I have a thing for glitter. I love it. You might have guessed that from the numerous craft posts that I've done with glitter as a main "ingredient". I think that glitter makes everything better and more beautiful. Have an old pair of shoes that just don't look good? Put glitter on them! Suddenly you're Dorothy and have just landed in Oz. Did you get an F on your most recent school assignment? Cover it with glitter and stick it proudly on the fridge! Everyone will be so impressed.
What has this to do with a project? Well, in an attempt to get myself out of the winter doldrums and into the spring spirit, I bought some supplies to make a spring-themed basket: a pretty blue wire basket, some green moss, some wide ribbon, and two packages of wooden eggs. Do you see where I'm going with this? You got it--a sparkly springtime egg basket!
Since we don't do Easter bunny stuff (because 1: we don't have kids, and 2: even if we did, we probably wouldn't do Easter bunny stuff), I'm calling this a spring egg basket, which can sit out as a decoration until the temps outside finally warm up--which might not be until July, so I figure that I'll get plenty of use out of this cute little basket.
First, gather your supplies:
- Wooden Eggs (Hobby Lobby, $4/pk of 4, or less if they're on sale or you have a coupon)--these should be in the woodworking aisle/section
- Basket of your choice
- Moss (I found mine in the floral section)
- Decorative ribbon of your choice
- All-purpose glue
- Glitter colors of your choice (spring colors are nice!)
- Paint brush
- Acrylic sealer (always a good idea to help with glitter flaking, although some glitter will come off regardless)
- Paper plate, newspaper, etc. to protect your surfaces and collect extra glitter
Next, prepare your basket:
I laced my ribbon through the openings on the side of the basket. If you can't do that, you can opt to either just tie it around the bottom, wind it around the handle, make a big bow, etc. Do what looks good to you!
|I only laced the ribbon through two spokes in the back of the basket to keep it in place.|
|Tie a big pretty bow and trim the ribbon to your desired length.|
Fill the basket with moss:
Then, the glitter!
Paint the eggs with the all-purpose glue and sprinkle on the glitter, making sure to not leave any bare spots. It might take a few applications. Allow to dry.
|I held the eggs with my finger at the top and thumb on the bottom, and turned it as I painted on the glue. I let them dry and then went back and painted the egg's top and bottom, holding it gently in the middle.|
If it's warm enough, take the eggs outside and spray them with the acrylic sealer. Allow the sealer to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. If it's not warm enough where you live yet, just wait until it is. The glitter will be fine until then, as long as the eggs are not handled much.
Because I had some of the supplies for this, like the glitter, glue, and acrylic sealer, this project cost me well under $25 for the remaining supplies. This is a pretty family/kid-friendly project, and you can keep the eggs forever as keepsakes, as opposed to real eggs that get peeled and eaten. If you don't want the mess of glitter, though, just use regular acrylic paints and let the kids decorate them that way!