Sunday, March 21, 2010

Carrots & Eggs ~ My first Tutorial

I'm a little slow moving this year, I just got my Easter Decorations out this weekend. I made these super cute bunnys last year. They were really easy, they have a 2x4 body and their face is made with a tea-dyed sock. I put thin wire in their ears to make them stand up. When I put them on my table, I decided something was missing. Then I remembered these awesome fabric carrots made by Sassy Style and decided I'd better make some for my bunny's to munch on.

I made mine a little different. I couldn't find cone shaped styrofoam at the one store in my town (Wally World). So I made the base of my carrots with cone shaped newspaper. Tape it off and cut the top flat. Then stuff it with more newspaper to stiffen it up and tape the top closed.

Take a fat quarter of fabric and tear it into one inch strips. I love the frayed look. Start wrapping at the bottom and wrap at an angle until you get to the top.
For the top, cut a few short strips and glue them across the top. I used hot glue, my favorite kind.

Take a chunk (technical term) of raffia, fold in half and glue to the top.

These were simple to make and very cheap. I think I spent about 20 min to make both and it cost me a 1/2 of a fat quarter ($.50). The raffia came out of my "craft storage" (I keep a craft storage, just like a food storage, for craft emergencies such as this. I figure, in an emergency, if I couldn't leave my house, I have at least 3 months worth of projects to keep me from going crazy)
Now, as for the twine eggs, I also stole them from Sassy Style. I like to steal other people's great ideas, and change them up a little. Makes me feel creative.
Plastic Easter Eggs
HOT GLUE - Careful, it sticks to fake nails....
I faced the same styrofoam dilemma, so I pulled out some plastic eggs. I'm pretty sure I have 956 at my house. Stuff the egg to make it firm.
Start on one end and begin to wind the twine on the egg. The twine sticks to the glue even when it cools just a bit.
Keep winding, it only takes a few minutes to get the entire egg covered. (see the glue on the nail?)
These also turned out really cute and only took me a few minutes to make. I love the country look of Easter, these fit in perfect.
Hoppy Easter!


Deb said...

So cute, I think I'm going to try this! I just love decorating for Easter too!

Tausha said...

these turned out so very cute! Genius idea to use the newspaper! I feel honored that you would want make one of my ideas! You did girl! I also love your eggs! Too Cute!

too Blessed to Stress said...

cute cute cute!!! love how you improvised... a girl after my own heart :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

House of Smith's said...

SO cute! Nice idea to use the newspaper!
I just love Tausha! She has such great ideas!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Love those, they look perfect with the bunnies you made. So cute!

Jo said...

How cute! I'm visiting thru the New Friend Friday!

Sandra said...

Great carrots and eggs...the bunnies are cute too. Come stop by when you get a minute.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Oh my goodness. I love, love, love the carrots! I already did the twine eggs (saw them on another site). BTW - I am getting my decorations out this weekend, so you're not the slowest this year! Found you through New Friend Friday

Stephanie @ Minutes to Spare said...

Oh how creative you are. I could not find the styrofoam cones either. Now I am doing this today, because I do have newspaper. Thanks for sharing. Your carrots and eggs are so cute. I found you through new friends Friday and wouldn't have seen this post had you not put it on the mclinky, so I an glad you didn't read correctly;).

Erynne said...

these are so cute! i can't wait to try them!

Anonymous said...

Very Cute! Found you on New Friend Friday.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Kerstin,

You are so clever...the carrots are just fabulous and the twine eggs are so unique...I'm going to feature your blog link for the carrot and eggs from my blog today...will be adding it in a few minutes to my Friday post for *Altered Hearts" digital free images and New Friend Friday.

Please do come by for a visit when you have a moment...I'd love to share with you. ♥

Have a lovely day,
Stephanie ♥

Julie said...

So cute! Visiting from New Friend Friday!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Loving this! I will feature it at

Denise said...

Stopping by from New Friend Friday! Love this!

Cap Creations said...

Great job on your first tutorial! Love it! Hi from new friend friday! Come by and say hi!

Shayna Mills said...

I'm from New Friend Friday, I'm so late this week but so glad I caught up and found you. Now following your so very cute blog. Love the carrots and eggs and looking forward to reading more here. Hope you stop by.

One Life Many Journeys said...

That is so cute! I must make me some for next year. Thanks for commenting!

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