A Favorite Button Topiary to DIY

Looking through old posts recently, I realized that I featured Patty Schaffer’s Button Egg, but I never featured its companion Button Topiary. How did I miss this pretty project? The Button Egg is always a favorite, so I am calling this the Favorite Button Topiary. I hope it’s one of your favorites! At long last, here’s the tutorial for the DIY Button Topiary.

So pretty! DIY an easy Button Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Favorite Button Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

Such a pretty Button Egg. Love the bright pops of color! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s Patty’s Button Egg.

To make the Favorite Button Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone
  • Buttons:
    • White in assorted shades and sizes, about 400 – 450
    • Bright colors in assorted sizes, about 24 – 30
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2″, 400 – 450
  • Beads, assorted shapes in silver, about 20 – 24
  • Candle pedestal
  • Drywall screw, 2-1/2”
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Thick, white craft glue
Button detail from a DIY Button Topiary Tree. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The pearl head pins and colorful buttons add bright pops of color and lots of interest.

To make the Favorite Button Topiary:

  1. Adhere the head of the drywall screw to the center of the pedestal using the E-6000 adhesive. The point should be facing up. Let glue dry.
  2. Center the cone over the drywall screw, and push it onto the screw. Remove the cone, add thick-white craft glue to the pedestal and the drywall screw, and place the cone back onto the pedestal. Let glue dry.
  3. Cover the cone with buttons:
  • Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin the white buttons to the cone using pearl head pins.
  • Work your way up the cone using the larger buttons first.
  • Occasionally thread a silver bead onto the pin before pinning on buttons.
  • Overlap the buttons to help fill in gaps, and pin on smaller buttons to cover the gaps, too.

4. Once the cone is covered, pin on the colored buttons, adding pops of color.

Here’s the sweet pair together.

Beautiful button crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These would make nice gifts for Mother’s Day.

Sneak peek!

Sneak peek!

Now that you have your buttons out, don’t put them away yet . . . Here’s a sneak peek of Friday’s craft. I think you’re going to like it . . .

What have you crafted with buttons?

Happy button crafting.

Sharon

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Plant a succulent teacup garden in a moss wreath (and announcing the Homework Helper winners)

Do you love succulent teacup gardens as much as I do? They are so sweet! Which led me to wonder if I could add a teacup succulent garden to my spring wreath. Voila, today I’m sharing how I made my Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath. I used a demitasse teacup, which is smaller than a regular teacup, and was easy to find at a local resale shop. The 10” wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is almost 2” thick, which is the perfect dimension for the demitasse teacup. The succulents and flowers are faux, so there’s no drippy water to worry about. This was a fun wreath to DIY!

What's not to love about a Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden? DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The demitasse cups are small, and you'll need just a few succulents and flowers to fill it.

The demitasse cups are small, and you’ll need just a few succulents and flowers to fill it.

To make a Succulent Teacup Garden & Moss Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath; 2” ball or other scrap piece to fit teacup
  • Moss cloth
  • Demitasse teacup
  • Faux succulents, two
  • Silk flowers, several stems and a few flowers for the teacup
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; rubber band; wire cutters; floral pins

To make a Succulent Teacup Garden & Moss Wreath:

1. Spread out moss cloth with paper side facing up. Place the wreath in a corner, and trace around it on the paper backing. Cut out the wreath shape and remove the paper backing. Glue the ring of moss to the wreath.

How to make an easy moss wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Trace around the wreath on the paper backing, and cut out.

2. Cut a strip of moss cloth to fit around the outside edge of the wreath; you might need to piece two strips together. Glue and pin the moss cloth around the outside of the wreath.

Easy DIY Moss Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cover the outside edge with a strip of moss cloth.

3. Position demitasse teacup in the lower, inside curve of the wreath, and press to create a groove to help hold the cup in place. Remove the cup.

Sweetest wreath ever -- DIY a Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Press the teacup down into the foam, making an impression that will help hold the cup in place.

4. Arrange the succulents and silk flowers, and when you like how they look, rubber band the stems together.

5. Glue the foam ball or other scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into the demitasse cup. Insert the plant stems into the cup, and add glue to help hold them in place.

6. Glue the demitasse cup into the groove in the wreath. Let glue dry.

7. Cut a strip of moss cloth to fit around the inside edge of the wreath. Glue in place, and cut to fit around the teacup.

8. Arrange several silk flower stems at the bottom of the wreath; if needed, trim stems to fit. When you like the arrangement, pin in place with floral pins.

Pretty! Love this Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The resale shop I visited had a lot of demitasse cups. You should be able to find one that suits your colors and style.

9. Loop ribbon through the wreath for hanging.

While you’re out and about scouting for demitasse teacups, pick up a few extra and DIY these Teacup Topiaries, too.

Teacup Topiaries, made with mismatched teacups, are perfect for Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, or bridal or baby showers.

Teacup Topiaries

The Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath and Teacup Topiaries would make lovely Mother’s Day gifts, don’t you think?

DIY a Moss Wreath with Teacup Succulent Garden. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make one for you, and another for Mother’s Day, or a teacher’s gift, or a housewarming gift, or just because!

And now, the winners in the recent, Homework Helper giveaway! Thank you to all who entered the giveaway. Brenda Ackerman and Emily Smith are the winners, and they’ll each receive:

  • A Solar System kit or Project Bricks kit (your choice)
  • A $50 gift card to Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Stores or Michaels (your choice)
  • A craft apron.

Please contact me, Brenda and Emily, to arrange for your prizes.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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An easy home décor idea: DIY Leather Deco Spheres

Sometimes, when I make something, it’s really to challenge myself. I get an idea, and I think “can I do that? Let’s try it and see how it turns out . . .” And that’s how these Decorative, Leather Balls came to be. Or I should say “Faux Leather” Deco Spheres? My crafty challenges don’t always have a happy ending, but this one does. I really like how the Leather Deco Spheres turned out, and even happier that they were so easy to DIY.  Substituting vinyl for leather makes them inexpensive, too. You can make a lot of Faux Leather Deco Spheres from a yard of fabric!

I want to make these! They look like leather but they're super easy and super cheap to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Leather Decorative Balls.

A quick reminder before I get to the tutorial — today is the last day to enter the Homework Helper Giveaway! Be sure to enter.

Homework Helper giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com! Enter by midnight, 4/12/16.

 

And now the tutorial.

To make Faux Leather Deco Spheres:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” balls
  • Faux leather or vinyl fabric (I purchased mine at Jo-Ann Stores and online at Fabric.com)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Upholstery tacks in bronze, or other finish
  • Tools: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; rubber bands; tape measure; optional: cutting mat and rotary cutter
"Leather" Deco Spheres -- super-easy to DIY! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pile the Faux Leather Deco Spheres in a bowl for a new centerpiece.

To make Faux Leather Deco Spheres:

1. Cut the fabric into 1” strips. You’ll need about three strips per ball.

How to make Faux Leather Deco Spheres. Tons of style, and super inexpensive to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Stretch the strip as you go, and overlap with each pass.

2. Wrap your ball:

  • Pin and glue the end of a strip to the ball, and wrap the strip around the ball.
  • Wrap in the same way each time, overlapping with each pass.
  • Gently stretch the fabric as you work, so that the fabric hugs the ball.
  • At the end of the strip, pin and glue the end, and start a new strip.
  • As you wrap the ball, try to cover the pins.
  • Keep wrapping the ball till it’s covered, and glue the end in place.
  • Once the glue is set, remove any pins that are still visible.
How to make stylish, Faux Leather Deco Spheres. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you’re going to add upholstery tacks, wrap rubber bands around your Deco Sphere to serve as your guide.

Quick tips to make easy, Faux Leather Deco Spheres. Super simple! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Insert tacks along the rubber band, and use a tape measure for even spacing.

3. To add upholstery tacks (totally optional):

  • Wrap rubber bands around the ball to serve as your guide. Wrap them horizontally, vertically, or both directions.
  • Using a tape measure, insert upholstery nails all along the edge of the rubber bands.
  • Remove rubber bands.
  • You can also insert the tacks at random.
These "Leather" Deco Balls are beautiful, and so cheap & easy to DIY! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add upholstery tacks — or not.

And that’s it. Super simple, but packed with style. Deco Spheres are an easy way to add texture, interest, and maybe a splash of color to your home. They’re so versatile, both in design and in ways to display them. Here are a few more ways to DIY Deco Spheres – maybe there’s an idea here that suits your style!

Safari Deco Spheres

High style with a dollar store price. Tissue paper decoupage on Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com

Safari Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

Terra Cotta Garden Spheres

Craft tutorial: How to make "terra cotta" garden spheres using air-dry clay. These will not shatter!

Terra Cotta Garden Spheres by Lorine Mason.

Silver Wire and Green Leaf Spheres, or the Tacky Sphere:

how to make upholstery tack deco spheres

Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

Moss Balls – always classic, always on trend

These Moss Balls are super easy to make. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Moss Balls by Diane Flowers.

Tell me what inspires your crafting. Do you ever get an idea that you just have to try to see how it ends?

Be sure to enter the Homework Helper giveaway! Today is your last day to enter.

Homework Helper giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com! Enter by midnight, 4/12/16.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

 

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DIY a delightfully detailed Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath

It’s no wonder that Patty Schaffer’s etsy shop is called P.S. It’s in the Details. Just take a look at the details she included in her Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. Burlap, moss, twigs, paper feathers, and even a bird’s nest – there’s lots of eye candy in this wreath. I find the oval shape really refreshing, too. The chunky yarn wraps up fast, so you can breeze through this Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. (Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!)

Lovely, detail-packed spring wreath! Paper feathers, moss, burlpa, bird nest -- love this. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Perfect for spring -- DIY lots of details on this spring wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty packed in a lot of detail on this wreath!

Now that we’ve taken a look at Patty’s pretty spring wreath, can I show you what spring looks like around here today? Yep, that’s a couple inches of snow on the ground. And this doesn’t include the 4 inches we had on Saturday, which melted away earlier this week, only to be replaced by this snow last night. And the forecast calls for 3 – 5 more inches tonight! O.K., thanks for listening, guys, and now it’s back to Patty’s wreath.

A snowy, April day in Cleveland, OH! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s April 8 and here’s my yard this morning!

  To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” x 12” x 18” block
  • Homespun yarn in yellow
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Decorative bird
  • Bird’s nest & eggs
  • Branches
  • Moss, a mix of varieties
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Newspaper
  • Chenille stem or 8″ length floral wire (hanger)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; straight pins; serrated knife & old candle or bar of soap
DIY a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath. Look at those details! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love the longer twigs, but I cropped this photo closer so you could better see the details.

To make a Spring Yarn & Bird Nest Wreath:

1. Draw an oval 11” wide and 15” tall on old newspaper or other scrap paper. Measure about 2” in and trace a second, smaller oval inside the first oval.

2. Cut out your pattern and pin it to the foam block. Trace around the pattern using the sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the oval wreath shape.

3. Wrap the yarn around the wreath, securing the beginning and end of the yarn on the back of the wreath with a pin and a dab of glue. Note that Patty wrapped her wreath asymmetrically, wrapping about half of the wreath on the right side, and 2/3 of the wreath on the left side.

4. Wrap the rest of the wreath with burlap ribbon, pinning and gluing the ends to the back of the wreath.

5. Arrange the moss along the bottom of the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue the moss in place.

6. Tuck in branches among the moss and glue in place.

DIY spring yarn wreath with paper feathers -- and a bird nest! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love the paper feathers — they add lots of interest and even more texture.

7. Cut paper feathers from the scrapbook papers. Arrange and glue among the moss and branches at the bottom of the wreath.

8. Nestle the bird’s nest among the moss and branches and glue in place. Glue eggs in the nest.

9. Glue a small branch along the top, left-hand side of the wreath (see photo). Glue the bird to the branch.

Sweet little bird on a spring wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Perch a little bird on the top half of the wreath to balance it out.

10. Twist the chenille stem or floral wire into a loop, and insert and glue twisted ends into the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Spring daffodils buried in snow! CraftsnCoffee.com.

My poor daffodils have had it!

Mother Nature has been dishing it out around here! The magnolia blooms have turned brown and the poor daffodils are flat (splat!) on the ground. Brrr! I guess we’re playing catch up after such a mild winter. How’s spring treating you?

Happy crafting!

P.S. Don’t forget about the Homework Helper giveaway!

Sharon

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Homework Helpers: Favorite tutorials to ace school projects (& a giveaway!)

The end of the school year is in sight, which means the projects are piling up. Why is the end of the school year always a scramble? If your kids are faced with a school project – or two or three, check out these handy school project tutorials. From social studies to science, one of these tutorials might be just what you your kids are looking for. (And add one or two to the summer bucket list and sneak in a little summer learning.) Read on for more about the giveaway, too. (This giveaway is closed.)

The best list of favorite school projects! Step-by-step tutorials. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are the links to the tutorials:

Solar System (three tutorials)

Three tutorials to make a Solar System. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Planet Earth

Hands-on Earth Day craft for kids shows how to repurpose papers and make an Earth Day globe. CraftsnCoffee.com.

3-D Plant Cell Model

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

3-D Animal Cell Model

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

Double-Helix DNA Model

Pin this for later! How to make a double-helix DNA Model for a school project or science fair. CraftsnCoffee.com.Tyrannosaurus Rex & Stegosaurus

Kid's Craft Idea: How to DIY a dinosaur! Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Southwest Adobe House

DIY a model of a southwest adobe house. Great for the kids at home or for school. Bookmark this! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Southwest Adobe House

Medieval Sand Castle

Kids who love fantasy play will love making their own, Everlasting Sand Castle. It has a working drawbridge, too. No power tools needed -- it's all made from a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam. Puppet Theater

instructions for making a puppet theater. CraftsnCoffee.com

I think this Science Fair display board sums up how many of us feel about school projects. I’ve no idea who “Susan M” is, but I give her an “A” for originality and honesty. Has your child worked on a Science Fair project? Or any other school projects this year?

Science Fair Humor! Excellent school project tutorial list on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A+ for originality and honesty!

Tell me about your most recent school project for a chance to win our school project giveaway. With the help of Random.org, I’ll choose two winners, and each winner will receive:

  • A Solar System kit or Project Bricks kit (your choice)
  • A $50 gift card to Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Stores or Michaels (your choice)
  • And a craft apron.

Homework Helper giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com! Enter by midnight, 4/12/16.

You have until midnight on Tuesday, April 12 to enter, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday, April 15. Thanks for sharing your school project stories!

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

Happy crafting!

Plant Cell Model -- school assignment accomplished thanks to CraftsnCoffee.com!

A+ on this assignment!

P.S. Reader Jen sent in a photo of the Plant Cell Model her son made, based on the tutorial she found on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Jen noted that his teacher asked for even more details, and you can see he put a lot of work into his model. He did an awesome job and I hope he got an A on this assignment!

Sharon

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DIY wall art that will make you smile! (No fooling!)

Happy April Fool’s Day! It’s always a fun day here, and I thought it would be the perfect day to share Kathleen George’s LAUGH Wall Art. Look closely at the “U” in Laugh – how could you not smile every day with this DIY wall art on display? It’s not all fun and games, however, as the cork paper and brass tacks add playful yet tasteful texture that would be at home almost anywhere.

This DIY Wall Art makes me smile! Love the textured cork and tacks, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

LAUGH Wall Art by Kathleen George.

To make LAUGH Wall Art, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
  • Cork scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets
  • Scrap paper
  • Brass upholstery nails
  • Hook & loop picture hangers
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; thin-tip marker; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; Xacto® knife; straight pins; large needle
Clever, DIY Wall Art made with a sheet of Styrofoam, cork paper and upholstery tacks. Easy to hang, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Smile!

To make LAUGH Wall Art:

  1. Using the ruler and a marker, measure and trace a 9” x 18” rectangle on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap, and then cut out the rectangle.
  2. Cut the cork paper into two rectangles – 12” x 9” and 6” x 9”. Cut the remaining cork paper into 1” strips.
  3. Glue the 1” strips to the edges of your foam rectangle. If needed, pin the cork paper in place till glue dries.
  4. Piece together the rectangles of cork paper cut in Step 2 and glue to the top of the 9” x 18” foam rectangle. If needed, pin down the paper till the glue dries.
  5. “Frame” your art in upholstery nails. Insert upholstery nails along the edges, spacing the nails ½” apart.
  6. Transfer the Laugh Wall Art Diagram onto a 9” x 18” sheet of paper. You’ll need to enlarge the pattern as you go.
  7. Using a large needle, make a hole through each dot.
  8. Pin the pattern to the cork-covered sheet. Transfer the pattern to the cork sheet by using a thin tip marker to mark each dot in the pattern onto the cork.
  9. Remove the pattern, and insert the upholstery tacks into each dot. Add two tacks in the middle of the “U” for eyes.
  10. Hang the sign using hook and loop hangers.
Clever DIY Wall Art and great textures, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Doesn’t it make you smile?

Alas, my daughter is off on a school trip and I’ve no plans for April Fool’s Day this year. So, I’d love to hear about your plans! Anyone planning a little fun for April Fool’s Day today?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY a pretty, Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary

I have more pretty, crepe paper flowers today from my photographer friend Dina. Last week, she shared her rosy, Crepe Paper Flower Wreath. Today’s tutorial is for a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary. Check out those button centers! This blooming bouquet would make a nice birthday gift or hostess gift, or centerpiece for a bridal shower or birthday party. Dina’s shared lots of photos, so here’s how she made her Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary.

Crepe Paper Flower Topiary -- easy DIY! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball for the top; smaller ball that fits snugly in your container
  • Container or flower pot
  • Wood dowel, ¼” x 10”
  • Crepe paper rolls, polka dot and solids
  • Cardstock
  • Buttons, 1” in coordinating colors
  • Pearl head pins
  • Glass marbles, moss, or other filler for the top of the pot
  • Tools needed: Scissors; optional: serrated knife
Cute, crepe paper flowers with button centers! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dina made her first, larger row of “petals” using polka dot crepe paper, and made the second layer with a contrasting, solid color of crepe paper.

To make a Polka Dot, Crepe Paper Flower Topiary:

1. Wrap the 6” ball and the wood dowel with crepe paper. Secure the ends with glue.

2. Fill the container or flower pot with the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Trim the ball with the serrated knife, if needed, for a secure fit. Glue the ball in place.

3. Insert the wood dowel into the pot, making sure it’s straight. Remove, and insert the dowel into the crepe-paper covered ball. Remove the dowel, add glue to both holes, and insert the dowel back into the foam balls. Be sure the topiary form stands straight, and adjust if needed, before the glue sets.

4. Make your flowers. You’ll need about 16 – 20 flowers, depending on the size you make and how you arrange them on the ball.

  • Cut a 1” – 1-½” circle from card stock.
  • Spread glue on the circle.
  • Glue the polka dot crepe paper around the circle, pleating it as you go. The pleats will form the petals.
  • Once you’ve fully completed the circle of crepe paper, cut off the end.
  • Trim ½” from the strip of solid crepe paper you’ll use for the second layer. Glue to the center, pleating the paper as you go.
How to make crepe paper flowers -- Step 1. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Spread glue on a 1″ circle cut from card stock.

How to make a crepe paper flower -- Step 2.

Attach a strip of crepe paper to the card stock, pleating it as you go.

How to make crepe paper flowers -- Step 3. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The first layer of “petals” is complete.

How to make crepe paper flowers -- Step 4. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Trim 1/2″ from the second crepe paper strip, and add to the center, pleating as you go.

5. Add button centers as you pin the flowers onto the foam ball. Rearrange the flowers as you go to alternate colors, and create the amount of fullness you’d like.

6. Arrange your pot filler in the pot, covering the foam ball.

Beautiful! Easy-to-follow tutorial, too. How to make crepe paper flowers on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You also might want to check out Dina’s original inspiration over at Ribbons and Glue. Holly made a charming little bouquet with her flowers.

Beautiful! DIY these easy, crepe paper flowers and topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I think “petalosa” describes this topiary!

Is there anything sweeter than flowers in the spring? I thought of Dina’s pretty crepe paper flowers when I heard the story about an eight-year old Italian boy who invented the word petalosa, which means “full of petals.” His teacher is trying to have the word officially added to the Italian language. It’s a beautiful word that perfectly describes today’s project, don’t you think?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Spring wreath idea: DIY a pretty-in-pink, Crepe Paper Flower Wreath

It’s the first week of spring – the perfect time to share with you this bright & dazzling, Crepe Paper Flower Wreath. I’ve introduced you to my friend Dina before – she is the photographer behind some of the lovely photos you see on Crafts ‘n Coffee.  When I tell you that Dina designed today’s Crepe Paper Flower Wreath, you will not be surprised that it’s this gorgeous! Let me show you more!

Beautiful! DIY this Crepe Paper Flower Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Flower-ful Spring Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dina used a springtime combination of colors in shades of pink and yellow.

Isn’t it beautiful? I have the supplies you’ll need below, and you’ll also want to follow this excellent, DIY flower tutorial at Oh My Handmade. Here are the details.

Beautiful crepe paper flowers for a spring wreath. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t they make you smile?

To make a Crepe Paper Flower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14” wreath
  • Crepe paper rolls in assorted colors (Dina used pastel pink, bright pink, pastel yellow, yellow, orange and black)
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make a Crepe Paper Flower Wreath:

1. Wrap the wreath in crepe paper.

How to quickly cover a wreath with crepe paper. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap it up!

2. Make your flowers. Dina recommends following this tutorial. For her wreath, Dina used the following sizes:

  • Three, 4” – 4-1/2” flowers
  • Three, 3” – 3-1/2” flowers
  • Two, 2-1/2” flowers

She suggests you make as many as you’d like – you can always cover the entire wreath in flowers! Also, Dina layered together pastel pink and bright pink; pastel yellow and yellow; and yellow and orange. Again, you can change up these colors to suit your own style.

Love these crepe paper flowers. DIY Crepe Paper Flower Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The centers are made with yellow, black, and hot pink crepe paper.

3. Arrange your flowers on the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue them in place.

4. Twist together the ends of a 3” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the stem into the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

Gorgeous! DIY Crepe Paper Flower Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The wreath is like a springtime garden party!

New, crepe paper flower crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Sneak peek!

It is so pretty! Of course, it’s not going to hold up in the rain, so you might want to display this wreath inside only. Dina has more to share, and here’s a sneak from next Tuesday’s post. See you then!

I wish you and your family a wonderful Easter weekend.

Happy springtime crafting!

Sharon

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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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