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Make decorative eggs using colored yarn or twine and plastic Easter eggs. (Republican Eagle photos by Danielle Killey)

DIY: Spring

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It might not feel like it, but spring is less than two weeks away.

At least, according to the calendar it is.

But you can bring the bitter winter to an end right now inside your home or office with spring decorations.

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Flowers, bunnies, birds and Easter eggs can pep up décor and make those last few weeks of winter more bearable.

Here are just a few ideas to make your own flowers, decorate Easter eggs a different way and do spring crafts with kids.

Coffee filter flowers

Materials:

• About 10 coffee filters (two sizes preferable, but not necessary)

• Wire (ex. floral wire)

• Floral tape (other tape can be used)

• Scissors

• Liquid glue (ex. hot glue, white glue)

Take one or two coffee filters at a time. Fold in half, then fold end to end, so they are triangle shaped, two or three times. Cut a short diagonal line on the top of folded side. Open once and round out the edges, cutting into a heart shape. (This will create the “petal” effect.) Unfold completely. Repeat these steps until all filters are cut.

Cut the wire about an inch longer than your desired length. Fold over the extra material into a loop on the top.

Starting with the smallest size, thread the first coffee filter onto the wire in the center, ending at the loop. Put a dab of glue in the center and pinch the filter against the wire. Twist the filter around the wire.

Thread the rest of the filters on to the wire, wrapping them around the previous filter.

Once all the filters are on the wire, pinch the bottom of the filters together and wrap the tape around them.

Fluff out the filters as needed.

Tips

• If you’re using only one size of coffee filters, cut some smaller and put those on the wire first.

• Try to make sure when pinching and twisting the filters they don’t just fold along the creases made from folding and cutting.

• You could use a bead, button or other embellishment in the center. Just thread onto the wire before the coffee filters and glue in place.

Yarn-wrapped eggs

Materials:

• Plastic Easter eggs (or wood eggs, found at craft stores)

• Yarn (as many or few colors as desired)

• Hot glue

• Scissors

Starting with the first color of yarn, glue the tip of the yarn to the top center of the egg. Wrap into a spiral around the top of the egg, gluing as needed.

Continue wrapping and gluing all the way down the egg, stopping to change colors as desired.

Tips

• If you’re using the plastic eggs that pop open in the middle, you can either glue that shut before covering with the yarn or place the yarn strands around the line so the egg can still open (whichever you want).

• The yarn will tend to fall out of place toward the bottom of the egg. More glue (or using it more frequently) might be needed there.

• Make sure to pull yarn tight as you wrap it.

Paper plate chicks

Materials:

• Yellow paper plates

• Orange construction paper

• Yellow feathers

• Googly eyes (or permanent marker to draw eyes)

• Glue

• Scissors

Cut two long strips of the construction paper, two feet-shaped pieces and a diamond.

Fold the long strips accordion-style for the legs. Glue the feet to the end. Glue the legs to the back of the plate, on the bottom.

Fold the diamond piece in half to make the beak. Glue to the center of the plate.

Glue on eyes or draw them above the beak.

Glue the feathers to the sides of the plate for wings.

Bunny handprint art

Materials:

• White paint

• Pink paint

• Black permanent marker

• Paper or block of wood (for the print to go on)

Paint your four fingers and palm of your hand with the white paint. Don’t paint the thumb.

Press your pointer and middle finger together and your pinkie and ring finger together, with a space between. Each set of two fingers will be one ear for the bunny.

Press down on the paper or wood block.

Let the white paint dry.

Paint the inside of the ears with the pink paint.

Use the marker to draw eyes, a nose and whiskers on the face.

Tips

• Paint your wood block a bright color, or choose patterned construction paper for the background. Attach ribbon or rope to the top so you can hang your artwork.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
(651) 301-7877
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