I've been keeping busy with multiple projects lately, the most recent being candlemaking and altered art creations.
In the spirit of the upcoming Easter holiday, I've also been working on some crafty egg decorations I created with your average dollar-store pickups, twine, moss, and a little paint just for fun!
TEA CUP CANDLES
Above is a collection of images that I took of the finished product. There are loads of pins on Pinterest for this particular craft, which was the primary inspiration for creating these small works of art! While word on the boards was to scour thrift shops for mismatched teacups, I knew I could count on my fabulous fellow Etsyians to find some lovely antique goods that had some vintage value without even having to leave the house!
***Note, I'm pretty sure the mailman, UPS dude, and FedEx guys ALL HATE ME for the daily trips to my door, but I say it's worth it!***
Here are a few more images of my tea cup creations close up, with links to the fabulous Etsy sellers I bought them from!
EASTER EGG LOVE
Once again, Pinterest was my primary inspiration for these crafts, but I chose to put my own spin on the original pins I came across regarding plastic dollar store egg crafts.
For this first craft, I began wrapping twine around the egg from the bottom up. I used my low-temp glue gun and all-temp glue sticks (as the original pin recommended) to avoid burning my fingers -- getting the base started requires you to manipulate the twine in a circle which is difficult to do without touching the glue as it's drying!
I realized that about halfway through, if I wrapped additional twine around the center section of the egg, it would look almost like a little nest, so I kept wrapping additional twine around the center until I felt it looked realistic. I left the egg as-is to demonstrate how it would look if you chose to have the colorful part of the egg exposed, if you wanted to have a group of mini nest-eggs that are colorful for your decor purposes!
The second go-around, I began at the bottom of the egg, wrapping the twine exactly as previously described. When I got to the half-way point of the egg, I decided this time I would cover the top half in moss to have a more natural looking piece. I used Tombow glue (a very tacky form of glue) to keep the egg halves stuck shut, as well as to cover the top of the egg with the moss. Any pieces of the egg that were still showing through, I used my hot glue and additional to cover.
The third egg I created was completed exactly the same as the second egg, except, I wanted to add an element of glamour. In this case I wrapped some twine around the egg vertically (approximately three go-rounds) and then cut my twine. I glued two buttons on either side of the egg to cover where I had cut the twine. The egg nest now appears to be a mini-basket -- I loved the way this turned out!
For the fourth egg, I wanted to go a bit more "traditional" so I just wrapped it with twine from bottom to top!
For the fifth piece, I covered the egg from bottom to top as I had with the fourth egg, but I didn't like that some of the egg bits were showing through. I continued to wrap the twine around the egg multiple times, creating a layered effect. I ended up going in a sort of criss-cross pattern, which I liked, so I kept it up until I felt I had covered it enough. I topped the egg off with another button in the center of the criss-crossed twine. Lovely! :)
For the final egg, I decided that I'd adhere twine from bottom to top, but I'd add a touch of color with some acrylic paint. Since the egg itself was orange, I decided to paint it a peachy color, using a sponge brush.
What egg did you like best? Which one(s) will you try? I hope perhaps my post will inspire you to create some truly egg-celent creations this holiday season, and that you'll share them with me and your fellow readers! It's always great to see how others take ideas and then come up with their own take on the project!