How to DIY no-sew Fabric Eggs with golden accents

I have the loveliest of Fabric Easter Eggs for you to craft today. If these sherbet colors of mint green and melon aren’t enough to make you swoon, then the glimmering, shimmering sprinkle of gold will. I think these are some of my favorite fabrics ever. For a final flash of bling, designer Patty Schaffer wrapped up each egg with gold cord. Thank you, Patty, for sharing these most beautiful Gold Accent Easter Eggs.

Beautiful fabrics on these eggs, and it's an easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Gold Accent Easter Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” eggs
  • Fabric* (each egg requires four, 5” x 9” pieces)
  • Gold cord
  • Thick, white craft glue or adhesive dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; tape measure; permanent marker; wooden skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool; serrated knife

(*I’ve seen similar fabric at WalMart and Jo-Ann Stores, so it’s widely available.)

Beautiful fabrics -- beautiful eggs! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Beautiful!

To make Gold Accent Easter Eggs:

  1. Stretch two rubber bands around the egg vertically, dividing it into quarters. Use the tape measure to be sure the sections are even. Draw lines with the permanent marker next to each rubber band, marking the quarter sections. Remove the rubber bands.
  1. Using the wood skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool, score each marker line.
  1. Position a 5” x 9” fabric piece over one of the scored quarters on the egg. Trim the fabric to fit, making sure you have an extra ¼” all around.
  1. Tuck the fabric edges into the scored lines using the serrated knife. Start at the top, and work along both sides as you go. If needed, trim away excess fabric as you tuck.
  1. Repeat Step 4 to tuck fabric into the other three sections.
  1. Gently compress each seam line by running your finger along the edge.
  1. Cut two pieces of gold trim to fit around the egg. Start at the bottom of the egg, and glue the trim around the egg in the seam line; you can also use glue dots to adhere the ends of the trim. Repeat with the second length of trim, and tuck the ends in under the cording.
Gorgeous fabric Easter eggs, easy DIY over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The sherbet shades and gold accents are a fresh combination.

The Tie-Dye Easter Eggs show you how you can change up the fabric for a completely different look. (And repurpose an old T-shirt at the same time.)

Very cool - these are made with an old, tie-dye t-shirt. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tie-Dye Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

Here’s another idea for repurposing fabric — turn old ties into these Madras Plaid Easter Eggs.

Use old Madras plaid ties to make these pretty Easter eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Madras Plaid Easter Eggs by Kathleen George.

And one more variation on a theme – Zippy Fabric Eggs, made with eight sections instead of four.

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

Bright, Modern Fabric Eggs by Kathleen George.

Do you love these sherbet and gold fabrics, too? Or do you have another favorite, fabric egg?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make easy, Embroidered Spring Eggs

I’ve noticed more and more embroidered crafts online, have you? I used to embroider – a lot, and Rebekah Meier’s Embroidered Easter Eggs are like visiting with an old friend. If you’ve wanted to try embroidery, or maybe dust off your needlework skills, these Embroidered Easter Eggs are a good place to start. Rebekah’s designs use a simple backstitch and French knot, and these easy-to-follow video tutorials clearly explain the stitches. If you’ve wanted to try embroidery, I don’t think you can go wrong with these pretty Embroidered Eggs.

Tutorial for easy, Embroidered Easter Eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Embroidered Easter Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” Eggs
  • Natural, bamboo batting, ½ yd. (Rebekah uses Fairfield Nature-fil Bamboo Batting)
  • Fabric dye: Tan, yellow, rose pink (Rebekah uses Rit® Liquid Dye)
  • Embroidery Floss: Pink, light blue, cream, gold, brown, green, lavender
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pinking shears; serrated knife; measuring cup; plastic containers; rubber gloves; rubber band; disappearing marker; embroidery needle; tape measure

(Note:  A backstitch and French knots were used for all embroidery stitching. If you’re not familiar with these stitches, you’ll find these video tutorials super helpful.)

Sweet and easy Embroidered Easter Eggs on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Embroidered Easter Eggs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Embroidered Easter Eggs:

1. Dye the quilt batting:

  • Note: The dye recipes are for an 18” square of quilt batting. To dye more fabric, increase measurements accordingly.
  • In a plastic container, mix 4 C. very hot tap water with the specified amount of dye (see recipes below).
  • With gloved hands, place an 18″ square of quilt batting in the dye mixture and mix until fabric is completely saturated with dye.
  • Immediately remove batting from the dye mixture and gently wring out excess water.
  • For fluffy batting, place into clothes dryer until completely dry.

Dye Recipes:

  • Tan:  ½ cap Tan
  • Pink:  1 cap Tan, 2 caps Rose Pink
  • Yellow:  1 cap Tan, 2 caps Yellow

2. Stretch a rubber band around a foam egg vertically. Use a disappearing marker to draw a line next to the rubber band, all around the length of the egg. Use the side edge of scissors or a serrated knife to score the traced line.

3. Place the pattern on the dyed batting, and trace around it twice for each egg. Cut out the batting pieces.

4. For each egg, you will embroider one of the batting pieces. Referring to the embroidery diagrams, draw the designs onto the center of the batting pieces with a disappearing marker.

Embroidery-detail

You’ll use just two embroidery stitches to make these eggs — a backstitch and a French knot.

5. Thread the needle with three strands of embroidery floss and stitch the designs. Refer to the photo to change colors as needed.

6. Center the embroidered batting on the front of a foam egg. Using the edge of the scissors or a serrated knife, gently push the batting down into the egg along the scored line you made in Step 2.

7. Repeat Step 6, adding the second piece of batting to cover the back of the egg. You will cover the seam in the next step, so it doesn’t need to be perfect.

8. Using pinking shears, cut a ¼” strip from the dyed batting. Pin and glue one end to the top of the egg, and wrap the strip around the egg, covering the seam. Pin at the top, form a loop, and pin and glue the other end in place. Trim off excess.

9. Tie a ¼” strip of batting in a bow, and glue to the top of the egg.

Tutorial for easy, Embroidered Easter Eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Have you noticed more and more embroidered projects popping up online? I have some old embroidery and cross-stitch patterns that I hope to return to one of these days . . . how about you?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make everlasting Peek-a-Boo Eggs with woodland scenes

Patty Schaffer had the right idea when she made these Peek-a-Boo Easter Eggs. Years ago, I remember painstakingly trimming little peek-a-boo holes in real egg shells, and creating miniature critters from bread dough for the scenes inside. When I unpacked my eggs the following year, the mice had eaten the bread dough characters, and nibbled on the egg shells. Argh! Not only will you enjoy Patty’s Peek-a-Boo Eggs for many years to come, she also used purchased figurines. So much easier, and the mice won’t eat them!

Cute Peek-a-Boo eggs with woodland scenes! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

So cute! Make it with a Styrofoam egg on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute! I’ve seen these little figures in the craft stores.

Sweet little scene inside a DIY Peek-a-Boo Egg. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty displayed the little bunny and chick in hollows she carved into 5″ eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

To make Peek-a-Boo Eggs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” eggs
  • Acrylic craft paint in lavender, meadow green, light blue, turquoise and periwinkle (or other colors of your choice)
  • Crystal glitter in white
  • Decorative trim in white (to edge the opening)
  • Miniatures: Mushrooms, deer, flowers, bunny, chick
  • Sheet moss
  • Ribbon rosettes in white
  • Ribbon in white (to hang the eggs)
  • Straight pins
  • Glitter glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; spoon or melon baller; paintbrush; old newspaper
Love this little woodland egg! DIY a peek-a-boo Easter egg on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This little woodland family lives in a 4″ egg.

To make Peek-a-Boo Eggs:

1. Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the egg, forming the hollow area where you will build your scene. Smooth out the interior with your fingers or the back of a spoon.

2. Paint the inside of the egg and let dry. Paint the exterior of the egg, and let dry. (When you pick your paint colors, remember that it will be easier to see your scene if you use a lighter color inside.)

3. Spread newspaper over your work surface. Generously coat the outside of the egg with glitter glue and sprinkle on white crystal glitter, thoroughly covering the egg. Gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry.

4. Glue decorative trim around the opening.

5. Glue your little woodland figures inside the egg. Add moss, flowers and mushrooms.

6. Tie together ends of an 8” – 10” length of ribbon. Pin and glue to the top of each egg. Glue a ribbon rosette over the pin.

Cute, DIY Peek-a-Boo Easter Eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could make your own figures, like I did years ago, but it’s so much easier to use readymade!

You might remember the glittered eggs Rebekah Meier shared a few years ago. She made them in her favorite, vintage style, and she used images to create the illusion of peek-a-boo scenes.

Glittered Peek-a-Boo Eggs

Glittered Peek-a-Boo Eggs by Rebekah Meier

Easter seems so early this year. Are you finding time for making Easter crafts? What are you making?

Happy crafting.

Sharon  

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An instant favorite – how to make a Deco Mesh Bunny Topiary!

From his pink tipped ears to his carrot pot, this Deco Mesh, Bunny Pouf Topiary is cute as can be! Patty Schaffer, who made everyone’s favorite Deco Mesh Ghost, also conjured up this springtime, Deco Mesh Bunny. Isn’t he fun? I think you’ll love him much as I do, so let’s hop onto the tutorial!

So cute, from his pink-tipped ears to carrot pot! DIY a Deco Mesh Bunny Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Deco Mesh Bunny Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 4” balls
  • Wood dowel, 3/8” x 16”
  • Deco mesh, 10” wide roll in white
  • Wire, 20 gauge
  • Ceramic pot in orange, 4” wide (you can also paint your pot orange)
  • Moss, green
  • Acrylic craft paint in white
  • Craft foam sheet (foamie), 3mm in white
  • Chenille stems: three each black and white
  • Wiggle eyes, two, 4mm
  • Paper in light pink (Patty used a distressed paper with variations in the color)
  • Glitter in hot pink
  • Newspaper
  • Glitter Glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; optional: serrated knife; wire cutters
Cute! DIY Deco Mesh, Bunny Pouf Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Deco Mesh, Bunny Pouf Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Deco Mesh Bunny Topiary:

1. Paint the wood dowel white and let dry.

2. Insert the dowel into one of the foam balls. Remove the dowel, add glue to the hole, and reinsert the dowel. Let the glue set.

3. Push the second foam ball down into the ceramic pot. The ball should fit snugly. If needed, trim the ball with a serrated knife till it fits. Glue ball in place. Drizzle more glue along the sides of the ball where it meets the pot. Insert the other end of the dowel into the foam ball, remove, add glue to hole, and reinsert the dowel.

4. Cover the bunny’s head with deco mesh:

  • Cut deco mesh into 7” long strips. You will need about 36 strips.
  • Cut 36, 3” lengths of wire.
  • Roll up a deco mesh strip, forming a tube.
  • Pinch the tube in the center, making a V.
  • Tightly twist a length of wire around the deco mesh tube at the V.
  • Insert the wire ends into the bunny’s head.
  • Repeat, till you’ve covered the bunny’s head in deco mesh.

5. Eyes: Bend the end of a white chenille stem into a flat loop, small enough to fit on the back of a wiggle eye. Hot glue a wiggle eye onto the loop. After glue dries, insert the chenille stems into the bunny’s head, between the deco mesh. If needed, trim the stems with wire cutters.

Cute Deco Mesh Bunny Topiary. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love his glittered nose?

6. Nose: Cut the nose from the craft foam sheet. Brush glitter glue on the nose, and sprinkle with hot pink glitter. Let dry. Add nose to face using a chenille stem, following instructions for the eyes in Step 5.

7. Whiskers: Fold two black chenille stems into ‘V’s, and cut the third stem in half. Use one folded stem and one half stem for each side. Apply hot glue to the point of the ‘v’ and carefully attach the whiskers to the back of the nose on one side. Repeat for other side.

8. Ears: Cut out bunny ears from the craft foam; cut them slightly different to give the bunny character. Cut out inner ears from the pink paper, and glue to the center of each ear. Insert the ears in between the mesh tubes.

9. Crumple a sheet of newspaper, and use it to fill the pot up to the top. Glue newspaper in place. Glue moss onto the newspaper, covering the pot.

Cute! DIY Deco Mesh, Bunny Pouf Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Your kids or grandkids will love seeing this bunny every year!

Who else is in love with this Deco Mesh, Bunny Pouf Topiary?

Happy bunny crafting!

Sharon

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Craft a springtime lamb with foam and felting

When I look out my kitchen window, I sometimes see the black squirrel who made its nest in the big tree, and a little brown bird building its nest in one of the birdhouses. There’s even a crocus blooming in the front yard! With spring right around the corner, I wanted to share Rebekah Meier’s sweet, springtime Needle Felted Sheep. This mama sheep and her little lamb are sweet as can be, and they are an easy introduction to needle felting.

Sweet, Felted Spring Lambs. Easy felting project. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felted Spring Lambs by Rebekah Meier.

To make Needle Felted Sheep, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  1” x 12″ x 18” block, or a larger 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (save the leftovers for another project)
  • Wool roving in cream and mint green (small amount for the heart)
  • Wool felt in black, two, 6” squares
  • Floral paper stem wire, 24”
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Fabric glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; heavyweight felting needle*; wire cutters; Xacto® knife or a serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle; marker; flat paintbrush

*Note:  Felting needles are extremely sharp and should be used with care. Keep felting needles away from children.

Sweet as can be, and it's a beginning needle felting project. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ba-a-a-by Lamb.

To make Needle Felted Sheep:

  1. Cut out the body patterns and pin in place on the foam sheet. Trace around the patterns.
  2. Cut out the foam shapes with an Xacto knife or a serrated knife (wax the knife blade first with a bar of soap or old candle for easier cutting).
  3. Cut the floral wire into four, 2-3/4” lengths and four 2” lengths. Paint the wires black, and insert into a scrap piece of foam to hold upright while the paint dries.
  4. Insert the 2-3/4” wires into the larger sheep, and the 2” wires into the smaller sheep. Adjust the legs so the sheep can stand on their own.

    Felted heart detail from felted, spring lamb. CraftsnCoffee.com.

    Add a small, felted heart to the Mama.

  5. Place a small amount of cream roving on one of the sheep, and insert the felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam several times. The needle will lock the fibers together and attach them to the foam without glue. Repeat, adding more wool roving each time, till the sheep is completely covered. Felt the second sheep in the same manner.
  6. Using the pattern, cut two heads for each sheep from the black felt. Glue the pairs together, using a very thin line of glue along the edge. Leave a small opening, and insert a tiny amount of wool roving through the opening. Glue the opening shut, and hold it together with your fingers till the glue sets.
  7. Cut two small ears from black felt. Slightly cup each ear at the base, and glue each ear to the back of the heads. Glue heads to the sheep.
  8. Shape a small piece of mint green roving into a heart, and felt onto the mama sheep.
Beginning needle felting product -- DIY these sweet spring lambs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s always fun to see a barnyard of babies in the springtime.

Working on this post made me remember a springtime visit to a local farm with my daughter’s preschool class years ago. It was unseasonably cold and wet, and the kids were all bundled up. But the barn was full of babies and the kids had a blast. Sweet memory!

Kids love a barn! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Visiting with the sheep.

I plan to enjoy our unseasonably warm weather with a nice, long walk today. I hope you have springtime plans, too. Do you?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Here’s what’s hatching today: DIY an easy Easter Egg Wreath

The pretty, Purple Ombre Easter Egg Wreath Patty Schaffer created last year sings “spring” and I decided to make my own springtime Easter Egg Wreath this year. When I saw these colorful, polka dot Confetti Eggs, I knew they would be perfect for my DIY Easter Egg Wreath. I am a sucker for polka dots! I made my wreath slightly smaller, and added a few fuzzy chicks just for fun. This Easter egg wreath is easy, so no matter how you like your eggs, I hope you’ll give it a try.

Super cute Easter Egg Wreath, super easy, too. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute Easter Egg Wreath made with confetti eggs and fuzzy chicks! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This was a fun wreath to DIY and I made it in an evening.

To make a Confetti Easter Egg Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Plastic eggs with confetti design, 5 dozen (I found mine at Oriental Trading)
  • Tissue paper in bright green
  • Fuzzy chicks, two
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; chopstick or other pointed tool
Cute confetti eggs are perfect for an Easter Egg Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

My supplies are ready so let’s go!

To make a Confetti Easter Egg Wreath:

1. Arrange eggs around the outside and the inside of the wreath, and then glue the eggs in place.

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

First step — arrange the eggs around the inside and outside of the wreath.

2. Layer the eggs on top of the wreath, and when you like the arrangement, glue them in place. Don’t worry about the openings between the eggs, because you’ll fill those in with tissue paper.

Easy, DIY tutorial for an Easter Egg Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t worry about the gaps between the eggs. You’ll fill those in with tissue paper.

3. Cut 3” squares of tissue paper. Using a chopstick or other pointed tool, insert a tissue paper square between the eggs and into the wreath. Continue to add squares of tissue paper till you’ve filled in all openings.

DIY the cutest, Confetti Easter Egg Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Insert tissue paper squares between the eggs and poke into the wreath.

4. Glue the chicks to the wreath.

5. Thread a ribbon through the wreath, knot the ends together, and hang.

DIY an Easter Egg Wreath. Super easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make this wreath with your favorite style of plastic eggs.

Add these cute little chicks to your Easter Egg Wreath. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I thought about adding polka dots to the chicks, and I’m glad I left them “as is.”

I briefly thought about adding polka dots to the chicks – after all, wouldn’t polka dot chicks hatch from polka dot eggs? But I decided they were cute enough “as is” and I would leave them be.

This wreath went together in an evening, so it’s an easy one. There are so many styles and colors of plastic eggs in the stores and online, and I hope you find a few dozen that you really love so you can make your own Easter Egg Wreath.

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just a few weeks away! I’ll have more spring and Easter  crafts for you next week. Have you started crafting and decorating for Easter?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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A collection of easy, St. Patrick’s Day crafts, and a new DIY topiary

I’ve had fun making a few tissue paper crafts recently, like the Mardi Gras Wreath and the Valentine’s Day Topiaries. So, when I wanted to DIY an easy craft for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided a Tissue Paper Topiary was the way to go. And I was especially excited about it when I found the perfect white tissue paper with gold polka dots, which reminded me of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And speaking of rainbows, you could make this St. Patrick’s Day topiary in all the colors of the rainbow, too. I’m also linking up to a few favorite St. Patrick’s Day crafts from the past.

Super easy St. Patrick's Day Topiary! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll whip up this St. Patrick’s Day Topiary in an hour or less!

To make a St. Patrick’s Day Tissue Paper Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Tissue paper in three shades of green, plus white (I found white tissue paper with gold polka dots at Target)
  • Gold coin
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; straight pins

To make a St. Patrick’s Day Tissue Paper Topiary:

  1. Cut a strip 12” long and 5” wide from a double layer of tissue paper. Fold in half to measure 12” long x 2-1/2” wide. Your tissue paper strip should now have four layers.
  2. Hold the layers together, and cut fringe along the open, 12” edge. Make about 4 – 5 cuts per inch. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it will go faster than you think.
  3. Wrap the fringed strip around the base of the 12” cone and pin in back. Adjust as needed so the strip is straight. Optional: Spot glue in place with white craft glue.

    Easy St. Patrick's Day crafts & decorations on CraftsnCoffee.com.

    The white tissue paper with gold polka dots is my favorite.

  4. Wrap the tape measure around the cone, about 1” above the last fringed strip. This will be the width for the next paper strip. Continue to wrap the cone in fringed tissue paper strips, completing seven rows.
  5. For the last three rows, cut your tissue paper strips 3” – 4” wide, so they measure 1-1/2” – 2” wide when folded. This will make it easier to wrap the strips around the narrow top of the cone.
  6. Glue the gold coin to the top.
So cute and easy for St. Patrick's Day! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

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

Here are more St. Patrick’s Day crafts and decorations. Many of them are super easy, which I really appreciate for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a quick holiday, here one day and gone the next, so I like decorations that are fast and inexpensive.

Really cute and super-easy ideas for St. Patrick's Day crafts & decorations. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Deco Mesh St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

Shamrock Topiary Cone

St. Patrick’s Day Daisy Topiary

30-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Topiary

Green Daisy Wreath

St. Patrick’s Rainbow Yarn Wreath

St. Patrick’s Day Wreath round up

The snowdrops are already blooming! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Leap Day snowdrops.

I hope you enjoyed your extra day yesterday. It’s hard to believe it’s March 1 already. I saw my first spring flowers yesterday when I came across these blooming snowdrops. Who else is seeing signs of spring? (And many thanks to those who shared their project lists with me. I love reading about what you’re making!)

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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Springtime craft: DIY a paper clay, Flower Pot Bunny

Some of you have mentioned that you have a looong DIY craft list, and as your enabler, I warn you that your list will be even longer after today. If you fell in love with the Flower Pot Chick earlier this week, then you will adore today’s paper clay, Flower Pot Bunny. Just look at these two springtime cuties with their crepe paper ruffles, ric rac and polka dot pots. You can’t make just one, can you? Here’s how to make this Flower Pot Bunny.

What an adorable pair! DIY tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. So worth the time!

Flower Pot Bunny & Flower Pot Chick by Rebekah Meier.

DIY an heirloom Easter craft. You'll just need paper clay, Styrofoam and paint. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ric rac, buttons, ruffles, glitter — so many sweet details.

To make a Flower Pot Bunny, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
  • Paper clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Baby Pink, Tapioca, Sky Blue, Black
  • Gel stain in maple
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Acrylic varnish in satin finish
  • Ric rac in pink
  • Crepe paper streamers in pink
  • Button thread in pink
  • Glitter glue
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; acrylic clay roller; clay knife; bamboo skewer or round toothpicks; fine sanding block or fine sandpaper; powder; paintbrushes: 1/4”, 1/2” flat, and liner; needle; paper towels or soft rag

To make a Flower Pot Bunny:

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

2. Glue the wide end of the egg into the peat pot.

3. Cut off a 3” piece of clay. Sprinkle your work surface with powder, and roll the clay to 1/8” thick. Completely cover the bunny’s body with the clay, but do not cover the peat pot. Blend the seams and smooth the clay with wet fingertips. Roll a pin size piece into a ball, flatten slightly, and attach to the face for the bunny’s nose. Let dry completely.

4. Ears: Shape ears from two, nickel-size clay logs. Insert a toothpick into each ear, and then insert the pick into the bunny’s head. Smooth with wet fingers, blending ears to head. Let dry.

5. Arms: Roll two, nickel-size logs to shape arms. Attach the arms to the bunny’s body with wet fingers, and blend in at the neck. Let dry.

6. When dry, sand the bunny’s body with fine sandpaper till the clay is completely smooth. Wipe away the excess dust with a paper towel or soft cloth. If there are any cracks, fill the cracks with more clay, let dry, and sand again.

7. Flower: Roll six tiny, pin size balls. Place five of the balls around a center ball, forming a flower. Don’t attach to the bunny yet.

8. Buttons: Roll two, pin size balls of clay, and press onto the front of the bunny.

9. Nose: Roll a tiny ball and press to face for nose.

This paper clay bunny has the sweetest face. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What a cutie!

10. Paint the bunny:

  • Head & body: Tapioca
  • Eyes: Black with Tapioca fleck
  • Cheeks: Baby Pink (dry brush)
  • Nose: Baby Pink
  • Mouth: Black, drawn on with a liner brush
  • Inside ears: Baby Pink
  • Buttons: Moon Yellow
  • Flower: Moon Yellow petals and Sky Blue center

11. Antique the bunny: Mix equal parts of the gel stain with the staining & antiquing medium. Brush the mixture onto the bunny, and then immediately wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.

12. Brush on a coat of varnish and let dry.

13. Peat pot:

  • Paint the pot Sky Blue.
  • Apply Moon Yellow dots with a pin head or pencil tip. Let dry.
  • Glue ric rac around the top of the peat pot.

14. Neck ruffle:

  • Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half.
  • With edges together, gather the open edge with button thread
  • Place the gathered crepe paper around the bunny’s neck
  • Gently pull the thread to fit around the bunny’s neck.
  • Knot off thread.

15. Glue the flower to one ear.

16. Apply glitter glue to the collar, flower and buttons.

Sweetest DIY bunny made with paper clay and Styrofoam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I often refer to Rebekah’s paper clay crafts as “folk art.” They are crafts you’ll keep and display forever.

Rebekah has shared other Easter duos with us in the past, including the Bunny & Chick Candy Jars.

Bunny & Chick Candy Jars

Bunny & Chick Candy Jars

And this Paper Clay Bunny and Chick with folk art flair.

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

They make the cutest pair!

I could link up more of Rebekah’s springtime critters, but I think I’ve enabled enough today! How long is your craft list, and what are the top three projects on your list?

Happy crafting!

Sharon 

 

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DIY a Spring Chick made with paper clay and a peat pot

Happy day – I’m sharing the first spring craft of the year! It’s been an easy winter so far, but I am ready for spring. And nothing says spring like one of Rebekah Meier’s sweet little chicks. Her paper clay, Flower Pot Chick reminds me of spring babies, daffodils, green grass, and warm sunshine. Bring it on!

So cute! DIY this little chick with paper clay and Styrofoam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Flower Pot Chick by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Flower Pot Chick, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg
  • Air-dry clay, one package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Peat pot, 2”
  • Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Baby Pink, Raw Umber, Canyon Orange, Tapioca, Sky Blue
  • Gel stain in maple
  • Staining & antiquing medium
  • Acrylic varnish in a satin finish
  • Ric rac in yellow
  • Crepe paper streamers in cream
  • Button thread in cream
  • Glitter glue
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; bamboo skewer or round toothpicks; acrylic clay roller; clay knife; powder; fine sanding block or fine sandpaper; water bottle cap; paintbrushes: 1/4”, 1/2” flat, and liner; needle; paper towels or soft rag
DIY this adorable, paper clay chick over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah’s tutorial will walk you through this project. It’s easier than you think!

To make a Flower Pot Chick:

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

2. Glue the wide end of the egg into the peat pot.

3. Cut off a 3” piece of clay. Sprinkle your work surface with powder, and roll the clay to 1/8” thick. Completely cover the chick’s body with the clay, but do not cover the peat pot. Blend the seams and smooth the clay with wet fingertips. Let dry completely.

4. When dry, sand the chick’s body with fine sandpaper till the clay is completely smooth. Wipe away the excess dust with a paper towel or soft cloth. If there are any cracks, fill the cracks with more clay, let dry, and sand again.

5. Wings: Roll two, quarter size balls of clay into 1-3/4” leaf shapes. Wet clay around the chick’s necks and press the wings onto the chick, and smooth out the seam.

6. Beak: Shape a diamond from a small piece of clay, form into a beak, press onto the chick’s face. Smooth and blend clay.

7. Buttons: Roll two, pin size balls of clay, and press onto the front of the chick.

8. Hat:

  • Roll a pea size ball of clay and flatten. Smooth the sides with your fingertips. This is the top.
  • Roll a small ball 1/8” thick, and cut out a circle with a water bottle cap.
  • Secure the top of the hat to the brim with a dab of water.
  • Flower: Roll six tiny, pin size balls. Place five of the balls around a center ball, forming a flower. Do not yet add to the hat.
  • Let dry.
Sweet face on a paper clay chick. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

She’s wearing her spring bonnet!

9. Paint the chick:

  • Head & body: Moon Yellow
  • Eyes: Raw umber, with fleck of Tapioca
  • Eyebrows: Raw Umber
  • Beak: Canyon Orange
  • Cheeks: Baby Pink
  • Buttons: Baby Pink
  • Hat: Sky Blue
  • Flower: Moon Yellow petals with Baby Pink center.

10. Antique the chick: Mix equal parts of the gel stain with the staining & antiquing medium. Brush the mixture onto the chick and the hat, and then immediately wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. Let dry.

11. Varnish the chick and hat and let dry.

12. Peat Pot:

  • Paint the peat pot Tapioca.
  • Apply Baby Pink dots with a pin head or pencil tip. Let dry.
  • Glue ric rac around the top of the pot.

13. Neck ruffle:

  • Fold an 18” length of crepe paper streamer in half.
  • With edges together, gather the open edge with button thread.
  • Place the gathered crepe paper around the chick’s neck.
  • Gently pull the thread to fit around the chick’s neck.
  • Knot off thread.
  1. Apply glitter glue to the collar, hat and buttons.
  1. Glue the flower to the hat, and then glue the hat to the chick’s head.

Rebekah used her paper clay magic to make the Spring Chick she shared with us last year.

So cute! DIY with paper clay and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Clay Spring Chick

Rebekah also crafted this charming, Easter candy jar with paper clay and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I can’t imagine a sweeter place to stash jelly beans!

Cute! I want to fill it up with jelly beans. DIY it with paper clay and Styrofoam over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Chick Candy Jar by Rebekah Meier.

Good things come in pairs, and this Flower Pot Chick has a little buddy. I’ll introduce you to him on Friday.

So cute! DIY this little chick with paper clay and Styrofoam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll introduce the chick’s buddy on Friday.

I saw crocus blooming yesterday, and it’s still February! We should be buried in snow right now, but it’s been a super mild winter. Does it look like spring where you are?

Happy springtime crafting!

Sharon

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Homework Helper: How to build a 3-D Animal Cell Model

Is there a science project in your future? Not to worry! Earlier this week, I shared how to make a 3-D Plant Cell Model, and today I have a tutorial for making a 3-D Model of an Animal Cell. I wish I’d had these tutorials a few years ago when my daughter had to DIY a 3-D Animal Cell Model.  When your child, friend, neighbor or someone else puts up an “SOS, we have to make a 3-D model of a cell”, point them to Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Save this tutorial -- DIY a model of an animal cell. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a 3-D Animal Cell Model, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 10”, 3” and 1-1/2” balls
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange, red, blue and pink
  • Craft foam (foamie) sheets or felt in green, blue, yellow, black, purple and orange
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: toothpicks and white paper for labels
  • Tools needed: Scissors; measuring tape; marker; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff paintbrush; two large and two regular rubber bands; teaspoon; optional: ¼” hole punch

Caution: Young children should not operate a glue gun or use a serrated knife! 

To make a 3-D Animal Cell Model:

Note: You will want to frequently refer to the labeled photo as you construct your 3-D Animal Cell Model.

Fabulous tutorial to DIY a model of an animal cell. Life saver! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Refer to this photo and the labels as you DIY your cell model.

1. Prep the 10” ball:

  • Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a small slice from the bottom of the 10” ball so it will stay in place and not roll.
  • Stretch two rubber bands around the 10” ball, dividing it into four equal quarters. Use a measuring tape to check that the four sections are equal. Be sure the cut side is on the bottom.
  • Draw a line along the rubber bands marking one of the quarters. Remove the rubber bands.
  • Cut along the marker lines and cut away the quarter section.

2. Prep the 3” ball:

  • Stretch two rubber bands around the 3” ball, dividing it into four equal quarters. Use a measuring tape to check that the four sections are equal.
  • Draw a line along the rubber bands marking one of the quarters. Remove the rubber bands.
  • Cut along the marker lines and cut away the quarter section.

3. Repeat Step 2 with the 1-½” ball, except that this time, you’ll use the cut-away wedge, and save the rest of the ball for another project.

Detail of a DIY model of an animal cell. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Detail of the nucleus assembly. The 3″ ball fits into the 10″ ball, and the wedge from the 1-1/2″ ball fits into the 3″ ball.

4. In the center of the opening cut into the 10” ball, use the knife and a teaspoon to carve out a hole large enough to hold the 3” ball.

5. Paint the parts of the cell:

  • Cell membrane (outside of 10” ball and a ¼” ring around the inside edge) – orange
  • Cytoplasm (inside of 10” ball) – leave white and do not paint
  • Nucleus (outside of the 3” ball) – red
  • Chromatic (inside of the 3” ball) – pink
  • Nucleolus (quarter wedge of 1-1/2” ball) – blue
  • Let paint dry.

6. Glue the 3” nucleus into the opening carved into the 10” ball.

7. Glue the nucleolus into the center of the nucleus.

Fabulous tutorial to DIY a model of an animal cell. Life saver! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The bright colors help to call out the parts of the cell, but in real life, cells are not this colorful.

8. Cut out the remaining cell parts from different colors of craft foamies or felt:

  • Mitochondria (blue): Two, 2” egg shapes
  • Vacuoles (red): Two, 3/4” ovals
  • Lysosomes (yellow): Four, ½” circles
  • Ribosomes (black): 30, ¼” circles.  (Optional: use a ¼” hole punch to make the circles.)
  • Golgi body (green): One, 12” x ¾” strip. Form the strip into several loops and glue loops together using low-temp glue. Place the looped structure onto the remaining green foamie sheet. Trace the insides of the loops on the foaming. Cut out these pieces and set aside. These will fill in the loops when you assemble the cell.
  • Endoplasmic reticulum (purple): Three, 12” x 1” strips.

9. Assemble the parts of the cell:

  • Mitochondria, Vacuoles, Lysosomes, and Ribosomes: Refer to the photo and glue in place.
  • Golgi body: Glue the looped strip in place first, and then fill in the loops with the coordinating pieces.
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum: Fold the strips to create loops around the nucleus. You might need to cut the longer strips into shorter strips to work the loops all the way around the foam ball.

10. Optional: Label the parts of the cell. Print names of cell parts, cut out, and attach to toothpicks.

Excellent tutorial to make a model of an animal cell. Great for science class! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen George designed both the 3-D Animal Cell Model and the 3-D Plant Cell Model. Her husband, who has a PhD in neuroscience and is a science professor, wanted to share the models with his students!

Bookmark this one for the Science Fair -- how to DIY a 3-D Plant Cell Model. CraftsnCoffee.com

Are there other Science Fair or school projects we can help with? If you have suggestions, please let me know.

Thank you, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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