Coffee pot warmer

photography Carolyn Barber taken from Homes and Gardens Magazine

Here’s a sophisticated little Easter craft. This bunny shaped Coffeepot warmer is an easy project to jazz up your Easter morning coffee break. You will need some grey felt, a large white wool pom pom some card and a sewing machine … though you can also sew him by hand.

Download the template and instructions hereEASTER BUNNY COFFEEPOT TEMPLATE

Hot cross bunnies for breakfast anyone?

If you liked that try this

bunny egg cosy

You could scale the Coffeepot warmer template down to make egg cosies or try this project from my archives

bunny cosy template

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

It’s nearly Easter … the bulbs are coming up and sometimes the sun is almost shining! This Easter I am actually prepared with some lovely crafts to share with you and  today it’s this pretty papercraft Easter Bunny Cake Wrap. I’m prepared because I worked on a shoot over a year ago for the beautiful Homes and Gardens Magazine and it’s finally out this month.

Working with the talented stylist Marisa Daly and wonderful photographer Carolyn Barber we created a whole array of Eastery inspirations and from now till Good Friday (April 3rd just in case it’s not in your diary) I’ll be sharing some of these lovelies with you.

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Today it is the Easter Bunny Cake Wrap. This is a super simple but effective decoration to jazz up any Easter cake you are planning to bake (or buy!). All you need is a piece of medium weight card around 65 x 12 cm large – White watercolour paper has a nice texture to it but patterned papers or bright colours will work well too – a craft knife and a steady hand!

Click here to download the template and further instructions.

Other projects in the magazine include these wrapped eggs and gift tags made with Liberty fabrics and vintage letterpress stamps. They are the perfect way to give a homemade touch to a shop bought Easter Egg.

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

And these paper craft egg decorations

paper easter egg decorations

photo copyright Carolyn Barber

Don’t forget to buy your own issue of Homes and Gardens for the full story and further instructions. More next week …

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Christmas may be over but that doesn’t mean the fairy lights and decorative tea light holders have to be put away does it. Does it? I hope not as I have this clever little craft project to share.

I love mercury glass; the pretty marbled effect glass that originated around the 1840’s made glass vessels look more expensive and glamorous. Late last year I was commissioned by Country Homes and Interiors magazine to devise six craft projects that would utalise left over Christmas candles in different ways. These mercury glass tea lights were one of them.

All you need to make them is some old clean jam jars with wide necks … The Bonne Maman ones are perfect, masking tape, a water spray bottle and some mirror effect spray paint  – the Americans use Krylon Looking Glass Silver but I think Plasticote Brilliant Metallic Silver is the closest British equivalent.

Here’s how to do it…

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Simple! This method also works well on small panes of glass. It gives an old foxed mirror effect when done on the underside of the glass.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of how the jars looked in the mag and also some of the other projects. The whole feature with instructions on how to make is in the current issue of Country Homes and Interiors available in newsagents now or to download here

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