I know Easter is l just a few short days away, but I want to share the couple of decorations I made from inexpensive materials as some inspiration for the little time that's left or for next year.
To start, I purchased this wall-hanging decoration at the Dollar Tree.
Fortunately, the back of it was uncovered chipboard.
Start by coating the egg-shape with a layer or two of gesso before using Mod Podge to cover it with torn pages from an old dictionary.
Once the glue is dry, use scissors and a sanding block to remove the excess dictionary paper.
To tone down the words on the pages, paint the frame with a layer or two of watered-down gesso.
Here's where the fun begins! Stamp several colors of Distress Ink onto a non-stick craft sheet and spray it with water.
From there, quickly dab the frame in the ink to cover as much area as possible. Pick up and move the frame around to get different colors in different areas. Try not to drag it through the ink.
While waiting for the ink to dry, punch out letters from some Grungeboard, coat them with gesso, and paint them in a pretty violet shade of craft paint. (Of course, you could use stickers or other letters and any shade of craft paint you want.)
I worked on filling the center of the frame between steps. This started with basic, plastic Easter eggs. These were also from the Dollar Tree and had two holes in their tops and bottoms.
Measure out about how many would fit in the frame, with space between. Then, use waxed linen cord or other material (fishing line would work) to string the eggs together. Knot before and after each hole, using one short strand of cord for just the top of the first egg and one longer strand for the rest of the eggs. This longer one should begin at the top of the last egg and end in the bottom of the first egg. Let me also not that waxed cord will stretch some. I advise you to pull and stretch it a little so it doesn't do it on its own. (I did not, and I regret it.)
Here's a really bad diagram of how these were tied.
Once the eggs are strung, secure them with washi tape. (Masking take will work just as well.) Collect your Mod Podge and dictionary paper again for the next step.
Tear the paper into smaller pieces. Stick it to the eggs by painting on the Mod Podge, layering on the paper, coating the paper with more mod podge, and rubbing the paper flat (I used my finger). Start around the holes with the cord first. Also, begin with larger pieces of paper, then use smaller pieces to fill in missed areas.
Another quick decoration I created used a frame from the thrift store.
When I painted the egg frame with gesso, I went ahead and coated this frame and the canvas board all at once. From there, sketch out your general shape onto the canvas board in pencil.
Sort through your buttons to get the colors you want. I went for pastels to keep with the general Easter theme.
slow-drying medium so I could move them around as needed. Please note that once the medium coats the pencil marks, you will be unable to erase them. Once your buttons are secure, erase the pencil marks that you can and paint over the rest with a thin brush and gesso.
Once everything is dry, pop your canvas board back in the frame.
Arrange your decorations on the wall in a pleasing pattern.
In any case, here's a better look at them.
I hope this post inspires you to take a look at the supplies and decorations you may already have (but don't like anymore), and alter them to suit your tastes more.