I have always been fascinated by the Faberge eggs. To me, these eggs speak of luxury and master craftsmanship, a historic rendition of times gone by. I wanted to make a Faberge-inspired Easter egg card for my mother, who also loves the Faberge eggs, to convey special Easter wishes. Because of the religious meaning behind the day, I chose red as the main color for the card, but the card can be produced in any other color.
Approximate Time: 20 minutes
8.2 inches x 5.5 inches marbled cream-colored cardboard
6 inches x 6 inches piece of red cardboard
8 inches x 6 inches of silver glitter mesh
8.0 inches x 5.3 inches of ordinary red paper
a left-over piece of red ribbon, 0.2 inches wide
one small red fabric bow
the following rhinestones: 4 small crystal flat-back round rhinestones and 17 red flat-back heart rhinestones
short red tube-shaped glass beads
a pair of standard scissors
egg-shaped object or cookie cutter
one matching envelope
Fold the 8.2 inches x 5.5 inches marbled cardboard crosswise in half to create a card 5.5 inches x 4.1 inches ~ use the ruler to make the fold neat and smooth.
Use the egg-shaped object (I used an egg-shaped cookie tin) and trace an egg onto the red cardboard. Cut out the egg that you have traced on the cardboard.
Glue the silver glitter mesh to the front of the red cardboard egg and cut off any protruding edges.
Glue the cardboard-and-mesh egg onto the front of the card.
Divide the egg in half with the piece of ribbon. Glue the ribbon and the fabric bow in place.
Glue the 4 crystal round rhinestones in place on the ribbon.
Glue the red heart rhinestones in place on the bottom half of the egg.
Use the short red tube-shaped beads to glue three rows of beads that intersect at the top of the egg.
Fold the 8.0 inches x 5.3 inches red paper crosswise in half and glue it to the inside of the card to write a message.
This 3-dimensional Easter card will bring a smile to anyone's face. It's a great way to wish someone special a very Happy Easter!
Approximate Time: About 30 minutes
Green,yellow and white card stock
pink craft foam
Six 4-inch lengths of thin wire
powder blush and cotton swab
hot glue gun & glue sticks
Fold a piece of 8 1/2 x 11-inch green card stock in half to form a card. Cut an 8 1/4 x 5 1/4-inch rectangle from yellow card stock. Glue the rectangle to the front of the card. Draw a cute bunny onto the white card stock and cut out. Draw a large pink nose onto the pink foam and cut out. Using a cotton swab and powdered blush, apply blush to lower edge of ears to represent the bunny's inner ears. Glue the bunny head to the rectangle. Glue on the wiggly eyes. For the whiskers, curl each piece of wire around a pencil and flatten slightly with your hand. Using hot glue gun, glue ends of wire just below wiggly eyes. Glue foam nose over wire ends. Write an Easter message inside the card and send to someone special.
Easter is a special time when everything is reborn after the dark days of winter. Why not celebrate the spirit of this season by sharing cards and gifts with family and friends. Add a colourful touch to envelopes and gift bags using simple embellishments that can be sourced in the home. Don't forget to add some kisses too, to show the special people in your life just how much they mean to you at Eastertide.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes plus drying time
blank cards and envelopes
paints and a brush
pieces of scrap card
recycled gift wrap
raffia or yarn
glitter glue or rub on stickers
items to decorate
a sharp tool to make holes
Paint the outer sides of an envelope and a paper bag in a colour theme of your choice. Let dry.
Place a hand-made Easter card in the envelope and seal it.
Tear some gift-wrap into strips and glue to the envelope to give a pleasing design.
Wrap a length of raffia or yarn around the envelope and secure with a bow.
To finish, attach feathers and some "kisses" use rub on stickers or a glitter glue pen for the individual letters.
Make a pair of holes on either side at the top of your paper bag.
Plait lengths of yarn or raffia together to make two handles.
Thread the end of each handle through a hole in your paper bag and knot on the wrong side to secure in place.
Fill your paper bag with chocolate eggs or a small gift.
Cut a large gift tag out of scrap card and make a hole at the top of the tag.
Paint the right side of the tag so it complements the colour theme of your paper bag.
Glue strips of gift-wrap to the tag as for the envelope; attach feathers and a special 'For Easter' message.
Thread a length of raffia or yarn through the hole in the gift tag and tie to the handles of the paper bag.
Crafty tips: Mini pegs are a fun way to attach feathers, tags, and other items to gifts. Try using skeleton leaves, painted eggs, or hens to embellish your gifts, too. Make sure children are supervised by an adult when using sharp tools. Happy Easter!
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