Thursday, February 25

artful thursdays #8.....nut cup easter basket tutorial


spring is on its way i can feel it. the other morning as i left the house at 5am i heard birds for the first time in months. living in utah with a blanket of snow that lasts through the winter the first signs of spring are a cause for celebration.

that and the tiny chenille chicks and easter candy that they just stocked at the market....



today's artful thursdays project is a quick one you can make in 15 minutes once you gather your supplies. you will need some little white party nut cups, pipe cleaners, crepe paper, tiny blossoms and stamens, a chenille chick, and a bit of trim.

step 1. nibble a chocolate easter egg.

ok, real step #1. cut your pipe cleaner to 6 inches and fold into a handle. (try not to get chocolate on the pipe cleaner) glue the two ends (3/4 of an inch) on either side of a paper nut cup and clip until the glue dries.




step # 2. cut a strip of crepe paper 1 inch wide and 36 inches long. gather down the middle with your sewing machine or needle and thread. fold crepe paper ruffle in half along the stitching and glue around the top edge of the nut cup. glue another folded ruffle on top of the first so you have a nice ruffly edge.


step #3. gather a strip of tulle or vintage curtain 1 inch wide and 20 inches long. glue it on top of the crepe paper ruffles.


step #4. glue a strip of pretty 1/4 inch trim along the center of the tulle. this darling spool of trim was at joann's. they had lots of pretty spring colors of narrow vintage looking trim and each spool was only $1.00!


step #5. gather together a tiny posy of millinery flowers and stamens. wire them tightly together and clip off extra wire.



step #6. wrap the posy with ribbon or string and tie to the pipe cleaner handle on one side.


step #7. fill the basket with tiny paper shred. make your own by cutting a folded up piece of crepe paper into 1/8 strips.

step #8.
cut text strip from a book with words you like and fold it in half and notch the end. glue around a paper millinery flower stem and tuck the banner under a little chenille chicks wing. glue in place. the little banner could have a name on it and your basket could be the place card for a friend coming to tea...


fill your basket with little candy eggs and pop your chick on top. its as sweet as you!



here are a few other tiny easter baskets i made. the vintage crocheted nut cup holders came in an old chocolate box. i imagine they were brought out for bridge night with the girls. i dressed this one up a bit...




i made a few easter decorating kits for you with all the supplies to make 8 little easter baskets on a lovely sunny afternoon.
happy thursday, julie

29 comments:

paperbird said...

Julie these are precious - I love them.

Tyggereye said...

So cute!! I love these little guys. That inspires me to make something cute for easter too. Adorable!!

Mama Magpie said...

Cuteness!

Jeanne said...

Super sweet tutorial Julie!
xo
jeanne

Rebecca said...

So stinkin' cute! I love them all!

~Rebecca

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

You know that it is going to be a magnificent day when you discover that you have everything to create such a treasure.

You're brilliant.

Lisa Russell said...

SO sweet and SO pretty!

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

I look forward to all your Thursday projects. Thanks,

Jingle said...

These are so absolutely adorable! I love them!

Kika said...

I bought some of these cute little chenille chickies. The moment I spotted them, just couldn't resist their cuteness. Thanks for the great idea!

TheresainMS said...

These tiny nut cups are adorable! Love them and my brain is brimming with ideas to try. I got my pre-ordered Apprentice and your piece is lovely. Great work and congratulations on being published in my favorite group of magazines, bar none!

Tina said...

WOWZERS - are you kidding me? These are so stinkin cute. I am so in love with these cups and on my way to buy your kit from etsy.


thanks for the info and the great idea.

xo
tina

posted my artful thursday as well - stop by if you have a chance

embellishments by tina

Nicole Austin said...

i love these! pure sweetness. i am so ready for spring!

bad penny said...

these are stunning - thanks for showing how you made them.

Kim said...

Those are super cute and our local stores just put out the cute little chickies. I told my girls I'd find something to do with them! Thanks for the great idea!

Jen B said...

These are wonderful and oh-so sweet! Great detailed steps in your tutorial, so generous!

Molly-Mole said...

your pictures and ideas are always so beautiful and inspiring. This has given me an idea for our place settings for our big 10 year wedding anniversary party - many thanks for always sharing your joyful ideas! xxx

Pam Aries said...

These are the cutest darn decorations!

Suz said...

Those are the sweetest things I have ever seen. I love your blog so much an check it daily!

brookie said...

so cute... where do the sweet baby chicks come from?

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, these are so cute! Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

miss lynn said...

hi julie...
i swear the moment
i read this post,
i was like...i am
so making those.
a.dor.a.ble...
thanks for the
step by step
4-1-1.
happy day!

Pearl Maple said...

Congats on the publication, you have so many fun things going on in your blog space.

Nicole Austin said...

p.s. where did you get those multi-colored chickies? i could only find them sold in blue, pink or yellow.

Bonnie said...

Love these little baskets! Will you be adding more kits to your shop? Hope so.

Little Pink Studio said...

Julie your nut cups are among the cutest I have ever seen!! So cute!
Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful tutorials too.
Cerri xo

Marcela said...

I love these little guys!!!!!!!!
Marce

Anonymous said...

Perfect! Thanks for the Easter ideas.

Diana Cox said...

I love these darling nut cups...I remember the ruffled crepe paper trimmed nut cups of my childhood. And I've always loved the little chicks. This is a win-win. Thank you. =^-^=

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