Is anyone else noticing that the slightly smaller seasons like Easter and Halloween seem to be getting bigger and bigger each year? They’re fast approaching Christmas-scale proportions! Take Easter for example: the other day, I actually saw Easter greetings cards…! What’s happening to the world?!
Now, I don’t think I’m quite ready for Easter greetings cards just yet, but one thing I can get on board with is DIY Easter decorations. After all, Easter is typically a time when families and friends get together for the weekend – so you might as well go all out and make your home look the part too! With this in mind, I thought I’d have a go at creating some Easter egg themed decorations, in partnership with Thorntons. I was inspired by all of the birds’ nests that will soon be starting to crop up in the spring weather, so I tried my hand at creating a really simple Easter egg nest from some rope. Learn how to make your own with the tutorial below.
DIY Easter decorations: rope nests
What you’ll need
- A plain Easter egg
- At least 2.5m of medium weight rope
- Matching thread
- A sewing machine (not pictured)
What to do
- Neatly trim the ends of the rope to remove any frayed threads.
- Curl one end of the rope tightly around itself into a flat coil. Hold it in place with your fingers, then carefully clamp it beneath your sewing machine foot.
- Sew directly over the middle of the coiled rope a couple of times, to secure it in place.
- Lift your sewing machine foot, then reposition the needle so it sits on the edge of the coil you’ve just sewed together.
- Start wrapping the rest of the rope around the small coil you’ve already created, sewing it in place as you go. Make sure you use a zig-zag stitch, so your thread is able to hold together the coiled rope properly. It’s pretty fiddly to start with – you’ll probably need to keep raising the sewing machine foot and repositioning the rope – but it gets easier as the coil gets bigger!
- When the rope coil is rougly half the width of your Easter egg, it’s time to curve the edges to form a 3D basket. To do this, follow the exact same process that you have been, except start to tilt the coil slightly as you sew it. It’s difficult to explain, but I found it surprisingly intuitive when you actually do it!
- Keep building up the sides of the basket by coiling the rope and sewing it in place, until you either run out of rope or you reach the desired size.
- Fold the very end of the rope flat against the basket and sew it in place (you may need to trim any frayed bits off first).
- Finally, pop your egg into your DIY rope basket and put it out on display.
It’s a good idea to have a practise of this with some cheap rope before comitting to that super fancy, expensive stuff you might have your eye on – it’s not difficult by any means, but it is a little fiddly.
I love how well these little egg rope baskets have come out, I think they look great! If you’re thinking of making some DIY Easter decorations this year, be sure to give this one a go. Thanks to Thorntons for providing the eggs to use in this post – if you want to try this project yourself, be sure to check out their awesome Easter range by clicking here. Happy crafting! – Mike.