Sunday, November 19, 2006

Easter Decorations -New creations- (By 4Ernesto)

As I promised here I am with some new Easter Decorations, some of them can be used for other occasions as well!!!

Egg Place Marker

1. To make an unusual place marker, pierce the top of an egg with a pin and the bottom with a darning needle, plunging the needle well in the break the yolk. Hold the egg over a cup and blow through the smaller hole, forcing the contents out through the bottom. Carefully rinse the shell. Pencil on the name and design.

2. Using a white water-based paint, fill in all the areas that will be painted in light colours. This will help to ensure that the colours are true.

3. Use your chosen colours to paint over the white areas. There is no need to worry if the outline is untidy, since the darker background will cover all the edges. Finally, paint the background in a dark colour.

This hand - blown egg can create a useful table decoration!

Easter Egg Gift

1. Take an egg shaped box. Choose the flowers to reflect the colours of the box so a coordinate effect can be created. Cut a section from a sphere of florists' foam and put it in the base. Secure with tape. Place the lid about a third of the way across the foam and again tape in place.

2. Build up the outline using brown grass and green amaranthus (love-lies-bleeding). Use some of the amaranthus leaves to add a contrast of texture. Intersperse the display with a few small bunches of tiny red helichrysum, placing them deep into the arrangement.

3. To finish, dot a number of South African daisies (a form of helichrysum) throughout the arrangement. Provided the stems are strong, these can be added singly without wiring.

You can fill this egg-shaped gift box with pretty dried flowers as well.

Spring Chick

1. Cut two cardboard circles the same size then cut a small circle from the centre of each. Put both rings together and wind yellow yarn around them, passing the yarn through the centre. Continue until the rings are well covered and the inner circle is almost full of yarn.

2. Snip through all the yarn along the outer edge of the rings. Pass a length of yarn between the two rings, wind it tightly around all the strands and tie it firmly, leaving long ends. Cut off the cardboard circles. Make a bigger ball for the body from two larger rings and, before cutting, pass a pipe cleaner through the rings to form "legs".

3. Tie the two balls together firmly. Bend the "legs" up at the ends and wind a section of pipe cleaner around each foot, leaving a "V" shape on either side so each foot has three "claws"; paint the feet and legs red. Make eyes and beak out of felt and glue into position.

This bright yellow pom-pom chick adds charm to any Easter gift.

Chick Mobile

1. For each chick, you need two pom-poms (see "Spring Chick", above). For the larger pom-pom use cardboard circles 6 cm in diameter with 2.5 cm holes. The small circles are 5 cm across with the same size hole. When the larger one is ready to be cut away, push a pipe cleaner through the hole to form the legs and feet.

2. Now cut and tie the pom-poms, joining the head and body together by tying the spare yarn tightly. Make one or two stitches through the head and body to hold them in place.

3. Trim each chick with a felt beak and wings, and a feather for the tail, sticking them on with a dab of glue. Tie a piece of shirring elastic around the neck, and use it to attach a piece of rickrack or ribbon to the chick. Then hang it to two crossed sticks, tied together. Glue the rickrack in place to prevent the chicks from slipping.

These little fluffy pom-pom chicks make a charming mobile for a room.

Host of Daffodils

1. For the base of each daffodil head, cut a section from an egg box (carton) and trim it down to an even edge. Use a yellow one if you can, or else paint it yellow. Next take a flexible paper or plastic straw and roll it in a strip of green tissue, gluing both long edges. Trim the ends and bend the straw without tearing the paper.

2. Insert the stem through the daffodil base. Then cut out some yellow tissue petals and glue first one row, then a second, around the inside of the yellow egg box base.

3. Finally scrunch up a small piece of orange tissue paper and glue it to the centre of the flower. Make a bunch of the daffodil flowers for an extravagant display.

A big bunch of these yellow daffodils makes a long-lasting display!

Apricots and Cream

1. A mound of luscious apricots, flowers and leaves makes a pretty centrepiece for a spring buffet or dinner party. Place a white doily on a glass or china cake stand. Carefully push ivy leaves underneath the edge of the doily. The leaves should be washed and can be wiped with cooking oil for extra shine.

2. Holding the doily in place with one hand, arrange the apricots in a pile. If the apricots are to be eaten, do not allow them to touch thy ivy leaves, which are poisonous. Then arrange a few sprays of cream-coloured freesias around the pile of apricots.

3. Finally, slot flowers into the gaps between the apricots - any small cream or white flowers will do; I usually use narcissi. Check with your florist that the flowers you choose are not poisonous.

Tip: apricots, freesias and ivy make an eye-catching display on a glass stand.

Silver Tree

1. Spring is in the air with a shiny silver pot plant, blossoming with pink flowers. For this project, you need a small plastic pot and a small, graceful tree branch. Spray them both with silver paint.

2. Push the silver branch into the middle of a block of modelling clay and fix the clay into the pot. If necessary, weight the base of the clay with a stone for stability. For the "earth" scrunch up a piece of silver foil and arrange it around the base of the branch.

3. For the blossoms you need little pink silk flowers, scrunched up pink tissue paper, green tissue leaves, and pink and green gift wrap ribbon. Glue these along the branch as shown, spacing them to look reasonably realistic.

Tip: for a stunning effect decorate a silver branch with silk flowers.

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