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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

 

 

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.

cake wrap homes and gardens

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 …

simple birds nest

This little nest was actually a happy accident I made when tidying up the mess created from a very satisfying job of fraying the edge of a hessian table runner. You could also use wool, string or twine. A rough string or twine such as  garden string works best as it holds together better.

MAKE AN EASTER NEST

click to enlarge and download

Happy Happy Easter, have a lovely long weekend, I’m reupholstering a sofa … but first I have to go to Ikea to get the fabric … can I face it?