Beaded Eggs

I love glass beads so any time I can find something to bead I’m going to try it!!

Materials:

  • Smooth foam eggs
  • Glass seed beads (I used a mix of colors)
  • Tacky Glue (I like Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Small box – like the top of a shoes box – you need something to catch the beads
  • Optional: Acrylic paints

Directions:

For this project you do need to use the smooth foam eggs.  When the eggs are painted it brings out the color of the beads, but you do not have to paint them.

I like using the top of a shoe box to catch the beads, any small box will work. Coat a small area (about an inch square) on the egg with Tacky Glue, sprinkle on your seed beads letting the extra beads fall into the box top.  I like to use my finger to gently pat the beads in place, checking to make sure the beads are flat on the eggs (so you will end up with a smooth layer of beads when finished).  If you spread the glue the in a larger area, keep an eye on the glue, the beads will start to slide!

Ok it sounds like this could take for ever!! But if you work on several eggs at a time it will go faster than you think.

I like to work on 4 to 6 at a time, gluing small areas at a time. By the time you glue an area on the last egg, on the first egg the glue will have set up and you can add more to the first egg and so on.  Just be sure the glue is set up (almost dry) or when your fingers touch the eggs the beads will stick to you.  Once you get your timing worked out, they could come together in an afternoon!

Depending on how much you sprinkle beads at a time, you will want to pour the extra beads back in bag or bowl…and keep beading!

Make sure the glue is dry.

I used the same mix of seed beads for all three eggs, I painted one pink, blue and purple!!  From a 3.5 ounce bag of seed breads I made 5 beaded eggs!

How about making a design with the beads, dots, stripes, or swirls…so many possibilities!

If you like beads, check out how I made beaded Christmas ornaments.

Hope you are inspired!

 

Flower Punched Eggs

With any fun shaped punch you can create this beautiful eggs in no time!

Materials:

  • Small size decorative punch (I used a flower shape)
  • Pretty paper(s)
  • Sequin straight pins or any short straight pin
  • Smooth foam eggs
  • Thimble
  • Optional: Acrylic paint and sequins

Directions:

I like the look of the smooth foam eggs and you can paint them!  But you could use any foam egg for this project.

Now start punching!!  If you are going to paint your eggs let your paint dry before you start to pin in the paper. Some colors of paint might take two coats. I just took an old tissue box made some small holes, put a toothpick in the egg and painted using to box a the dry rack!

Now that you have the paper punched and your eggs ready, just push a straight pin through the paper shape and push into the egg. The smooth foam is harder to push pins in, you might want to try a thimble.

It is up to you are how close to want to pin the shaped paper.  I did some very close together and other were you could easily see the flower shape, just up to you on the look you like.  Also by painting the eggs it changes to look!

This is a great project to do when you can sit, watch TV and pin away!  They go together fast.

Make sure you really push the pin into the egg!  The smooth foam will hold the pin in tight you will not need to add glue.

Fill a basket or bowl with all the beautiful eggs for a perfect centerpiece or use them as place cards on your holiday table!

If you like a little extra sparkle, pin in a few sequins.

Happy pinning!  Hope you are inspired.

If you like these eggs check out how I took this idea to Christmas ornaments!

 

Rag Baskets

Fabric strips, piping cord, a little time and patience….you have made a unique one of a kind rag basket!

Materials:

  • Fabric – torn into strips
  • Piping (cording)
  • Large needle or large safety pin
  • Masking tape
  • Wire 18 or 19 gauge
  • Scissors

Directions:

The piping (cording) that I like to use for my baskets is found in craft stores in the upholstery area.  It comes in different sizes, the cost is around 30 to 40 cents a yard depending on size.  For the multi colored basket (6” round bottom) I used 7 yards of piping and about 1 yard of fabric, the oval basket (9” by 6 1/2″) made of all the same fabric, I used 10 yards of piping, and all use 2 yards of fabric.  So it takes more piping than you think!

The needle: I’m using a plastic yarn needle (it has a large eye) but a large safety pin will work.

First you want to tear you fabric into 1” to 1 1/4” wide strips, if you are using scrap fabric you do need the strips to be at least 18” to 20” long.  With masking tape, tape one end of the cord, then cover and wrap with a strip of fabric, wrapping 4” to 5” on the cord (wrap with a slight angle) and start to roll into circle.  This might take one or two tries, don’t give up, the starting point is the hardest!

Slide on your large needle, or pin a large safety pin to the end of fabric strip, holding fabric wrapped piping in a circle, pull needle through, then push needle back up on other side of fabric strip.  If it is not holding tight, try again…remember this is the hardest part of making the basket….do not give up!!

In the picture below, I have loosened up my circle so you can see where to put the needle. But you do want a tight stitch that will hold!

The picture below shows where to push the needle back up, making sure you are holding on tight to the circle! Now push needle down on other side of the fabric strip and wrap the fabric 2 times around piping and make another stitch!!

This is what up should have!  Now it’s time for a new strip….just lay the new fabric strip under the one you have been stitching and wrap the new strip around (you want it tight)! And keep going!!

Keep going until you have the size bottom you like!! Tip: before you start the sides, count the rows, in the picture above there are seven rows for the bottom, all sides need to be equal, and I’m ready to start up the side! To make the sides going up (no worries the hard part is done), you want to push the piping up on the fabric wrapped cord and keep stitching!!!

You want the sides of the basket to be even also!  So count up on all sides, you want one side to have one row more than the other.  The handle will even out the sides!  But I like to add wire for extra support!  I like the wire to run around the top row and handle of my baskets.  This means you need to start the wire when the side count is 7 on one side and 6 on the other (for this basket).  Cut wire to your size (top rows and handle) and use masking tape to hold in place (it is easy to add more wire if needed).

Now that the wire is in place, go half way around, again the side count is not even. Now we are ready for the handle, this basket has a double handle, below I show a single handle and side handles!! Make a tight stitch and bend up and over to form the handle. The first side you will just wrap with a fabric strip, until it gets to the other side.  Now bend cord with wire back to the other side.  In the bend area make a stitch, keep tight and keep making more stitches around the wrapped handle side, holding the handle together.

Now bring the wired piping down and bend around the top of the basket, this will be the last row….All most done!!  Cut the piping and wire where it meets back to other side of handle.  Cut piping at an angle and wrap tight with tape.

Keep wrapping and making stitches.  When you come to the end, wrap all the way to the tip (you do not want the piping to show through) then back to make the last stitches.  With the needle push through a stitch inside of basket and make a knot and cut off any extra fabric.  Done….now that wasn’t so hard!!!

This is the inside of the basket.

For a single handle basket, again the side count will be off by one!  Add wire before you start the last row on the side, continue the wire for the handle, and for the last row on the other side of the basket.  The single handle you bend over shaping into your handle size and then back the other way, making the last row of the basket.  Make a good tight stitch before and after the handle on each side.

Easter basket!

The oval (oblong) basket, you just need to shape the bottom and then make the sides!  This basket I use smaller size piping and used the same fabric!

This is the bottom. I placed a button so you can see the center, and how I’m making both sides even.

Starting to make the sides!

If you run out of piping, it is easy to add more, cut the piping at angle (both the new and what you are using) fit them together and tape tight and keep going!

No one will know!!

This basket has side handles, and again I used wire to help shape them!

I love making these for gifts!

My next basket I’m going to try using ribbon instead of fabric….I need to find a sale on ribbon!

Hope you will be inspired to make rag baskets!

Spring Yarn Wreath

This yarn wrapped wreath is so simple to make and a quick way to decorate with your favorite Springs colors!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath form
  • Yarn, your favorite colors in different textures (I used 8 different yarn colors)
  • Scissors
  • Wire or pipe cleaner for a hanger and hot glue if needed
  • Optional: Ribbon for bow, glue, extra yarn for pom poms

Directions:

Once you have your yarn picked out, start with any solid color and start wrapping.  You do not want to pull tight on the yarn while wrapping.  Keep wrapping all the different colors until totally covered!

With a pipe cleaner or wire make a hook for hanging the wreath.  I just pushed the ends of the wire into the foam wreath, and added   little hot glue if needed.

Make simple yarn pom poms in different colors and sizes and add to your wreath!

Or add a bow and done!

Hope you are inspired!

Chick Egg

So cute, so easy these little chicks eggs.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Orange felt
  • 7mm eyes
  • Feathers
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

Cut orange felt into long triangle shape for the beak, and glue onto egg.  Glue 2 eyes just above beak, glue small colored feather to the center back of the egg.  If you want to be able to open the egg, glue feather just above the opening!

Fill with your favorite treats, fun for an egg hunt or a adorable center piece!

 

 

Paint Pen Decorated Plastic Eggs

So much fun to decorate eggs with paint pens or colored sharpie pens, the kids will want to get in on the fun.

Materials:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Paint pens or Sharpie pens

 

Let your creativity out, have fun with poke a dots, squeegly lines, little flowers!!

The paint pens seem to give a brighter colors and show up more, but you do have to give time for drying!  The Sharpie pen dries right away, so you can keep drawing!

Recycle last years plastic eggs into fun art pieces!  Your possibilities are endless!

 

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