’t dull the edges of your best pair. The more narrow the cone, the more you’ll need to snip off the coin.
Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Decorations

The Mardi Gras coins are available in party stores and online.

Here’s another idea – Kathleen George made her Mardi Gras Topiaries using Mardi Gras beads.

DIY Mardi Gras Decor with mardi gras beads

Mardi Gras Bead Cones by Kathleen George.

I also used those famous, Mardi Gras beads to make my Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath.

DIY Mardi Gras Wreath with mardi gras beads

Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath

A few years ago, I walked into a craft store looking for inspiration to make a Mardi Gras wreath, and walked out inspired to make four, super-easy Mardi Gras Wreaths.

DIY easy Mardi Gras Wreaths

Last year, I made a Mardi Gras Wreath from fringed tissue paper. If you don’t want to shop for coins and beads, pick up tissue paper instead to make this Fringed Tissue Paper Wreath. You can always use the leftover tissue paper in a gift bag.

Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Wreath with tissue paper

Mardi Gras is February 28. Do you have plans to celebrate?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Dahlings, here’s how to DIY a luxurious, Faux Mink Wreath

With so much of the country snowbound by blizzards this week, I thought it a good time to DIY a Faux Mink Wreath. Especially a luxurious and bejeweled Faux Fur Wreath! This super-easy wreath is faux fun, and no worries, it’s inexpensive too. The “jewels” are costume pieces, jewelry findings and buttons, most purchased at clearance prices, or already in your stash. So, while the snow swirls outside, cozy up to your craft table and DIY this Faux Mink Wreath!

DIY Faux Mink Fur Wreath

To make a Faux Mink Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14” x 2” wreath
  • Craft fur:
    • ½ yd. faux mink
    • 9” x 12” craft cut for bow
    • Optional: Small piece of white fur for center of bow
  • Heavy-duty interfacing, 9” x 8” scrap
  • Jewels and buttons: 10 for the wreath; 1-1/5” dia. broach for the bow
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; permanent marker; straight pins
DIY a Faux Mink Fur Wreath

Chase away the winter chills and hang up this wreath all winter long!

To make a Faux Mink Wreath:

1. Place the wreath on the reverse side of the faux fur and trace around it with a permanent marker. Cut out the circle, adding a ½” all around. Place the wreath back on the circle, and trace the center circle, making it a ½” smaller all around. Cut out the center circle. Hint: keep the fur fabric face down while you cut to help minimize the flying fur.

2. Glue the fabric circle to the front of the wreath ring. Cut ½” tabs around the edge, and glue tabs to the outside edge of the wreath ring. Cut ½” tabs around the center of the ring, and glue tabs to the inside edge of the wreath.

DIY a Daux Fur Wreath

Glue faux fur to the front of the wreath first, and glue tabs to the sides. Cover the edge with a 2″ strip of faux fur.

3. Cut a 2” strip of faux fur and glue the fur around the edge of the wreath. If needed, add pins to hold in place while glue dries.

 DIY a Faux Fur Wreath

I found my “jewels” on clearance in the jewelry aisle of various craft stores.

How to DIY a Faux Fur Mink Wreath

I mixed in a lot of fancy buttons, too.

4. Cut a 9” x 12” piece of craft fur for the bow. Glue a 9” x 8” piece of heavy-duty interfacing to the reverse side. Fold the fur into a bow. Wrap a 2” wide strip of faux fur around the middle, and glue strip to the back. Glue bow to wreath.

5. Decorate wreath with jewels and buttons.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.

 DIY a Faux Mink Fur Wreath

It looks so fancy, but it’s a super-easy wreath to DIY.

Who is caught up in the blizzard? Stay warm & safe, everyone!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Road Trip Recap: A few favorite photos from Creativation

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m celebrating a love of crafts today with a few glimpses from the Creativation trade show, held last month in Phoenix. This annual trade show is all about crafting and creating, and it is packed with pretty. I didn’t have time to see it all, and every time I see someone else’s recap, I can’t believe what I missed! So, this is by no means a comprehensive recap, but from the color navy blue to smiling emojis, here are a few of the fun things I saw. (I’m announcing the Valentine’s Day giveaway winners today, too.)

First, the venue, and I’ll start with the weather. Believe it or not, the weekend I was in Phoenix, the weather was nicer in Cleveland. We saw a little blue sky, but a lot of gray and rain, too.

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It was cool and rainy part of the time we were in Phoenix, and snow fell in the higher elevations.

There were lots of cool cacti, of course.

Creativation 2017. CraftsnCoffee.com

Cactus!

The coolest cactus was on Creativation show floor. The ginormous cactus in the FloraCraft booth greeted visitors near the entrance to the exhibit hall.

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Photo opp!

Creativation has lots of opportunities for hands-on experimentation, and in the FloraCraft booth, you could participate in a Make & Take to make a mini cactus.

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Designer Dondi helped attendees make mini cacti.

Paper crafts are still immensely popular, and there were endless tools and products for die cutting, embossing, coloring, stamping, and more. The show was packed with gorgeous paper flowers. Super-sized flowers decorated many of the displays, and there were smaller scale blooms on projects galore.

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Amy Tangerine debuted her new line in a flower-filled display.

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More pretty flowers on display.

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Love these black & white flowers.

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A bouquet of pretty, paper flowers.

No surprise that paper succulents were on display, too, right?

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Sizzix had an amazing display of paper succulents!

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Sizzix introduced a new Succulent Wreath kit.

Fabric Editions had this pretty flower display in its booth.

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Fabric Editions had this pretty flower display in its booth.

I mentioned navy blue, and I saw it paired with coral, red, gold, and shades of green and blue. It’s going to be big this year!

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Navy blue & coral.

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Navy blue paired with red in a nautical theme.

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A navy blue, turquoise, and green paper star garland.

Creativation had an area devoted to edible crafts. These sweet treats are almost too pretty to eat!

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It all looks so real, doesn’t it?

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An elegant wedding cake with gold leaf accents.

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These cookies are so cute, and too pretty to eat.

Fairy gardens and fairy themes are always popular.

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Magical fairy gardens filled with gnomes were at the show.

Vintage style is still strong. This display wall packs a vintage wallop, from tin and distressed wood to chippy paint.

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It’s all here in this HOME sign — distressed wood, chippy paint, tin, and vintage accents.

I missed getting photos of some of the other sizzling categories, including mixed media, coloring books, calligraphy, and weaving. Products for organizing were everywhere, whether it was planners to help keep your daily life on track, or boxes, bins and other storage units to organize “stuff”.

In the Innovations Center, companies competed for a chance to win $10,000 to take their new product idea to the next level. Let’s Hang won for it’s innovative picture hanging system.

Innovations Center at Creativation 2017.

The Innovations Center.

Pinspiration, DecoArt and 3M combined forces to sponsor the paint booth where you could splatter paint your own wall art.

Painting in the Pinspiration booth at Creativation 2017. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Painting!

Wall art made at Creativation. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Drying wall art. Look at the variety — what creativity!

Eileen Hull and her traveling studio, Scotty, the vintage camper, made the trip to Phoenix.

Paper Trail at Creativation 2017. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Eileen Hull and her camper on the show floor.

To wrap up my recap with a smile 🙂 there were emojis on display everywhere!

Emojis were everywhere at Creativation. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Emojis!

After hours, we saw this heart-shaped geode at a local rock & mineral studio. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it.

Wow! A heart-shaped geode. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Two lucky readers won today’s Valentine’s Day giveaway — Janet and Angie Dyer! Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me to arrange for your prize package.

I wish everyone a sweet day! XO and happy crafting!

Sharon 

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