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DIY Floral Headband

easter-flower-headband-diy-5When I was a wee lass, I looked forward to Easter every year for the joyous celebrations and the candy-filled baskets, yes, but what I also treasured a certain wardrobe-expanding tradition: the purchase of an Easter outfit including a pastel dress, white gloves and a hat to match. I lovingly referred to this corresponding accessory as my Easter bonnet and I absolutely could not wait to don it come Sunday morning.

As I grew older, the Easter baskets remained but the tradition of the Easter bonnet faded away. This year I decided to bring that tradition back with a little twist. Instead of a big straw hat with the flower-embellished front flipped up as ’90s style dictated, I decided to go with a more modern, albeit ’70s-inspired floral headband. Sans spray paint dry time, this DIY floral headband took about five minutes to put together, but it adds a whole bunch of gilt glamour to any Easter Sunday look, whether you plan on heading to a sunrise service or a deviled egg-filled brunch.

easter-flower-headband-diy-3For this project, you’ll need the following:
• metallic gold spray paint
• gold headband
• wire-stem flowers
• needlenose pliers

1. Use foil-finish gold spray paint to cover each flower with at least two coats so the flowers have a metallic sheen.

2. Once the flowers are completely dry, after about an hour, hold the first flower just above the center of the headband and wrap the wire stem tightly around the headband. Working from the right, do the same with the next two flowers, making sure they’re nice and snug up against each other. Repeat on the left side.

3. Use the pliers to secure any ends that are poking out and pick out your finest Easter dress to pair your headband with.

easter-flower-headband-diy-6easter-flower-headband-diy-7Linking up with Sydney Fashion Hunter.



Otomi-Print Easter Eggs

otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-4otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-6otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-9otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-10Now, I understand that some of you fools might be over Otomi print, but I am certainly not. A pair of beautifully embroidered Otomi pillows sit proudly on the wingback chairs in my living room, and because of their close proximity to my line of sight when I sit on the couch at night and dream up ideas for this ol’ blog, I’m always wanting to Otomi-print everything. A cake? Yeah, sounds delicious. My hair? Would that I could. Some festive Easter eggs? Sounds right up my alley.

One thing I especially love about this particular Easter egg decoration method is that it doesn’t require any dying. I don’t know why, but as I get older, I’m less and less interested in dying eggs and more interested in using easily wielded tools like markers and gold leaf to achieve the designs of my dreams. And while this project is not super time intensive, I did choose to use blown eggs for my little Otomi beauties so I could pack them away after this Sunday and break them out to enjoy next year as well.

otomi-print-easter-egg-diy-1For this project, you’ll need the following:
• blown eggs
• markers (I used these)
• pencil and eraser

1. Once you’ve cleaned, blown out and dried your eggs, sketch the Otomi print of your choice onto your egg using a pencil. Here’s a good example of what you can base your sketches on. Then, use an eraser to lightly erase the pencil lines so you can just barely see the outline.

2. Grab some markers and start filling in your shapes! Use scribbly stripes (that’s a technical term) to shade each image, roughly mimicking the texture of embroidery. Once you’ve colored in your whole egg, let the ink dry completely so it doesn’t smudge and then proudly display your beautiful Otomi-print eggs.



Pearl-Encrusted Easter Eggs

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In the past, I’ve tried it all: classic dip dying, painting, wax dying and more. This year, I was inspired by Lupita Nyong’o’s beautiful couture Calvin Klein Oscars dress and decided to cover my Easter eggs in pearls.

I love the all-white, textured look of these eggs, and creating different pearly patterns was oddly soothing. All you have to do is hard boil some eggs, grab your favorite glue and start sticking. If you wanted to keep these beauties for more than one season, you could use blown-out eggs, but you’d need to be extra careful when applying pressure to the pearls as you glue them on.

Happy Easter everyone!