Two stores that I frequent most often(even more than the grocery store I think!) are Michaels and JoAnns. Sometimes it’s to pick something up for a craft that I’m working on and sometimes I just like to browse and soak up ideas. During holidays, both stores have their own selection of home decor – pictures, pillows, candles, flags, you name it – they have themed decorations. I started perusing the isles for decorating ideas because a lot of the items look simple enough to make myself. I know that sometimes it may be cheaper to make your own decorations and sometimes it won’t. Especially when you factor in sales and coupons which I always try to take advantage of. On the other hand, I like the challenge of trying to make my own crafts. Figuring out how something is made. And isn’t it so much more rewarding to look up at your wall and see something that you have created instead of something that has been mass produced and probably adorns a thousand other walls?!
I digress…went off on a tangent. I don’t know about you, but my brain does that often! I recently upgraded from the Cricut Expression to the Cricut Explore Air 2 because the original one just couldn’t do everything that I wanted it to do. I thought to myself ‘an Easter decoration for the wall would be the perfect project to break in my new Cricut’. You by no means need a Cricut to make this item. Crafting is my hobby so I have purchased many tools. There are templates online and in the store that you can use to modify and make it your own. That’s the one thing I love about crafting!
I started with a canvas measuring 8″x10″. I had some yellow flocking that I bought some time ago and never really used and I thought that it would be perfect for a baby chick. I free handed an outline of a baby chicks head with a pencil on the canvas.
I then painted it with yellow satin acrylic craft paint. I used Martha Stewart’s Chamomile. I did two coats of the yellow paint and after the second coat, I sprinkled the flocking generously over the picture like you would glitter. The paint acted as an adhesive. I brushed the excess off by tapping the canvas over the trashcan and then let it dry completely. Once dry, it gives, the perfect fuzziness that I wanted to have for my baby chick.
I decided that my baby chick needed to hatch out of a pretty Easter Egg. For all images, I used Cricut Access cut files that was included (for a limited time) when I purchased my machine. I will refer to each image by their number. I used cut file #M3CF90 using complementary colors of heavy, textured cardstock. I assembled the Easter egg and then cut it in half. I applied the bottom half under the chick as if her were coming out of it and glued the other half to the bottom of the canvas. I used Aleene’s felt and foam glue because I had it around and it was the perfect tackiness needed for the different textures of paper and canvas. I cut two #M43C45 – one out of pink cardstock and one out of green. I cut the Happy away from the green Happy Easter and glued it vertically along the top left and glued the pick Easter along the bottom. To finish off the chick, I used #M385AE for the mouth and eyes. I wasn’t able to select just the eyes to cut becasue it’s actually the background image for the entire cut file so I cut it out on brown paper and then fussy cut the eyes out. I can use the remainder of the brown chick for another project.
To finish the canvas off, I glued some 3/8″ ribbon in coordinating shades of green around the sides with the same adhesive. I am going to hang it on the wall using Command Strips which I love!
And there you have it! I love how you can take this and customize it by changing the color and style of the Easter Egg or changing the font – even changing the sentiment. The baby chick could be doing something completely different! I would love to see how you have made you own Easter Wall Decorations!