Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vintage Easter Eggs Tutorial

Documenting a project as I go along has proven to be addicting. Not that my photos are the best. Still learning about my new camera but I'm having fun! This tutorial should put you in the mood for Easter. I know, tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. I don't do much art for Pattie's Day. If you did some, I'd love to see, so share!

I started with mat board. One of my 'best ever' garage sale purchases was 2 huge rubbermaid tubs full of mat board pieces for $4. I know DH wondered what in the world I was going to do with all of that but I've used it for years now and it shows no sign of depleting! Anyway, cut 4 egg shapes. Mine are about 3 1/4" x 4 3/4". I used an exacto knife for this. It's the easiest way.

Cover the front of all the eggs with various scraps of dictionary paper, vintage sheet music, receipts, foreign text book pages and more. The usual vintage supplies. If you want, at this stage you could ink the edges with a brown ink pad.

Here's where the fun part comes in. Do you have cheesecloth in white? I have tons of this stuff. I must have kept buying it, thinking I didn't have any and voila! Now I have 5 packages. lol Anyway, take the folded pack, unfold a bit. Find the edge and cutting through all layers, cut off about 1" wide strip. Doesn't have to be perfect.

Take the cut piece, open up until you have a pile of strips. Set your sewing machine on little stitches and push the cheesecloth through the sewing machine with 2 fingers. Cheesecloth is dainty so it kind of takes 2 fingers to direct it. If you get a good rhythm of pushing through you'll get lots of ruffling happening. I thought about doing the ruffling the traditional way of big stitches and then pulling the threads tight to ruffle but knowing cheesecloth, it would have just ripped holes in the cloth. 

When you're done and have a nice long strand (I cut two 1" strips and sewed them together), lay the strand out on scrap paper. 

Spray with watered down acrylic paint or glimmer mist. I made some of my own glimmer mist; I'll share that recipe sometime. I flipped the strands over to make sure color was on both sides.

Hang it up to dry somewhere. I did hit it with my heat gun for just a bit before hanging. It does make the cheesecloth shrink up in some spots so if you don't want that, don't heat it.

At this point I just took my egg shapes and added bits of lace, trim, ric rac, lines made with watercolor crayons (Caran d'ache), black pen and glitter glue. I glued on flowers, and pearls. I also adhered images from Altered Pages collage sheets. You can buy an Easter Egg kit now from the Altered Pages store.

When the cheesecloth trim was dry I glued it around a couple of the eggs and across the others in a stripe. You can also ink the cheesecloth with brown ink for a vintage look.  On one egg I sewed the image to a fabric scrap. Just lots of little touches.

The last step I did was make a makeshift stand for my egg. I'm going to work on making something more permanent as this one is taped to the back but I like it right now. The egg looks so cute standing up. Wouldn't this make a great Easter gift? A few of the eggs are heading to my Etsy Store  today, after lunch.

For the stand, I took an 8-9" piece of wrapped wire. I rolled up the ends of the wire, leaving about 5-6" of unrolled wire inbetween. I formed it into a square U shape. I then took a 3" piece of wire and twisted it to the arms of the stand to brace it. I taped it to the back of the egg to help it stand up.

I hope you have fun reading and possibly making these eggs from this tutorial. Feel free to share it on your blog. I'm off to blog surf for more Easter ideas! Ta-ta for now.

P.S. I forgot to mention, I started a new PAGE (see top right column.) I didn't know blogger had this capability until last week. Anyway, you can find all the tutorials I've shared, and freebies posted on that page. As I do more, I'll add them there so they're easily found. 


Trudy Callan said...

Those are so very nice. Thanks so much for showing us how its done. A perfect project for Easter.

Trudy Callan
Coordinator for The Artistic Mother's Art Group

Shelly Hickox said...

Kris, these are ahhhhhhhhhhhh.....so GORGEOUS!! I am in love. Your cheesecloth technique is absolutely fantastic. Honestly, I am a little speechless! I have sensory overload from all the pretty....

Kelly Warren said...

these are so fun, Kris! I love what you did with the cheesecloth. I would have never thought of that!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Such Easter goodness before my eyes. These are truly lovely, Kris. Good job! :)

SiSi Sparkles said...

That's such a cute project for Easter. You are very creative :)

Rhonda Langley said...

Love the cheesecloth ribbon! And look you sprayed it pink, my favorite! The roses are a nice touch too!

Mama Laundry said...

These are insanely beautiful. You are SUCH a crafty soul!

Love em...


trisha too said...

Kris!! These are SOOOOO pretty!!!!


Unknown said...

Love the art as always. Happy you found me again.
Don't know why comments are not working on this last post of mine other than I lost the whole post and than went to edit and found it so I may have messed something up.
Anyway I read you on facebook a lot.
Come visit at the Saltbox if you get to Warsaw


martha brown said...

These are lovely! I spray my cheesecloth with some misty colour spray too! Great minds think alike :)

Julie Prichard said...

What a great looking group of eggs! Would be great as placeholders at the Easter table..really nice.

Unknown said...

Aren't those precious! Great tutorial!

debbiek said...

Soooo very cute, Kris. Thanks for sharing your technique. Would LOVE to hear your recipe for glimmer mists. Hope you have a great Easter!

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

What a nasty trick..warm and then snow..,though I do believe we are in for the same! It has been gorgeous here all weekend. Your papers are gorgeous..I love all the colors.

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

oops, commented in the wrong place for the wrong post! Anyways..adore the eggs!!! They are beautiful!

Elizabeth said...

Very pretty!

Melissa said...

Gathering and colouring cheesecloth, how very clever!

Donna said...

Kris, these will be on Show and Tell in the morning..hopefully you will have some visitors from Comin' Home. I adore them! They are so beautifully crafted!

Debra LeeBerry said...

These are beautiful. I love the cheesecloth. I can see it in all colors. Thank you for sharing!

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