I absolutely fell in love with these butterfly lanterns and straws from Martha Stewart! Find out how to make them yourself here.
Here is a great and easy way to give Mom something personalized by you this Mother's Day!
- Gingham and floral craft paper (or any print you like)
- Paper-edger scissors
- 1 1/2" x 2" photocopied snapshot
- Chartreuse craft paper (or any color you like)
- Candle in glass holder, 4" diam. x 5 1/2"H
1. Cut 3 1/2" x 13" band of gingham and 1 1/2" x 13" band of floral paper. Trim floral band with paper edgers. Create border for snapshot by cutting 2 1/2" x 3" rectangle from chartreuse paper. Glue photo onto border.
2. Glue the floral band lengthwise onto gingham band two inches from top edge. Glue square in center of gingham band. Glue collage to candle. Tie ribbon around top edge; center bow above snapshot.
(photo from allyou.com)
For your Easter table centerpiece, try this twist on the traditional Easter egg tree. Your children will love it! Bonus: this would also be cute for a "Mama Bird/Baby Bird" or "Nesting" baby shower.
Swinging Birdie Egg Tree
First find a branch in your backyard and set in sand or pebbles. You will also need:
|Colored tissue paper|
|Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors|
|Colored card stock|
Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours
1. For each, cut a cup from the egg carton and punch 3 holes as shown.
2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, each about 9 inches long. Thread an end of each piece through a hole in the carton and knot it, then tie the other ends of the ribbons together.
3. Cut two 2- by 6-inch rectangles of tissue paper, one with the pinking shears. Lay the pinked rectangle on top of the other. Wrap the papers around a blown egg so that the pinked edge peeks out from behind the straight edge. Secure with the glue stick.
4. Place the wrapped egg in the cradle. Use the glue stick to attach a small tuft of feather and a card stock beak and eyes to the egg. Make pupils on the eyes with the marker.
(photo from familyfun.com)
I love love this table setting! The colors are bright instead of pastel. Not to take anything away from the pastels but I love the brights.
It looks simple to duplicate also. You could purchase a turquoise tablecloth and hot glue ribbons down the center. Fill a basket with tulips or your favorite spring flower. Coordinating plates and napkins and you're set.
Here is how to make the adorable glitter eggs in the baskets:
- Large bowl
- Sewing needle
- 24 raw eggs (keep cartons to use later)
- Rubber ear syringe (available at pharmacies) or egg-blowing tool
- Fine craft glitter in assorted colors and spray paint in matching colors (available at craft stores, Martha has some very nice glitter at Wal-mart)
- Small bowls
- Thin wooden skewers
- Face mask
- Rubber gloves
- Waxed paper
1. Working over a large bowl, use a sewing needle to carefully pierce both ends of an egg. Make hole at wider end of egg slightly bigger by chipping away at shell with needle. Puncture yolk with needle.
2. Gently insert a rubber ear syringe into smaller hole and blow contents of egg out through larger hole. Rinse egg shell with water. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with remaining eggs.
3. Allow eggs to dry completely. Pour glitter into separate bowls and set aside.
4. Slide an egg shell onto a wooden skewer and spray paint in a well-ventilated area while wearing a face mask and gloves. Hold spray can at least 6 inches away from egg to coat it evenly; rotate egg as you work.
5. Working quickly, place painted egg in a bowl containing glitter that is same color as paint. Gently roll egg in glitter before paint has dried completely. Use a spoon to sprinkle glitter over sparse spots.
6. Place eggs on waxed paper to dry (about 20 minutes). Store eggs in cartons until ready to use.
Wouldn't these be great as place card holders or favors for your Easter gathering? You could buy letter stickers at your local craft store to use as initials on the eggs. Or for favors you could place them in wrapped candy baskets instead of grass. These are also seen in the top picture in egg cups. You could use them as little bud vases too.
(photos from allyou.com)
For your Spring or Easter arrangements try using jelly bean centerpieces. All you have to do is get two similarly shaped vases, one 3 inches narrower than the other. Fill the space between with layered jelly beans. These look great with tulips or daisies. I've also seen this done with a row of bunny peeps and jelly beans. They just scream SPRING!
Tulips and Jelly Beans
Try grouping different sized cylinders filled with various colored jelly beans without the flowers:
The possibilities are endless and FUN!
(top photo from allyou.com, bottom from jellybelly.com)
I've got two weeks until the big three person 30th birthday party! I think I've got all my supplies for the manzanita branch centerpieces I'm making, but I wanted to get your opinions on a couple of things.
I went with natural and I'm going to spray paint them white. There is a lot of brick in the room and I think white will really pop.
This is one thing I need your opinion on. Is this container ok for this? It is made of paper mache and 10 inches in diameter. I'm just wondering if it will look ok. It's not a formal party, but these looked a tad too informal. What do you think?
I also have gold and silver 30s to hang from the branches. Another question I have is what type of filler to use around the base of the branch? What would look good with white branches, crystals and gold and silver? Do you think something like moss or rocks would go? Or should I use more crystals? Because the branch is not natural looking being white and shiny, I didn't know if I should use a natural filler.
Thanks so much for your help. I look forward to hearing your ideas!
I'm so ready for Spring! How about you? Here is an easy wreath to get your home ready for the the season. I got my original inspiration from my friends at No Fuss Fabulous with their Yarn Wreaths that I absolutely love. Here are mine and my mom's versions!
Supplies: wreaths, butterflies, bugs, nests and some of the birds from Hobby Lobby (the rest I ordered from a wholesaler). Ribbon, moss and "Family" from Michaels. Glue gun and lots of glue!
Various butterflies and bugs. I used bees and lady bugs.
Birds and nests.
Moss and "Family". I found the "Family" in the scrapbooking section at Michaels. I was looking for "Welcome" but had no luck.
The results: Mine
I am thrilled with how they turned out! What do you think? I love my mom's little bird with the nest. We wrapped them in ribbon first then placed everything where we wanted it then started gluing. Both only took about an hour and a half. Be careful, they are very fragile! Do you decorate your house for the different seasons? Hope this inspires you to!
If you are like me and Valentine's Day has snuck up on you, here is an easy way to dress up your napkins for the special day.
Buy faux or real roses and sew or glue them to ponytail holders. How pretty and easy is that? OR if you are in an even bigger hurry, you could purchase a ponytail holder that already has the rose attached! These are sold in many accessory stores. This would also be great for Springtime with all of the great Spring blooms to choose from.
(photo from countryliving.com)
These candles from Martha Stewart would make a great centerpiece for Valentine's Day or a wonderful gift. I was actually thinking you could make candles like this for many different occasions. All you need are different shaped punches. How about bunnies for Easter or spiders for Halloween? The wax sheets come in many colors. Have fun!
Tools and Materials
Heart-shaped craft punches in various sizes
1. Punch hearts from a sheet of wax using heart-shaped craft punches.
2. While holding a single wax heart with chopsticks, heat the pillar candle and wax heart using a blow-dryer (this will soften the wax heart, causing it to adhere to the candle).
3. Repeat this process until you have attached the desired number of hearts to the candle.
Sheet wax is available at mannlakeltd.com. Heart-shaped craft punches are available on marthastewartcrafts.com.
Here is an easy Valentine's Day craft idea from AllYou.com:
Make a Valentine's Day canister
Tell someone you care with a sweet Valentine's Day treat.
1. Pick up small metal paint cans and plastic canisters of various sizes (available at craft and organization stores). Using two tablespoons, shape a few balls of store bought or home made chocolate chip cookie dough into different sizes (measure the opening of the containers to get a rough idea of what size cookie you'll need).
2. Bake according to recipe and let cool. Once cookies have cooled, try placing in canisters to find which size works best -- you'll want them to fit snugly inside without being forced.
3. Once you've determined which size cookie fits, use it as a guide to measure out remaining dough. Bake cookies, and allow to cool completely before stacking.
4. To decorate tins, cut festive pink, red and white wrapping or craft paper nto heart shapes of various sizes and adhere to tins with glue or double-sided tape. Decorate tin tops with more heart-shaped paper or gift tags.