With Easter just around the corner I thought I'd pop in and share a few of my older Easter craft tutorials with you all, incase you're after something fun to make for the weekend.
Make your own bunny headband - tutorial HERE.
Just popping in quickly this evening to link up some of my older Easter craft tutorials for Easter, incase you're after something fun to make for next weekend. Eek, I know - it's so close!
Make your own bunny headband - tutorial HERE.
Sweet bunny packaging - tutorial HERE.
Sew your own Easter mug rug - tutorial HERE.
Egg wagon wheels, yes! These are fun and easy to do in the microwave, so tasty. Tutorial HERE.
Bunny ears anyone? Go HERE for the tutorial.
Something for the little people to do - Easter basket with salt dough eggs! Tutorial HERE.
Felt bunny card - tutorial HERE.
...and in-between all that Easter craft I found this photo of my two working on their Easter crafts, way back in circa 2006. We had some FUN times dying eggs every year when they were little. Oh my, how I miss having that tiny cuteness around the house. Well, they're still cute - but older and doing their own bit of fun now.
It all goes too fast!
Welcome to my final Hip Hop Hooray project for the week, a pretty Easter head band. Here's what you will need:
♥ Yarn, 3 colours
♥ Crochet hook + needle + cotton (for stitching)
♥ Embroidery cotton
♥ Small scrap of felt
♥ Tiny doily (optional)
♥ Tiny printable bunny template - Download Download bunny for head band
Step 1: Crochet three lengths of yarn using chain stitch - ours measured 53cm, but they may need to be adjusted, depending on the child/adult head size.
Step 2: Slip stitch the lengths of yarn together.
Step 3: Pop the three lengths of crochet chain together and cut out a small rectangle from felt.
Step 4: Hand stitch the felt together, to secure the crochet lengths.
Step 5: Print out the template and cut out a bunny from felt. Blanket stitch around the outer edge.
Step 6: Hand stitch the bunny onto a small doily. You can also omit the doily and just stitch the bunny directly onto the head band.
Step 7: Hand stitch the doily/rabbit onto the head band.
Wear and enjoy! The headband can also be worn quite nicely as a necklace :)
Don't forget to pop over and check out Tamar's sweet project for today.
Thanks so much for joining us for our third Hip Hip Hooray series. Hip Hip Hooray for winter is in the planning stages now.
If you have enjoyed our series so far you will LOVE our latest collaboration....
Imagine sitting down and sharing a cup of tea with Tamar and myself, a couple of times a month - while we chat about all manner of crafty things ... watch this space - more details on our secret project coming soon!!
Today I'm sharing some bunny packaging - easy, quick, economical and cute to fill with mini Easter eggs and other treats.
Here's what you'll need:
♥ Paper bags
♥ Bunny template - I've enlarged my template from yesterday for this project - Download Download bunny for embroidey
♥ Embroidery thread + needle + scissors
♥ Pencil + eraser
♥ Pretty tape for closing the bag with
Step 1: Print out the bunny template provided and draw lightly around the outer edge.
Step 2: Use a needle to evenly space some sewing holes around the rabbit.
Step 3: Rub out the pencil lines.
Step 4: Stitch the bunny design with embroidery thread.
Step 5: Fill the packaging with treats and use some pretty tape to close.
I hope you enjoyed my little Hip Hop Hooray project for today. Now pop over to Tamar's blog to see her sweet idea for today.
My Hip Hop Hooray tutorial today is for a sweet bunny mug rug. Incase you haven't already caught onto the mug rug phase that's sweeping the universe (haha), you really must! Basically it's an extended version of a coaster, but there's room for your hot drink and some biscuits on the side.
I found this little bunny design in a colouring-in book, removed the main features, streamlined the design a bit and then shrunk it down to size with my scanner. Of course, you could also use your own bunny, egg or Easter related design, if you prefer :)
Here's what you'll need:
♥ Fabric - (x2) 21cm X 12cm rectangles
♥ Fabric - (binding) 6.5cm X approximately 83cm - you'll have a little bit of excess left over to trim
♥ Fabric - just a scrap for the bunny
♥ Fusible webbing - a small scrap to adhere the bunny onto the fabric
♥ Batting or felt - 21cm X 12cm
♥ Printable PDF (for bunny) - Download Download bunny template
♥ Embroidery cotton & needle + sewing machine
Step 1: Use the material list above and cut out each piece for the mug rug. Use the fusible webbing to adhere your bunny onto the right hand side of the mug rug fabric. If you're unfamiliar with fusible webbing, there are some great instructions HERE.
Step 2: Blanket stitch (or machine applique) around the edge of the bunny.
Step 3: Place the remaining fabric rectangle on your work area, print facing down. Position the layer of batting next and then add the appliqued rectangle on top, print facing up. Machine quilt if desired - I did one inch squares on mine.
Step 4: Add the binding and you're done :) I used the continuous binding method for mine, using THIS tutorial.
Pop the kettle on and enjoy your Easter mug rug with a hot drink and a biscuit on the side.
I hope you enjoyed my mug rug tutorial. Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog and check out her Hip Hop Hooray project for today, plus she has created a version of my mug rug, so you'll be able to see that too.
See you tomorrow :)
Thank you for joining me yesterday for my first Hip Hop Hooray project. Today I'm sharing a very simple Easter cooking idea. Do you remember my home made wagon wheels? Well, recently I noticed that Milk Arrowroot biscuits (by Arnotts) are the perfect Easter shape and Bella was desperate to cook another batch of wagon wheels, so we bought some supplies and started baking.
This is a great Easter activity for little ones to help out with and because they're really quick to whip up, they can be made and enjoyed within minutes.
Here's what you'll need:
♥ A packet of Milk Arrowroot biscuits or similar egg shaped biscuits
♥ Chocolate to melt
♥ Raspberry jam
♥ Sprinkles for decorating
♥ A microwave
Step 1: Spread a layer of jam onto one biscuit.
Step 2: Pop a marshmellow in the centre of the jam and zap in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. You want to stop the microwave when the marshmellow starts to ooze! Place the second biscuit on top immediately.
Step 3: Melt some chocolate and spread on top.
Step 4: Decorate the chocolate with sprinkles.
Eat and enjoy!
Tomorrow I'm sharing a really cute idea, it's my most favourite tutorial for the week - so be sure to check back :)
Tamar is blogging a super yum Easter cupcake recipe today, so don't forget to pop over to her blog and take a peek.
Hello Easter and hello bunny ears! Welcome to my first project for Hip Hop Hooray for Easter. Today I'm sharing a tutorial on how to make a set of cute bunny ears, an Easter necessity, don't you think?
These ones are speedy to make & easy - you'll be able to whip them up in no time.
Here's what you'll need:
♥ Fabric scraps X3 - each 70cm in length x 5cm in width (or there abouts). *Note: 3-10 years old, I'd suggest 70cm lengths for plaiting. You might need to add an extra 10cm or so of length for a slightly older child.
♥ Fabric scraps - for ears
♥ Printable PDF (for the bunny ears) - Download Bunny ear template
♥ Sewing machine, needle + cotton, pins
♥ Cardboard, thin
Step 1: Let's start by creating the plait for the head band. Pop a hair band on the end of your three lengths of fabric and start plaiting. You'll need to place the end under something heavy (to hold) while you're plaiting, or else ask somebody to hold it for you.
Step 2: Once the plait is complete, measure around the child's head and machine stitch the two ends closed at the appropriate spot. You're aiming for it to hold nice and firmly around the child's head, without being too tight.
Step 3: Print out the bunny ear template and cut out X2 ears (cardboard) and X4 ears (fabric). I chose a strong, but thin cardboard - cereal packet cardboard is perfect.
Step 4: Sandwich the cardboard between two fabric bunny ears and zig-zag stitch around the outer edge to hold together. If you haven't sewed cardboard before, it's very easy and won't break your sewing needle - however, it's best to keep a needle *just* for sewing cardboard/paper because it becomes quite blunt after a while.
Step 5: Pin the ears onto the head band and hand stitch them into position. You'll need a few stitches either side of the ear base to hold them nicely.
Wear and enjoy!
Don't forget to pop over to Tamar's blog to see her wonderful Hip Hop Hooray project for today.
I'll be back tomorrow with another fun & easy Easter tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. xoxo
After all that Easter pyjama sewing yesterday it seemed like a good time to pop up the Easter decorations. We only have a couple, some bunting and a a few eggs, but Bella loves to help me pull them out each year and put them up on display for a week or so.
Then, I found the cutest craft idea a couple of days ago over on Alpha Mum making sweet salt dough vases. Seriously they are SO gorgeous and such an awesome idea. Go HERE to see. We set about making a batch of salt dough and then Bella set to work on her vase:
So, that was pretty much our day (with a 2 hour game of monopoly thrown in there). I hope yours was a good one! Thankyou all so much for the lovely comments on my last two posts too, I swear that I have the sweetest readers :-)
I made these little speckled egg baskets, super easy to make with small children (so long as an adult pours in the hot copha) and so fun!
I used a chocolate crackle recipe for the base and before popping them in the fridge I squashed the tops down and scooped out a little hole for the eggs to sit in. When they were set we added some miniature speckled eggs for decoration.
Here is the chocolate crackle recipe:
4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup icing sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
Mix all the dry ingredients together, melt the copha in the microwave or in a saucepan and pour into the mixture. Stir it all up and scoop into little patty pans. Refrigerate until set.
Eat and enjoy - yum :)
Today's Egg-ceptional Egg-xtravaganza is a special one. Fiona has created a gorgeous softie pattern to share with everyone!
Meet Eggie - but, we like to call her Egg-na.
You can go HERE to find the pattern and make your very own Eggie for Easter. When you pop over to have a peek at Fiona's blog you'll also get to meet Egg-wina, Egg-ward and Egg-berta.
The sweet ribbon around her tummy is from Ribbons Galore.
Here's Eggie hanging out with some other softie friends :)
And trying to squeeze into Bella's felted bunny bag! This is a relatively easy pattern and once you make one Eggie they'll be no stopping you - they're very addictive!
Hope to see you all on Wednesday for Day 7 of our Easter crafting.
P.S. Cee has the created the sweetest Daisy Jane Duck tutorial for you HERE - go and take a peek, it's super cute and fab for Easter.
Hello friends, thanks for popping in for day 5 of our Egg-ceptional Egg-xtravaganza. Today, Fiona and I are both sharing some Easter craft ideas for kids. You can take a peek at Fiona's idea HERE - she has created the most adorable little pom pom chickens.
For my post today I'm sharing a woven cardboard/fabric Easter basket filled with coloured salt dough eggs.
I found the printable template for the basket HERE. We traced the template onto cardboard and cut it out. Then, I cut a selection of long fabric strips, which Bella tied together before weaving around the basket. We used double sided tape to secure the fabric to the bottom of the basket. The weaving is a great activity to help promote fine motor skills too.
Once the basket had been weaved, we added a felt circle in the bottom, sprinkled with glitter.
One section in the book talks about creating salt dough figures for Easter. There are some sweet (and clever) designs in this section which inspired me to think about what other Easter designs I could do to include in the basket. We talked about making tiny bunnies or chickens, but in the end settled on teeny eggs. They are easy for small children to roll out, shape and they fill the tray with beautiful colour quite quickly.
You combine the flour, salt, water and cooking oil together in a bowl, mixing it until combined with a spoon. Then seperate the mixture into smaller bowls, add a few drops of food colouring and mix through with your hands until the colour is even. Sometimes it's necessary to add an extra dash of flour - you want the mixture to be firm and not too wet/sticky.
Create and sculpt some teeny eggs.
Apart from this being a creative project, Bella also enjoyed:
Now the eggs are all sculpted, you can leave them out to dry naturally or speed up the process with an oven. We baked ours for 2/3 hours in the oven on a low setting.
Once the eggs are dry and hard, pop them in the woven basket (and a couple of pretty feathers if you like).
I hope you enjoyed the kids Easter craft post today. Fiona and I will be back with another Easter post on Wednesday (with a super exciting Easter pattern created by Fiona!).
Thanks so much for popping by for day 4 of our egg-ceptional egg-xtravaganza. Today Fiona and I have used a kids crafting template (found at Revoluzzza) and turned it into an Easter softie. You can find the printable template HERE.
For my version of the softie I used a felted jumper (plain felt would also make a lovely bunny), traced and cut around the pattern and blanket stitched around the edges before stuffing. It was a really fast project to do and took around 40 minutes from start to finish.
Fiona has created a different version of the bunny, using a lovely mix of fabric and ric-rac. You can have a look at her super cute bunny (actually, bunnies - there are two) HERE.
I also added the heart, which is on the printable template at Revoluzzza. We've named her Cocoa the organic bunny. I made a couple of extra ones too for Bella to give her close friends at school.
Thanks for stopping by :)
Welcome to day 3 of our Egg-ceptional Egg-xtravaganza, thanks so much for stopping by. Today Fiona and I are sharing some home made Easter bags and pouches.
If you pop over to Fiona's blog you will find the most delightful Easter pouches. You can see the tutorial and photos for them HERE.
The Easter goodie bags that I've created for you are easy and fast to sew. I've kept the design and sewing simple for this reason, but you can always neaten up your bag a little (if you like) by overlocking the edges, folding the top hem over twice to disguise the raw edge and hand stitching the inside seam to the top of the bag. I like the concept of fast and easy bags - they multiply quickly and are sure to please the recipient, especially if filled with chocolate eggs or treats. You might even like to make an Easter tag to sit in the front of the pocket, like this one HERE that Fiona created on Day 1 of our Easter posts.
To create this project you will need the following:
Two 15cm X 15cm squares of denim or fabric
scrap of felt, for the pocket
two 15cm lengths of ribbon
scissors & pins
To begin, print out the pdf below, which contains the template for the pocket:
Cut out all the pieces of fabric, felt and ribbon lengths. Position the pocket approximately 2cm up from the bottom edge of denim, ensuring it is centred nicely between the left and right sides of the denim. Pin and machine stitch around the outer edge of the pocket, securing it to the denim.
Create a hem by folding over the top edge 1.5cm towards the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Repeat this step for the other piece of fabric (back of the bag).
Pin the handles into position as shown below.
Machine stitch the top hem and ribbon handles into place. You might like to add one or two stitching rows for this:
Position and pin the front and back together (right sides facing). Machine stitch around the two sides and bottom of the bag (6mm seam allowance). Snip the corners, turn the bag right side out and press. Be careful not to iron the felt though as it will stick to the iron and melt (unless the iron setting is super low).
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. The adorable bunny and floral ribbons that I've used for my bags are both avaiable from Ribbons Galore. The denim and felt were from Spotlight. Thanks so much for stopping by, seeyou soon for Day 4 for our next Easter project.
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.