Easter is around the corner but you still have time to make an Easter table decoration. Personally Easter is about spending time with family, creating new traditions, eating, crafting. My son particularly loves the rhythms of the seasons, decorating the house. Table decorations are not my strong point but even I can manage this egg shell table decoration, its so simple to make but so effective:)
The cress takes about seven days so you do have time to make this yourself.
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You will need:
Spray the egg shells, set aside to dry (preferably not in a windy place, you don’t want to know how many egg shells I lost!)
Fill the shells with soil or cotton wool, add cress seeds and water.
Find a log, drill three holes with a wide drill piece (the one I used was marked 32).
Place eggs in drilled holes.
That’s it, one finished DIY easter eggs shell table decoration, easy to make yet stylish. Alternatives you could try, dye the eggs with onion seeds before cracking and scooping out the cooked egg, or let your children decorate the shells with sharpies? Or you could use the sharpies yourself to make intricate patterns – this would look great with white shells.
However you choose to spend Easter I hope you have a lovely time,
Today I am sharing with you a pebble wall hanging made with pebbles collected on the beach. As a family we recently visited the coast on a cold winters day, the frost lingered on the seaweed despite the bright sunshine.
My daughter is not being that interested in being outside. To engage her on our trip out we set a family challenge, finding pebbles with holes in. This gave her focus, it encouraged her to look at the environment closely, to see the textures and colours and to have fun. She had a great time, as we all did.
Once home thoughts turned to what to do with the collected pebbles. Since we rearranged our living room we have a spare piece of wall. I decided to hang the pebbles as a piece of art using a garden twine/string.
My son had a great time organising the pebbles in a pattern, starting with larger pebbles at the top working down to small pebbles.
To make your own thread the pebbles onto the string wrapping the string through the hole twice, leaving a gap then threading your next stone on.
You may be lucky and find a branch of wood weathered by the sea, alternatively strip the bark of the wood with a vegetable peeler. Hang the strings off the branch. You may find this easier if you position your branch over a couple of supports.
Lastly add some very strong string rope to hang the wood on the wall. I was surprised at the weight of the wall hanging.
The wall hanging is a family piece of art.
In the living room it brings back memories of days at the beach and family times together.
Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting almost weekly to pick up fiction books. I am almost addicted to reading at bedtime. Escaping into fiction helps me switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.
I still have a small amount of shibori inspired dyed denim – remember the pencil cases I made?. It dawned on me that I could adapt this rather nifty technique for making bag handles to create a neat book mark.
Today I am going to share my various shibori inspired denim bookmarks.
Elastic bookmark tutorial
Tip – of you have think denim you may wish to omit the interfacing
Iron the interfacing to the back of the denim
Fold the fabric in half lengthways right sides together. Press.
Fold the long length in half again wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the other side.
Place elastic in the middle of the denim sandwich. Hold with a pin. Refold fabric.
Sew short ends.
Trim the seam allowance, this reduces bulk. Turn the fabric so the inside is now on the outside.
Poke the corners out. Press and finish with a top stitch all round the denim.
Use the same technique to create a bookmark with ribbon.
Or how about a different take on elastic? Lengthen the denim, create an elastic loop and add a button.
Personally this is my favourite – I am tempted to start a bullet journal, if I do this is the style bookmark I will use. Naturally you can use any fabric scraps you have.