Springtime Crafting

Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies and its even more enjoyable on a rainy Saturday evening when my boys are watching March Madness. (Sidenote: college football begins in 157 days… ūüôā )

It’s a week before Easter and I decided to make some decorations. As a Christian, the egg can symbolize new life and Christ’s resurrection. Last night was a first for me. I created something that came out as well as I envisioned (shock!) and I used only the materials I had available in my craft cabinet (double shock!). ¬†These are my starting materials:

Styrofoam eggs, ribbons, buttons and moss

Styrofoam eggs, ribbons, buttons, burlap, muslin and moss

I used the same technique I’ve used to make Christmas ornaments and ripped strips of unbleached muslin to cover the Styrofoam eggs. ¬†Technically, I know I shouldn’t use a hot glue gun with Styrofoam (because it can melt the plastic), but I’m a risk-taker. ūüôā ¬†When I made narrower fabric strips for the smaller eggs, I ran over each strip with a hot iron because they tended to roll up on the edges.

Wrapping the egg with strips of muslin.

Wrapping the egg with strips of muslin.

A Wrapped Egg

A Wrapped Egg

Now, on to the fun part: embellishing the eggs with ribbons, trims and buttons! A while back, my mother gave me a box full of vintage buttons of every shape and size. Junior and JD helped me pick out special ones to put on the eggs.

Lovely Vintage Buttons

Lovely Vintage Buttons

Embellishment

Embellishment

Here’s the finished product. I simply placed the eggs in a basket and surrounded them with moss as a finishing touch. I love the neutral colors and “shabby chic” ¬†cottage look.

Shabby Chic Easter Eggs

Shabby Chic Easter Eggs

I loved this little flower button.

I loved this little flower button.

I used "pearl" buttons on this egg.

I used pearlescent buttons on this egg.

I planned on making a Spring wreath for the door. ¬†However, ¬†on a quick trip to Michael’s Craft Store (I can’t help myself, they had a great coupon ¬†today!) I found a cute hanging container for a great price. ¬†I arranged some silk flowers, made a bow from burlap and tulle and added the little bird. ¬†Total cost for my new door decor was less than seven dollars and it came together very quickly.

It's Spring at Our House!

It’s Spring at Our House!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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