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!



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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!


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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.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed!**

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!



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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!


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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!


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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!



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