How to make an Easter egg garland {guest post}

This gorgeously simple craft today is from the lovely Brenda from 13acres.  Brenda was one of the very first bloggers I got to know when I first started blogging four years ago and we have remained friends ever since!  You can see the last guest post that she shared here.  Brenda is a clever creative soul and beautiful inside and out.  She and her family have recently embarked on a wonderful tree change and have just moved into their newly built farm house in country Victoria where she bakes delicious goodies, takes beautiful photos, grows her own veggies and even makes her own passata.  Whenever I visit her blog it always makes me smile.  I know you’d love it too.  

What you need 
  • coloured paper or old wrapping paper or old cards (anything really)
  • scissors
  • something to pierce little holes (baby hole punch or sharp knife) 
  • twine or jute string 

1. Make a template of an egg shape with a piece of cardboard.  

2. Use this to cut out egg shapes from your selection of paper.  


We used some old scrapbooking paper and old paper bunting cards that I used to make for markets.  


The bright colours were perfect for this Egg themed garland! 

3. Make two small holes at the narrower end of the egg as this is where you will thread the twine.  


4. Starting from the back, thread the twine in one hole and back through the other as this is how it will stay straight. 


Leave enough twine on either end for hanging and hey presto, your done!  An Easter Egg garland!  

This post is part of the Easter craft series here on the blog.  If you’d like to see more Easter crafts, activities or recipes from this series, click on the image below …


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If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email me.  xo

Ready to Rummage

Frog Goose and Bear will once again be having a stall at the Melbourne Suitcase Rummage at the Thornbury Theatre tomorrow from 11 – 4 if you happen to be in the area.  I’d love to say hi!  I’ll be selling lots of fabric covered Christmas cards, clay birdies and rainbow garlands.

Along with my gorgeous friend Candy who makes the coolest magnets around!

At the last suitcase rummage I was lucky enough to have a stall next to a gorgeous young gal who made soy candles in all kinds of funky containers.  I was inspired and we have been making some of our own.  Head over to Kidspot Village Voices for FGB’s next eggshell craft instalment!

Have you ever been to a suitcase rummage? 

My Creative Space – Miniature Bunting

I haven’t joined in with the fabulously inspiring ‘creative space’ for a long time…

Inspired by many other clever gals across the internet and my stash of origami paper, I’ve been making some mini bunting birthday cards for friends.

Then I tried making some mini bunting by just sewing triangles together.  

I made these ones from an old Melbourne street directory for an extremely well-travelled 3 year old who has a thing for maps and had an aeroplane themed birthday party.
I also made some for my extremely well travelled sister-in-law who has a ‘thing’ for bunting and is currently living overseas.  Thought they might reminder her of home.

I quite enjoyed making them as I have a ‘thing’ for cutting paper with scissors.
It is a great ‘in-front-of-the-telly’ activity.  I need some more of those in my life.  I spend far too much time on the move and ‘getting stuff done’ after the kids go to bed and I need to allow myself some time just to sit in front of the telly.  This way at least I can still feel productive and not like I’m completely wasting my time.
Such frivolous time wastage can sometimes feel like a thing of the past for me.  Pre-children.  They just don’t seem as urgent as the thousand other things that need to be done.  After pushing myself far too hard on too many occasions, since starting this blog, I am starting to realise that these things are possibly even more important for a mother sometimes.  When we have taken some time out doing something that relaxes or refreshes us we are much better mothers and much better people.  Sometimes those dishes just have to wait and cutting up paper triangles can be even better for the soul of someone like me who is completely energised by doing something a little bit crafty, creative and frivolous.  

Do you feel like you are wasting your time if you just sit and watch telly, read a book (or a blog), go for a walk, sit at the park watching your kids or cutting up paper triangles?  Or are you good at looking after yourself?

To check out other creative souls, head on over here.  You’ll be stuck for hours and just maybe, that might not necessarily be a bad thing.

EASY PAPER CHRISTMAS DECOS (& a handy tree hanging tip)

While making some paper garlands for last week’s fundraising Christmas market, I experimented a little using the same concept and came up with a fun & simple way to make this paper bauble Christmas decoration.

To make these cute garlands you need a large circle hole punch* (or some scissors & a shot glass), some old sheet music and a sewing machine.  Place 2 paper circles on top of each other and thread through the machine and repeat until you have a garland of your desired length.  

To make the single bauble decoration you use the same concept.  This time you pile 5 paper circles on top of each other (depending on the thickness of your paper & what your machine will cope with) and thread it through the machine, leaving a long thread at one end to use as the string to attach to the tree.  Both the garland and the bauble really work best with double sided paper.

While we are on the topic of Christmas decos, I thought I’d share a little cheats way of hanging Christmas decorations that my mother taught me…Twisting open a wire paperclip (as pictured below) makes decorating the Christmas tree so much easier for little hands!

To be honest, you don’t really need a sewing machine to make the paper bauble Christmas decoration.  I have seen it made many times using glue.  Just slightly more time consuming.  With a gluestick and some more paper circles, you could also have fun making a larger paper bauble like this one made by my clever friend Heather.




I have also seen the same concept work really well on Christmas cards here.

This garland that I saw on the Creative Place last week is what I want to try next…after I purchase some different sized hole punches… a whole new league of garland!  


For some more paper decorations made from old sheet music check these out.

My circle punches are both 2″ in size.  One plain circle and one with a scalloped edge.  Mine were purchased on ebay, but I have seen them at art supply shops in various shapes and sizes.

MY {daughter’s} CREATIVE SPACE…

Inspired by Lou, at Christmas time Goose made a few paper garlands and decorated the house in Christmassy colors. Since then, we’ve gone a little crazy.

She had a friend’s birthday party a few weekends ago and made a garland to match the colours in the girl’s bedroom.

A handmade pressie for her friend. It looked gorgeous, all packaged up.

I have a huge stash of papers and old books that have been sitting there for years and I love seeing them being put to use again.

We’ve made lots more using old books from op shops & Granny’s old sheet music.

I love a quick, easy craft, particularly one that uses recycled materials.

Couldn’t go without showing you Goose’s favourite – made with wrappers she’d especially saved from a box of Rose’s chocolates…

For some more creative spaces head over to Kirsty’s highly creative space.

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