Please ignore the countless wrong things I have done when ‘laying’ this place setting. When I was young everyone could tell when I had laid the table as the knife and fork were most likely to be the wrong way round – and it seems I still haven’t learnt.
When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.
These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.
To make the flowers you will need
A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.
There’s still time to get your Easter craft on! These cute little pompom bunnies are relatively quick and easy to make
YOU WILL NEED: Grey and White wool – I’ve used Red Amore from Loveknitting.com, Grey and pink felt, small scissors – Korbond do a nice little pair that are great for trimming pompoms. small length of grey and pink embroidery thread for eyes and nose.
FOR THE HEAD: Make a grey pom pom using the smallest pom pom maker. Trim it so it’s nice and round.
FOR THE EARS:Cut two ear shapes from some grey felt. My bunnies have average length ears about 5cm on and 1.5 cm wide. Also cut some inner ears from the pink felt. Use a little fabric glue to fix the pink and grey ears together. To add a little more character add a blob of glue at the base of each ear and pinch together till dry.
FOR THE BODY: Make the bunnies body using the second largest maker. To make his white tummy begin wrapping white wool around one half of the maker. Wind about 20 wraps of wool between the two outer dimples.
Continue wrapping wool between these two points but gradually decrease the wraps so you begin to form a triangle wedges shape with the wool. Use about another 30 wraps to form this wedge. It should look something like this when you have finished.
Fill the rest of this half of the pom pom maker with grey wool. Then use the grey wool to fill the other.
Complete the pom pom and remove from the maker. You will see a big white circle on one half of the pom.
Trim the pom pom so the tummy circle becomes more defined. Also trim the bottom of the pom pom flat.
Make a small white pom pom for the tail. Trim quite a lot so it is smaller than his head!! Use a glue gun to fix the tail, and head to the body. Then glue the ears in place.
To make the bunnies eyes and nose, thread a length of black embroidery thread onto a needle making sure both lengths of wool are equal. Push the needle through the bunnies head where you would like an eye. Trim the wool very short at the back so you can’t see it and trim the wool at the front flush with the grey wool so it looks like a little eye! Repeat for his other eye.
Make a nose in a similar way. Three or four strands of pink wool are enough.
Finnish bunny off with some jazzy accessories – some glasses, an Easter bonnet or just a simple bow round the neck.
These are some of the bunnies we created last week when I ran a bunny making workshop in association with Loveknitting.com and Stylist Magazine. They were all so cute!!
Now hop to it!!
It’s Easter soon – time for decorating eggs, making Easter Bonnets and cute fluffy bunnies and chicks… but if you are looking for some more sophisticated crafts then check out this selection of projects I did for Homes and Gardens magazines Easter Special.
My favourite project were these little egg transfers. I’d seen these done before and thought they were actual transfers you could buy but when I started investigating I found out about this amazing stuff called Lazertran which is a printable waterslide transfer paper. Basically all you do is find an image you want to print, print it onto the paper, cut it out, pop it into a shallow dish of water, wait for the transfer to slide off and then place it onto your surface of choice. Simples right?
The only hurdle in this project is finding an owner of a laser printer who is happy for you to put a piece of plasticy paper through their machine (FYI… my boss is not one of them!). Luckily Lazertran have a list of printers suitable for this process and also provide the name of a printers in the UK (Bear Print 118 High Street Porth Madog Gwyneth 01766 513920, in case you were wondering) who will happily print out your project for you at a very reasonable cost (I can’t remember what exactly but around £1-2 per A4 sheet).
If you want to make your own eggs then you can download the images I used here or visit the lovely Graphics Fairy site for more choices.
For more Easter projects visit the Homes and Gardens website here
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 here
Hot cross bunnies for breakfast anyone?
If you liked that try this
You could scale the Coffeepot warmer template down to make egg cosies or try this project from my archives