Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner! Now is the perfect time to make seasonal decor that is suited for both the holiday and season. We combined a white fluffy bunny with a garden pot for the perfect Easter or spring decor.
Things you need:
Medium Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun – High Temperature
General Purpose Clear Sticks
Large white pom
Medium white pom
Mini flower pot
Non-Stick Glue Pad – 19″ x 19″
Take your x-acto knife and cut out two ovals about an inch long from the white foam. These will be your bunny’s feet. To complete the bunny feet cut out six very small circles for the toe pads and two larger circles for the heel pads. Check the size on the white ovals you have already cut out to ensure they are proportioned and will fit on the white ovals.
Take your high temp glue gun and place four glue dots where the pink pads need to be on your feet. You should have one large one towards the bottom and three of the small ones towards the top.
Next, place some hot melt glue around one third of your flower pot. Place the large white pom on your glue and allow to cool.
Once cooled, place a dot of hot glue on the front of your large white pom and place your medium pom there. This is your bunny’s puffy tail.
On the front of your white pom, under your medium pom glue your foam bunny feet on either side of your bunny tail.
You should start to visualize a bunny head first into a flower pot. Now grab the small flowers. Apply hot glue to the base of the small flowers and place on the back of the inside of the flower pot.
Lastly, cut a piece of small diameter hemp string and tie around the front of the flower pot with a bow. Place a small dot of general purpose hot melt glue near the knot of the bow and adhere it to the front of the pot. This will not only help keep your bow tied, but also help keep your string up. If your string seems to be sagging some, just place a dot of glue on the back and adhere the back of the string to your pot.
Lastly, apply hot glue to the base of the small flowers and place on the back of the inside of the flower pot.
This decorative piece is perfect for spring and you’ll be excited to bring it out year after year!
Springtime is here! Instead of buying expensive decor, why not make your own? With our glue gun and sticks the possibilities are endless! We created an adorable baby chick centerpiece that will be a hit with the kids and adults at Easter dinner.
Things you need:
8 yellow poms
1 plastic egg
Can or mason jar
Pointed tweezers (optional)
Long nose pliers
Silk or real flowers already arranged
Hot melt glue gun
General Purpose clear glue sticks
Safe cutting surface to use your x-acto knife on
The first thing we need to do is put our baby chicks together. To make the body of the chick, glue two poms together to make it look like a large one. The third pom will be the head, so choose where the front of the chick will be and glue that pom a little closer to that side.
With the x-acto knife, cut out the feet from the orange foam. Use a corner of the foam to make it easier. The top of the corner will be the middle toe. Cut two triangles on each side, then cut the foot out in the shape of a V so you end up with three pointed toes.
The yellow foam will be used to create the wings. When cutting the wings out, it is easier to cut triangles with rounded edges. Next, take your scissors and cut two pieces off of the last pom. With a little bit of hot glue on the wing, carefully place the pom fuzz on the foam to create fuzzy wings. Find where you want to place your wings, then add a small line of glue to adhere the wing to the body of the chick.
After the wings are completed, glue the feet on the bottom of your chick. Be sure to have a small space between them, but be able to allow them to touch. This is will hold our chick up on the wire later in our assembly. Cut out a small yellow triangle and glue some fuzz from your donor pom. Glue this piece to the back towards the bottom of your chick as a cute fuzzy tail.
For the beak, cut a very small triangle and glue upside down on the head of the chick. Lastly, glue the eyes on using the beak as a center point so they look even.
Complete the above steps again to create 2 complete chicks.
While the glue on the chick is cooling, start wiring up the egg. Cut about twenty inches of wire, bend it in half and twist the two sides together to create a stronger wire piece. Depending on the size of your container you may want to bend it in half one more time.
Once you have the length determined, you can now attach it to your egg. Take the tweezers or x-acto knife and twist a hole at the bottom point of the egg. Take your long nose pliers and clamp one end together. Then, poke through the hole on the bottom of the egg.
Take your glue gun and add some glue inside the egg to stabilize the wire and allow to cool. After the glue is cooled, grab your floral tape. Starting from the top, tightly tape around the wire around the top a few times.Continue down the wire at an angle. Cut the tape off once you reach the end of your wire and your egg is now ready for your floral arrangement.
To wire up your chick, apply some hot glue in between the feet of the chick and adhere the wire to the pom. Once you have enough glue added,cover the glue and wire by pushing the chick’s feet together.
Cut your chicken wire ribbon about sixteen inches long for a small container. Place one end of the chicken wire in the container. Go over and across the flowers and place the other end on the other side of the container. Find a good point in the middle and bend the chicken wire at that point, down into the arrangement making a wave. You should have two high points in the wire when you are done. Add you baby chicks and your egg and you just made your very own Easter floral arrangement.
Stay tuned, we have more Inspirations coming to you soon!
Colored Green Hot Melt Glue Sticks, 7/16: diameter
Silicone heart mold
X-acto knife (optional)
Non Stick glue pad
When your glue gun is hot and ready to use, fill three heart molds with green hot melt glue. Complete one heart before going to the next to create a uniform heart without layers. Just like baking, be sure to tap the bottom of your mold on the table to help the glue settle and get rid of any air pockets. Allow the glue to cool.
Once the glue is cool, carefully remove the hearts from the molds. If you have any excess glue on the edges of the hearts, take an X-acto knife and trim those pieces off. Now that we have three clean hearts, we can start to assemble our shamrock.
Place a good amount of hot glue on the bottom point of your heart, then stick another heart right next to it so that the bottoms are touching each other. Take your third heart and place a good amount of glue on the bottom and then place the heart next to the other two. All three hearts should have the bottom points touching each other. You’re most likely will get a glob of glue in the middle. Leave the glue in the center of the shamrock, as that will help hold your hearts together.
Lastly, take a thick line of hot glue and curve it slightly on your non stick glue pad and place your group of hearts on top of the line so it becomes the stem of your shamrock. Wait for the glue to cool and carefully peel your completed shamrock off the silicone pad.
Make more shamrocks and use as fun home decor, as part of another craft, or as a give-away to wish someone luck. See how to make the gold coins below, and you might even catch a leprechaun!
Kathy Cano-Murrllo at the Arizona Republic wrote this great article for us about making Halloween and Mardi Gras masks. Kathy is also known as the CraftyChica at CraftyChica.com.
Hot glue art is one of those things that make you go, “Hmm, how in the world do they do that?” – and the answer is easier than you think. It all comes down to a non-stick hot glue pad.
The primary purpose of the pad is to serve as a tidy place to rest your glue gun during crafting sessions. When it’s time to clean up, you simply peel off the glue guck.
I recently bought one and had an “aha” moment. The pad is clear, which means you can slip any kind of pattern underneath and trace out the design with the hot glue. Let it cool, peel it off and you have one very cool result. This application can be used for everything from wrist cuffs and chokers to ornaments and art embellishments. But seeing that it’s the Halloween season, I went with spider webs and eye masks. And just like M&Ms, glue sticks come in assorted colors and solid or glittered textures. You can pick up the non-stick pad and multicolored packages of glue sticks at a craft store or visit www.glu-stix.com.
DIRECTIONS: Heat up the glue gun and insert both glue sticks. To create a two-tone effect, put the base color in the gun first, followed by the top color. Cut out the pattern and place it under the pad so the design shows through. Using the glue gun on the pad, trace over the outer lines and eye holes of the pattern by squeezing the glue in thick even lines. Now fill in the mask by squeezing the glue in swirls and squiggles throughout the mask. Make sure not to cover the eye holes. The second color will eventually come through; at that point add gems or plastic spiders if desired. Squeeze out two “rings” at each side of the mask so you can tie ribbon on later. Let cool for 15 minutes. Carefully peel the mask off the pad. Remove any hanging glue strings. Cut off two 10-inch pieces of ribbon and tie to each end of the mask.
TIPS AND VARIATIONS: Don’t try to remove the mask before it is fully cooled, otherwise it will pull apart. Heat up a second glue gun if you want to make several masks with different colors at the same time. Use a mini gun for thinner lines. Instead of masks, you can make personalized spider webs with short words or names of family members. A spider web choker would be fun.