Glittered Wooden Shapes
Now that Lent is here, I'm starting to think ahead to our Easter celebrations. We try to uphold the season as it can feel overlooked in favour of Christmas, yet it's such an important part of our cultural and religious heritage. You can see some of our previous Easter decorations here, including these little cuties;
Created with Sizzix and Quickutz dies by SewforSoul
We always have an Easter tree, a wonderful tradition which originated in Germany where they are known as Ostereierbaum, but they're gradually becoming more common in the UK. We bring in a tree from the garden and decorate it with little wooden ornaments and eggs, including many we've crafted ourselves. It's always lovely to add a few new ones each year, so with that in mind I looked through my stash in search of inspiration.
I came across these little wooden shapes which the children used for their Easter cards when they were younger. I put aside a few in case the children wanted to get creative again this year and then set about giving the rest a fresh new look.
The first step was to simply give them a quick sand before applying a base coat of white paint. Wood shapes are easy to source and if you get blank ones you won't even need to sand them back first!
Once the white undercoat was dry I stamped the shapes, using a glue pad and one of my favourite clear stamps.
Whilst the glue was still wet I sprinkled the shapes with some lovely sparkly glitter in a variety of yummy spring shades, before flipping them over and repeating the process on the reverse side.
The final stage was to give the decorations a quick coat of varnish to fix the glitter firmly in place, before drilling a hole in the top and threading with hanging loops.
And that's it......Don't they look great!
I now can't wait until Holy Week and we bring in the tree, so that they can take their place amongst the rest of the decorations.