Mantles are great for seasonal decorating, and today we're sharing two Easter-themed decoupage projects mambi Design Team member Nicole Lensen (blog | IG) created using the prettiest floral paper in one of the new me & my BIG ideas Expandable Paper Pads, and then placed on her mantle in honor of the holiday.
Nicole says she has always loved simple DIY projects but after having children, easy-to-do projects have become a necessity more than just a nicety. She calls these two craft projects 'blow-your-mind simple.'
10-minute Decoupage Easter Bunny
About this project, Nicole writes:
"I picked up a flat wood bunny shape at Michaels. I had Mod-Podge on hand so I simply traced my bunny shape onto my paper, cut it out and got started. After you have cut your bunny shape you are ready to decoupage! Decoupage is seriously so easy. Just grab your supplies, in my case: one sheet of the floral print paper from the 'Juliette' Expandable Paper Pad, the wooden bunny, a jar of Mod Podge and some little faux-flowers - I used mini hydrangeas."
"Pour out a little Mod Podge onto your wooden bunny, smooth it evenly across the surface and hover your paper above your bunny to get it lined up as close as possible. Then, very carefully lay it down on the glue. I start in the middle of the project and smooth my way to the outer edges. Take your time smoothing. I’ve found this is the most important step. Even after the initial pass I give it a couple of minutes and then do another smooth pass over. Once you’ve adhered your bunny you can finish up with a final layer over the top. Pour a little Mod Podge out and rub it all over. I ended up with a little too much so I just swooped it off, with my fingers, and washed it down the sink. Stop smoothing when you’re happy with the final product.
Lastly, I felt like the bunny needed a little something extra so I added flowers for a tail. I cut the faux-flower heads off of the stem into smaller bits, so I had more control over the arrangement. I tried adhering the flower pieces with Mod Podge but didn’t have much luck. So I grabbed my trusty Glue Gun. Apply a little hot glue on the tail area and arrange your flower pieces into a puffy bunny tail."
'Happy Easter' Decorative Frame
About this frame, Nicole writes:
"I found a beat-up cork board in the 90% off aisle at Hobby Lobby and picked it up for $1.90! You could use any old cork board you have laying around or even an old picture frame for this project. I used the same adorable mambiSHEETS 'Juliette' Expandable Paper Pad as I did for my bunny, and the cutest Easter pack of stickers to revamp my bargain cork board for Easter!"
On her process, Nicole writes:
"I laid a piece of the floral paper over the cork board and with an exacto knife, cut around the perimeter of the board. Because the cork board is 18″ in height, the oversized Expandable Paper Pad was perfect! After I cut the rectangular piece out, I didn’t even adhere it to the board. The paper tucked right in but you could put down a little of your favorite crafting glue and adhere the paper to the board, if you so desire. To cover the marred coral frame of the cork board, I choose a light green cross-hatch design from the same Expandable Paper Pad, so that it would compliment the adorable floral print focal pattern. That is the handy thing about buying papers in a pack-they all compliment each other so nicely!
For the frame, I laid the cork board over the paper and traced around the edges. Then I measured the width of the actual frame with a ruler and used the ruler to mark several points on my paper so that it would match evenly and cut it out. I cut the corners diagonally and used a little glue to lay an even strip down along the frame then I gently pressed my new paper frame down. Presto. New adorably Spring-ready cork board!
I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the matching green cross-hatch paper frame, that I centered in the middle of the board. I used a grass frame design but you could just cut a simple rectangle out of the green cross-hatch paper if you do not have a cutting machine. I centered it on the cork board and glued it down to the floral print background. Then I placed my adorable Easter stickers on top."
A few decoupage tips Nicole learned along the way:
- Use your hands as much a possible! Don't stress about getting messy. That's what soap and water are for!
- Crumple you paper before you glue it down. It feels wrong when you crumple up perfectly prinstine paper, but it smooths out and make the finished product look better.
- Start with a thin layer of glue and focus on smoothing out the wrinkles on your initial lay-down.
- Thin paper works best. The thickness of the Expandle Paper Pads worked beautifully for this type of application.
For more Easter inspiration, head to our Easter Crafts Gallery page.