Easy & Fast Easter Garland Tutorial

EASTER RIBBON GARLAND TUTORIAL

Decorate your Easter celebration or your next party or event with a cheerful,  easy and fast ribbon garland to match your theme.  It will only take you about 20 to 30 minutes at the most to cut all your ribbon and tie them up since minimal assembly is needed, this garland is made from simple loop knots — no glue or sewing needed!  Let’s get started-

Here’s What You’ll Need:

– Twine or Jute String (length depends on how long you want your garland)

30-35 ft. of Ribbon (different designs/several rolls)

– Scissors

How to Step-by-Step Directions:

Step 1. – Measure a strand of twine to the desired length of your garland.

Step 2. – Cut each piece of ribbon to measure 16-20″ depending on your desired length. Use different color ribbons to match the décor of your event or space.

Step 3. – Fold each piece of ribbon in half, lay it around the twine, and pull the cut strands through the loop to create a loose knot (see image #1 and #2).

Step 4.- Repeat step three for all remaining ribbons, alternating colors to create a pattern (see image #3).

Step 5. – Once all ribbons are tied, trim the ends if needed with scissors. Hang the garland to decorate a party table or kid’s room!

You can even keep this garland and reuse it for future parties or room décor.   If you make one in plain pastel colors with no Easter text printed on your ribbon, these would look stunning in a nursery, hanging across the front of a baby’s crib or in a little girls room hanging across her bed headboard. If you want to get your home ready for spring or need some favor boxes, a banner or anything for your Easter celebration- stop by any of my shops by clicking the links below.

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Paper Dahlia Flower Cone Wreath Tutorial

DIY PAPER CONE WREATH TUTORIAL

These decorative wall flowers really make a stunning statement in the home- or make several and use them behind your party table as a backdrop. They are often called Dahlia flower wreaths or chrysanthemum flower wreaths.  They look great hanging on the door or on the wall.  If done in all red, they also resemble Poinsettia flowers and look great with some red or gold glitter added to the tips for Christmas.  I love that they can me made in all one color-

Or in a mix of bright or soft pastel colors-

The prep on these can take some time, you will need to set aside a few hours to complete one wreath, as they do require many paper cones.  However, once the cones are all rolled and glued together- the assembly is quick.   These really do look stunning on the wall, because they are a three-dimensional piece of art.  Let’s gather your supplies and get started!

Materials
10 to 15 sheets – 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock paper in any one solid color or a mix of colors
Hot glue gun / Super glue or tacky glue (optional)
Hot glue sticks
15-inch diameter cardboard circle (cut from a box or chipboard)
Scissors or straight cutter
Ruler
Pencil

Instructions

  1. Select your colors of card stock.  It’s a good idea to plan out your design- are you going to make your cone wreath in all one color or a mix of colors?  Pull several sheets of your selected colors of card stock.
  2. With scissors or a straight cutter (generally the straight cutter will make the process go much faster)- cut (30) 7-by-7 -inch squares, (12) 5-by-5 -inch squares, (9) 3-by-3 -inch squares, and (7) 1-by-1 -inch squares out of your pieces of craft paper. Measure the sizes with a ruler and mark lightly with a pencil
  3. Now that all your squares are cut, to make the cones-take one of the squares and roll it into a cone shape. Hold the cone together by applying hot glue to the first side of your curl and then curl the other corner over it, pressing it onto the glue. Try to keep your cones as uniform as possible.  You do not need much hot glue- using your glue gun tip, smear it so it is a flat line, rather than a blob of glue as this will help your seam of your cone to lay flat.  If you prefer a more permanent glue, you can use a tacky craft glue and some clothespins to secure each cone until they dry.  Super glue is an option too I personally prefer the hot glue as it goes much faster.  Refer to the illustrations below to help form your cones.



Constructing The Cones & Assembling The Wreath

  1. Place the 15-inch circular card board circle or chipboard circle (I cut mine with a flipped over round Tupperware container by tracing around it onto a cardboard box but you can even use a a woven place mat, as shown below- place it on a flat surface. You will be using the hot glue gun to glue the cones to the circle. The cones should have the thinnest point facing in towards the center of the place mat.  I like to also trace a few different sizes of circles on my cardboard circle – just to help line up the cone tips and keep everything nice and even- but if you have a good eye, this is not necessary.
  2. To start, glue four 7-inch cones to the place mat letting the end of each cone overhang the place mat by 3 inches. One should be placed on the top, one on the bottom, one on the left, and one on the right. It should look like a compass and will allow you to evenly distribute your cone.

  1. Fill in the spaces between your four cones with more 7-inch cones remembering to let them all go past the edge of the placemat by 3 inches
  2. Next, hot glue another row of 7-inch cones on top of the existing row of 7-inch cones. Place them in the grooves created by the first row of cones. All of the pointed cone tips will meet in the center of the place mat.

  1. Hot glue a circular row of 5-inch cones within the grooves of the 7-inch cones followed by a row of 3-inch cones on the grooves of the 5-inch cones
  2. With the remaining (7) 1-inch cones hot glue (6) on top of the 3-inch cones and with the last 1-inch cone, glue it into the center
  3. To hang your wreath on the wall, simply add a ribbon loop on the back or you can Super glue a professional nail bracket to the back.

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Easter Crafting With The Kids

EASTER CRAFT PROJECT

Egg Carton Bunnies

Oh my!  Easter is almost upon us!  It has snuck up on all of us this year with it falling on March 27th.

Today I am sharing a fun and easy project to do with the kids this Easter.  Make sweet chicks, bunnies and caterpillars from recycled egg cartons.  They are adorable!  Use paint, googly eyes and construction paper to give the critters extra character.  And they can be used as favors. Fill them up with candy eggs or jellybeans.

Check out the instructions on how to make them below – but first, if you are planning a party soon, be sure to visit all of my Etsy shops to snag some party decorations, pinwheels, and party favors below:

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1. Egg Carton Chicks

Materials
Empty egg carton
Orange construction paper
Black markers
Yellow paint
Scissors
Glue
Masking tape
Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Cut the egg carton apart so all the cups are individual
  2. Take two carton cups and place one on top of the other, with the empty sides facing each other
  3. Place tape along one edge like a hinge, so the cups are now attached but can open and close
  4. Paint both the insides and outsides of the carton cups yellow, and then let air-dry
  5. Use the construction paper to cut out little beak and feet shapes. Attach the feet and beak with glue to the carton cups
  6. Use the black marker to draw eyes

2. Egg Carton Bunnies

Materials
Empty egg carton
Pink and white construction paper
Googly eyes
Black markers
White paint
Scissors
Glue
Masking tape
Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Cut the egg carton apart so all the cups are individual
  2. Take two carton cups and place one on top of the other, with the empty sides facing each other
  3. Place tape along one edge like a hinge, so the cups are now attached but can open and close
  4. Paint both the insides and outsides of the carton cups white, and then let air-dry
  5. Use the construction paper to cut out bunny ears and feet from the white construction paper
  6. Cut out pink ovals and glue them to the inside of the ear shapes
  7. Attach the feet, ears and googly eyes to the carton cups with glue
  8. Use the black marker to draw a mouth, nose and whiskers

Tip: Add some extra spring flair by filling your bunnies with pink candy and setting them on “grass” created by shredding green paper.

3. Crafty Caterpillars

Materials
Empty egg carton
Colored pipe cleaners
Googly eyes
Assorted markers
Assorted paints
Scissors
Glue
Masking tape
Paintbrushes
Glitter glue (optional)
Foam stickers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the egg carton apart so that all the cups are individual
  2. Place three or more carton cups end to end, with the empty side facing down, and then tape them together
  3. Paint each cup a different color. Let air-dry
  4. Cut pipe cleaners into short lengths and punch holes into the individual cartons so kids can insert them as legs and antennas
  5. Draw a smile with paintbrush

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