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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Easter Hanging Ornament Tutorial

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.



Happy Crafting!

40 comments:

  1. Oooh I'm tempted to make something similar for my home now. Any excuse to get out the glitter
    Jo xx

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  2. Beautiful! I have been brainstorming Easter craft ideas lately and I love yours.

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  3. Love the stand that your decorations are on as I have been looking for one. Have you any details of where you bought it? I want one for Christmas tree decorations.

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    1. I have five of them in a couple of different designs. They were orginally from Sainsburys, I got 3 of them there at 90% off and I then got another two from car boot sales for 10 and 20p! One design is the one in this post and the other is a butterfly. This one would be more suitable for Christmas. I'll pop over to your blog so we can work out the best way to get it to you!

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  4. Love them, so simple and look so professional :-)

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  5. Lovely little decorations Josie and I love the easter trees in your older post and those wonderful appliqu├ęd gift cones. Xx

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  6. These are beautiful and you would never guess how they used to look. The Easter tree is a lovely idea. xx

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  7. The glitter patterns are so pretty they are absolutely gorgeous and I love the idea of an Easter tree. it's got me pondering ideas...
    Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog too :)

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    1. Congratulations Sarah on being accepted to Cardiff University, I'm looking forward to following your fashion journey!

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  8. I had never heard of an Easter tree - really interesting. Love what you did with your wooden shapes, they look so fresh and lovely. Tesco sometimes does little wooden Christmas angels for £1 a set - they are fun to customise too - I altered a set with photos of us all a while back, great fun. I need to do some more as the kids have grown up a bit since then and we've had a new addition too. (Link here if you are interested.)

    They look gorgeous displayed like this - even before you put them on your tree :)

    Thanks for popping by mine - lovely to discover your blog too. x

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  9. oh I love the sparkles on these x

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  10. These are beautiful. A great idea for somethng nice to do with the grandchildren.
    Thank you

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  11. These are really pretty, I love the pastel glitters....hooray for Spring, I hope it gets here soon! :)

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  12. Hi Josie, thx for visiting my blog, so glad you did as it made me find your lovely site.
    I did a similar tree with my grandson last year and we used painted eggs and found bird feathers... He loved it and so did I.
    Easter is a real reminder of what it's "really all about"

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  13. I love the idea of freshening up some treasured decorations and you have done a wonderful job. I love that fancy stamp and glue, so simple but so effective....

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  14. Gorgeous spring and Easter decorations.....such a lovely time of year!
    Helen xox

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  15. hi what a pretty project - this technique would be lovely for a xmas table centrepiece too :)

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  16. Oh aren't you decorations beautiful! Such a great idea to stamp with glue! x

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  17. It's gorgeous. What a lovely idea! x

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  18. They are beautiful, I can't wait till Easter so we can see them on your tree.

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  19. Your ornaments look so pretty and what a beautiful tree to hang them on. I'm glad you told us where the tradition of the Easter tree came from.
    Ali xx

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  20. A simple idea but very effective, especially when you see them in the close up pictures :)

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  21. They look beautiful, not sure why it has never dawned on me you can buy glue pads!!

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  22. Wow, the difference is amazing - what a gorgeous effect.

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  23. I love the idea of stamping and then glittering. It looks like some very plush fabric.

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  24. They are very pretty and look lovely on the tree.

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  25. It took me a while to figure out that the stamp is what made the pattern on the shapes. The glitter makes the pattern pop!

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  26. So pretty, love Easter decorations and not long now

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  27. Going to be starting my prep work for my craft workshops this week after I've darted off to The Range for supplies.
    You made some lovely things and I like your Easter tree
    Lynn :)

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  28. I love these, they are absolutely gorgeous!

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  29. they are so pretty, they would look lovely anywhere. Popping by from Handmade Monday

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  30. This is so beautiful for Easter! Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope you stop by to link up with us again this week. Remember the party starts tonight at 10pm!
    Christie ~ Sparkles of Sunshine

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  31. How adorably cute is the little easter tree! I love how you created the decorative wooden shapes, thanks for sharing x

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  32. Your wooden shapes are truly wonderful!! xx

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  33. What a lovely project. So simple and effective. Makes me want to have an easter tree now. :-) L x

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  34. So pretty! This would be a great project to do with kids! Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can't wait to see what you have lined up for this week! Our party is live right now!

    Sharon
    Her Organized Chaos

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