These are just too much fun to make. And I hope that you guys think so too, my previous kits are sold out! So, I made up a few more, this time making the tins into baskets with vintage chenille stem handles.
There are a different versions completed and for sale in the Boutique as well.
Because you know me, I start to make something and become enamoured with the process and make a BUNCH of them! (by the way, I've got more banners and banner kits coming up too)
And these guys were all so sweet to do.
All are meant to hang, but a few are okay for sitting on a table top too.
In case they are hung up, the bottoms are pretty to see. (of course!)
Since I listed so many to sell in the Boutique, I'll have to make more for myself, I miss seeing them around the house where I'd hung them for photos.
Maybe the grand fairies can create a few with me, I think they'd enjoy it too.
Here is the one I've made up kits for. I'll tell you directions here, and will use the kits as my guideline.If you do not have a kit, please feel free to sub your own supplies for the ones I mention.
- Such as using a peat pot instead of a tin?
- Or pipe cleaners instead of the vintage chenille stems for the handles?
- Or little eggs from a hobby store if you don't have a vintage cutey to add to your own basket?
- I've hung an egg shape taken from a Victorian card at the bottom of my own creation, but you could make your own piece with a pretty hole punch instead.
These are the little wooden eggs I have in the kits. I've colored them with Coptic markers, then added white dots to them and coated the eggs with glue and dipped them into clear, crystal glitter.
Each kit comes with two eggs.
The glue I always recommend is Crafter's Pick The Ultimate. Use what you are comfy with, but I swear by this stuff. Always store it upside down in a cup, it is thick and will settle to the bottom. If your bottle lasts for more than a few weeks, be sure to stir it with a dowel, because that stuff will not shake up.
The bottom of the tin is covered in glue, then crepe paper. You can see more pictures of this step in the post I did last week- here.
I always cover the rough edges in the center of a crepe paper ruffle medallion. This time, I used a decorative hole punch on flocked wallpaper to make this oval. Another oval goes onto the back of the egg shape that will hang from it.
Two holes are punched into the first oval, and a ribbon is pulled through it.
A knot is tied in the ribbon, then the dangling piece is tied onto the bottom of that ribbon.
In this photo, I am holding up the egg shape piece that is tied to the oval that was glued over the crepe paper ruffled medallion on the bottom of the tin.
The paper piece that is meant to dangle is pretty light weight, so I added a rhinestone cluster to make it a bit heavier. That will make it hang nicely.
The tart tins that I provide in kits have the holes pre cut. If you are doing your own without a kit, use a Crop-O-Dile to cut them, that amazing tool makes it simple, and slices through the metal like it is a piece of cake!
The ends of the pipe cleaner, or chenille stem go into the holes, poke thru and fold up. Secure with a dab of glue.
Then, generously add glue to the bottom of the tart tin.
I provide a bit of faded, old Easter grass. But new grass would work too. Press it down into the glue, then add more glue to that and add your embellishments. You might need to hold them in place a moment or two so that the grass adheres firmly and your pretties stand up right.
The butterfly in my kit is a sweet little millinery piece that has a wire on it, that wire simply twists onto the handle. Put it near the top, slightly to the side. If it is at the very top, the piece won't hang right. If you put it too far to the side you will weight it over that way and the basket could tilt when hung.
Once you know the basics, you can make up lots of variations to the themes, like I did.