DIY Bunny Garland

March 14, 2013 | DIY

I love bunnies! Not just at Easter time either, all year round.. they’re just so darn cute!

Easter is a good excuse to get more of a bunny fix without looking obsessive though, so I thought why make a bounding group of buns for above my desk?

I had some extra embossing foil lying around, so decided that would be my material of choice – and boy do these bunnies shine! If you don’t have any foil though, you could easily make them from cardboard and just colour them in, piece of cake! Carrot cake in fact. Yes, I went there.

Ok, so here’s what you’ll need!

Materials– Embossing foil (The metal I used was approx. 0.1mm thick)
– Bunny template (I’ve made one you can use: A4 and Letter)
– Sharp pointed tool (or large needle)
– Blunt pencil
– Scissors
– Strong thread
– Beads (optional)
– Foam sheet (optional)
– Sticky tape (optional)

Step 1.
Print out your template, and use it to cut out a bunch of bunnies.

Step 2.
Put something soft down on the tabletop, like a piece of craft foam. Take one of your metal bunnies and overlay the template again. Using your sharp tool, pierce through the two circles marked on the template. These will be where your string goes through. Do that for all the bunnies. Then, keeping the bunnies on the craft foam, take your blunt pencil (if it’s too sharp it might rip the metal) and indent lines and patterns into the bodies of your bunnies. Flatten them out again if they’ve bent a bit.

Step 3.
Once you’ve finished decorating your bunnies, all that’s left to do is thread them onto your string! Make sure that you always thread them in the same way – from front to back through the first hole, then from back to front though the second hole, so you’ll end up with a line of string running along the backs of each bunny. If you want, you can add a piece of sticky tape to the backs to hold them in place along the string.

Step 4.
String them up and admire your work! :)

It turns out that it’s quite a hard thing to photograph.. I’m not sure they’ve really done it justice! Oh well.. still cute :)

DIY Metal Flower Brooch

August 30, 2012 | DIY

I found some embossing foil at the craft store the other day and bought some without any specific project in mind.. but then I came across this tutorial for making paper flowers, and thought they might also be cute if they were done in metal :)

Here’s what you’ll need

– Embossing foil (The metal I used was approx. 0.1mm thick)
– Hot glue gun
– Circle punch (mine is about 1″ or 27mm diameter)
– Brooch clasp, or two strong magnets that are attracted (the idea is so you don’t damage your clothes)
– Old scissors

*For more thorough instructions, visit Wedding Chicks blog for the paper version. Other than making them in metal, the only other thing I did differently was to leave 3 circles flat for the bottom layer.

Step 1.
Punch out 10 circles from the foil using your circle punch. Put 3 aside. With the remaining 7, cut a straight line from the edge into the centre of the circle.

Step 2.
Doing one circle at a time, put a dot of hot glue on one side of the cut and bring the other side over the glue and stick it down (should look like a cone). I did 3 circles as fairly shallow cones, 3 as deeper cones, and 1 (for the middle) as a tight cone.

Step 3.
Overlap the 3 flat circles, using a dot of hot glue to stick each together. They’ll be the base. On top of that, overlap and glue the 3 shallow cones, followed by the 3 deeper cones. Finish it off by gluing the tight cone in the centre.

Step 4.
On the back, glue either your brooch clasp, or one of the two magnets (make sure it’s the magnetised side up). Once the glue has dried, you’re ready to wear!

*As an alternative, I left the tight cone out of one of my flowers and instead filled it with craft glue and glitter to give it some sparkle. You could also add a button, or beads.. :)