Saturday, March 28, 2015

How To Decorate the Inside of a Pretty Egg

My mom would always decorate the inside of an egg for Easter. I was always amazed at the little sceneries she would create inside that egg. Here is my take on that special project. To decorate the inside of the egg, you can use a variety of things. Mini flowers, animals, trees, charms, birds, moss, etc. All of these miniatures can be purchased in your local craft store or online.
Gather your supplies:
1. First you have to create your opening. Draw a frame onto the egg with a pencil. With a craft knife or needle, poke a small hole in the middle of your egg (try twisting it to create the hole).

2. Once you have a big enough hole, you can start cutting away the shell with a small, sharp scissor. You'll want to take your time. Small snips are best. Once the hole is large enough, empty the egg (and save it for your morning omelette). Clean your egg thoroughly. The opening doesn't have to be perfect, you'll cover it up with some trim later on.

3. Dye your egg any color you like or leave it in it's natural state.

4. Once your egg is dyed and dry, brush some glue on the inside of the egg so you can apply your gold leaf.

5. I used small pieces of gold leaf and patted it down with a dry brush. If some areas are not covered, just apply more glue and gold leaf.

6. With your brush, apply some glue to the outside of your egg. Use short and uneven strokes for a more "organic" look.

7. Apply small pieces of gold leaf to the glue and let dry.

8. Add some glue to the opening of your egg and glue on your trim. 

9. For the base of the egg, cover a small piece of craft wood (or a piece of cardboard) with some glitter. Apply some glue to the base (a glue gun works best) and glue your egg to it. Angle it up just a bit so you can see into it better.

Now you're ready to decorate the inside of your egg. I glued in some small pink flowers and let them hang over the edge of the opening. For the other egg, I used silver leaf for the inside and created a little scene inside with a miniature duck, flower and moss. Hope you found this craft egg-citing to do.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Punny Funny" Easter Tags or Stickers

Here are some Easter tags I created to brighten up your holiday. Download jpg here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Make Colorful Mini Sugar Easter Eggs

These mini "tie-dye" sugar eggs are a fun addition to your Easter festivities. Serve them in a pretty tea cup at coffee and tea time or wrap in clear cello paper and twine for a pretty gift.

1. Gather your supplies: White sugar, water, food coloring, cookie cutters, parchment or a piece of paper and mixing bowls.
2. In a medium size bowl, add 2 teaspoons of water to 1 cup of white sugar. Mix together.
3. Depending on how many colors you're going to use, divide your sugar mixture into separate bowls.
4. Add a little food coloring to each bowl and mix.
5. Create your tie-dye effect. Take a little of each colored sugar mixture and press it down onto a piece of parchment paper - making a slab about 1/4" thick. You want it to be compact. You also want to work fast, the sugar can dry out quickly. Make sure each color is touching or overlapping the other just a bit.
6. Press your cookie cutter into the sugar mixture and carefully release your sugar eggs onto a clean piece of parchment paper. Let dry for about an hour or more.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Create Your Own Graffiti-Inspired Nail Decals

I love creating my own nail decals. I find it so rewarding, so much fun and so economical. Try it for yourself.

1. Gather your supplies: a piece of plastic, 2 colors of nail polish, a scissor, a cuticle tool and clear nail polish.
2. Brush your first color onto the plastic.
3. With the tip of your cuticle tool or the end of a paint brush or pencil, make some "squiggles" onto your polish to create your pattern.
4 & 5. While your first color is still a bit tacky, cover it with 2 coats of your second color.
6. Once completely dry (overnight is best), with the tip of your scissor or tool, lift off a corner so it's easier to peel off.
7. Gently peel your decal off the plastic.
8. This is what it will look like
9. Cut your decal into smaller pieces.
10. Prep your nails with a coat of your second color. While still tacky, apply your decals.
11. Trim off the tops.
12. Clean up the edges with your cuticle tool and coat your nails with clear nail polish to seal your decals.