Easter Crafts – 3D Quilled Egg Canvas

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This is a real lovely little craft project that mainly involves quilling paper strips and if like me you don’t have yourselves a little quilling tool, then you will require a little patience.

Regardless of the fact I quilled my paper by hand, I later discovered while working on another project, that a pair of tweezers do the job rather well.

For this project you will require…

Quilling strips – 2 colours (I used gold and silver glitter)
Small canvas block
1 Half of a medium size plastic egg (I used one of those alien eggs)
Tacky glue
Black acrylic paint
Medium paint pad or paint brush
Mod podge gloss
Super Glue

Optional…
Quilling tool or tweezers to quill paper
Gem stones or beads

First quill some paper strips. If you have a quilling tool use this or as mentioned tweezers work well. To quill you basically roll the paper really tightly and press it into different shapes. You then secure your chosen shapes with a little glue. You can also roll the ends in the opposite direction for added effect. This is easily done by hand but does take a little longer. Remember when quilling your paper use two different colours quilling an equal number of both (I did about 12 of each colour).

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Once your paper quills are ready take your half of plastic egg shell and working in small sections apply a good amount of tacky glue then position the paper quills on top. You can really experiment at this stage! Add the quills to the egg making various patterns or glue together really tightly for that classic quilled look. At this stage you can also add beads or gems to random quills if desired. I’ve done this on various other projects and it looks really good.

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Once your design is complete add a very thin layer of mod podge over the top of the egg to give it a glossy finish.

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While your egg is drying (20 minutes – 1 hour depending on environment) bring forward your canvas block and black acrylic paint. I find that using a paint pad makes it super quick to cover the block with paint, plus you won’t be left with any brush marks. You can still use a paint brush if you don’t have a pad. I gave my block two coats of paint letting each dry for at least 20 minutes between coats.

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Once dry I gave my block one very thin layer of mod podge gloss which I applied with a clean pad.

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Once my block was fully dried I brought forward my quilled egg and applied some super glue around the eggs edging before finally securing it to the centre of the canvas block.

And that’s it… Finished.

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I think the glittery quills are very pretty and the colour choice really sets it apart from the usual “Easter Colours” of pastel yellows and pinks. The addition of the black canvas block applied as a back drop really works well and together they make the most striking combination.

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Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hearts! A symbolic symbol of love. We hang hearts from a chain, wear them on a jumper and send them on a Valentines card. Me… I cover my house in them! Yes, I love hearts and I have them popping up all over the home.

Recently I discovered that Next had the same ideas as me when it came to hearts in the home. They have a massive selection of heart decor featured on canvas, bedding, lamps, cushions and more besides.

As I browsed I instantly feel for a number of really pretty items and found myself lusting after endless heart themed accessories for the home.

If like me, you like a bit of vintage & shabby chic, you’ll love whats on offer at Next. I couldn’t resists taking a few screen shots of some of my favourites.

Cushions

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1) Kirstie Allsopp Heart Applique Cushion £25

2) Hearts Appliqué Cushion £14

3) Heart Love Cushion £14

4) J’adore Heart Cushion £14

I think number 3 is my upmost favourite. This would sit nicely on my bed.

Pictures and Mirrors

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1 Heart Landscape Canvas £20

2 Floral Heart Canvas £15

3 Heart Rocco Mirror £125

4 Heart Canvas £10

I adore the mirror, it does have a price tag of £125 but I imagine it looks stunning on the wall and would look great in my hallway. I also really like the heart canvas is and what a steal it is for a tenner!

Lighting…

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1 Rattan Heart Stick Table Lamp £60

2 Pink Beaded Heart Wreath £18

3 Pink Heart Line Lights £15

4 Putty Lit Heart £14

Oh so pretty! The heart fairy lights are so girly and would be perfect for my daughters bedroom! Also loving that pink heart for her room too… Really
sweet.

Furniture…

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Oh I’m just loving the Heart Photo Screen, its simply stunning

and I’m already saving my pennies for this one.

This Screen cost £99 and holds 27 photos.

Random Homewares

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1 Heart Detailed Chalkboard £12

2 Large Wooden Hanging Heart £14

3 White Heart Cake Stand £10

4 Ceramic Heart Wall Plaques £25

5 Pink Sparkle Heart Rug £35

As you can see I was now getting greedy…Its hard not to when there are so many lovely items available?

Above (number 1) is the sweet chalkboard that comes with a little heart chalk easer. I would love to hang this in the kitchen to remind me of important dates and events.

Lastly, staying on the topic of events, its Valentines Day tomorrow, meaning I couldn’t think of a better reason for checking out next and grabbing some heart decor for your home. After all you know what they say? “Home is where the heart is.”

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post! I was not paid to write this and I did not review the products. I simply thought I’d share the love.