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Easter Treats: Crepe Paper Surprise Bunny

Crepe Paper Suprise Bunny by Martha Stewart

This crepe paper surprise bunny craft is featured in the new issue of Martha Stewart LIVING, and I think it is absolutely darling. Add it to your Easter repertoire for a special treat for your kiddos.

Get the tutorial here. More Martha Easter crafts and ideas here.

Image: Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart LIVING

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Thanksgiving Crafts and Decorating with Martha

With Thanksgiving in the US just a couple of weeks away, you might be thinking about Thanksgiving crafts and table decor. Martha Stewart has lots of beautiful and easy ideas. These are some of my favorite:

Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece by Martha Stewart Pear place card by Martha Stewart

Floral pumpkin centerpiece
Simple pear place setting

Spray painted pumpkin place cards by Martha Stewart Tissue paper hurricanes by Martha Stewart

Spray painted miniature pumpkin place holders
Glowing hurricane glasses

Mayflower centerpiece for Thanksgiving by Martha Stewart Paper boat placecards by Martha Stewart

Mayflower centerpiece for kids’ table
Paper boat place cards for kids’ table

Paper squirrel favors for Thanksgiving by Martha Stewart Paper Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet clip art b Martha Stewart

Paper squirrel favors clip art and templates
Paper pilgrim hats and bonnets clip art and templates

Your complete Martha/ Thanksgiving guide (recipes, menus, decor, leftovers, etc.):
Everything Thanksgiving

All images: Martha Stewart

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[Crafty Monday] Fun with Dyed Doilies

Last week, Martha shared a behind the scenes look at the “Good Things” in the May issue of Living on the Crafts Dept. blog. The pretty dyed doilies jumped out at me, so I decided to make some of my own.

Supplies:

  • A bowl or baking dish (I used a Pyrex baking dish)
  • White doilies
  • Food coloring
  • Paper towels
  • Rubber gloves

You like coloring Easter eggs, right? Dipping the egg in the dye and delighting in the color when you take them out of the cup? Same thing here with the doilies.

  1. Fill the baking pan or bowl with only enough water to cover the doilies – this is key, because you need the food coloring to be very concentrated. You will need to use quite a lot of food coloring. My first two or three attempts were failures (I had too much water in my dish and not enough food coloring). After I dumped out most of the water, and really poured in a lot of dye, it worked nicely.
  2. Submerge the doily in the dish/bowl for a few seconds (10 or 15 seconds is sufficient). I started to get bolder toward the end of this craft and I left them in for longer, just to see.
  3. Gently take them out of the dish and lay them on a paper towel to dry. They are very fragile, so use caution when you take them out of the pan.
  4. Blot them dry right away with another paper towel very gently. Set aside to dry. (I laid mine out on a table, underneath a ceiling fan, and they dried very quickly).

If you don’t want your fingers to turn green or blue or purple, like mine did, use rubber gloves to take the doilies out of the dye. Also, this craft is a paper towel hog; you will want to have lots of paper towels handy.

This is definitely a kid friendly activity, except it might take kids (depending on how old they are) a couple of tries to get the doily out of the dye without tearing it. Elena and Rosa had no trouble; their favorite part was telling me which color to make next.

These are (predictably) SO addictive to make, and it’s why I now have a zillion colorful doilies.
Who wants some?

I used some Divine Twine to make this little garland. Also, they look great wrapped around boxes, large envelopes, or as paper cones filled with little treats (see first photo). They would also look nice wrapped around jars, vases and candle holders.

And if you’re wrapping up some Mother’s Day gifts this week, these are perfect for making your packages extra pretty.

I feel like I’ve done Jessica, of Such Pretty Things, proud with these doilies. (And Martha too).

Also: can you believe it’s already May? Me neither.

Update: I wrote a follow up blog post on where to buy the doilies and what food coloring to use.

All images: Charlotte’s Fancy

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[Crafty Monday] Spool + Fun Sewing Projects

This weekend, Karin took me to a small but really beautiful fabric store in Philadelphia called Spool, where the staff was so helpful and enthusiastic, and the selection of carefully chosen fabrics was incredible.

Elena and I picked out these gorgeous fabrics  for her upcoming projects in her sewing class; the floral is for a full skirt and the orange (which is just the prettiest color and the fabric is so soft) is for a sleep shirt.

Spool offers classes in the back of its store, and it’s such an inviting place that I can’t wait to go back there with Karin and take a class learning how to make Amy Butler’s Barcelona skirt. I really only have basic sewing skills, so I think it’s time to take some classes. I have spent a lot of time (too much time) wishing that I could sew like a pro but not making the effort to learn. Visiting Spool inspired me.

In the meantime, I’ve started a small file of fun sewing projects that I’ve bookmarked, like turning your widowed socks into a new, colorful pair of gloves and scarf by Ruffles and Stuff:

And these baby kimono shirts and a pretty leaf table runner by Martha:

Denyse Schmidt offers this free pattern for this Scottie Dog (I like the idea of making my own version, to go with the one my mom made many years ago). And don’t you think this petite pack by Sew to Speak is really sweet? I would love to make a version of it for the girls.

There are so many great sewing resources out there. I like poking around the CRAFT blog for sewing ideas. Of course, One Pretty Thing is a good source too as well as The Long Thread. Also, I continue to marvel time and again at the sewing projects on the ikat bag blog. They are so fun and creative (the Owie Doll is one of my all time favorites).

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[Crafty Monday] Easy Halloween Crafts

Ugh. That’s how I’ve been feeling for the last three days, in bed with a nasty head cold. Thank you, back-to-school germs!

I had a Halloween craft that I wanted to do with the girls this weekend, but couldn’t gather enough energy to do it, once it became apparent that I didn’t actually buy the pad of construction paper that I thought I’d bought.  So, that’s going to have to wait.

Instead, here are three simple Halloween crafts/decorations you might like to try.

First, these Mummy pots from Better Homes and Gardens are very clever and simple:

mummy pots

Martha has a zillion ideas. I like this glittery skull and bones idea – plus, it doubles as decoration for your Indiana Jones themed birthday party…

glittery skulls

And from Make and Takes, these mini witch brooms. I just like how perfect they look, and I’m also thinking that these are just about fairy size too.

Mini Witch Brooms

Speaking of fairies, I haven’t talked about Elena and the fairies lately, but she has been preparing for their return (if you recall, they spent the summer in Canada, safe from lawnmowers), by sprinkling copious (and I mean COPIOUS) amounts of glitter all around the yard, as well as a potion (colored water) to keep the evil goblins away.

I can’t really complain about having a sparkly lawn.  But I might keep complaining about this stupid head cold.

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[Family Friday] Owl-licious Crafts

I couldn’t possibly do an Etsy round-up of owls, because there are just too many things to choose from. (Well, I guess I could be sweet-talked into it…) But I got a Paper Source catalog in the mail this week, and aside from exclaiming “Hot Damn! I almost forgot I live near one of these now!” these owl place card kits jumped out at me as extra super cute.
Owl Placecard Kit

You can see how easy they would be to recreate (as place cards or as decorations), without the kit;  just get some cardstock and some scalloped scissors and glue. I like the idea of using patterned paper for the wings and maybe using brads to make them movable.

I also stumbled across this picture of “Your Best Handmade Creations” on Martha Stewart:

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It had no pattern/instructions, but I HAD to make one for myself. This is seriously one of the cutest crafts I’ve ever seen.

Srsly.

(Did I sound like a giddy teenage girl just then? Good.)

I used a 4″ styrofoam ball, about 4 pieces of felt (couldn’t find any of the awesome hot pink felt like in the picture above, but the next one I make is going to be the yellow/pink combo), two 20mm googly eyes, and a glue gun. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out:

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The key is to start at the bottom, gluing the feathers around the bottom first, all the way to the top. As you can see, I cut out a little pink circle for the bottom. Why? I dunno. I was just making it up as I went along, and it seemed like a good idea for helping the owl stand upright.

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Once you glue the feathers (almost to the top), glue on the nose, then the ears (triangle shaped – folded in half), then the eyes, then the top piece.

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Yes, I’m pretty pleased with this. I want to make more of them with the girls, but I have to pace myself – it requires a lot of cutting. And, I used a glue gun, but it’s possible that regular Elmer’s glue would work. In all, it took about an hour and a half to make.

UPDATE: Happy to let you know that the original owls were created by Lery Lin. See her blog and shop for more!

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Valentine’s Day (Part 1: Pretty Packages)

Valentine’s Day combines everything that I hold dear: stationery, candy, hearts, and the color pink. If we got pink stockings filled with beautiful trinkets on Valentine’s Day, it would be my favorite holiday. But it’s a close second anyway.

When I was a kid, my mom bought me an outfit from a department store, where they wrapped it in shiny red foil wrapping paper and a big bow – it was quite an extravagant looking present, and it should be said that I really have no memory of the gift itself, just the luxurious presentation of the gift.  A special something, a rare treat. And the memory of it only adds to my love for February 14th.

So, in the spirit of pretty packages, here are a few ideas – all from Martha Stewart – for sweet ways to present your little Valentine’s Day treats

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