Monday, March 31, 2014

DIY Mini Easter Dome

DIY Mini Easter Dome
There's just something about miniature nature scenes that just say "Easter!" to me. As a kid I was enthralled with my grandma's collection of sugar eggs. You know the ones, with hard as rock frosting decorations on the outside and a little viewing window. I loved looking at the little scenes inside those eggs. On one of my recent wandering trips around Michael's recently, I came across these little glass domed plates and thought they'd be perfect for a mini Easter display.

Here's what you'll need:

DIY Mini Easter Dome
  • Mini Display Dome found at Michael's
  • Mini speckled eggs. I found a bunch of pink and green eggs at Michael's. Similar  
  • Moss or lichen. I found mine on the ground after a windstorm, but you can buy bags of moss in the floral section at the craft store
  • Sticks, twigs, and small pieces of bark. Again, foraged during an afternoon walk.
  • Parchment colored paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pliers to trim wire
DIY Mini Easter Dome

1. Optional: Paint a few of eggs with acrylic paint for more color variety (I painted the blue ones). Add some speckles with black or brown paint and a toothpick.
2. Break off a few small pieces of bark and glue them together to make a little raft-like shape. Make sure it's small enough to fit inside the lid of the dome.
3. Glue on a few small pieces of moss.
4. Clip the wires off of the mini eggs and hot glue them onto the raft.

DIY Mini Easter Dome

To make the little flags, hand write, stamp, or print out your Easter messages. I typed out a few in a simple font and printed them on a natural toned speckled piece of paper. Cut messages to size, leaving an extra 1/2 inch on the left side. Add a little bit of glue to a piece of wire (just trimmed from the eggs) and fold the flag around it.

DIY Mini Easter Dome

Once the flag is dry, trim the wire to size, about 1" tall. Experiment with placement in the arrangement. It is important to attach it to the left side of the raft so the entire paper fits inside the dome. Once you've found a good spot for it, add a dab of hot glue to the end and secure at an angle behind the eggs.

Glue the arrangement to the bottom of the plate with some hot glue. Add the dome over the top. Add a couple dots of hot glue to secure the lid to the base if you'd like.

DIY Mini Easter Dome

How cute are these? You can add another layer of personalization by tying on a little flag with a name to the top of the lid. Wouldn't they make the sweetest little place cards for Easter dinner?

DIY Mini Easter Dome DIY Mini Easter Dome

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