Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ribbon Egg Cards


I am thrilled to have Brooke Reynolds as a special guest today. Brooke is the former senior art director for Martha Stewart Kids and Martha Stewart Living, a book designer, and mother of two. Her blog, Inchmark, is always a source of pleasure and inspiration for me. She generously came up with this Easter craft for me to share with you; I can't wait to make these with Abbott and Cal!

RIBBON EGG CARDS

I'm always happy to come up with something I can make from the things I already have around the house. I'm sure I'm not the first person who has thought of using ribbons and ric rac to make Easter egg cards, but if you want to try and make some of your own, here's how to do it. For these cards you need: an assortment of ribbons and ric rac, white paper and envelopes, construction paper, scissors, and some tape.

Cut your construction paper so it fits nicely inside your envelope when folded in half. This will be the outside of your card. Cut the white paper so it is 1/8" or so smaller than the construction paper on all sides, this will be the inside of your card.

Depending on the size of your card, cut out an easter egg shape out of cardstock or any heavy weight paper.

Trace your egg template on the front of your card (see how-to below). Cut the egg shape out of the card while leaving the edges intact (you can do this with an exacto knife or by poking a pair of scissors inside the egg and cutting around the shape).


You'll now have an egg shaped window on the front of your card. Choose a few different ribbons or ric rac that look nice together. Cut the ribbon so it's just long enough to extend a bit past both sides of the egg (see how-to below).


Play around with the placement of the ribbons on the egg before taping them down. Move your ribbons to the side and flip your card over, so you can tape the ribbons to the backside of your egg window (see how-to below).


Now you'll need to attach the white inside card to the construction paper (which will also cover up your tape and the messy ribbon ends). Using a glue stick, glue the white paper to the construction paper.. making sure to get all the edges and leaving the "egg" area as glue free as possible. Center the white paper on the construction paper, and press firmly together.

Refold your card and write an Easter message..and mail or hand deliver to loved ones!



22 comments:

Sarah Jackson said...

Those are super cute!! very very cool.

Becky said...

I love the handmade look of these! And we have tons of ribbon scraps floating around. Thanks also for all the how-to pics!

Irene said...

These are so clever and adorable! Though I celebrate Passover, not Easter, I'm going to figure out how to use this technique in other ways, because they're so cute!

Lynanne said...

These are adorable! Something to do with my 4 drawers of ribbon! :) The kids will love it. And thanks for turning me on to a great new blog as well.

Frau said...

Really cute and so easy! Have a Happy Easter.

Purple Flowers said...

Very very cute and colorful. The recipients are very fortunate people!

Debra said...

This is such a cute nda crafty idea. I bet the boys loved making these for family and friends.

Kim said...

very cute idea!

Tabiboo said...

They are so lovely and easy, I might get the children started on this project next!

Have a lovely day,

Nina x

KPiep said...

That is such a great idea! I have a feeling we'll be making these ourselves.

Paul Pincus said...

i love these.

happy easter!

Anonymous said...

love inchmark - still think about those tiny valentines boxes! thanks for another great idea!

Thimbleina said...

Great cards, effective but so simple. Thanks for the tutorial

annechovie said...

These are completely ingenious! I am going to check out Brooke's blog. Thank you!

Anna said...

cute!!

Heather said...

What a sweet little project! I know my girls are going to love this!

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thanks everyone for visiting - please be sure to check out Brooke's beautiful blog.

Alexi and the boys are upstairs right now making these cards!!

Rebekka said...

SO Martha, and so good.

Kwana said...

These are beautiful and so much fun. Thanks for sharing them.

Joyce said...

Very cute Lecia! Growing up we did something similiar to this. I love the project because it is using ribbon!!

PS I pop in a couple of times a day when time allows to follow your comments on Twitter here. Our neighbor had a couple of chickens a few years back. He kept them underwrap lol... one day G was outside and said he heard chickens I in turn said you are hearing things only to find out a few days later they were chickens. LOL... He had a nice set up for them and we even got to enjoy the fresh eggs. xoxo

Anonymous said...

very cute

Elaina Verhoff said...

Hi Lecia,

Happy Spring! I hope you're well.

I wanted to let you know that I'm writing an article for SheKnows.com about Easter egg crafts for kids and I'd love to feature this adorable card project with an image from this post.

I will include a photo credit and link back to the blog post in the article. If you have any questions or would prefer that I not use the image, please contact me at elainaverhoff (at) hotmail (dot) com to let me know.

Thank you!

Elaina