recycled can craft for Easter with free printable graphics

How about a recycled can craft for Easter?  This recycled can craft is really quick and you can choose the graphic for it and make it for any occasion.

recycled can craft for easter


I printed the graphic on printable fabric that is purchased in almost any craft store.  The graphic Fairy has a post with 30 FREE printable vintage Easter graphics. 

You can pick and choose which one you like best or use one of your choosing.  I thought the darling girl and her sweet bunny were perfect for my house.  I love the soft look of the bunny and the color on her dress matches the colors in my house.  The graphics Fairy has a great selection of printables that are free for your use.

Supplies for recycled can craft for Easter:

  • 60 oz can
  • burlap
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
  • Printable fabric and printer
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • jute cording
  • button

Instructions for recycled can craft for Easter:

  1. Wash and dry a large can. Mine was left over from diced tomatoes that I used in chili for the super bowl.
  2. Cut a piece of burlap to fit around the can and use the hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the can.  You can sew around the burlap to stop fraying.
  3. Print the graphic and sew around the edges in a random pattern.
  4. Trim around the graphic and fray the edges.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the image.
  5. Wrap jute cording around the top and tie in a knot.  Add a couple of strands of cording into the knot and fray the edges
  6. Add a dollop of hot glue and press the button into the glue.  Hold while it dries.



baby banner

baby banner

Design a sweet baby banner to announce the arrival of the little bundle of joy. Tailor the paint colors to complement the nursery room palette.  No sewing involved.  Just a little paint and glue and you can announce wether it is pink or blue.

Materials for Baby Banner

  • Canvas or cardstock shapes with scalloped trim: hearts, 3”, three; tags, 4”x6”, four
  • Chipboard letters: b, a, b, y
  • Jute twine, 32” length
  • Blue heart eyelets, 14


  • We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Yellow Light, Yellow Green, Razzle Berry, Purple Wave, Baby Blue; Matte Spray Sealer
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

basic supplies

  • newspaper (to cover work surface), flat paintbrush, scissors

Directions for Baby banner

  1. On covered work surface, paint hearts Razzle Berry, tags Yellow Light, “b” chipboard letters Purple Wave, and “a” and “y” chipboard letters Yellow Green. Let dry. Paint scalloped trim on tags Yellow Green or Baby Blue. Lightly paint scalloped trim on one heart (center heart) Baby Blue. Let dry.
  2. Adhere letters on center of tags. Let dry. Apply sealer. Let dry.
  3. Use Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in upper corner of each item as shown. Attach eyelets.
  4. Thread cording through eyelets using photo as guide. Trim cording ends.

color washed daisy tags

color washed tagsThe color washed daisy tags are transformed from plain shipping tags into lovely mixed-media accents for spring and summer gifts. Make a bunch to have on hand for a quick gift package topper.  You could even tie them around a bottle of wine for a thank you gift.

Materials for color washed daisy tags:

  • Manila shipping tags, 2-3/8”x4-3/4”, four
  • Black cardstock
  • Vintage book pages
  • Jacquard Products Cotton Inkjet Fabric Sheets
  • Flower center embellishments
  • Computer, inkjet printer, and font(s) of choice
  • Sewing machine and black thread
  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Build a Flower #3 Die
  • Jacquard Products Lumiere Paints: Citrine, Pearlescent Blue, Pearlescent Magenta, Metallic Copper
  • Black chalk ink pad

Basic Supplies for color washed daisy tags:

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, foam paintbrush, small disposable bowl, wax paper
(to cover work surface), heat tool, Adhesive – hot glue or glue runner
For each tag, mix one part water with one part paint in small bowl. On covered work surface,
lightly apply paint mixture to one side of tag. Repeat for back of tag; let dry completely.
(Note: Tags will curl while wet, but will flatten out as they dry. Speed dry with heat tool, if desired.)

Die cut flower layers from vintage book pages and black cardstock.

1.  Using computer and following manufacturer’s instructions, format and print small sentiments
onto cotton fabric sheets; sentiments include “sweetest friend,” “thank you so much,”
“happiest birthday,” and “for someone special.”
2.  Cut sentiments into strips, leaving borders around text. Adhere sentiment strips and flower
layers to tags as shown using glue.
3.  Sew straight stitch around edge of each tag, 1/8” from edge, and around each sentiment strip.
Sew directly through flower layers to secure.
4.  Using Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, adhere flower center embellishment to center of
each paper flower.

Strawberry Jam Recipe Gift packaging idea

Country Fair Jams & Jellies  strawberry jam recipe,

Make this delicious strawberry jam recipe, plus two others  and give them as a gift with cool packaging that is made by hand.


  • Recycled 4-pack coffee drink carton and bottles
  • Patterned papers: red/cream polka dot; red/cream stripes; black Swiss dots
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Light Mocha; Lamp Black’ Traditional Burnt Umber
  • Melissa Francis Vintage Label (Heart & Home Collectibles)
  • Wool Felt (National Nonwovens): Cottage Red; Camouflage
  • White scrapbooking mesh
  • Black pebble beads (five per strawberry)
  • Natural hemp
  • Blue floral scraps
  • Red flat back buttons, two


  • Tiny Alphas rubber stamps (Hero Arts)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Cotton Batting by Fairfield
  • Embroidery floss: red; green
  • Marvy Craft Punches (Uchida): 3” Scalloped; 2” Circle
  • Embroidery needle
  • Sanding block
  • Paper trimmer
  • Rubber bands


  • 1. Paint carton Traditional Burnt Umber and lids Light Mocha. When dry, dry brush lids Lamp Black for an enamelware look. Dry brush edges of die cut tag. Apply varnish to lids.
  • 2. Cut patterned papers to fit all sides of carton. Glue papers to carton. Use paper trimmer to cut 2”x5-1/4” rectangle from kraft cardstock; glue to carton front. Trim edges of vintage tag and glue to die cut tag. Glue buttons to ends of tag and tag to carton front over center of craft strip. Cut four 1-1/4”x7” strips from mesh; wrap and glue around bottles. Punch four scalloped circles from Swiss dots paper and four circles from kraft cardstock. Stamp circle labels as shown. Layer circles together and glue to front of bottles.
  • 3. Print and cut out patterns. For each bottles cut two strawberries from Cottage Red felt and stem from Camouflage felt. Use red floss to sew beads to one strawberry piece for seeds. Layer strawberry pieces together and blanket stitch around edges, leaving 1” opening for stuffing. Stuff with a quarter-sized piece of batting and blanket stitch closed. Use green floss to sew details to stem and sew to strawberry.
  • 4. Cut 36” length from hemp. Center and sew hemp to back center of strawberry. Tie hemp around bottle neck several times and knot. Cut pieces of blue floral and glue inside hemp. Fill jars with jams and jellies.

Materials for delicious strawberry jam gift set:

  • Glass quart canning jar
  • Cardstock (Core’dinations): Black Core Abracadabra; Vintage Asparagus; Ruby
  • Black Semi-Gloss Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint (Krylon)
  • Jute Cording (Toner)


  • Sizzix items (Ellison): Big Shot Machine; Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Die: Baroque; Bigz Die: Vines with Leaves & Fruit
  • Ink (Clearsnap): Smooch Illuminate; Vivid Vintage Green
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (iLoveToCreate)
  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber bands


  • 1. Die cut Baroque from Black cardstock. Sand edges of die cut and glue to jar. Secure with rubber bands while drying.
  • 2. Die cut Vines with Leaves & Fruit from Vintage Asparagus and Ruby cardstocks. Ink edges of vines and berry tops. Adhere vines to front of jar and secure with rubber bands while drying.
  • 3. Use Illuminate ink to highlight embossed areas and edges of berries. Adhere berries to jar as shown.
  • 4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to spray paint lid. Let dry.
  • 5. Wrap jutecording around lid; tieknot. Adhere berries to jute. Fill jar with blackberry jam and replace lid.Country Fair Jams & Jellies patternUsePolyfil to stuff the strawberries.Delicious Strawberry jam recipe:

Country Fair Jams & Jellies 3
Country Fair Jams & Jellies recipe

Country Fair Jams & Jellies 2

Easy sew hand warmers

Easy Sew Hand Warmers Tutorial Muff

Make easy sew hand warmers from super soft Cuddle Cake pre-cut fabric by Shannon Fabrics.  They are going to be all the rage at preschool this year.  Okay, maybe not really but my daughter thinks they are super cool and so do her little class mates.  They were simple to make and she is happy her hands are warm.  The ribbon I used is extra long.  I threaded it through her sleeves when we went out for a walk.  I did not want her to lose it.  For the picture I have it doubled up and around her neck.  You can use wither method.

Supplies for Easy sew hand warmers:

  • 4 squares of Shannon cuddle cakes (dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green)
  • 1/3 yard Poly-fil High loft batting
  • crochet flowers from Ikea
  • 1 yard Ribbon from Offray
  • sewing machine, coordinating thread and a hand needle and thread.

Instructions for Easy sew hand warmers:

  1. Start by making your half square triangles. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a diagonal line across the square.
  2. Place the two squares on top of one another (right sides together – meaning that the “pretty” sides of the fabric are touching), and stitch 1/4″ away from the line, on both sides.
  3. Use scissors or a rotary cutter to cut down the line.
  4. Press the block open, with the seam allowance to one side. Stitch the blocks together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  5.  Repeat for inside pieces and the back piece. You now have squares with half triangles.
  6. Place two squares pretty side together.  Sew three sides together and place batting inside. Sew ribbon into the 4th side.  Repeat for other set of material.
  7. Sew the open sides of both pieces together.
  8. Stich the ends together to form a tube.  This is where you insert your hands.
  9. Hand stitch on the pre made flowers.

DIY Kids Shoes with Tulip Brand

decorated shoes embellished shoes

DIY Kids shoes with Tulip Brand and a CASH giveaway at the bottom. 
decorated shoes embellished shoes

blank shoes


Instructions for DIY KIDS shoes:

Start with white canvas shoes.   Squirt on dye.

tulip brand tie dye on canvas shoes

tulip brand tie dyecove shoes completely and let them sit over night. Wash and allow shoes to dry before embellishing them.

diy beads in a bottle Add the beds in a bottle a little bit at a time.  You do not want to smudge the pearls of liquid bead.  Embellish the shoes to fit your fancy.

IMG_1513I decorated the back too.

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Quick Easter Basket Idea

Quick Easter Bunny Basket
Quick Easter Bunny Basket
Quick Easter Bunny Basket
Bunny basket - bunny tail
Bunny basket -bunny tail

You can easily make a personalized bunny basket with a few quick additions like bunny ears cut out of fun foam, google eyes, pipe cleaners and pom poms. Pick an all-purpose glue that will hold various materials to plastic and you could make this in less than a half hour.

Spring Hats Fabric Flowers

I’ve tried another new technique: (that’s new as in, New To Me)
and it was definitely NOT a Craft Fail!!!  I ‘ve had several of those lately.
There are two or three big reasons this
new technique was not another
Craft Fail …
Reason Number One:
Crafty Dance Mom Girlfriend, Laura
Reason Number Two:
Crafty Dance Mom Girlfriend, Jen
Umm … Reason Number Three …
 the brains behind this particular creative
project … and not pictured
per her own stern request:
Crafty Dance Instructor, Miss Sherry.
We started with the vision
in Miss Sherry’s head, and this amazing
compilation of fabrics, trims, buttons, beads, and bling.
And pin backs.  And hot glue.
Lots and lots and lots and lots and LOTS
of hot glue.
I’m not even kidding about that.
I have to say, I didn’t get as many pics as
I would have liked.
Mainly because I was so excited every
time we got a new flower together it became
my new favorite – but also because
every time I picked up the camera I heard a
small groan.  That could
have been the roaring of blood in my ears
from the excitement of creating all day –
I can’t be sure.
Hours and hours of fun crafty business later,
we had enough unique fabric flowers
to make twenty-four hats.
Or twenty-six.  I forget.
We used cotton fabrics, upholstery fabrics,
felt, a satin fabric ~ we burned the
edges with a lighter to curl them
(photo of this would have been nice)
tulle, laces, beads, trims,
feathers, a black cotton rope fabric
(the edges did NOT burn well, btw)
antique jewelry, and even the threads
removed when we frayed the edges of the
fabrics to make these.
Oh ~ and we don’t recommend
burning the edges of the fabric after
the materials have been put together ~
only before.
I’m not telling you why we recommend this,
just trust us.  😉
Oh, what a happy baby!
He had a whole happy conversation
with the owl on this canvas!
And what a good listener the owl was!!
It was a crafty kind of girl day, for sure!
These happy girls were covered
in decoupage, bits of tissue, paint, hot glue,
feathers, and a fine sprinkling of glitter.
Creating memories is hard work!
Peek a boo, sweet baby!
Please note: he was a wonderful
and absolutely pleasant Valentines Dinner
Date the other night!
He has my heart.  What a doll!!
Lunch was super supreme nachos ~
here’s a ginormous THANK YOU to my crafty
dance mom girlfriends for bringing
all the fixins for said nachos!
At one point, we actually lost our girls.
Unthinkable, I know.
But they were only lost for a moment.
And then we found them.
Inside the swagger wagon – in the third seat –
and …
I’m thinking maybe I should have
asked my Amelia what in the world she was
introducing these girls to,
because they look rather … serious.
Troubled, even.
I love these girls!
Next Generation Crafty Girlfriends,
in the making!!!

9 Great Easter Egg Ideas

Last year we featured a week long EGGstravaganza and I wanted to share those projects again.  The links below will take you to Easter Egg Crafts.  Browse through and enjoy the Easter Egg Crafts.  Hopefully they will inspire you to create some new Easter Decorations

These egg magnets are made using polymer clay, and have tiny clips on the back to hold artwork, lists, or photos in place.

egg shaped magnet clips made from polymer clay

Please click on the links to find more information on all of the fun Easter Egg Crafts



Styrofoam Quilted Eggs


Needle Felted Sugar Eggs

Upcycled Easter Egg basket

Egg Craft Eggstravaganza-Easter Basket

Painted Wooden Eggs

Egg Craft Eggtravaganza – Wooden Egg Trio

Easter Scrapbook page Idea

Scrapbook Page Layout – “Egg”stremely Easter

Egg Shell Craft

Egg Craft – Eggstavaganza, Internet Inspiration

Faberge Eggs

Faux Faberge Eggs

Recycled Jar Easter Decoration

A Jar Full of Eggs – Egg Craft EGGstravaganza


Thanks for looking at the Easter Crafts we look forward to bringing you fresh and exciting  Spring crafts in the next few weeks.


3 Sassy Spring Ideas

Spring is around the corner.  Really it is.   If you are looking to make spring a little quicker.  Put away those winter decorations and break out the spring decorations.  If you need some inspiration on how to create your own decorations of a gift that has a spring flair check out these  ideas created by Melony Bradley.  If you like to needlefelt, there are many projects available for Spring Decorating including Decadent Fiber’s Felted Eggs and Chicks designs.  You should check out their site for ideas.

Felted eggs and chicks

Need a baby gift? Create Melony’s quick and easy bird mobile for a little one’s nursery with fabric scraps and a wooden plate.

Bird mobile



Easter Card and Easter Egg Basket (container) – Core’dinations, Colorbox Chalk Ink, Samantha Walker/Creative Imaginations paper, Scor-Pal, Sizzix Embossing folder and Helmar Zots and 450 Quick Dry.


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