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Maz Makes… Eggshell Crafts With a Twist!

Maz Makes… Eggshell Crafts With a Twist!

Looking for quirky Easter egg crafting ideas that are a little different, this Easter? Then you’ll just love Maz’s latest crafty contribution! Taking a slight detour from the traditional Easter eggshell journey, Maz has created a stunning mosaic effect photo frame with an eggstraordinary twist! […]

Mich Turner’s Tempting Easter Biscuits

Mich Turner’s Tempting Easter Biscuits

Whether you’ll be entertaining friends this weekend, or simply making the most of the bank holiday and spending some quality time with the family, we’ve a way to make it even more special… these fantastic Easter biscuits! Another treat from the incredibly talented Mich Turner, […]

Maz Makes… Designer-Inspired Decorated Eggs!

Maz Makes… Designer-Inspired Decorated Eggs!

Did you read Maz’s last post, all about her Mackenzie-Childs upcycling exploits? Well the lovely Maz is well and truly smitten with this stylish decor theme – so much so that she’s created a beautiful decorated egg project that you too are bound to fall in love with! Just in time for Easter, these gorgeous eggs are super stylish, and would look fabulous on display all-year-round! Check out Maz’s latest post below, including step-by-step instructions on how you too can create your own designer-effect eggs!

The passion continues unabated – whatever I’m doing, wherever I am, Mackenzie – Childs remains on my mind.  The picture frames in our newly decorated family room are testament to my continued passion for upcycling and, of course, all things Mackenzie –Childs!

Shortly after completing these, I came across some Easter eggs decorated in the Mackenzie-Childs style… which inspired me to try some of my own!

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Here’s How I Did It…

Step 1:

I began by giving some plastic eggs, bought very cheaply on the internet, a coat of white gesso as a base coat.

Step 2:

I then measured out the checks by sticking a strip of low tack masking tape round the middle of the egg, and drawing a pencil line on either side of the tape. Next I measured off another horizontal row either side of the middle row using the tape, ‘pleating’ it in to accommodate the narrowing of the egg. Then, using the tape to measure the width of each block, I marked off horizontal lines along the middle row and then drew a line from the apex points on the top and bottom of the egg to meet each of these blocks.

Step 3:

To make a stand to rest the eggs on while working on the eggs I cut a toilet tissue cardboard roll into rings. After mixing up some pale pink and blue acrylic paint, I painted the checks using a flat brush about as wide as a check. And then, of course, I couldn’t resist making a pair of black and white eggs as well!

Step 4:

As I was pushed for time, I used some floral transfers for the decorations on the eggs. Ideally, I would have gone the traditional decoupage route which would have taken MUCH longer!  I really enjoyed this bit – you can see the cup of coffee in the background… always a sign I am having fun! Instead of the usual Mod Podge, I decided to try varnishing with a crystal clear lacquer. This is because I was not planning to apply the many layers of gloss I would normally use on articles required to be harder-wearing. (Have you seen the new product called ‘Hard Coat’ from Modge Podge which is designed especially for that? I cant wait to try it!)

Step 5:

Three coats later, I was ready to insert some loops into the handy little holes the eggs come with. I used some handy narrow ribbons in matching colours that I cut off from some of my tops (those irritating ones that always poke out at just the wrong moment – I hardly ever use them!) Wrapping a little cellotape around the ends to join them gave me a firm base to thread into the egg and to keep the ribbon in the egg.

Job done, and I am quite chuffed with these!

I hope you have as much fun making yours as I did – let me know if you plan on giving these gorgeous eggs a go in the comments below!

‘til next time,

Maz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Fingerprint Crafts – A Super-Cute Easter Card They’ll Love To Create!

Easter Fingerprint Crafts – A Super-Cute Easter Card They’ll Love To Create!

Are the kids desperate to get creative? Or are you desperate to find fun ways to keep them busy over the Easter break? Either way, this fun Easter fingerprint craft project is just the ticket! Create adorable Easter fingerprint cards with this super-cute, super-quick Easter […]

Easter Egg Cake Ideas: Discover What’s Inside This Eggstraordinary Treat!

Easter Egg Cake Ideas: Discover What’s Inside This Eggstraordinary Treat!

This stunning Easter ‘cake’ packs a seriously tasty surprise… underneath all that stunning icing, this delicous treat from the fabulous Mich Turner is packed with Maltesers, Mini Eggs, marshmallows, biscuits, and chocolate! A fantastic way to spoil the family this Easter, we think this is […]

Stained Glass Easter Egg – Create a Stunning Easter Card That’s Bursting With Colour!

Stained Glass Easter Egg – Create a Stunning Easter Card That’s Bursting With Colour!

Looking for an easy way to add colour and fun to your Easter cards this year? This gorgeous stained glass Easter egg card is just the ticket! Featuring a fun faux stained glass effect, it’s easy to create… and gorgeous to look at, too! Check out the lovely Hannah Oxberry’s step-by-step instructions below, and discover how you too can create a bold and beautiful stained glass Easter egg design to ensure all your Easter cards really stand out from the crowd this year!

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FREE Crafty Maths Boardgame!

FREE Crafty Maths Boardgame!

The bank holiday is coming (hooray) and we know you’ll be looking for fun and crafty ways to entertain the family. We’ve come up with this fun and simple boardgame which will get everyone together! All you need to do is scroll down and download […]

DIY Easter Pinata: Prepare For a Smashing Easter Holiday!

DIY Easter Pinata: Prepare For a Smashing Easter Holiday!

Easter is almost upon us now, and if there are any little ones in your home, they’re bound to be getting excited about the chocolate treats that are on the way! At Create and Craft we love any excuse to get the kids crafting – […]

Behind the Scenes at Totally Beads: Celebrating Two Years at Create and Craft!

Behind the Scenes at Totally Beads: Celebrating Two Years at Create and Craft!

If you’re a jewellery-making fanatic, you’ve probably heard of one of our fantastic suppliers of all things beading – Totally Beads! Well, earlier this year, Sarah Millsop took a sneak-peek behind the scenes to find out exactly what goes on at Totally Beads HQ… and reveals just what an incredible Aladdin’s Cave it really is!

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10 Things You Can Do With Mod Podge [+ Our Top Tips For Mod Podge Success!]

10 Things You Can Do With Mod Podge [+ Our Top Tips For Mod Podge Success!]

What’s so special about Mod Modge? If you’re asking that question, you’re probably relatively new to the fabulous world of Podge! So get comfy and stick the kettle on, because you’re about to discover a whole host of incredible uses for that bottle of Mod […]

Wire Writing Tutorial – Sarah Millsop’s Step-by-Step Guide

Wire Writing Tutorial – Sarah Millsop’s Step-by-Step Guide

Wire writing is a popular form of jewellery-making, as wire is such a versatile medium for jewellery makers and crafters to work with! From making your own clasps, ear wires, connectors and beads, to crafty embellishments and fun little accessories, wire writing opens up a […]

Crafting Trends: Adult Colouring [+ Free Easter Colouring Download!]

Crafting Trends: Adult Colouring [+ Free Easter Colouring Download!]

Once reserved purely for children (and the occasional adult who was roped in to help!) colouring in has taken the adult crafting population by storm in the past few years. Why? Because the power of art therapy is now becoming recognised around the world as a fantastic coping mechanism for the stresses of everyday life!

For the artistically gifted, indulging in a little creativity isn’t quite the daunting prospect that it can be for the rest of us, however. Which is why adult colouring books, tangling sheets, and other guided arts are on the up! You don’t need to be Picasso to sit and while away an afternoon colouring in an existing design… and the benefits are just as good!

Crafting Trends: Colouring In

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Rainbow Easter Card Project [+ Free Download!]

Rainbow Easter Card Project [+ Free Download!]

This bright and beautiful rainbow-coloured Easter card is all you need to add a burst of spring colour to your celebrations this Easter! Featuring enchanting floral embellishment and a gorgeous watercolour background, this pretty Easter card will be loved by young and old alike. Check […]

Easter Basket Craft – With Adorable Easter Bunnies!

Easter Basket Craft – With Adorable Easter Bunnies!

Looking for an adorable way to decorate tabletops and windowsills this Easter? Our Easter Basket Craft Project is just the ticket! Featuring super-cute Easter bunnies atop beautiful Easter eggs, this lovely Easter Basket provides the perfect decoration this spring. And the fantastic thing about creating […]

Stamping Tips and Tricks- Expert Advice For Professional Quality Results

Stamping Tips and Tricks- Expert Advice For Professional Quality Results

Keen to start stamping? Perhaps you’re a beginner to stamping, and not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re just searching for a few stamping tips and tricks to take your stamping from average to awesome? Then you’re in exactly the right place! Expert papercrafter, Sara Naumann, shares her five top stamping tips below, including how to prime your stamp, how to edit your sentiment stamps to create different messages, and more!

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