Spring has sprung and this is the time of year that I start to really get my creative juices flowing. The colors, scents, and textures of the season are so bright and cheery that I wanted to replicate them to bring a little warmth to our family year round.
I thought about the colors and textures my daughter and I like most and decided on a soft rainbow fleece basket, wax paper bunny and egg banner, confetti dotted wrapping paper, and coffee filter flowers. With the exception of wax paper I had every single item needed to make these items with some basic art supplies and common pantry items. If I had to estimate my total material costs for all 4 projects it would be less than $10.
Rainbow Fleece Basket:
After turning the house upside down trying to find a container I could use for a basket I finally gave up and decided I would just make one. I have very little basket weaving experience (maybe one time when I was a kid) but I DO have cooking experience, namely baking. I've made quite a few lattice crusts for pies over the years and realized that the weaving technique used there can be done with fabric too.
I found a great tutorial on Pinterest for felt baskets but didn't have enough to make the basket so I improvised. I had a bunch of super soft fleece available so I sprayed it with starch, ironed the fabric, and let it dry. The result was fabric stiff enough to hold its form without compromising it's texture. Perfect!
Here's what you need.
1. Fleece (9"x20" piece)
2. Spray starch
4. Cylindrical container (I used a large Clorox wipes container)
5. Glue gun with glue sticks (probably 3-4 sticks)
Spray the fleece with starch, iron on low temp setting, and allow to dry. Once it's dry cut the fabric so you have 9 one inch by 20 inch strips and set those aside.
Grab the big Clorox wipes container (or a container with similar shape) and flip it upside down.
Set 3 strips side-by-side across the top of the upside down container.
Next, grab another 3 strips of fleece and weave them through in an over-under-over pattern. To make the base a little sturdier, hot glue the overlapping points together. Note: Be careful not to glue the fabric to the container.
Take another strip, hold it up to the top edge of the container's side, and start weaving it through the dangling pieces of felt from the already woven section until all 20 inches have been woven across the side of the container. Be sure to keep gluing at overlapping points for added durability.
Glue the next strip to the exposed end of your 1st completed side piece and continue weaving and gluing. Repeat this process with the remaining 3 fabric strips.
Once the weaving is done, flip the container right side up and carefully separate the woven basket from it.
Next, grab two of the long pieces of fabric and glue them together to make the handle. The extra "tabs" of fabric can be folded over and hot glued to the top of the basket to give it a more finished look.
Wax Paper Bunny and Egg Banner:
This craft is way easier than it looks and is fun for even the littlest kids to do!
Here's what you need:
1. Wax paper (24 inch piece)
2. Spray bottle filled with warm water
3. Iron and ironing board
5. Twine (4-5')
6. Cotton Balls
8. Hole punch or Crop-a-Dial with grommets
Tear off a 24 inch piece of wax paper and spray with warm water.
Allow to dry for a few minutes (about 10) and crumple and/or fold the paper.
Flatten out the wax paper and iron on low temp dry setting until paper is mostly dry.
Using markers streak the paper as desired. There are no rules here. Let the kid(s) go wild.
Crumple/fold paper again after marker has dried and flatten it back out.
Fold wax paper in half 3 times and using a marker draw an egg shape and bunny shape and cut out. You'll want at least 4-6 of each shape.
Using either a single hole punch or Crop-A-Dial, punch hole at the top (~.25 inch from top edge) of each shape. Glue a cotton ball for a tail on each bunny
Cut twine to desired length (3-5 feet works well for hanging across doors/mantles) and string eggs and bunnies.
Confetti Dotted Wrapping Paper:
Another fun and low cost way to jazz up goodies for your Easter basket or just wrap gifts for any occasion.
1. Parchment paper (as much as you need to cover what you want to wrap)
2. Spray bottle filled with warm water
3. Food coloring/paint
4. Iron and ironing board
Tear off desired amount of parchment paper and set flat.
Fill spray bottle with warm water and desired food coloring/paint, twist on spray head, shake gently to mix.
Spray on paper, dump colored water into large bowl/pitcher, fill spray bottle with warm water and next desired color, spray paper.
Let dry overnight.
Fold paper in half over and over until you have a small triangle.
Unfold paper, cut to desired size, and wrap your gift!
Coffee Filter Roses:
These are so soft and beautiful that I'm sure there will be lots more made in the near future for hair accessories, gift presentation, and home décor.
I already wrote a full tutorial on these so I won't write all the text here again but here's the link to the post so you can get all the details.
Happy Easter to you!