Oh, YOU greeting card from Perch Paper Company.
Sorry about the lack of posts on Wee Birdy recently. I’ve been sick. Mr Birdy’s been sick. Baby Birdy’s been sick. And now I think I’m getting sick again. Gah! It’s really getting a bit boring now. Many of the clothes I’ve been wearing over the past three weeks don’t have waistbands. Or darts. And if there is a waistband, it’s strictly drawstring. Also, I don’t think I’ve worn a bra for three weeks.
Sweary pencils from The Carbon Crusader.
In the meantime, I’ve been making a daily appearance on either Instagram (totally addicted), Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. So if you need a quick Wee Birdy fix, come over and say hello. Let me know if you need an invitation for Pinterest. I’m loving the guts out of my Pinterest boards.
I’ve also been blogging about stuff for kids over on Kidspot. This week I’ve rounded up 12 clever projects to make with small plastic toys. You might also dig the 10 display shelves I found for little toys and figurines, too.
Type case display shelf from Retro Villa.
What’s news with you? Are you on Pinterest or Instagram? And do you also take off your bra as soon as you get home?
To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next weekend, I’ve designed some special Wee Birdy cupcake toppers and cake banners! They’re free to download and print and super-easy to assemble.
Jubilee cupcake toppers
All you need is a colour printer, some cardboard (a cereal box will do or some red or blue cardboard would look great), some scissors or pinking shears, glue and toothpicks.
Print out the free downloadable PDF here* and glue the back of the sheet of cupcake toppers to an A4 piece of cardboard, then cut around each circle. I used pinking shears for a cute finish. Stick a toothpick to the back of each cupcake topper with sticky tape. If you want it to look super-slick, print out another sheet of toppers and glue another topper on the back, covering up the toothpick. Ta-da! How good do they look?
Jubilee cake banner
All you need is a colour printer, some scissors, glue, cardboard and wooden skewers.
Print out the free downloadable PDF here* and glue the back of the banner/s to some cardboard. Cut around the border, making sure you don’t cut over the coloured edge. Stick two skewers on a slight angle to each end of the banner with sticky tape. You’re done – now just pop it in the Victorian Sponge and it’s ready for your Jubilee street party. If you’re having a table of cakes, pop a different design in each cake. They’ll look spectacular. Enjoy!
* The Wee Birdy Jubilee Cupcake Picks and Cake Banners are free downloadable pdfs and are for personal use only. Please feel free to pin, blog or tweet about these free printables, but please link back to www.weebirdy.com and to this actual post’s URL. Please do not link directly to the downloadable file. Thank you.
Click here to download the FREE Diamond Jubilee Cake Banner.
Click here to download the FREE Diamond Jubilee Cupcake Toppers.
Are you having a Jubilee party next weekend? Tell me what you’re doing!
Here are a couple of quick and relatively easy ways to decorate hand-blown eggs for Easter. I really wanted to avoid dyeing the eggs because I didn’t want to fuss around with all the colour, and I also wanted to experiment with confetti.
Have you noticed that confetti is everywhere at the moment? I’ve actually got a “wee trends” draft post about confetti that’s been sitting in my folder for over 12 months. So it’s a trend that’s not going away any time soon. In the meantime, head over to gorgeous Sydney shop Little Paper Lane‘s new blog and read their post about confetti – and while you’re there, have a look at the delightful collection of stationery and paper-y goodness in the new online shop.
But back to the eggs. Blowing the innards out of an egg is actually pretty disgusting (but mildly satisfying in manner similar to popping a pimple), and I had to rethink my good intentions of using the yolk for scrambled eggs (spittle-infused eggs isn’t particularly desirable). But once you’ve got your eggs blown (check out this good how-to over on Kidspot), decorating them with confetti and washi-tape is a cinch.
How to make confetti Easter eggs
(1) There are a few confetti eggs doing the rounds over on Pinterest. Have a look here and here. But they’re all eggs with confetti inside the eggs, ready for smashing on Easter Sunday. I wanted to see if I could decorate the outside of the egg with confetti. And the results weren’t too bad. It was ridiculously easy, too, as far as Easter egg crafts are concerned.
(2) You will need:
* Blown, rinsed and dried eggs
* Mod Podge (a water-based glue and sealant that’s available from art/craft stores)
* Confetti. Good GOD it’s near impossible to find a box of the traditional stuff in Sydney. Nobody stocks it. Only fancy-pants foil confetti in various shapes and colours. But I finally managed to find boxes of the stuff at the little newsagent in Haberfield, which doubles as an excellent party supplies shop. Check it out if you’re ever in need of pinatas, themed party-ware or party hats. Of course, you can always make your own confetti with a hole-punch and coloured tissue paper.
* Medium-fine paint brush
(3) Here’s how:
* Dip your paint brush in the mod podge and apply a thin layer to the outside of the egg. You might like to steady your egg on a skewer that’s shoved into something secure – I used the holes in the toothpick jar.
* Stick one piece of confetti at a time to your egg. Press down lightly to get rid of air bubbles and creases. Overlap some of the circles for a genuine confetti look – otherwise space them out for a polka-dots look. You can also paint over the confetti with the mod-podge to seal it, but some colours like red might run a little.
* Leave to dry and then arrange in a bowl, or stuff them with glitter or confetti and smash them on Easter Day. If you want to hang them on an Easter tree, thread ribbon through the holes and tie a knot on the bottom of the egg. Here’s a good tutorial on how to hang an Easter egg over on Kidspot.
How to make washi tape eggs
You will find a good tutorial on making washi tape eggs over on Family Circle. But here’s my quick how-to:
(1) You will need:
* Blown, rinsed and dried eggs
* Selection of washi tape (Japanese decorative masking tape)
(2) Here’s how:
* Cut small lengths of washi tape (no more than 2cm) and stick them on to the egg. Some patterns lend themselves to being placed at angles for a patchwork/herringbone effect. You could do a single layer of washi tape (3), but I went nuts and did several layers (4).
I don’t know if I recommend this or not. I was half-happy with the results. They’re a tad rustic for my taste. But it’s an easy way to decorate eggs and kids might enjoy it too.
Are you decorating Easter eggs this year? What are you doing? And do you also find blowing out the contents of a raw egg disgustingly satisfying?
After some edible Easter goodies? Check out the five new things I’m loving for Easter this year.
The Top 10 design-led presents for Easter.
The Top 10 Easter books for children.
The best Easter presents for babies and kids.
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Here’s another last-minute easy Christmas craft: capture Christmas in a jar (or an empty ham tin) with a wee wintry diorama. Cluster a few of them together for a snowy forest effect, or pop a lid on for instant snow dome fun. Click through the links below for full how-tos and tutorials:
Top left: Ski slopes diorama by Martha Stewart.
Top right: DIY snow dome by Artsy Ants.
Bottom left: Christmas jars by Tortoise and the Hare.
Bottom right. Gumdrop pops in a jar by Martha Stewart.
For more clever Christmas craft ideas, have a look at my Pinterest boards.
It’s never too late to add some festive cheer to your house with some bright and colourful DIY decorations. I’ve compiled some of my favourite projects from Pinterest:
1. Christmas wreath by Say Yes to Hoboken.
2. 3D Advent calendar by Snug.
3. Modern Christmas decorations by Nest.
4. Cupcake liner trees by Tatertots and Jello.
5. Christmas garland by The Violet Hours.
6. Origami hanging decorations by Mini-eco.
7. Pinata Tree from Blow Up! for Anthology.
8. Christmas garland by Mr Jason Grant for Real Living.
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I love paper snowflake decorations. There is something magic about taking a pair of scissors to a plain sheet of white paper and transforming it into a delicate hand-cut decoration that Rob Ryan might be proud to call his own.
Whether you stick them on brown paper parcels or display them en-masse in your windows, they’re good old-fashioned fun to make. Even when the tree is done and the wreath is on the front door, you can never have too many snowflakes. And they’re a really nice craft to make with the kids while listening to carols or watching Christmas movies (I do love a retro Rankin Bass at this time of year). Here are a few other snowflake ideas and templates that I’ve compiled from Pinterest:
1. Snowflake curtain how-to via Bugs and Fishes (above).
2. Snowflake how-to via Martha Stewart (see top right pic).
3. Snowflake templates via Bon Temps Beignet.
4. DIY snowflakes using cupcake liners via Scrumdilly-do.
5. Snowflake templates via Inspiration for Home (above, left).
6. Snowflakes using coffee filters via The Handmade House.
7. Snowflake decoration via Jutta’s Flickr.
8. Snowflakes on brown paper parcels via a Pair of Pears.
9. Snowflakes en-masse (source unknown).
10. Overhead snowflake decorations via Martha Stewart.
Click here for more decoration ideas from Wee Birdy.