It’s kind of hard to believe it’s spring where I live because the weather’s been a wintry mix recently. The crazy weather doesn’t bother me because I know it IS spring! And it doesn’t stop me from creating decorations such as this flower and Easter egg garland. The pattern and bright colors make me feel cheery.
When I first started creating a “test” of this garland, my daughter said the oval shape looked like an Easter egg lantern. She wanted me to place a light inside. I love how she is so creative! Can you imagine how cool it would look at night?! But…alas, this garland does not light up. Perhaps another project..
Anyways, I am loving this springy garland even without lights. It looks so cute on our stair railing.
For this project I used scrap book paper, a straight edge cutter, a wavy cutter, glue stick, ribbon, circle puncher, and a hot glue gun. The middle of the flowers are stickers I “splurged” for at Michaels which cost me a $1 for 12 stickers (on sale).
Here’s my Paper Flower and Easter Egg Garland Tutorial:
I’ll first tell you about the Easter Eggs. First I cut strips of scrap book paper. My strips are 1/2 inches wide and 9 inches long. Each egg needs only 4 strips. I used 2 different patterns to make it look more interesting.
I took the first strip, formed it into a circle and glued the ends together. I used a glue stick but use whatever type of glue works best for you. Then I took the second strip and glued one end onto the first strip (diagonally), formed a circle around and glued the other end. I continued to do the same for the next two strips. Please see pictures below. It visually explains it better.
You will notice at first the “egg” actually looks like a ball.
To make the ball look more like an egg, I cut out more strips – 7.5 inches long and 1/2 inches wide. These strips were made using a wavy cutter. I made them wavy for fun. I formed the wavy strip into a circle and glued. I then placed it around the ball and TA DA…it’s a oval shape or egg shape.
Now, let’s make the flowers. They were a bit more work. Each flower needs 4 strips. My strips are 3/4 inches wide and 6 inches long. First, I folded each strip in half. I took the ends and held together to form a heart. (This is similar to the hearts I made in a heart garland I made for Valentine’s Day.) I then glued the ends together. I also squeezed and shaped the heart. I did this for the remaining 3 strips.
There are now 4 little hearts. I glued two hearts together and then glued the other two hearts together. Finally, I glued those to each other to form a lovely flower.
The flower needs something in the middle, right?! I used a circle puncher and cut out circles. I glued (using a hot glue gun this time) a circle on one side which is the back side. To pretty up the flowers even more, I placed the butterfly stickers on the circles for the front side of the flower.
Once I finished all of the eggs and flowers, I strung them up using ribbon. I looped the ribbon through the two top petals of the flowers. For the eggs, I just stuck the ribbon through.
Flowers, Easter eggs, pretty paper, polka dots and butterflies…it puts me in a good mood. How about you?
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