BURLAP Easter Wreath DIY

 Here is a cute Easter wreath that you can do with  just about $6 or $7.
All supplies came from the Dollar Mart except for the $5.00 roll of burlap that I found at the 
Dollar General Store.
 The Easter egg shaped cardboard cutout was a $1.00 at the Dollar Mart.
I bought spoons there too, but I didn’t use them for this craft.
 Just cut you a piece of burlap big enough to cover up the entire egg frame.
I removed the center Easter design picture and I will attach it back later.
It just had a string tie on the top that poked through to the back.
 I hot glued it all in place.
 This was the string, pop through, tie on.
It is very easy to stick back on.
 This was the back after I popped the string back in.
————-HINT————
This is the point where I now wish I had stopped.
Now looking back, this is where I wish I had stopped and just fixed a hanger for it.
I just love the plain ole’, burlap look in pastel colors.
 But too late now, cause I just kept on going. Seemed like it just wasn’t long enough a craft!
ha.
But I kept going determined to use the pretty burlap ribbon I had found for a $1.00!
 I just hot glued it all on, including the hand tied bow.
 And for the top, I just crinkled the ribbon up a bit.  Tacking it as I went with more hot glue.

And check out the Easter egg design. I cut out bits of the blue on the ribbon and hot glued them in.
Just to tie in the colors a bit more.
Photo below is of the grapevine twig that I cut from on a primitive tree I had.  I just had to have some, so I cut some off the bottom!
 I used the bits of twig garland to make a little nest to hold my hand painted egg.

 Here it is up close in the nest. I took sticks from the yard and spray painted them white and glued them in to. Just to give a little more spriggy detail.
And the little bits of white pip berry sticking out is just pieces I snipped off a string of garland I had hanging in the kitchen.
 And not really knowing how I was going to make a hanger, I just cut this out.
 Then I made sure it was big enough to slip a wreath hanger hook into.
Then just took hot glue and glued all the edges to make sure they wouldn’t peel out or stray.
And here’s the back again
 And here it is all done again:
And hanging on my front door.
I’m going to send this up to Miss Emma, age 11, in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to brighten up her room while she is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma.
 Fight Like a girl Emma!
And I hope ya’ll give this a try. I think my most favorite part looking back though, was when it was just finshed in burlap and no ribbons. 
So keep that in mind when you make yours!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

EASTER MASON JARS

Here is a pretty cute project that I got the idea for off of Pinterest.
A painted, two toned Mason jar in pastel colors for Easter.
The above is a robins egg blueish color and here is a different pic of it and another one up close:
I mixed up a sage green color on the other to match my bathroom.
 
This is really an easy project, so let’s get started.
I started out with these plain, wide mouth Mason jars.
You will need:
-Mason Jar of any size you want
-Alcohol (to clean the outside of jar)
-Sponge brush
-2 paint colors for each jar (inside and out)
-Decorations of your choice for jar 
-Light grit sand paper
Okay, so first off we need to clean the outside of the jar with a bit of alcohol.  This removes all dust, lint and crap so it will have a good finish.
I just wiped it down with a paper towel and a dash of alcohol.
Okay, next you need to pick a color you want for the inside.
Remember to pick a color that will contrast with your outside color.
This allows the color to pop through once you sand off a bit of the top colors.
I choose an off white, antique color.
Go ahead and paint the inside.  It doesn’t have to be great, just good enough to get a coat on.
Here it is with just the inside painted off white. I really like this how it is. So later on, I may make some and leave them like this.
Then we are on to the outside already.
Just paint on, in long strokes, a pretty good layer of paint.
This is coat #1.
We need to do another coat right after this dries.
Here’s the blue first coat:
and here’s the sage green first coat:
Okay, now here they are after the second coat was applied and dried.

We are ready to sand!
Grab your lightweight sandpaper and start off easy.  
I like to start with the lettering.
I love to see them stand out.
And then to the edges to make it look like it has some wear on it.
Above is the blueish one.
And here is my sage green one:
I about rubbed it a bit too much. So go easy on it, you can always take off more but it’d be hard to fill it back in at this point.
Here they are again after some sanding:
I love the blueish one so much better than the green.
Okay, now, if you think there will be a chance of scratches and such, now you can apply a
flat/matte finish coat. One coat is enough.
Be sure to get the matte finish though, because you don’t want them to turn out shiny.
With this project, I think the flat colored pastels make this a plus!
Now time to start decorating.
No need to run out and buy something I may use (unless you really love it!) Remember to always look around your home for things first.  I love to re-purpose about anything!
 
And first and foremost, I got out my plain, plastic spoons. Yes, these are plastic. I have tons of wooden ones, but to give away or sell, I prefer to use plastic.  And of course, to keep the wooden ones!
I just painted these plastic spoons with one one coat of blue, left over from the jar.  And then streaked on a touch of the offwhite that I used in the inside.
 Above, I used some cut pieces of grapevine garland that I had strung on my primitive tree.
I just cut it, and scrunched it in a circle and tacked it in place with hot glue, high temp.
And next, I added a plastic egg that I also painted in almost the same color. I just flicked on a few splashes of white and darker blue to make it look like a bird egg kinda.
And if you look close in the styrofoam plate, I have some cut off pieces of pip berry. I had cut these from one of those long strands you always see in the primitive stores. I have those all around the house in my cabinets.  I am using the white for the blue jar and yellow for the green jar.
 And I also tied a bit of bakers twine around the top to attach a gift tag with.
Okay, now lets take a look at some of the green one. I don’t want to leave it out just because I don’t like it as much.
 Again, I painted the plastic spoons with the same green and then streaked on some off white.
 Added a plastic egg I painted and speckled, some grapevine garland for a nest and some cut pieces of pip berry.
Tack them all with hot glue!
 And for this one as a tag, I found a cute fake seed pack sign.  It was one out of a pack of note pads I had from the Dollar Mart.
This one says, “Bloom where you are planted.”  I love it.
 I tied it on with some yellow and white bakers twine.
Here they are side by side.
BLUE vs. GREEN
Which color do you like best?
I hope ya’ll give this Mason jar craft a try.  It was really easy and will make a cute Easter or spring gift!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

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