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. 

 

Storm trooper Pop Up Card

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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

Heart Gift Box Template

Heart Shaped Box Template

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is a free printable gift box for you to make up. Or for any reason actually. It’s sweet packaging for birthdays, anniversaries or any reason you need to give a little gift!

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To make them up, you need:

Scissors or an x-acto knife and cutting mat.

Adhesive. I’ve used double-sided tape and a normal pritt glue stick and both work well

Two pieces of A4 card stock per box. I used 200 gsm and it worked splendidly. Print out the PDF template attached below onto your card.

Heart Shaped Box Template

Cut out the template and lightly score along the dotted lines to give yourself a nice crisp edge. A blunt butter knife run does a good job if you do not have a Bone Folder

Fold along all the dotted lines.

Heart Shaped Box Template

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