DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

How to make a giant marbled Easter Egg care package

Another holiday, another care package. It’s a given. And also a given? Oversized. The egg I used in yesterday’s robin’s egg tutorial came in a 3-egg set so I had to put them all to use. I decided to use the “you’ve been egged” theme again for this care package, because who doesn’t want to get egged in the mail? I didn’t just fill it with paper egg shapes, but I added egg candy too. Don’t fret.
You will need: giant easter egg (got mine at Michael’s and before Easter it’s 40% off so you can stock up for next year too), nail polishes in the shades of your choice, stick, colored paper, bucket
Step 1: Fill a bucket with water, enough to cover the egg with.
Step 2: With the nail polish, add drops to the water. Because the egg is so large you’ll need to add enough drops so it pretty much covers the size of the egg.
Step 3: With a stick or wire or something, swirl the paint around creating the marble look.

Step 4: Submerge your egg in the water. The paint should attach to the egg. 
Step 5: Redip it to cover the areas not covered.
Step 6: Cut out egg-shapes out of the colored paper. Add notes on them if you wish.
Step 7: Create your package: I added in candy and other fun Easter stuff.
Step 8: To make it really secure through the mail (I’m sending it as is, no box!), I glue gunned the two parts together. The recipient will have to use a little force (and possibly x-acto) to open, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry in the mail.
Donzo.

Thank you to Andrea for helping me with the project.

DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

DIY + paper + Projects + Wedding / Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

Make a homemade card for the wedding couple

I haven’t show a wedding DIY in awhile. Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. Short, sweet, simple. Just how we like, eh?

photography and DIY by moi.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

DIY + Easter + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013

You’ve been egged!

You've been egged.
Make a giant robin's egg East Egg
I showed how to make several versions of a “heart attack” for Valentine’s Day last year (1, 2, 3, 4) and I tried to think how I could do a similar idea for Easter…EGGED! A real egging is damaging and costly, but this one is much cuter and less threatening, non? And, per usual, I had to do it on a grand scale, cuz that’s what we do round here. I found this great robin’s egg tutorial, which helped guided me towards the right texture for the robin’s egg. I’m going to leave a few of these for some unsuspecting friends in the hood. Muhahaha.
Materials: robin’s egg blue (I used two shades of Martha Stewart’s paint collection like the tutorial. Here are the Amazon links: pond and surf, chestnut brown), GIANT plastic Easter Egg (got mine at Michael’s), paint brush, plastic primer spray, stone finish spray, goodies to put inside, toothbrush, paper to make a sign, green paper grass
Step 1: Spray the plastic egg with the plastic primer spray (not shown, forgot to take a picture, agh!) and wait for it to dry. Repeat if you’d like. I wasn’t super concerned about layering.
Step 2: Spray the stone spray on and let it dry. Repeat to fill in. Give it a full day to dry.
Step 3: Begin painting the egg the robin’s egg color. I kind of mixed the two blues and then for variation added patches of colors here in there.
Step 4: Dip the toothbrush in brown paint and flick it onto the egg with your finger like a slingshot. I would suggest doing it close to the egg so it doesn’t appear like a Pollack painting where it’s running down the egg.
Step 5: Add in your green grass. I used grass instead of moss because no one wants to accidentally eat moss. No one.
Step 6: Add in your robin’s egg candy. Mine were by Whoppers (sick, but appropriate)
Step 7: Cover with grass.
Step 8: I made a sign saying, “you’ve been egged” out of black paper and a gold pen to tape to the door.
DONZO. 

Much cleaner than a normal egging, right?

photography and crafting by moi
model: Michelle Brummer Everett (thank you SO much!) 

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

Style + This Girl / Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013

This girl: Easter

Cotton candy is her apple a day.

This girl  |  Lounges  |  Eats

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest

DIY + Kids + Projects / Monday, 25 Mar 2013

2 DIY animals masks, j

Part 2/2. See here for part 1 with instructions on how to create a play from the book Cheer Up Mouse and a chance to win the book giveaway. Photos above by Ashley Thalman 
Ok, here they are! If you’ve been following along on Instagram I’ve been giving hints of these masks based on the book Cheer Up Mouse for the past few weeks and now you can finally make them yourself. Wouldn’t these be the perfect activity for Easter/Spring Break? I’m no mother, but I’d think so. And they come in two different versions complete with FREE templates: one is a color in version for little kids and the other is the 3D version you see here for bigger kids. Here’s the illustration from the book. Darling right? And if you missed the cute video from part one of this series, you MUST give it a watch here.
You get to choose from all 10 characters as seen here:
For full instructions click below.

First, we constructed them out of cardboard to see how to engineer them. I think they are great fun in plain cardboard too.

MATERIALS: cardboard, sharpie, template for 3D masks (or for an easier project without all these steps download the color-in masks here, scissors, x-acto knife, quilting batting, glue gun, mod podge, brush for mod podge, your choice of fabrics (have fun with it. Use some textures and fuzzy fabrics and patterns. It’s the best!), felt for the eyelids and backing
I’m making a chipmunk for this tutorial but hopefully depending on the mask you make you can use the same techniques and apply it to the respective animal.
Step 1: Cut out the template pieces and trace them onto the cardboard.
Step 2: Cut out the shapes with scissors. For the eyes, use an x-acto knife.
Step 3: Using a double layer of quilting batting, cut it out to the shape of the face
Step 4: Glue the batting to the mask to keep it in place.
Step 5: Cut your fabric to the shape of the face leaving about 1″.
Step 6: Make incisions into the fabric around the rounded parts of the mask, particularly in the parts that go “in”. 
Step 7: Mod podge the fabric to the cardboard with a brush stretching it around the shape of the mask as you go so it’s nice and taut.
Step 8: Use an e-xacto for the eyes and cut it into 8 different “pie slices”.
Step 9: Mod podge or glue gun the slices to the back of the cardboard so they hold nice and tightly.
Step 10: Cut out the nosepiece and use an x-acto for the little nose semi-circle in the middle.
Step 11: Repeat the same process with the bunting. I used a single layer this time.

Step 12: Make incisions into the fabric where the template goes in and where the corners meet. You might have too much fabric and it might get bumpy so feel free to cut those parts off.
Step 13: Use your mod podge or glue gun to bring the fabric around to the cardboard. Make sure it’s taut.
Step 14: Add any extra fabric for texture. I used a felt for the bottom part of the chin here.
Step 15: Repeat the process with the ears.
Step 16: Glue one side of the ear flaps to the front and glue the back to the other side. Hold with glue gun.
Step 17: Finish off the back side of the ears by cutting to the shape of the ear so that it looks good from the back too.

Step 18: I added a layer of fabric to the top of the forehead to give it a bit more dimension. Each animal has it’s own characteristics. Get creative!
Step 19: Finish off the mask with eyelids made from felt (it’s the best material for this)
Step 20: Make ties for the mask out of the fabric you use. I left mine unsewn because I liked the look. Mine are about 1″ wide.
Step 21: Finish off the back of the mask with a piece of felt to the shape of the face.

Phew! It’s a bit time consuming, but it’s worth it, isn’t it? They’re surprisingly sturdy too so they should be able to handle little kiddie’s hands.

If you don’t want to do all this work for the masks and play, here’s the color-in version templates for little kids.

So cute, right? 
Let me know if you have any questions. There’s a lot going on here.
step-by-step photos and crafting by Brittany Watson Jepsen
crafting assistants: Audrey Ellsworth and Lindsay Barlow 
illustrator and template maker: Jed Henry
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on Pinterest