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Two Simple Easter Decor Items You Can DIY

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Posted on April 6, 2023 by Jennifer Carroll
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I love the seasons that roll around every year. We live in Southwest Florida so I can’t pretend that we have seasonal changes in the weather. It’s hot and then it gets hotter! So instead of getting excited about the possibility of snow or looking forward to a mild spring, I mark the change in seasons with a few décor pieces for my home.

My husband would never testify to this but I really don’t like a cluttered space, so just a few subtle reminders of the season are good enough for me.

This year I’m looking for easy projects that don’t require a trip to the store. I am working just with the supplies that I have on hand.

Here is the supply list. Just use it for reference and challenge yourself to make something similar with just what you might have in your craft stash.

Supplies:

  • Curtain Rings
  • Flour Sack Towel
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl Sheets
  • Hot Glue
  • Twine

I’ve found dozens of curtain rings in varying sizes throughout the years. I pick them up every time I see them at the thrift store. They are the perfect size for Christmas ornaments and with that in mind I decided to make what I call blanket ladder ornaments. Blankets or farmhouse ladders are decorative elements that we see featured at shows all the time. People ask what they are supposed to put on them besides the obvious blanket or two. So, I’ll be prepared to offer these ladder ornaments at our next show.

Easy Step-by-Step Process

I used two curtain rings for each set of these. I started by either painting them or sanding the paint that was already there to make a distressed finish.

I prefer the distressed method over painting a few dozen of these. I did paint a few with gray chalk paint.

While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I selected a few images that I like from Creative Fabrica. CF is just the best place to find graphics for any project you may be considering. They are all formatted for ease of use and the themes are relevant. I chose these little bunnies from one of my favorite artists right here on Creative Fabrica.

To print my images, I just took them into the word processing program that I use and I resized them so that they would be framed by the curtain rings. I also flipped them horizontally so that they were a mirror image.

To apply the images to the flour sackcloth, I used my regular household iron. I use an old wood cutting board covered with a pillowcase instead of an ironing board because that is what the directions on the paper say to do.

First, cut around the image as tightly as you can then place the image facedown on the cloth. Use the hot iron to press the image onto the cloth according to the directions on the paper package. I use this paper that I got on Amazon. I fit as many images as I can on each page and plan my projects ahead.

To finish these simply add hot glue to the back of your curtain rings then place them over your image so that the circle is centered over the picture. Press down and when the glue has dried, trim the edges of the cloth around the ring.

I chose not to add embellishments to mine, just a twine bow. I tied two of them together with jute string and they are currently displayed on my blanket ladder.

Project Two

Supplies:

  • A cutting board
  • Waterslide paper
  • Embellishments
  • Rope

For the next project, you can use a premade product like I am or you can start from scratch. I am using this decorative cutting board that I picked up at Dollar Tree. I have seen similar ones at Dollar General and Walmart.

To be honest these boards are fine just the way they are but I think we can make them better with graphics from Creative Fabrica.

I found this bunny in a basket of Easter eggs. I printed it out on waterslide paper, then sprayed it with acrylic sealer. If you don’t have waterslide paper you can print your image on tissue paper and then use mod podge to transfer the image to your board.

I decided that I wanted my upcycled board to be more three-dimensional so I pried the little sign off of the board using a putty knife. I put it aside and worked on the board first.

I made the back of the board my new front since it was already smooth. I used mod podge to adhere a piece of scrapbook paper then I let it dry. I trimmed the paper close to the edges of my board then I used sandpaper to make a clean edge. This is a great way to finish a piece when you are using paper to decoupage. The sandpaper creates an edge that makes the paper look like it was always there.

Then my board was ready. To prepare the little sign that I pulled off, I painted over the image that was there then I applied the image that I had printed on the waterslide paper. Waterslide paper is easy to use. Simply follow the instructions that come in the package. If you need visual instructions, here is a video that might help.

After your image is transferred, let it dry then spray it again with acrylic sealer.

I wanted my sign to be raised from the board, so used pieces of cork in each corner to glue it back onto the board. This allowed space to fit the flowers and greenery behind the sign.

To finish this piece I added a rope hanger. I took a three-corded rope that came from Dollar Tree and separated the cords. I used one as a hanger, then I tied a simple shoestring bow to add a finishing touch.

I love the way these simple projects turned out. Until next time – happy crafting!

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