DIY Easter Crafts

Things are still pretty busy around here. I’m working my way through a list of things to cancel, organise, replace, repair, throw out, donate etc. Our move dates are set and it feels like all the todo lists has become do now lists! I’ve been working on the blogs in my spare minutes (Munchkin et moi received an bit of an update).

And all of a sudden Easter is almost here! I’m planning a little Easter tea party for Munchkin and one of her friends next week, but that’s the limit so far this year.

We’re staying in Lausanne for Easter (with maybe a little day trip to Lyon) as life has become a bit too hectic for a trip to London right at the minute. DM has so much on I’m trying to avoid adding too much to the todo list or I’m worried he’ll wear himself out before we even leave.

I really want to find time to make some more eggs to add to our collection this year. Here’s some inspiration I’ve found! And some of my Easter crafts from earlier years.

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This video tutorial from Inkstruck is fantastic and has me wanting to try watercolour Easter eggs.

 

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I adore the simplicity of these eggs. Using just a permanent marker and a healthy dose of creativity Hello Lidy creates these gorgeous Scandinavian inspired designs.

 

This fun project is from Mr Printables. It’d be great to do with your kids!

 

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These eggs were dipped and then decorated with a sharpie by Confetti Sunshine. Such a sweet idea!

 

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Bouffant eggs?! These retro styled Easter treats are such fun! Created by Studio DIY Read more

Stormtrooper pop up card

Storm trooper Pop Up Card

 

DM is a huge Star Wars fan. Munchkin had watched all of the movies (mainly through closed eyes) before she was 5 months old. So for his birthday it seemed appropriate to make him a Stormtrooper birthday card. And carrying on the theme from last year, it needed to be a pop up!

As I’m sure you can imagine, life has been a little like riding a rollercoaster this past few weeks. So I was exceedingly happy to carve out a little time to myself to put this card together for DM. His birthday was a low-key affair, but a perfect one. The sun came out over the weekend and we got to relax and enjoy what felt like some of the first Spring days in Lausanne. I also took him to Funky BBQ in Geneva and bought him copious amounts of American BBQ. So he was a very happy man!

 

Storm trooper Pop Up Card

 

I created this card using my cutter/ plotter. Then cut out black cardstock and glued it behind to add the details. 

 

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Wool and the Gang – a knit party

Wool and the gang knit party

This past Friday, I held my first Wool and the Gang Knit Party.

It was great fun. Ten crafty ladies arrived for champagne, snacks and some fun chunky knitting action. They’d all pre-ordered their kits, so a few days beforehand this amazing box full of goodies arrived at my door.

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I had loads of fun putting all the packages together and getting my bake on in preparation.

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I whipped up my banana, sour cream and dulce de leche cake with sour cream frosting and made up a batch of caramelised red onion and goats cheese tarts. Then included a few extra nibbles, a few bottles of champagne and we were set!

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There was loads of conversation, laughter, knitting, learning and the creation of some gorgeous snoods.

The alcohol may have slowed down some of our better knitters and have steepened the learning curve for the beginners but the tutorials were available for reference afterwards. With the result my Facebook feed and phone have been filled with photos and updates the last few days. Almost all are finished!

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I got the kit in Sherpa Blue. It knit up in the twisted rib stitch.

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It turned out I had enough yarn to make myself a snood and to create a mini one for Munchkin.

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She was somewhat reluctant to try it on this morning; until I put mine on too and bribed her with milk. Then she didn’t want to take it off! We’ll have to go for a walk today to try them outdoors.

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I can’t wait to host another WATG party. I’ve decided to keep up knitting now I’m in the groove, by making their fantastic Cosmic Sweater for Spring. Here’s hoping mine turns out like the picture!

If you’d like to try out Wool and the Gang. You can click here and sign up for 10% off your first order.

And if you live in Lausanne, and want to join in a knit party, leave me a comment or get in touch. I’ll be hosting another one with their Spring/ Summer knit project in early May.

Heart Pop Up Card

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This year Munchkin and I collaborated to create a card for DM. Below is the result. Munchkin directed where she wanted me to draw hearts and with which crayon, then got to embellishing the rest of the card, leaving me to do the final assembly.

It’s a simple design but quite effective and really easy to put together.

Above is the slightly tweaked version you can download templates for. I’ve included both PDF and SVG files, so you can use a cutting machine (like the Silhouette if you have access to one).

 

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To create this project you’ll need 3 pieces of A4 card, an x-acto knife and some glue or double-sided tape.

If you’re collaborating with your Munchkin, I suggest letting them decorate the card stock first.

Print the PDF templates below onto the back of their artwork and cut it out; this way you won’t see the score and cut lines muddying up their artwork.

Or put their finished artwork through your cutting machine. This way your card won’t end up looking like something Frank Gehry created. Read more

Fabric Printing an Infinity Scarf

Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf

 

A friend of mine took a fabric painting class this week and put her wonderful results up on Instagram. It had me remembering how I used to customise my old cotton work shirts with fabric paints and then to wear them casually. It meant I got extra wear out a good quality shirt and I really enjoyed the customising process.

Then I stumbled across this tutorial and I love the result! Adding a little more water to create a watercolour effect is great.

 

Fabric Printed Infinity Scarf

 

I think I need to get my paints and Fabric Medium