DIY Ideas For Fun Easter Crafts!
Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! Easter is such a grand holiday of family togetherness and celebration. Today we thought it would be fun to get you in the Easter spirit with some bright and cheerful DIY crafts and tutorials! We will be sharing a gorgeous Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. Plus we have a very special Place in Time Easter layout and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Inspiration is blooming like Easter lilies on today's Graphic 45 blog! But first we want to remind you all about this week's blog contest! You can enter to win this fabulous French Country prize by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment this week! A random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on this Friday's blog! So stay tuned!
First up we have this beautiful Secret Garden card and sketch by Kristin Wilson. True, this is a birthday card. But like all cards you can use the marvelous Sentiments page from Place in Time or Alphabet Stickers from Secret Garden to create your own custom Easter or springtime greeting! And of course this card is the perfect way to brighten a loved one's birthday! Secret Garden gives you endless possibilities for incredible spring-inspired crafts! Create a pretty handmade card for someone you love this Easter by following Kristin's fun and easy sketch!
Graphic 45: Secret Garden Collection Papers,
Cardstock Stickers, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Punches, Stamp
Melissa Frances: Key Hole
Jenny Bowlin: Butterfly Stick Pin
Craft Store: Doily
Next we have this superb Place in Time Easter creation by Clare Charvill! She has made a magnificent Easter layout that is just perfect for immortalizing your joyful Easter memories! Follow along in Clare's step-by-step tutorial to create this incredible LO that will last a lifetime! Take it away, Clare!
12 x 12 Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest - Once upon a Springtime
Stamped Metal Brad & Ornate metal key – Graphic 45 Staples collection
12 x 12 Easel Album from the Graphic 45 Staples range
Card stock moss green
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Imaginarium Designs flourishes, bird cage, butterflies and alpha pieces
Dylusions Spray Ink - Melted Chocolate
Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Ocean Sunlight
Want2Scrap green bling & green silk MayArts ribbon
Movers and Shapers mini bunny and bow
Art Glitter copper and pale green
Tacky Glue,Foam Tape, Glossy Accents & Double sided tape
April is a lovely time of the year when all the little animals wake up from their wintery slumber, birds charm us with their cheerful songs, the greens on the trees are fresh and bright, spring is in the air, and we almost always celebrate Easter. These are the thoughts that inspired my 12 x 12 layout.
I used the April Foundation and April Cut Apart papers from a Place in Time, Butterfly Kisses and Enchanted Forrest from Once upon a Springtime and Parlor Wall from Olde Curiosity Shoppe (butterfly). All paper edges are inked with vintage photo distress ink before being stuck down.
Taking the 12 x 12
Butterfly Kisses paper, and with the stripes running towards you cut ¼” off
each side and 1/2 “ off the bottom. Put double sided tape around edges on the
reverse side, remove backing paper and stick down to calendar page positioning
it with an even border around all edges.
The take the April
Foundation page and using a ruler and craft knife carefully cut a 1” border
starting from the “l” of the April to the top right hand corner, down the right
hand side to the point that the detail starts in the bottom right hand
corner. The start again from the little
blue butterfly (bottom right, to the left hand corner and up to the start of the
page detail top left.
Then take a pair of small scissors and carefully cut around the page detail in the top left and bottom right corners leaving a 1/8” border.
Fold top right and bottom left corners diagonally and cut along fold line.
Put double sided tape on the reverse side of the two foundation page pieces. Working with one of the pieces, remove backing paper to within two inches of the corner. This gives space to work on mitering the corners before sticking them down. Repeat for the second piece and then stick both pieces over the top of the base paper leaving ¼” border around all edges. Take a ruler place it diagonally across the overlapping corners and draw a pencil line.
line and then cut off the triangular edge sticking out to make your neat
Now cut two corner
borders from 12 x 12 Enchanted Forrest paper.
The first, for the
top right corner of the layout should measure 6” by 6”. Put double-sided tape on the reverse side,
peel off backing paper. Cut into the foundation border, ½” up from the “L” in
the word April, and tucking the end of the border underneath stick over the top
of the foundation border ¼” in from the border pattern.
To finish corner add green corner from sticker sheet. Cut the second border piece for the bottom left of the page 5” high and 7” wide. Put double sided tape on the reverse, remove backing paper and stick down ¼” in from the border pattern on the foundation border. Add second green corner from sticker sheet to finish.
Next make the mounts from the 12 x 12 April Cut Apart paper.
Cut out the postcard, fold in
half and cut in two. Cut out the blue
flower boy. Cut a piece of white cardstock 2 3/8” x 2” and ink with walnut
stain distress ink. Turn the cut apart
sheet over cut a blue spotty mat 2 ¾” x 2 ¼”.
Layer pieces together.
With green stripes horizontal trim
down the mat to 2 ½” high. Stick down
the blue flower boy mat leaving ¼” border on right hand edge.
Then stick down the section lining up the right hand edge with the edge of the cream foundation border and covering the end of the green floral border.
For the photo mat in the
centre of the layout cut a 7” x 5” mat from Butterfly Kisses, 6 ½” x 4 ½” from
green card stock and 4 x 6” from the discarded centre of the April foundation
I used my photo corner slot punch to make slots on the middle-sized mat. Use double sided tape to stick the three pieces together. Put double sided tape on the back of the larger mat and stick down 2 ¾” from the top of the page and 3 ½” in from the left hand edge, tucking the bottom mat under the A and P of the word April.
Cut out two chipboard bunnies and bows from the mover and shaper mini bunny & bow set. Putting the bows aside spray the bunnies, birdcage, flourishes and alpha pieces with Dylusions melted chocolate spray ink and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick the large flourish over the centre photo mat, the small mat over the blue flower boy mat.
Spray two chipboard butterflies with Ocean Sunlight Cosmic Shimmer Mist. Set aside to dry. Cover the bunny bows with a thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle pale green glitter over both. Leave to dry. Work some Walnut Stain distress ink to the back edges of both bunnies, and stick the bows in place.
Cut the blue border from
the cut apart 12 x 12 paper, put double sided tape on the reverse side, remove
the backing paper and stick across the bottom of the layout at 3 3.4” from the
left edge, and ¼” up from the bottom. Place alpha pieces into position and
stick down and then add a bunny at each corner of the layout.
From the cut apart sheet cut
a 31/2” strip of the bunny border and the whole April border. Cut the April
border in half and punch decorative edge along one side of each piece. Put
double sided tape on reverse side of the bunny border and stick the two blue
border pieces to it. Turn over and stick to layout 6” up from the left hand bottom
edge, covering the end of the green border.
Take the bird chipboard
piece and stick to the back of the birdcage. Cover the swirls on the birdcage
with a very thin layer of tacky glue and sprinkle over bronze glitter. Leave to
dry. Punch a hole through the bottom of
the birdcage and chipboard piece, and using a jump ring add an ornate metal
key. Put tacky glue on the back of the
chipboard piece and slide the birdcage under the April wording and flower spray,
top left of the layout, lining the bottom of the cage up with the bottom of the
border you’ve just added. Stick a tiny
ribbon bow to the daffodil stems and then put a little tacky glue under the
stems and the bottom of the A, hold down until paper is stuck down.
Take the little boy and girl stickers, stick pink over blue as shown in the picture, put strips of foam tape on the back, peel off backing paper and stick down on layout, over the bottom left corner of the bird cage and bunny border.
To finish off the layout,
cut a tiny blue butterfly out from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick
this, and the two chipboard butterflies to the floral decoration in the top
left of the layout. Add glossy accent
detail to the April word and swirls. Add bling around the page and to the large
flourish and a stamped metal brad to the small flourish.
I hope you have as much fun as I did making this page layout yourself!
We want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us today! We hope you got some great ideas for your Easter crafting! We will have more fabulous ideas and fun for all of you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Kristin Wilson and Clare Charvill for their beautiful work today! Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today! Enjoy your day, G45ers!
Your Pals in Paper,
Team Graphic 45