Spring is here! Well, technically at least. Although I did have my first squirrel feeding session of the year already, I do not really consider spring True Spring until the first gosling pops out of the bushes. But judging by how many birds are nesting around me in Oxford, it is not that far off. And what better way to celebrate spring than some spring DIY? Maybe Easter DIY?
In all fairness, baking crossed my mind first, but I have been so busy in 2017 so far, I had no chance to buy myself a new mixer yet… I miss baking so much I even considered getting one of Sainsbury’s basic ones as a temporary replacement, but last time I did it, it lasted me for 5 years, I need to be more careful this time.
As always in the Let’s Try series I have picked out a few of my pins and tried them out to see if they translate well from the land of skilful bloggers to the land of very-much-good-at-everything-but-DIY me. I hope you enjoy this one, it is a particularly… cute edition.
DIY Easter Bunny Cactus Planter by Francesca (Fall for DIY)
Aaaaaand we start with bunnies.
You may be surprised to hear, but I prefer Christmas to Easter even though my number one Easter DIY and décor priority are bunnies. How can one resist their fluffiness? My point exactly. And since I have recently also fallen into the land of The Great Pottery Throw Down (please don’t tell me who won! I am hopelessly behind and still hopeful for my favourite!), you know, I cannot resist any of The Great British ***-s the BBC has to offer, this clay bunny planter by Francesca seemed like a perfect idea.
Guess what? It was.
Although by the end half of my carpet was clay (I only DIY on the floor, such a pro), I feel like it was absolutely worth it. It was long long long ago when as a little girl (maybe: little-er at least) I would make clay and plasticine stuff for all my relatives, mostly my gran, all the time. This reminded me of that long-lost joy of just… moulding.
Still, I will make a very bad potter and do not wish to proceed with this career. One pot was enough.
I love how minimalist the design is, and how few components it includes. I gave my bunny teeth, because I have a thing for a bunny’s teeth, but when you think about it, the original flower pot was just a bit of rounded clay with two sticking out bits, a cross for a nose and two circles for eyes. It takes quite a talent to make simple things look gorgeous – and I think this is the very essence of this specific Easter DIY.
The instructions Francesca gives are very simple and even a dummy such as I could follow them without any confusion. Although I do envy how much less derpy the original design is in comparison to my pot. But the blame for that, alas, lies purely on me.
Easter Bunny Treat Jars by Heidi (Happiness is Homemade)
This is the last bunny design. I promise. 2 out of 4 is not bad. Trust me. Version 1 of this list included 4 bunny designs. I tried my best.
But Heidi’s tutorial is one of the very first things I have pinned to my hobby // DIY board – so it had to make the cut. I have been dreaming of having bunny jars for almost an eternity now. They feel like something I NEED in my life.
You will probably be very proud of me to hear that I hand drew these bunnies. Yes, that is exactly the reason why they are so wonky. No, I did not want to use stickers. I wanted the bunnies to be mine, even if the best thing I can draw is an elephant’s behind.
But overall, I think they turned out quite well. Most people would probably have gone for pastels, such as Heidi did, yet I am still going through my art deco phase and was determined to have them painted black and gold… I didn’t find any gold paint, so they stayed B&W, which may not fit my kitchen at all (rented flats always have reddish-brown everything, blah), but it looks rather sophisticated, for a bunny jar at least.
What I really liked about this Easter DIY project is how easy it would be to turn it into a cat jar, frog jar or even a mathematical formulae jar. Heidi delivers a very simple premise that is versatile at the same time and can be turned into a multitude of different designs, to each of us our own.
Thank you, Heidi, for this tutorial! If you’d like to venture further into the land of everything homemade, check out Heidi’s blog, Happiness is Homemade (and don’t forget to visit the dessert section!).
Pompom Easter Chicks by Kelly (Crafts Unleashed)
This wouldn’t be my Easter DIY compilation if there were not at least one kids’ DIY project on the list, since, well, these lie just within my skill set. This time around I decided to go for pompom birds.
This is an unusual one for me as I tend to go for bloggers and their tutorials, while this one comes heavily branded; however, I made a conscious decision to stick to things I pin, and since Pinterest is full of branded content, it is rather hard to stray too far away from it. There are plenty of other pompom bird designs around, if you’d like to stick to blogs, this is the one I found that was easy enough for me.
You see, I have never made a pompom before. I assumed it would be a strenuous task that, by the end, would kill me for little to no result whatsoever. Oh, how very wrong I was!
It turns out that making pompoms is probably the single most relaxing thing in the world. So next time you’re stressed, buy yourself some yarn and a pompom maker , jump under a warm blanket, put Gilmore Girls on and pompom away! You will not be disappointed, I promise.
And aren’t these little cuties just adorable?
DIY Floral Vase Wall Hanging by Geneva (A Pair & a Spare)
We’re finishing with a project that is a bit less Easter DIY – although it would look smashing above an Easter table! – and more spring DIY in spirit. It comes from one of my absolute favourite bloggers and a true inspiration when it comes to home crafts, Geneva.
I wanted to go through with her wall flower vases ever since I saw them for the first time, but I really had no excuse at the time to proceed. Running a blog is sometimes such a wonderful opportunity to do all the things one wanted to do but couldn’t quite bring in the resources and time to see through. So, let us consider this one a little spoil-me session, shall we?
This was by far the most challenging project I picked for this Easter DIY list, although at first glance it looked rather… easy, you know, it was just a bunch of flowers and a stick, right? Nothing that scary. Not at all.
But the very task of balancing the little vases against the weight of the flowers turned out to be borderline impossible. Well. Maybe if I did buy glass vases, my life would be spared, but all I could find that was the right size and shape (although a bit on the tiny side) were glitter tubes. You should see the confusion on the face of the poor shop lady when I tried to explain to her I do truly need 7 small glitter tubes and not 2 larger ones.
They did work, though, and with enough good will one cannot even tell they are plastic!
Of course, because of their size I did have to scale the entire project down, but I do like it this way; it fits just above the cupboard I hold all my make up on and I am sure it will make the task of covering my face up that more enjoyable.
Pro tip: small metal nails inside the tube work wonders to weigh down and balance the vases. Just in case you decide to go as untraditional as I did. And you almost cannot tell what they are once water is inside too (at least I hope).
And that’s it for today’s Let’s try! Is there anything special you will be preparing this early spring?