Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Egg Garland

Easter is upon us. The Spring decorations and goodies are simply delightful.

From decorating Eggs, to the delicious Marshmallow Peeps. Visit Peeps where you can find Fun Facts, Recipes and other Fun Activities.

My Easter Egg Garland is made up of Easter Eggs with Marshmallow Peeps and Carrots in between.

  • Worsted Weight Yarn in 3-4 colors for the Eggs, Yellow/Black for the Peeps and Orange/Green for the Carrots
  • Size H Crochet Hook
  • Size J Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle

ch - chain
sc - Single Crochet
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet
tr - triple crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch tog - together

Easter Eggs:
  1. With small hook make a Magic Circle or ch 4 and join with a sl st to 1st ch to form a ring.
  2. Make 10 sc in ring, sl st to first sc to join.
  3. Ch 2, Make 1 dc in join. Make 2 dc in next 2 sc, 3 tr in next sc, 2 dc in next 3 sc, (1 dc, 1 hdc) in next 2 sc, sl st to first dc to join.
  4. Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sc, 2 hdc in next 2 sc, 3 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next 2 st, hdc in next 4 st, 2 hdc in next sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next sc, dc in next 6 sts, sl st to first dc.
  5. Fasten off and weave ends.

    With small hook, Chain 2.
  1. Row 1: make 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn
  2. Row 2: make 2 sc in first sc. Ch 1, turn
  3. Row 3: make 2 sc in each of next 2 sc. Ch 1, turn
  4. Row 4: sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
  5. Row 5: make 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn.
  6. Row 6: sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn.
  7. Row 7: make 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
  8. Row 8: sc in each sc across.Ch 1, turn.
  9. Row 9: make 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc. Ch 1, turn.
  10. Row 10: sc in next 10 sc. Ch 1, turn.
  11. Row 11: sc next 2 sc tog, sc in next 6 sc, sc next 2 sc tog. Ch 1, turn.
  12. Row 12: sc next 2 sc tog*, repeat * across.
  13. Fasten off and weave ends.
Carrot Leaves (3):
  1. Join Orange yarn on left corner of carrot top with a sl st.
  2. Ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 2 ch, sl st in last ch, sl st in previous join.
  3. Ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 3 chs, sl st in last ch, sl st in same join as before.
  4. Ch 4, sl st to 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch, sl st in same join as before.
  5. Fasten off and weave ends.

For the Marshmallow Peeps I used a pattern I found on Whiskers & Wool, "Easter Marshmallow Bunnies". I replaced the black beads with black yarn and Embroidery French Knots. Check out this French Knot how-to-video, if you decide to try to make the Embroidery French Knots.

  1. With large hook and 2 strands of yarn held together, Chain 8, sl st to first ch to create the first hanging loop.
  2. Ch 10 and sc into the middle-top of first Egg.
  3. Continue adding the Easter Eggs, Peeps and Carrots in this manner, with ch 10 in between. My Garland's arrangement consisted of 3 Easter Eggs, 1 Carrot, 1 Peep, 1 Carrot... ending with 3 Easter Eggs.
  4. To finish the Garland, ch 18, sl st in 8th ch from hook to create the second hanging loop.

Your Easter Garland is ready to be showcase. My Carrots did not turn out thin and long, but we can always benefit from a Healthy looking Carrot.....

Happy Easter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Pinspired Rewired Wreath Challenge

I recently joined the new Blog Series;  Pinspired Rewired Pinterest Challenge.

The Hosts of this awesome challenge are:

Southern Lovely, Family Ever After Ginger Snap Crafts The Gunny Sack

This month's Theme is Wreaths. My inspiration came from a Wreath I Pinned from the wonderful Tutorial of Debbie Does Creations and modified it by adding more Tulle Colors and Wrapping the Wreath Form. For the embellishments, I Decoupage Polyfoam Eggs with Mod Podge, Tissue Paper and Glitter, along with a Glittered Butterfly Wood Shape.

  • 12" Wreath Form
  • Tulle - 4 or 5 colors
  • Decorative Scarfing Ribbon, I used 4.5" - to wrapp Wreath Form
  • Polyfoam Eggs
  • Wood Shapes
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Small Headpins
  • Wooden Skewers
  • Tissue Paper in solid and print colors of your choice
  • Fine Glitter
  • Hot Glue Gun

  1. Cut Tulle into 12" strips. I choose six Tulle colors and cut 11 strips of each.
  2. Wrap Wreath form with Decorative Scarfing Ribbon, secure with small headpins.

  3. Tie Tulle strips around Wreath form.
  4. Decoupage Eggs:
  5. Cut or tear small pieces of Tissue Paper. I made my Decoupage eggs using solid colors and cutting motifs from the print tissue paper. I found the Easter print paper at Walmart.
  6. Insert a Skewer inside the egg. The Skewer will form a handle to hold the egg while you add the Mod Podge and Tissue Paper.
  7. Using the Foam Brush, apply Mod Podge around the egg. Add pieces of Tissue Paper overlapping each piece. Add more Mod Podge and smooth wrinkles. Keep adding tissue pieces to get the color intensity you desire.
  8. Give the entire egg another coat of Mod Podge.
  9. Sprinkle Glitter all over the eggs and place inside a jar to dry overnight.
  10. If using Wood Shapes; apply Mod Podge and Sprinkle Glitter; let dry.
  11. Finishing:
  12. Add Decoupage Eggs and any other Embellishments to Wreath using Hot Glue.
Your Wreath is Finished and ready to enjoy.

Happy Easter!!!

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