After our crazy winter, it might seem hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, but it is! We also have an early Easter this year. If you haven’t started any spring crafts yet, our Easter Egg Window Art may well be your perfect first project. Easy to do and with such beautiful results. If you are doing this project with young children, you may want to to help them with the permanent marker, but other than that, it is a fun craft for all ages. As an extra bonus, these cost next to nothing to make. Enjoy!
Make a copy of the egg template on card stock. The card stock makes it easy to trace around.
Decide what size eggs you wish to use. Using the template, cut out the largest egg you wish to paint. Trace around it on butcher paper. Continue cutting and tracing moving to the smallest egg you want to trace. This allows you to use one copy of the pattern to make different sized eggs.
Cut out all the eggs you traced.
Fold one egg in half the long way.
Keep the egg folded. Using a pencil, lightly draw a design for your egg on half of the egg. When you are satisfied with the design, go over the pencil lines with a permanent black marker.
Keeping the egg folded, turn it over so the design you just created is under the unmarked half. The butcher paper is quite translucent and you should easily be able to see the black marks you traced on the first half. Using the black marker, trace your design on the other half. Both sides should be a mirror image of one another.
Using the black marker, outline the outer edge of the egg.
Do the same for all the Easter eggs you wish to paint.
Using water color paints, paint the sections of your egg. You will notice that the front of the egg is more colorful than the back.
After the paint dries, rub a small amount of vegetable oil on the front and back of your circle.
Dab off any extra oil.
You will now notice the paper has become translucent and it is hard to tell the front from the back!
Pick a window that gets lots of sun! To hang on a window, cover one side of your design with rubber cement and press on the window.
Stand back and enjoy the beauty of your Easter Egg Window Art!
This origami paper star tutorial will teach you how to make these beautiful and whimsical mini paper stars. You don’t need much to make the origami Lucky Stars. You can either purchase origami star paper strips that are ready to go, or cut your own.
(Optional: You can write a wish or blessing on the paper strip.)
Begin by creating a loop at one end of your origami paper strip.
Tuck the short end inside to make a loose knot.
Carefully slide the knot down towards the end of the origami paper strip. You want a tail that is only about 2x the width of your paper strip. Flatten the knot into a neat pentagon base shape.
Flip the knot over so that the short end is sticking out from a flat edge. Fold the short end up along the flat edge.
If your short end is longer than twice the width of the strip, trim the end or fold it under.
Tuck the short end under the flap of paper that goes across the pentagon shape.
Flip your knot back over so that the long end is sticking out from a flat edge.
Fold the end up along the flat edge. It should line up neatly with one side of the pentagon base.
Flip the knot over again and repeat. Keep folding the long end along the flat edge of the pentagon base until you reach the end of the strip. (Note: you want the folds to be clean so that you have a well constructed pentagon base, but not super tight.)
If on the final fold, the end of the strip sticks out past the base pentagon, trim or fold under the end of the strip so that it is even with the pentagon base.
Tuck the end under the strip of paper that wraps across the top of the pentagon base.
This completes the folding process.
Origami Paper Star Shaping Directions:
To create the star shape, you need to indent the five edges of the pentagon.
Begin by carefully holding the pentagon star base so that it is between your off hand thumb and index finger so that an edge is facing you.
Carefully use your main hand thumbnail to press the pentagon edge in, directly in the center of a side. Be sure not to squish the pentagon shape with the hand holding it in place.
A crease should form that begins to puff out the center of the pentagon.
Turn and repeat on the four additional sides.
You should now have a origami paper star.
Trouble shooting issues with your origami paper star:
If the mini paper star is not puffing out correctly you may have wrapped the pentagon base too tightly or not aligned all the edges cleanly. Be careful with each and every fold.
Another reason it may not puff out properly is if you are putting too much pressure on one side of the pentagon base when you are creasing the edges. Try to hold it as loosely as possible and only hold it on the edges. If your thumb or finger is on one side of the pentagon it will not puff on that side.
After I put away all the Christmas decorations, what I miss the most are the twinkle lights. January is still a very dark month so I enjoy having a variety of colorful lanterns around the house. This Ombre Rainbow Tissue Paper Lantern is a great kids craft that also looks beautiful in your home. You can reuse any smooth sided jar as the base for this candle holder project making it a great recycled craft.
Ombre Rainbow Tissue Paper Lantern Materials:
Smooth side jar or candle holder (I used a spaghetti sauce jar)
Begin by covering your work surface since this is a messy craft. We used a sheet of wax paper to protect our table.
If you want to create the Ombre Rainbow design, you will want to pre-sort your tissue paper into color piles for easier use. For a truly ombre effect you will want to make sure you have several shades of each color.
Use your sponge brush to apply an even coat of Modpodge to one side of your jar. BTW, I chose to use a matte finish Modpodge for this project. There was a little glue left on my jar from where I removed the sauce label. I didn’t worry about it much since it was going to be completely covered.
Starting around the bottom, add a single row of tissue paper. Slightly overlap the edges of the tissue paper squares. Carefully apply a thin coat of Modpodge over the tissue paper. Do not tear or bunch the tissue paper.
Apply the next color row, overlapping the first row slightly. Again add a light coat of Modpodge before moving onto the next row.
Keep adding one row of color at a time until you reach the top.
Turn your jar around and begin the next side. Match the color rows as you work your way up the jar again. When all the sides are done, let it dry to the touch. You can use a hairdryer to spend up the drying process. Tack down any loose edges and then apply a smooth coat of Modpodge over the whole jar in even strokes.
When your Ombre Rainbow Tissue Paper Lantern is completely dry, add a candle. I like to use battery candles for safety reasons.
Your Ombre Rainbow Tissue Paper Lantern will add a whimsical, magical light to your home.
My Nana’s favorite Christmas cookie has always been Russian Teacakes. When my mom went to visit my Nana last week, she had to make sure to have a double batch of Russian Teacakes to take with her. Also know around here as “Snowballs,” some of you may be familiar with this Russian Teacake Recipe, since we used these tasty treats in our Winter Wonderland unit. Today when I was organizing our Christmas cookie recipes here on Wee Folk Art, I realized that although it is in our unit, we have never shared this recipe directly online. I am fixing that over sight today. Here is our family’s Russian Teacake Recipe!
Russian Teacake Recipe
This recipe makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
Russian Teacake Recipe Ingredients
1 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
2 1/4 c. flour
3/4 c. finely chopped nuts
1/2 c. confectioners sugar
1/4 t. salt
Russian Teacake Recipe Instructions
Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Stir flour and salt together; blend in. Mix in nuts.
Roll dough in 1 inch balls.
Note: Over the years I have found that it is actually easier to roll the dough into balls before chilling. Then I chill the whole cookie sheet of dough balls. If you chill the dough then roll, you have to warm the dough up a bit in your hands first and it is fairly crumbly to work with.
Place the cookie balls on ungreased baking sheet. The cookies do not spread and you can place them fairly close together.
Bake 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree oven or until set but not brown.
Let the cookies sit for a few minutes to cool slightly, but while they are still warm, roll the Russian teacakes in confectioner’s sugar and set on a cooling rack.
Allow the Russian teacakes to cool completely.
Roll them in confectioner’s sugar again. They will now look like sugary, snowballs.
Store in an air tight container so that they do not dry out. They will get crumbly if they are dry.
I found a cute stacked wool felt Christmas tree ornament at a store a few years ago. When people see it, all my friends and family all assume I made it. Although I didn’t make that one, I have always intended to create a similar pattern. Today I’m sharing my version of the Stacked Wool Felt Christmas Tree Ornament.
Stacked Wool Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Materials
Choose an assortment of Christmas colored wool felt sheets. To cut out the wool felt circles, fold over a piece of felt and staple the pattern circle in place. If you fold it you can cut out both felt circles at the same time. You can use packing tape to help hold the pattern piece in place. (Refer to our HOW to CUT OUT FELT guide for more tips).
If you would like your Stacked Wool Felt Christmas Tree Ornament to match ours, cut out:
A: 2 felt circles Dark Green
C: 2 felt circles deep red
E: 2 felt circles medium green
G: 2 felt circles red
I: 2 felt circles light green and 2 felt circles gold
Carefully remove the staples. Use craft glue to glue the matching circles together. This will help give them more structure. Place them under a book until they dry. Do not glue your gold circles together yet.
You will now have 5 double thick felt disks.
Assembling the Stacked Wool Felt Christmas Tree Ornament Directions:
Cut a piece of perle cotton embroidery floss 18 inches long. Thread one bead onto the middle of the floss and tie in place. Double thread your needle so that you are using both ends at the same time.
Add two more beads. Then carefully add the largest felt circle by centering the needle in the middle of the felt disk.
Add two more beads, followed by the next largest felt circle.
Continue adding felt circles and beads until all the felt disks are in place. Fold over the extra thread and knot it so that you have a hanging loop. Try to make the knot as close to the last felt disk as possible.
Optional: Embroider a star design on the small gold felt circles.
Add glue to the back side of one of the gold felt disks. Center it under the loop knot. Align the second gold felt disk on top so that the two gold disks are glued together with the hanging loop in the middle. Trim off any excess threads.
You can now hang your Stacked Wool Felt Christmas Tree Ornament.
This ribbon candy felt ornament with wooden beads came to be because I had a bunch of 1 inch wide felt strips left over from my paper inspired felt onion ornaments. I also had a stash of wooden beads left over from our felt tree garland project.
Cut your felt into 1 inch wide strips. I was playing with spacing and length. The red and white ribbon candy felt ornaments are 8.5 inches long, the green is 9 inches long. I prefer the spacing of the shorter strip.
Make a mark in the center of the felt strip, 1/2 inch in from the edge. Repeat on the other end. Evenly space 5 or 7 more marks along the center of the felt strip. Note: depending on the size of your beads, you may want more or less space between marks. If you adjust the spacing, just remember to have an ODD number of marks so the felt ribbon folding starts in one direction and ends in the other.
If you cut your strip 8.5 inches long, the marks should be 1.25 inches apart.
Cut 18 inches of twine or thick embroidery floss. If you are using embroidery floss, thread it on a needle.
If you are using twine and it won’t fit on a needle, you will need to poke holes in your felt strip prior to beading. Use a yarn needle or other pokey device (I have a great beading tool for this).
Add a bead to the end of the twine and tie off.
Add a second bead.
Using the marks that you made, thread the felt strip onto the twine at the first mark.
Add two more beads.
Thread the twine through the second mark. As you pull the twine tight, fold the felt strip over the two beads that you just added.
Add two more beads.
Thread the twine through the third mark and then fold the felt strip over the beads in the opposite direction. You will be folding the felt back and forth in a way that mimics ribbon candy. Add two more beads. Repeat until you have reached the end of the felt strip.
Add two more beads.
Tie of the excess twine into a hanging loop. Thread the tail of the twine back down through the top two beads if you can.
Trim the twine. Your ribbon candy felt ornament is now ready to hang on your Christmas tree.
Use a variety of colors so each ribbon candy felt ornament is a bit different.
These Cut Away Window Felt Ornaments are a fun craft for adults and kids alike. With just two simple stitches, a bit of craft glue, and a small amount of wool felt, you can play with different shapes to make a bunch of different Cut Away Window Felt Ornaments.
Begin by cutting out 3 base circles of felt. You can you the pattern provided or trace the top of a mason jar lid. You will need two felt circles for the outside and one felt circle that will be seen through the cut away window.
You can trace or draw a window shape onto the top felt circle with the disappearing marker or tape the pattern shape in place.
Fold the felt circle in half and make a small nip with the scissors.
Unfold the felt circle and carefully cut away the window shape by sliding the scissors into the nip that you made. Sharp scissors with a fine point work the best for this step.
Once your cut away window has been completed, cover the back side of the felt circle with craft glue. Be sure to get all the small overhanging felt edges.
Align the window circle on top of the center contrasting circle. Press firmly.
You now have two options; you can either leave the felt window just glued or outline the felt window with hand-stitching.
To hand-stitch around the window shape, use two strands of a contrasting embroidery floss and a back-stitch. Sew in a straight light just slightly bigger than the window shape.
When your Cut Away Window shape layer is complete, use 6 strands of a matching embroidery floss to blanket stitch all three felt circles together.
Stop when you have about an inch left.
Lightly stuff your felt ornament with a small amount of fiber fill or wool bating.
Finish blanket stitching your ornament closed and add a loop for hanging.
Try a variety of different shapes for your Cut Away Window Felt Ornaments.
Here is another easy-to-make felt ornament that was inspired by the popular paper strip ornaments. My girls had a dance convention last weekend and I had lots of sitting around time to get some crafting done. It had to be easy and not require a lot of concentration or supplies. I pre-cut a bunch of green and red felt into 1 inch wide stripes, grabbed my embroidery floss tupperware, scissors, and crafting glue and I was good to go. I made several of these Paper Strip Inspired Felt Ornaments while sitting on the floor of the convention center lobby, chatting with other moms.
Use a rotary cutter to cut your felt into 1 inch wide strips. For my ornaments I used darker colors on the outside and used progressive lighter colors working towards the middle of the felt ornament. You will need two matching felt strips that are 6.25 inches long, two matching felt strips that are 5.5 inches long, two matching felt strips that are 4.75 inches long, and one final felt strip that is 4.25 inches long.
If you would like to add embellishments, embroider a design on the longest set of strips. I added a basic zig-zag pattern in a contrasting thread. To do this mark dots along one side of the strip about 3/4 of an inch apart. Mark dots along the opposite side of the strip in the middle of the first set of dots.
Use a back stitch to connect the dots back and forth.
Assemble the felt strips together. Cover the inside edge of the strip with about a 1/2 inch of glue.
Add the strips in this order: 6.25, 5.5, 4.75, 4.25, 4.75, 5.5, 6.25. Be sure to align the tops squarely.
Once the top of all the strips are aligned and glued, flip the ornament around and repeat on the bottom edge. This time the strips will begin to bow out making an onion shape.
Hold the ends together until the glue sets.
Add a loop of thread to the top of the ornament to hang it.