Set the scene for Easter cel­e­bra­tions with beau­ti­ful f lo­ral decorations.

Country Style - - CRAFT -

EGG CAR­TON FLOW­ERS You’ll need 2 card­board ‘eggcups’ for each flower — a car­ton that holds a dozen eggs will make 6 flow­ers. Ma­te­ri­als card­board egg car­tons paint­brush white matttt acrylic paint, such as Murobond Chalk­board paint in Whale­bone hot glue gun Use your fin­gers to tear in­di­vid­ual ‘eggcups’ from the egg car­ton. To make 1 flower, take 1 eggcup and make 5 or 6 evenly spaced tears in sides of eggcup to mark the spa­ces be­tween the petals. Tear around the edge of each petal to cre­ate a flower shape. (The petals don’t need to look uni­form. In fact, it’s bet­ter if they’re all a bit dif­fer­ent.) Re­peat with an­other eggcup (they don’t need to match). Tear a 1.5cm x 13cm strip from the lid of the egg car­ton. Start­ing from a short side, gen­tly roll up the card­board strip length­ways (this will be­come the cen­tre of the flower). Paint both sides of pa­per flow­ers and the card­board strip with white paint. Set aside to dry com­pletely. Us­ing the hot glue gun, stick the 2 pa­per flow­ers to­gether, one on top of the other. Po­si­tion the petals of the top flower be­tween petals of the bottom flower. Roll up the card­board strip and glue in the cen­tre of the flower. Glue to a bare branch and hang as a wall dec­o­ra­tion or stand in a vase. HAND­PAINTED EGGS & EGGCUPS Ma­te­ri­als wooden eggs wooden eggcups* fine sand­pa­per paint­brushes white matttt acrylic paint, such as Murobond Chalk­board paint in Whale­bone coloured artist’s acrylic paint Lightly sand wooden eggs and eggcups with sand­pa­per. Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Paint eggs and eggcups all over with white matt acrylic paint. Set aside to dry com­pletely. Use paint­brushes and/or fin­gers to dec­o­rate eggs and eggcups with your choice of coloured artist’s acrylic paint di­luted with a lit­tle wa­ter. Set aside to dry com­pletely. NOTE If you plan to use your painted eggcups reg­u­larly, give them a coat of acrylic sealer (avail­able at hard­ware stores). Wipe clean with a damp cloth — do not place in a dish­washer. * We used wooden eggcups, $5 each, from Im­print House (im­print­house. net). Al­ter­na­tively, re­cy­cle vin­tage wooden eggcups found in op shops.

Egg car­ton flflow­ers (above) and Hand­painted eggs and eggcups (fac­ing page) painted with Murobond Chalk­board paint in Whale­bone, $25 for 500ml. For stock­ist details, see page 133. For more great Easter craft ideas, visit home­life.

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