Monday, April 11, 2011

Inkling: paper bird centerpiece

It was time to get serious about a spring table centerpiece and after much thought or at least five minutes of thought - I decided I needed some blue birds.

To make these little paper birds, you will need:

Paper to form the bird (I used kraft paper)
Masking tape
Pretty paper to cover the birds (I used blue rice paper)

Start by forming a shape of a bird with the kraft paper. I stared with the head, formed the body and left the tail fanned out. I used masking tape to keep the shape together and trimmed the tail.

Cut strips of your pretty paper and glue to your bird shape leaving the beak area uncovered. Form a tiny beak out of the kraft paper and glue onto your bird. Let dry thoroughly.

Use your birds to add a touch of spring to your craft projects or home d├ęcor.

I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these little birds and adapting them for all of the seasons.

This project is entered in the CSI Easter Challenge


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Friday, April 8, 2011

Etceteras: easter bunny wannabee

A fun way to decorate for Easter is to turn your everyday objects into Easter Bunny Wannabees.

This is my duck soup tureen.

This is my Easter Bunny wannabee soup tureen.

To make bunny ears for your objects, simply cut out 2 sets of ears using felt or other heavy fabric. Insert a wire form in between the ears and glue together. Use a piece of ribbon to make a band and tie to your object.

This would be a fun project for kids to change their stuffed animals into Easter bunnies.
These are real ducks that landed in my neighbor’s yard recently. They arrived every morning for three days and then left.
I’m sure they were worried I was going to make them wear bunny ears and won’t be back.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Etceteras: craft party favor bag

Here’s a fun way to use up bits of paper and fabric scraps.
For your next get together or even kid’s party, assemble a craft party favor bag.

Bits of paper or fabric can be used for flags or bunting.

Add twine and toothpicks.

Make a simple favor bag out of parchment paper and add a label.

Guests just need to add some glue and a little creativity to make some fun goodies.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Show and Tell: paper flower pomander and egg

I love these paper flower pomander balls and eggs found on Whipperberry, Bliss Bloom and Pizzazzerie.

Pizzazzerie made these beautiful pink pomander balls and they include an easy to follow tutorial on how you can make these.

Whipperberry, one of my favorite blogs was inspired to create their own beautiful pomander balls using the same technique.  
I love the soft colors they chose for their pomanders.


With perfect timing for Easter, Bliss Bloom made these paper flower eggs.

All of these projects are just beautiful and I was surprised to find out how simple the process seemed in the tutorials.

This is definitely on my project to-make list. Thank you for the inspiration Pizzazzerie, Bliss Bloom and my friends at Whipperberry.