A Well Crafted Retirement

"Retire from work, but not from life." -M.K. Soni


3-D Easter Egg Centerpiece

I was looking at some old photos of family parties and dinners and noticed the honeycomb centerpieces on the table. You could buy these at any card shop in the 70’s.  They are the inspiration for this 3-D Easter project.

photo1aCricut Cartridges Used:

  • Walk in My Garden
  • Create a Critter 2

Cut Sized in Inches:

  • Flower pot @ 4.75 (Walk in My Garden)
  • Layered Easter eggs @ 3 (Create a Critter 2)
  • Solid Easter eggs @ 2.5 and 1.75 (Create a Critter 2)
  • Bunny @ 4 (Create a Critter 2)

Cuttlebug Folders:

  • Birds and Swirls
  • Swiss Dots
  • Simple Flowers
  • Give a Hoot Companion
  • Darice’s Swirl Background
  • Darice’s Butterfly
  • Darcie’s  Dandylion
  • Darice’s Simple Border

Other Materials:

  • green florist wire or 12 inch bamboo skewers
  • a tape runner
  • craft glue like Aleene’s Max Tacky Adhesive

I began with a print from the All Seasons II paper stack by the paper studio and then chose solid colors to coordinate with the print. The green is a print on one side and solid on the other from the Life’s Little Occasions by K&C Company.  To make the flower pot I cut 8 flower pot shadows from page 91 of Walk in My Garden in a eggplant color. I used the Simple Border folder that reminded me of rick rack to emboss the top edge of each pot. I folded each pot in half  with a bone folder and used a tape runner to apply adhesive along the white lines of the first pot. Then I attached the folded second pot to the first and applied the adhesive again. I worked through all 8 cuts and then attached the last to the first to make the standing pot. It’s important to leave a break in the adhesive at the top of each pot otherwise I couldn’t insert the stem for each egg.

2014-03-04 14.53.08-1For the decorated eggs I went to Create a Critter 2 page 40 and set up this cut. I used it twice for the green, the pink, the yellow and the purple. Then I carefully set out all the pieces and mixed and mingled the colors to create the 4 striped and 4 dotted eggs. But since this is a 3-D project each egg needed a back side. For this I used the icon on page 40 of Create a Critter 2 to cut 8 eggs again at 3 inches from the printed paper. Since I planned on adding my own layers, marking cuts didn’t matter.  I used the egg shadow layer at 2.5 to cut two purple, green, pink and yellow eggs and then went down to 1.75 and cut the four colors again.  The large eggs I embossed with the all over patterns and the smaller eggs I positioned carefully on the folders to get just a single butterfly or dandelion.  I arranged them and glued the layers down. All parts of the bunny had to be cut twice except for the shadow. Since my paper was the same on both sides I didn’t have to flip half the cuts right to left, I just turned them over before I glued them down.

Then it was time to make the Easter egg flowers. I cut 8 inch pieces of green floral wire for each of the eight eggs and a 12 inch piece for the bunny. I tried the bamboo skewers and they worked fine for the bunny, but didn’t let me adjust the angle of the eggs, so floral wire was the choice for them. I turned the decorated eggs over, spread Aleene’s max tacky adhesive around the edges of each and up the center, placed the wire into the glue in the center and them backed them up with the embossed eggs.  I used mini binder clips around the edges to keep the together until they dried. I did the same with the bunny only used the wooden skewer.  To find the “open” spot in the top of flower pot I found it helped to pry the edges open with my smallest spatula. I slipped each of the 8 eggs into the 8 slots and the bunny down the middle.

I had cut a few extra  2.5 egg shadows, so I embossed them and glued them randomly around the bottom of the flower pot between the “pages”. Taking the left over printed green paper I cut eight 12 inch strips 1/4 wide with the paper cutter.  I wrapped them tightly around a wooden chop stick to give them a curl and folded them in half.  I applied a dab of glue at the fold and inserted one in the slot at the base of each egg.  Now it looked finished!