LOVE these new ‘gold leaf’ plastic Easter eggs I found at Dollar Tree!
They had small eggs in a package of 36, and medium and large eggs on picks for use in floral designs. I don’t do florals, but loved this egg color, so I bought one package of each of the egg picks as well as several bags of the small ones. Figure I can come up with SOMETHING to use the bigger ones for!
On these closer up photos, you can better see that the eggs are gold leafing over a pink base. Time to decide on a project for using them!
In past years I had used other kinds of eggs and moss in vintage bell jars.
I just so happened to have a stash of bell jars on hand (they are ‘one of those things’ that I’m always on the look-out for.) and thought the idea was worth replicating with this updated egg color.
I didn’t care for the moss with the gold eggs, so I decided to try some of my ‘hand folded and hand cut vintage book pages paper shred mixture’. Added in a bit of craft brown paper along with old yellowed book pages and whiter pages. The combination of the three colors worked perfectly!
I had three sizes of the vintage bell jars and three sizes of eggs, soooooooooooooo . . . I put the small eggs in the small jars, medium eggs (which easily pulled right off the wood pick!) in the medium jars and large eggs in the large jars.
I finished off ‘the look’ with a sheer gold ribbon tied around the handle.
I also packaged up some of the small eggs with some paper shred for those who want to create their own little nests.
Displayed them in my booth along with some little birds. These jars look great sitting atop candle pedestals too; as shown above.
What do YOU think? Gold eggs for Easter. Yeah or Hay?
It’s spring and I love making, selling and decorating with bird themed things, including nests with EGGS in them.
Things like this. I can buy the nests pretty inexpensively, in bulk from a wholesale supplier (CWI, but you do have to have a retail license to buy from them) and the moss to fill out the nest from Dollar Tree. But the EGGS??? The eggs are ridiculously expensive!!
Tiny ‘mini jelly bean’ sized ones are $3+ at the craft store. And they are not even very realistically looking, with a very visible ‘seam’ where the two sides have been joined. (you can ‘sand off’ those seams with a nail file!)
I use the little eggs in wall collages like this. (the birds came from DT.) And package the nests with eggs to sell individually. With as many eggs as I use, I HAD to come up with a less costly egg supply.
HERE is my solution! This was NOT my own original idea; but it was SO long ago that I came across it on the internet that I can’t remember WHERE I saw it. (I always try to give credit where credit is due! If you happen to know who originated this idea PLEASE let me know so I can credit them!) Can you tell what these ORIGINALLY were??
Just save up a bunch of Pistachio shells. Lay them open side down in a box (I use the low side boxes, like 4 six packs of soda come in) You want the paint to easily reach them, but don’t want them to ‘blow away’ from the force of the spray! Since them are so small, it is easier to use spray paint. I probably did over a hundred of them at once.
I used white, cream, pale blue and light green paints all in really quick short spurts. This will give you the most natural coloration of your eggs. Once dry, you can add your speckles. You can read about speckles and the splattering tool that I used HERE. It really is a pretty handy little tool. I’ve TRIED to add the ‘fly speckling’ with an old toothbrush and ended up with BIG BLOBS instead of tiny specks. But if you have a method that already works well for you. bu all means do it your way!
These plain oval gift boxes are from YEARS ago! Not sure what I was saving them for; but I am still ‘on a mission’ to use up what I have on hand and only buy what new supplies I absolutely NEED. (like more birds!)
These paper mache birds and chicks were from Michael’s last year. Bought the chicks on close out, specifically to save and paint up for this year. The birds were a ‘panic purchase’ last year when I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able to find any more ceramic or resin birds.
The boxes actually cane with matching lids and bases, I just decided to mix them up a bit for more interest. The chicks were painted then varnished with ‘pixie dust’ varnish. You can buy the pixie dust varnish already made; or make your own. Just be sure you use the most super fine opalescent glitter you can find and add it to GLOSS varnish. If you use flat or mat varnish you’ll lose some of the glitters glitz. Just mix together in your varnish bottle and brush on like any other varnish.
Chopped up some green crimped paper that I had into smaller pieces. Applied a good layer of tacky glue to the entire box top them ‘poured’ my grass on and smushed it into place. Let dry. Trimmed away what hung over the edges.
Then glued on the eggs with hot glue.
Didn’t have as many boxes for the birds as I did for the ducks. At least not ones that were the right colors. Was a bit ‘stumped’ when it can to what to do with the bird boxes after I glued the birds on?!?! So, on this yellow one I simply tied on a pretty ribbon.
I was on my way home from my booth at Stars today, and just decided to pop in to the big DT in Beaverton (since it was on my way)and see if they had any of the spring stuff out yet. Normally they don’t start stocking them until after all the Valentine stuff is taken down, but there they were!
And while I love the ones with the wire feet like they had last year, I can actually DO more with the flat ones. Glue them onto candle bases to make finials, glue them on top of boxes etc. AND they would sit more sturdily when used as wedding cake toppers. (which is something I do with them to sell in my etsy shop)
Here’s a side by side of last years and this years. Considerable difference in size. I still have a few of the wire footed ones left from last year. Over the next few weeks I will be ‘on a mission’ to buy out all the birds at every Dollar Tree in my local area. Yes! I really do go through that many!
Here are some of the ones I painted over the last year.
You CAN glue the wire legged birds on top of gift boxes, but it’s a bit trickier than the flat bottomed ones.
Painted, stained and given a crown!
These are wire legged ones from DT a few years ago. A bit more of a ‘carved’ and rustic look.
But they still painted and stained up nicely. See! There WAS a time when I didn’t put crowns on my birds!!!
Remember this post about upcycling these old candle jars:
Click HERE to go over to my Trash2Treasure blog to see the next batch of similar jars; as shown below:
So NOW I have some candle jars with the GLASS lids. blech! Not much I can do to disguise the fact that these used to contain candles. Still, it’s a pretty cute and simple idea:
You could even do this with jars that you don’t have a lid for, and tie a piece of muslin, burlap or cheesecloth over the top; which might actually look BETTER than using the original glass lid.
Got a few little projects done using the new nests and eggs from Dollar Tree:
The feather birds are back at Dollar Tree too!!! They are REALLY getting their ‘non holiday specific’ spring stock out early this year. Last year I only bought a few of the feather birds and was sorry later on when I went back for more, only to find them SOLD OUT!
I used quite a few of them for assemblages I made for my etsy shop last year. You can see some of them HERE.
SO, AFTER my big box of DT birds arrived from Texas, I decided to take another look at my local stores to see if they had any. SCORE! None of the stores had very many of them left, but I bought ALL they had at four different stores, so I am now STOCKED for the rest of the year!
Aren’t they adorable ‘beak to beak’ like this?!? Hop over to my trash to treasure blog here for a tutorial on how to make the tiny crowns.
And a couple of them in etsy listings:
Decided to try one unaltered bird on etsy too:
What are YOU doing with your DT birds?
This happiness was made possible by an ANGEL of a blog follower of mine, who commented that she had seen some birds at HER Dollar Tree store; in regards to my plight of being told there would be NO birds this year at ‘my’ DT. On a ‘prayer and a whim’ I asked if she might be willing to buy some and sell them to me and ship them to me (with compensation for her time and trouble doing so)
And did she EVER come through for me! that box is FULL of birds. I’ve got some serious crafting to do now!!!
Thanks again, my angel of a blog follower!
Still more DT frames, again painted and distressed. For these I removed the glass and mounted decorative skeleton keys from the ‘impulse buy’ section at the front of Michael’s craft store. (the stuff that USED to be $1.00, but is now 2/$3.00)
What other kinds of things do YOU put in frames to decorate with?