13 Easter Projects

Easter is early this year, but there is still plenty of time to make any of these fun Easter projects!

Easterprojects

1. Peep Bath Buddy
2. Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Ring
3. “Antique” Silver Bunny
4. Knit Bunny Hat
5. Knit Bunny Peep
6. Knit Chocolate Bunny
7. “Antique” Silver Eggs
8. Knit Ducklings/Peeps
9. Peep Gift Card Holder
10. Appliquéd Egg Napkins
11. Pom-pom Bunnies
12. Pop Art Peeps Pillows
13. Faux Milk Glass Eggs

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Iron Craft ’16 Challenge #5 – Tiny Knit Bunny Couple

Oh, I had so much fun over the last week working on the Iron Craft Teeny, Tiny challenge. You know how much a like working with thin yarn and tiny needles, so this week I created a very tiny bunny couple knit with leftover Knit Picks Gloss Lace on size 000/1.5mm needles.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny Couple
How tiny are they? Well, Doe, the girl bunny, comes in at 1 3/4″ tall. Her Buck is just 2″. I wanted them to be small enough to fit inside a plastic egg. For scale here is a naked(!) bunny in my hand.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny CoupleMarch 4
They are each dressed in their Easter Sunday best and have tiny accessories. Doe wears a sundress with a gathered skirt and has an Easter basket filled with eggs.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny Couple
Buck wears a vest and bowtie and brings along a carrot for a snack.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny Couple
Now, you don’t have to be as insane as me and knit these up so tiny. The pattern will work with any weight yarn, the bigger the yarn, the bigger the bunny. Just make sure you use the same weight yarn and needles for the whole project. I tested it with fingering weight Knit Picks Palette on size 1/2.25mm needles. The girl bunny in this weight comes in at 2.5″ tall.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny CoupleMarch 4
She still fits in a large plastic egg, but Buck would need his own.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge 5 - Tiny Knit Bunny Couple
The pattern has all the information to make Doe, Buck, their clothing and accessories.

Tiny Knit Bunny Couple

**There was an error in rows 3 and 5 of the head for both the boy and girl. New versions of the pdf were uploaded on 3/17/16.
Download the Tiny Bunny Couple Pattern. There is a lot of information in this pdf, so it is seven pages and does include some pictures as guides.

If you don’t want pictures, download the Tiny Bunny Couple Pattern (No pictures). It is still seven pages but it only has one picture which was necessary for explanation.

Supplies:

  • 6g/52yrds cream (MC), 1.6g/14yds dress, 2g/16yrds blue (CC), 1g/8yrd grey (I used Knit Picks Gloss Lace Weight in bare natural, marina, fiesta and sterling)
  • Scrap yarn the same weight in various colors or more cream yarn and acrylic paints
    Four double-pointed needles in the appropriate weight for your yarn (I used 000 for lace weight and 1 for fingering.)
  • Four double-pointed needles, two sizes bigger than the ones you are using for the rest of the project (Only needed if you are knitting up the basket.)
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing
  • Black and pink embroidery thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Small paintbrush (optional)

Gauge: Gauge is not important for this project. Just make sure you are knitting a tight fabric so the stuffing doesn’t show through. (My gauge was 14 stitches and 16 rows per inch in lace and 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch in fingering.)

This pattern had only been tested by me. If you find any errors please let me know.

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Thirteen Crafty Easter Projects

Easterprojects
1. Peep Bath Buddy
2. Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Ring
3. “Antique” Silver Bunny
4. Knit Bunny Hat
5. Knit Bunny Peep
6. Knit Chocolate Bunny
7. “Antique” Silver Eggs
8. Knit Ducklings/Peeps
9. Peep Gift Card Holder
10. Appliquéd Egg Napkins
11. Pom-pom Bunnies
12. Pop Art Peeps Pillows
123. Faux Milk Glass Eggs

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Iron Craft ’15 Challenge #4 – Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings

For this Iron Craft challenge we are dreaming of spring. I didn’t plan on doing an Easter project, but I was inspired to make some cute little napkin rings for Easter.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
These napkin rings were relative simple to put together and are made from empty toilet paper rolls. It may seem like a toilet paper tube isn’t sturdy enough, but once the glue holding the burlap on dries, these are quite firm. I love the look of the natural burlap, it is so great with the whites and springy colors of an Easter table.

Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings

Supplies:

  • 1 toilet paper tube per napkin ring
  • ruler
  • exacto knife
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • burlap
  • tacky glue
  • thread to match burlap
  • thin, sharp hand sewing needle

1. Cut a 1″ wide ring from the end of the toilet paper tube. I found an exacto knife was the easiest way to do this without crushing the tube too much.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
2. Open up the remainder of the tube so you have a flat piece of cardboard.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Draw a bunny ear shape on one side of that cardboard. Mine was about 3″ high and 1″ wide at it’s biggest. Draw tab at the bottom of the ear. Cut that ear out and use it as a pattern to make a second one from the remaining cardboard.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
3. Cut a rectangle of burlap to cover the 1″ tube inside and out, about 2.5″ by 5.75 (I am assuming most tubes are the same size. You may want to measure yours.)
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Put glue on the outside of the tube, getting from side to side, and glue the burlap around the outside of the tube. You want the tube in the middle of the burlap strip so there is overhang on each side. Overlap the ends glueing them securely.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Put glue on the inside of the tube and fold over both sides of the burlap. Secure or cut off any loose pieces. Let dry.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
4. Cover one side of the ear pieces with glue, make sure to get all the way to the edges. Place on a piece of burlap. Let dry a little and cut out.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Repeat for the other side of the ears. Let dry.

5. With the thread and sewing needle, whip stitch around the edges of the ears. You could skip this step, but I found it helped keep the edges from fraying.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
6. Fold tab on the bottom of the ears. Place the tab inside the tube and sew into place. They will be floppy.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Make the ears stand up straighter by bringing the needle and thread up through the tab of the ear and close to the edge of the tube. Then bring it back through the ear just above the tube and tighten. Do this three or four times across the base of the ear.
Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings Iron Craft '15 Challenge #4 - Burlap Bunny Ear Napkin Rings
Add a drop or two of glue to the tab of the ear that is inside the tube to hold it securely in place once the ears are sewn on. Let everything completely dry.

Now go and set a beautiful Easter table!

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Iron Craft ’14 Challenge #8 – Individual Bunny Cakes

This wasn’t the project I planned on making for the Spring challenge, but between traveling and holiday guests it was the only one that happened. My sister’s family came to our house for Easter and the one request was that we have a bunny cake for dessert. The easy way out would have been to buy one at the grocery store, but I thought it would be more fun to make our own. Plus I thought decorating their own individual bunny cakes would be a great activity for my eight-year old nephews.
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The cakes came out NOTHING like I imagined they would. I had envisioned cute little blue jelly bean eyes, red licorice whiskers and sprinkles polka dot eyes. The boys on the other hand had very different ideas of how their bunnies should look. Still they had a blast making them and that was the whole point.

Individual Bunny Cakes

I made individual cakes, but you could make these any size.

Supplies:

  • 4″ cake tins with straight sides (I found them at Jo-Anns)
  • 1 box cake mix (You can get approximately 8 mini cakes from one box if you fill the tins 1/2 full, depending on the size of your cake tins of course.)
  • sharp knife
  • icing (One can of icing was enough for two bunnies, four cakes. I found the Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting was easy to use and really pure white.)
  • knife for frosting
  • red or pink food coloring
  • candies for decorating (I put out sprinkles, jelly beans, thin licorice and colored sugar.)

1. Bake the cakes and let them cook completely. Leave a whole round cake for each bunny face. For each face, cut another cake like the pictures below to create ears and a bow tie.
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #8 - Individual Bunny Cakes Iron Craft '14 Challenge #8 - Individual Bunny Cakes

2. Frost the cakes. I found it easiest to frost the face section first, then place the place the ears and bow tie in place and frost them. I made a mess of the place, but cleaned it up easily with a wet paper towel.
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #8 - Individual Bunny Cakes Iron Craft '14 Challenge #8 - Individual Bunny Cakes
Save a little of the frosting for the inside of the ears. Dye that frosting pink and use a knife to put it on the middle of the ears.

3. Let the kids go crazy with the decorations (or do the decorating yourself).
Iron Craft '14 Challenge #8 - Individual Bunny Cakes

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Easter at Kat’s House

Yesterday, I was asked to show all my Easter decorations up and around my house. I am hosting some of my family for Easter this year, but I have kept the decorations pretty low-key (especially compared to how I do Christmas). You’ve seen most of these projects made this year, but here they are all together.
Easter decorations
In the center of my dining room table I used some of my antiqued silver eggs. I put them in a bowl with some florist moss, which is so messy, but has such a great natural look. I put all of this under a bell jar. My bell jar didn’t have a base, so I decided to make one myself (details to come).
Footed Bowl
My antiqued silver bunny lives on my mantle with the footed bowl I made filled with eggs.
Easter decorations
I’ve also added a selection of vases in silver and light colors to the other side of the mantle. I pick up pieces like this whenever they catch my eye at places like Target and Ikea. They are usually pretty cheap.
Easter decorations
My paper cherry trees add a little spring to the top of the bookshelf in the kitchen. I think a mason jar terrarium is perfect for the kitchen.
Easter decorations
Finally in the entrance way, I’ve filled my pig planter with some natural colored Easter grass and colored mercury glass eggs. The eggs are actually tree ornaments I found at Jo-ann for half price!

I may try to do one more my project for my gallery wall before Easter if time allows. Other than that I’ll be baking up some bunny cakes for the visiting nephews.

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Project: More Tin Foil Antiquing

This is a follow-up to the post a did a couple weeks ago on how to make antiqued silver eggs using tin foil and black paint. A lot of people were very excited with the technique and talked about using it to antique other things like Christmas ornaments and frames. I had also planned on using the technique on something bigger than an egg, so I thought I share the results and some tips with all of you. (I am not going to go step by step through the process to do the tin foil antiquing in this post as it is the same as in the egg post.)
Antiqued Silver Bunny
The item I picked up to antique was a bunny statue. It was about seven inches tall and shiny, white ceramic. It was really cheap at Target and had a few flaws in the finish which made it a good candidate for refinishing.
Antiqued Silver Bunny
The first thing I was concerned about was whether or not the tin foil would stick to the shiny ceramic. I tried sanding the finish down, but couldn’t get any of the shine off, so I just went ahead with gluing the tin foil pieces on.
Antiqued Silver Bunny
I found that yes the pieces of tin foil will slide around, especially when you are buffing them out. It was much better to let it dry overnight and then buff everything. That way I wasn’t having to go back and fix moved, or even worse ripped, pieces.
Antiqued Silver Bunny
Buffing was a little trickier on the bunny because it wasn’t just a flat surface like the egg. I tried using a soft brush, but it really left a lot of scratches on the foil that I didn’t care for. I found that using a the round tip of a metal crochet needle worked really well for getting into details like eyes and toes. I also did a lot of buffing by just rubbing the bunny with a soft cloth and a little pressure. It takes some time to get right, but remember the finished product is supposed to look like an old hammered silver, so you want some texture too it.
Antiqued Silver Bunny
The painting step was also a little tricker to get to look right. First of all, I had used some bigger pieces of foil on the back of the bunny, 1 inch instead of 1/2 inch like I used on the eggs. This left less crevices for the paint to fill and the back looked less antiqued than other parts of the bunny. Secondly, I used Martha Stewart acrylic paint which ended up being a lot thicker than the Creamcoat paint I had used before. The Martha Stewart paint is thicker and was harder to wipe off evenly. I ended up using a wet cloth to wipe it down and watering the paint down for later coats. Lastly, it took me four or five applications to get an antiqued look I liked compared to the two it took on the eggs. It was just harder to get a larger surface to look evenly antiqued. Plus there were the detailed carvings on the bunny which required a little more attention to get right.

All and all, this was still a relatively easy project with a high impact result. I’m already dreaming on things this technique will look beautiful on for Christmas.

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14 DIY Project for Easter

Easter is right around the corner! I’m hosting this year, so that has me thinking about all sorts of DIY projects for the table and around the house. Here’s a few we’ve done in years past.

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1. Antiqued Silver Eggs 2. Knit Chocolate Bunny 3. Peeps Bath Buddy
4. Pop Art Peeps Pillows 5. Knit Bunny Hat
6. Egg Napkin Rings 7. Peep Gift Card Holder 8. Knit Easter Peeps
9. Egg Placecard Holders 10. Pom-Pom Bunnies 11. Knit Bunny Peep
12. Appliquéd Egg Napkins 13. Doodle Eggs 14. Faux Milk Glass Eggs

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Project: Antiqued Silver Eggs

I was playing around in my craft room the other day trying to think of a way to make gilded eggs with what I had on hand. Then I realized I didn’t want golden gilt, I wanted silver eggs. A couple hours later, I had these.
Antiqued Silver Eggs
Oh my gosh, I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out. Who would have thought I could get a look of hammered, antique silver with just plastic eggs, tin foil and black paint?! They’ll be a great centerpiece for my Easter table.
Antiqued Silver Eggs

Antiqued Silver Eggs

Update 3/2/15: I’ve tried this technique on a couple of different things since this post, a bunny statue and clay icicles. It worked well on both, but it is a little tricker to get something with lots of indents and such in it as smooth and antiqued as easily. I have some tips on the post about the bunny.

Supplies:

  • plastic, paper maché or wooden egg (The eggs I used are plastic but have a matte finish making them feel like real eggs. I found the glue stuck to them really well.)
  • tin foil
  • glue, I used tacky glue
  • black acrylic paint

Tools:

  • small paint brush
  • something smooth and round like a knitting needle or chopstick (you want something really smooth so it doesn’t scratch the foil)
  • paper towels

1. Tear the tin foil into small pieces, about 1/2 inch in size. (You can make the pieces smaller or larger if you wish, but keep in mind the black paint will sit in the edges, so bigger pieces will give you less lines and smaller pieces will give you more.) Make sure to rip off the zig-zag edge where the foil is ripped from the roll.
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2. Use a small paintbrush and cover the dull side of one tin foil piece at a time with a thin coat of glue. Make sure to get glue on the edges and into the corners. Place the tin foil piece glue side down onto the egg. Press into place. Continue adding pieces overlapping so no egg shows through.
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3. After you have a few pieces of tin foil on and they have had a few minutes to set, use the knitting needle or chopstick to smooth down the tin foil. It will not be perfect, but smoother than before. Don’t worry if some glue oozes out, you’ll clean it off later.
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You can see the difference before and after smoothing here. It takes a little time to get the hang of it, but the look is worth it.
Antiqued Silver Eggs
Continue steps 2 and 3 until the egg is covered and as smooth as you like.

4. Dampen a piece of paper towel with water and wash off any excess glue.

5. Dip a small piece of paper towel into the black paint. Rub onto the foil covered egg and then quickly rub off just leaving a little in between the pieces of foil and other scratches.
Antiqued Silver Eggs
Play with adding more and wiping more off until you get as much black as you want. I went around the eggs twice with the black paint, wiping it off between laters, to get the antique look I liked.

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Iron Craft ’13 Challenge #6 Round Up II

It’s more Peep love from the Iron Crafters!

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Challenge #6 - Peep, Peep, Peep. - Peeps finger puppet Iron Craft Challenge #6
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Iron Craft #6 Iron Craft Challenge #6: Peeps
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IC6: Peeps!

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

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