8 Fun Ways to Dye Easter Eggs!

I tried a bunch of egg dyeing experiments, and in this video I’m showing the ones that worked best!

 
For the dye, I used a Paas kit that you can get at the grocery store. Each color of dye is a tablet that you dissolve in water and vinegar. Feel free to use food coloring or other types of dye, though!

Before you get started, be sure to cover your workspace with newspaper or something similar – the dye will stain.

 

Techniques mentioned:

  1. White crayon
  2. Stickers
  3. Aluminum Foil
  4. Speckled/dabbled? color
  5. Painters tape
  6. Ombré
  7. Rubber bands
  8. Flour paste resist

 

 

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Easy Square Paper Gift Box Tutorial

 

Hi, everyone!

This is a video tutorial showing how to create a simple, small, square gift box out of paper!

 
This box is super quick and easy to make, and is the perfect size to hold jewelry or other small gifts, such as gift cards. It also works well for Father’s Day or as teacher appreciation gift, as shown in this video.

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Square gift box

Square gift box lid

 

Purchase the SVG file here

 

Time needed: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

 

Materials:

  • Paper, such as card stock or construction paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • pencil
  • scissors

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

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Flower Shaped Paper Gift Box Tutorial

This is a video tutorial showing how to create a flower shaped box out of paper!

 
This video was made with Mother’s Day in mind, but this box would make a great gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries, or for anyone who likes flowers! Its small size is great for filling with candy or other small gifts, such as jewelry, and being handmade makes it even more special 🙂

This project works best with paper that is a bit thicker than regular paper, such as card stock or construction paper.

 

Click here to view and print the patterns:

Flower box patterns

Flower box pattern 2

 

Time needed: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below 🙂

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

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Fairy Garden & House Tutorial

This week’s video tutorial shows how to create this cute fairy garden and miniature house made out of twigs!

 
Time Needed: ~1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Materials I used:

  • twigs gathered from outside
  • hot glue -black spanish moss
  • flower planter
  • dirt or sand
  • green floral decorations
  • reindeer moss
  • popsicle sticks
  • blue glass pebbles
  • small pebbles

In the video, I go over how the steps I took to create the little house out of twigs. Feel free to buy a house instead, but I think it adds charm to your garden to make it yourself 🙂

This project only cost $5.00 to make! I used an old flower planter and glue gun that I already had, and purchased the floral decorations, reindeer moss, popsicle sticks, glass pebbles, and small pebbles all from Dollar Tree. There are lots of different ways you could do this, and many craft stores sell cute little accessories for fairy gardens. This was really fun to make and great for kids and adults alike!

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Crepe Paper Hibiscus Flower Tutorial

In this video, we’re creating a hibiscus out of crepe paper!

There are few flowers more summer-y than a hibiscus! Now is the perfect time to make one. As paper flowers go, they are pretty simple and quick to make!

 

Time needed: ~45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • 16 gauge floral wire
  • regular paper
  • pencil
  • hot glue gun
  • Tombow brush marker (815)
  • yellow acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • dark pink acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • scissors

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Crepe Paper Flower Bouquet Tutorial

This is a video tutorial to create this bouquet of flowers out of crepe paper!

This video was made with Mother’s Day in mind, but they would of course work for other occasions! In this tutorial, we’ll make roses, blue bell flowers, and branches of leaves.

 

Time needed: ~3 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials:

  • Crepe paper
  • floral tape
  • wire (I used 24 gauge in this video, but I strongly recommend 18 gauge or larger – this way you won’t have to wrap 3 together to make the stems)
  • glue gun
  • scissors

 

If you have questions or if you make this, I’d love to hear from you!

 

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How to Ombré Dye a Shirt (Single Color)

 

People call it different things – dip dye, ombre, gradient – whatever you call it, this video tutorial shows how to make it!

This project uses one color of dye and fades into the color of the shirt. It takes a little time, but is actually really easy to create!

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~1 hour

Materials:

  • Shirt
  • Hanger
  • Bucket or other container
  • Spoon
  • Dye (I used this dye in Navy blue)

FAQ:

  1. Can I do this with other things besides shirts?

Yes! It should work with other items, but be aware that the material they are made out of may affect how the dye will look. 100% cotton typically takes dye best.

2. What temperature should the dye be?

It depends on the dye you use, but it is usually best to use hot water in the bucket of dye. You’ll definitely want to use hot water for the rinse – hot water will set the dye.

3. Where should I put the shirt while it sits for 24 hours?

It works great to leave it on the hanger and hang it up outside for the 24 hours. If you can’t do that, hang it over a bath tub or sink where drips of dye won’t stain anything.

 

This is a messy project, and it’s best to do it outside, like I did, if you can.

If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to comment it below 🙂

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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Paper Easter Basket Tutorial

This is a video tutorial to create an easter basket out of paper!

 
This has been my most popular project to date (over 1,000,000 YouTube views – can’t believe it!) so I decided to create a blog post with some of the most asked questions.

FAQ:

  1. What kind of glue should I use?

I used hot glue in this video because it is what I personally prefer for this project. It holds very fast and strong, which makes putting the together the basket easy. If you don’t have hot glue, that is just fine. A glue stick would probably be the next best choice, but don’t be afraid to try whatever you have on hand 🙂

2. What kind of paper is best for this?

Thicker/heavier weight paper such as card stock or construction paper is ideal. It will hold the shape better when you’re putting it together and will be stronger for what you put in the basket. That said, you can any kind of paper or even newspaper. It should still work, it just might not be as easy to work with.

3. My paper isn’t long enough?

That’s ok! Cut it into the one inch strips, and just glue two pieces together to make one long piece. Art supply/craft stores should have some paper that is long enough for this, also.

4. What are the measurements you used in centimeters (instead of inches)?

Here is a conversion of the measurements this video:

1 inch = 2.54 cm

14 inches = 35.56 cm

18 inches = 45.72 cm

4 inches = 10.16 cm

You can also google “in to cm” and it will bring up a conversion tool.

5. How long does this take to make?

It can vary, but for most it probably takes 45 minutes to an hour.

6. How big is the finished basket?

It is about 4 x 4 x 4 inches – it is square.
If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to comment below 🙂

 

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