Hello, pinners and crafters and DIYers,
Welcome to the April Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene at My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and YOU too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month’s post is entitled DIM Did It Myself: Pinspired Easter Eggstravaganza because, you guessed it, I am crafting some unique Easter eggs.
You know I live in the southwest, El Paso, Texas to be exact. And anything cactus makes my heart sing! I have featured a couple of cactus pinspired crafts in the past – my cactus painted rock garden and my cactus string art project. Revisiting those posts has my heart beating pitty-pat a little faster, and even more anxious for summer so I can pull out all of my cactus decor.
Then there’s the book page egg that is a nod to my years of working as a school librarian (and reader). And yup, I have even done another book page craft before, my (slightly bumpy) book page pumpkin.
Aside from a love of books and cactus, the pinspiration, if you will, for these two craft projects came from this pin for book page eggs by Inspire Co. and this pin for cactus eggs by Better Homes and Gardens. Both pins provided very easy-to-follow directions so I won’t recreate the wheel, here, by sharing my own step-by-step instructions. However, I am super excited with how these eggs turned out. Like a proud mama, let me share a few photos with you.
DIM, Did It Myself: Pinspired Easter Eggstravaganza
For this project, I purchased an $8.99 bag of 6 wooden eggs with my 50% coupon at Hobby Lobby and a $3.99 bag of Spanish moss that will be enough of the stuff for all the eggs I’d ever want to make. Found a package of 3 tiny terra cotta pots at Dollar Tree for $1.00. Gosh, I love that place. I always have a dollar!! Used acrylic paint, iridescent glitter, ribbon and pony beads that I already had. Bonus: I could actually lay my hands on those supplies because I recently did a thorough spring cleaning in my craft loft! Life is good.
First up, the book page Easter egg.
Book Page Easter Egg
I used pages from old paperback books for this project. Tore them in small pieces and began gluing them on with brush using a combination of white glue and water.
I was careful (obsessive) about putting the type all going the same direction. However, it might be more whimsical if the type on the torn book pages was going in different directions. OCD is the name of my game, though.
Once the egg was covered, I used my hair dryer to blow it dry a bit. Then added a layer of watery glue onto which I shook some very fine iridescent glitter. Used the blow dryer again to dry that.
The last step was adding a bit of ribbon and a little of my pussy willow (PC bought for me at Pike Street Market) to the egg.
When I was last in Hobby Lobby, I saw some ornamental boiled egg holders…wish I had thought to buy one as a pedestal for my book page egg. Might make the trek across the mountain for one tomorrow. I think this little egg is so sweet. PC teases me because I am always picking up stuff I find on the ground – marbles, pennies, pretty rocks. Found this little key a few weeks ago and attached it to this egg. A little bling.
Cactus Easter Egg
Using acrylic paint, I mixed up two shades of green to paint my cactus eggs. The hardest part of these projects was trying to figure out where to lay the eggs to dry.
Until I thought of using my hair dryer to speed nature along.
For the stickers or thorn on the darker cactus egg, I used my Presto! correction pen. On the lighter egg, I used a fine tip marker to make little thorns. And forgot to take a pic.
Couldn’t decide between sequins or beads for the little flowers on top. The original directions suggested making flowers from tissue paper. But these fumble fingers could work all day and not make a very pretty tissue paper flower, much less 6 of them! Decided to go with the pony beads which I Super glued to the eggs.
I give you my Pinspiration Easter Eggstravaganza eggs.
Pinspired Photograph Light Box
While taking pictures of my finished eggs, it dawned on me that last summer I created a light box to use in taking pictures for my blog of small things LIKE THESE EGGS. Check out that post, here. So, I dug my light box out of the closet and set up one of my light kit lamps to take the following photos. I really like the way they turned out. Yay, me!!
I am so proud. You would think I laid these eggs myself!
Here’s a photo of my light box. Then Purrsimmony politely leaped onto the box and broke through the tissue paper top. Will be making a new light box now.
To join next month’s #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ May Pinterest Challenge
Let’s meet this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts!
Erlene – My Pinterventures • Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts
Lynne – My Family Thyme • Pili – My Sweet Things
T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet • Julie – Sum of their Stories
Erin – The DIY Nuts • Roseann – This Autoimmune Life
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Kristie – Love My Little Cottage
Ali – Home Crafts by Ali • Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After • Terri – Our Good Life
Lauren – Mom Home Guide • Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey
Shirley – Intelligent Domestications • Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Audra – Renewed Projects • Kristie – Teadoddles • Alayna – Alayna’s Creations
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Susan – Suzerspace
Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen • Terrie – Decorate and More with Tip
Emily – Domestic Deadline • Marci – Stone Cottage Adeventures
Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓
Have you made a special Easter craft this season? Or decorated the house in a different way? Maybe you are trying a new recipe or a whole new menu for Easter or Passover dinner. Won’t you brag a little and share with me??
I had fun working on these little eggs today. Did a lot of it while working with my brother and sister to put out little fires for our mom. Did some laundry, ironed but otherwise enjoyed my day. Then PC gets home and I feel guilty. Really need to find another job, if we can just get mom settled. Managed to get her set up with additional care during the day and someone to look in on her in the evenings after she fell again last night.
Please take a few minutes to visit the blogs of some of the other Pinspired gals. Pretty sure they will blow us away with their creativity.
Hugs and kisses,