Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial- "Mini- Easter Baskets!"


I was inspired by this blog to use my plastic eggs to make mini- Easter Baskets. I was looking for a way to keep my baskets from tipping over and saw how she did it with her mini tea cups! How clever! So I ran with the idea and created these cuties.

(please click ANY photo for a closeup!)

Materials needed:
  1. Plastic eggs
  2. 1/8" hole punch
  3. Chenille stems
  4. Pretty patterned paper
  5. Scissors and pinking shears
  6. Crepe paper
  7. Tacky glue
  8. Hot glue
  9. Glitter glue
  10. Thin wire
  11. Vintage clip art images and furry chicks
  12. Popsicle sticks, brown ink
  13. Large buttons
Snip the eggs apart and use the large end of the egg for the basket. Punch a hole on each side of the egg with your punch. The hole is just large enough for the chenille wire stem to come through. Pull through evenly on both sides and secure ends by wrapping the chenille around the basket handle and then coiling the remains.

Cut a inch width of paper. Figure how much you'll need by measureing the paper along the egg rim x2. Cut one side with the pinking shears and distress with the brown ink, then cut slits on the other side.

Fold over the slits.


Apply a line of tacky glue to the inside of the egg. Rest your patterned paper on the rim and fold over the slits onto the glue, smearing with your finger to get a nice even coat.

For the mini banner. Cut from a 3/4" width strip, triangles and distress edges. Snip a piece of wire longer in width than the line of banner.

cut off the corner of each triangles so when you fold them over the edges don't show. Add some tacky glue and attach to the wire all in a row.



Place on handle of the basket. If you have to many triangles, just remove one before securing the wire.

For the "grass", select some crepe paper and fold over multiple times. Cut slits into it 3/4 of the way. unravel and cut into 3" pieces

Drizzle a ample amount of tacky glue into the bottom of the egg. Smear evenly with your finger. Gather your pieces of the crepe paper and attach the uncut ends into the glue. Add as much or as little grass as you like.


Make sure your large buttons have a flat base and if they have a "well"...even better! Use a craft or rubber mat so the glue that will ooze out of the button holes does not ruin your work surface.



To make the vintage clip art decorations, I just trimmed the images from photo copies and glued to Popsicle sticks which I sized down to fit inside the egg. I finished off each egg with colorful glitter glue!




My Tuesday Tutorial give away for this week will be a 4 piece craft kit for the winner to make this project them self. The eggs with have the holes pre-punched. If you would like a chance to win, please leave a comment here on this post and on Week 1 and week 2's post.

Every Tuesday for APRIL I'll show case a tutorial for Spring/ Easter.
On the 1st Tuesday of the following month, I will pick a winner.
The winner will receive ALL 4 projects made from the previous month.
( Please leave your e-mail address in comments or make sure your blog sign in is not private, If I can't reach you easily...you can't win)

Good luck! and Happy Creating!
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