It’s hard to resist the urge to buy lots of new things every season when decorations hit the shelves. The dollar sections and craft stores are brimming with cute things that make you forget what you’ve got in storage and pine for something new. Sometimes crafting can be a pricey endeavor, but a quick visit to your local hardware store can turn an every day object into a festive decoration with little or no money spent. Enter: paint swatch projects.
After taking down my Valentines decor, my mantle was bare and sad, so I decided to get a head start on Easter and make a fast, easy garland to hang with my older things. I headed to the hardware store and picked out a few paint swatches. I’m really into crafting with paint swatches lately, and the possibilities are endless.
At the hardware store, snatch yourself about 15 different paint swatches in various Easter pastel colors. You can really play with the colors on your garland but I wanted a variety so I just picked a few at random.
Some of the swatches had four colors and some only three, it really doesn’t matter. Using a pencil, draw an egg-shape. I free-handed mine, and using a pencil is key because it erases from the swatch really well.
You’ll want to off-set the egg so you can maximize the amount you get from each swatch, with the white line running right through the middle or closer to the top.
Cut the egg out and use it as a template for the rest of your eggs.
Once you have all your swatches covered with egg shapes, cut them out. Now, this process would be a lot easier with an egg-shaped craft punch, but I didn’t have one and I wasn’t willing to go buy one just for this project.
The cutting didn’t take too long, and I even let my six year-old cut some for me. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfect, just try to make them as close as you can.
Now you have a nice stack of happy little Easter eggs. Here is where you need to make a decision. Initially, I made a one-sided garland, but I have some space on my mantle and the eggs kept turning and exposing the other side, which was not colored and pretty. In my case, I made them double-sided to avoid the turning problem. If you’re going to be hanging them on the wall, one-sided should be fine.
I laid out my eggs in the order I thought looked the best, doubled the eggs wrong side together, and started sewing.
I put my eggs close together, but if you want to spread them out that’s fine too. The white line is a nice sewing guide to keep your eggs straight and camouflage your seam. Feed all the eggs through until you have a nice little line.
The eggs turn a little, but they look cheerful and cute and make me look forward to the warmer days of spring.
The cost was practically nothing, and I spruced up with rest of the mantle with “Springy” things I had on hand. Nothing says Happy Easter like a string of cheerful little colored eggs!