I found instructions for these decorations on the internet and decided to have a go myself. They are made from cup cake wrappers and brilliant for Christmas decorations, or for dressing up a party. In fact there are lots of great things you can make with cup cake wrappers, check out this Pinterest board for some great examples.
You will need:
- Cup cake wrappers. I got some cheap, colourful ones from The Co-op
- Polystyrene ball
- Glue gun
- String or ribbon if you want to hang them
The aim is to cover the whole of the polystyrene ball with the cup cake wrappers. Do this by scrunching them slightly and gluing them all over. Be careful with your fingers as the glue is mega hot and the cup cake wrappers are very thin!
Once you have covered the surface completely you can attach you ribbon or string if you are planning on hanging it. Simply cut to length then secure in a gap between wrappers with glue.
Really quick and easy, these delicate little bowls make great decorative items.
You will need
- Paper doilies
- A bowl
- Cling film
- PVA glue
- Bowl to mix glue and water in
- Newspaper or scrap paper
I’ve used both plain and decorated doilies. The coloured ones were left over from stencilling some tote bags – just too pretty to throw away!
First cover your bowl with cling film – this helps prevent the doilie ending up glued to it. Smooth it out and place the bowl lip down onto some newspaper with the cling film tucked inside (something I was about to do in the picture below!)
Dilute some PVA glue with water in a separate bowl, and apply liberally to the doilie (with the paint brush – or your fingers!) before placing it over the cling film.
I added just one layer of doilies to my bowls but you can build up the layers to make the finished object stronger.
Smooth the doilies down with the brush, being careful not to rip them. This may mean you need to put some creases in to make it fit round the curve of the bowl.
Then leave to dry. Mine did so overnight, but if you’ve added more layers it will take a little longer.
When dry carefully lift off the doilie, using the cling film to help.
They look so pretty! They are very delicate so can’t hold too much in them but look great as a decorative object on a shelf. If you covered a balloon with the doilies and made a round shape they would look great as hanging decorations. Hmm…maybe something to make at the weekend?!
A quick and easy way to make some great looking artwork for your home.
You will need
- Embroidery hoops
- Fabric – thick cotton canvas
- Dylon fabric paint
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Stiff paint brush
- Computer and printer (or some letter stencils)
- Pinking shears
- Staple gun
Firstly measure you embroidery hoop and decide what letter you would like on it. I used some z’s to put by my bed, but you could spell out a word or use your name or initials. Using a computer with a text layout programme (InDesign, Illustrator, Word etc) find a nice typeface and set your letter to the correct size. You can find some great fonts that are free (some just for personal use) on Da Font.
Print your letter(s) out using a home printer and place your acetate over the top of the sheet of paper so you can cut out the letter with the craft knife. Once your stencil is ready, place it over the fabric and paint through. Try not to over-load the brush as it may bleed over the edges.
Make sure the piece of fabric you are stencilling is large enough to fit in the embroidery hoop and that your letter will be central in the hoop.
Once the fabric is dry, you will need to iron it to set it. Refer to the manufacturers instructions on how to do this, but it generally requires ironing the stencilled area for 2 to 3 minutes.
Now you can place the fabric in the hoop and tighten it up.
To tidy the excess fabric at the back, trim using pinking shears and then staple to the frame using a staple gun.
Hammer a nail into the wall and hang from the top of the hoop where you tighten it up. Hang them singularly, in a line or group for various effects.
Really simple and attractive way of displaying photos and other little bits and pieces you want to show off (without having to ruin them with pins!). I put this together after getting some of my holiday snaps printed and not knowing what to do with them!
You will need
- A pin board – I picked up some small cheap ones for 99p
- Some material – I used some old pajama bottoms
- Staple gun
- String or ribbon
- Some beautiful photos
Simply cut the material to cover the pin board and use the staple gun to secure it to the back. Make sure the material is pulled tightly as you go and make the corners tidy.
Either put your pins all the way around the edge, sticking them into the cork board, and wind string between them or staple strips of ribbon tightly across the board to enable you to slot your favourite photos, sketches, memos, gig tickets – what ever you fancy – in the gaps.
These cute little name tags are easy-peasy to make and can be used in a whole host of ways from wine glass charms to table place names. Why not try them wrapped around a napkin as part of a wedding table setting or as personalised gift tags for your presents?
Oven bake clay (like Fimo)
Rolling pin (I used a tube of pritt stick as a mini rolling pin substitute)
Letter stamps (I used an old 12 pt letterpress alphabet I have but you can buy letter stamps from craft shops and online)
Thick needle or equivalent to make a hole for the ribbon
- Simply roll out the clay and cut in to your desired shape, but not too big if you are hoping to make them into wine glass charms. You may have to use initials only if the shape is too small or the names are long.
- Use the letter stamps to create the name or initials. Press firmly but not so the letters go all the way through.
- Create a whole big enough to thread ribbon through at the top of the shape using the thick needle.
- Heat the oven and bake the clay on baking parchment according to pack instructions – usually 130 degress for 30 minutes but check to make sure.
- Once cooled and hardened, tread the ribbon through carefully. Leave quite a bit of ribbon for each name tag so it can be tied easily. You can always chop off what you don’t need later.
I had great fun decorating these little eggs, and it was quick and easy too!
I chose to hard-boil the eggs, you can blow them but it’s a little bit more complicated and time consuming. These eggs are purely for decoration and should not be gobbled!
Melted crayon egg
Once boiled, work quickly on the egg with wax crayons whilst it’s still hot. The crayons will melt and the more layers you build up the more runny and mixed up it becomes.
Put the little fella into a cup of water with some blue food dye added. Leave it for about 15 minutes and it should take up some of the colour. Leave for longer for a more intense effect. My egg created it’s very own speckled gradient (clever old egg). I then printed some spots in blue and yellow using some acrylic paint and bubble wrap.
Use some torn up dyed kitchen roll to cover the egg. Simply glue (PVA) the paper down all over the egg. The paper I used also had some metallic bronze paint splattered over it. I also made a version using red dyed kitchen roll, and one using purple tissue paper with a yellow butterfly decoration glued on the front. You could also cut images out of newspaper or magazines.
Simply paint the egg with acrylic paint. Here I chose to paint the egg blue, then dry brush yellow paint over the top. You could also cover the egg in PVA glue to give it a shiny finish as I have done here.
So there are lots of things you can do with an egg for Easter – have an experiment and see what you come up with. Happy Easter!
By Kim Osborne – check out my shop for lots of bright prints and illustrations.