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Printable Fruit Garland

Printable Fruit Garland

This printable fruit garland is a great way to decorate your house for summer parties, barbecues or just because you want to freshen up your child’s bedroom.  All you need is a printer, a pair of scissors, some wool/string and (optionally) some glue.

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We know you can probably make this garland without instructions, but we’ve added some steps below, just to help out.  We hope you (and your children) have as much fun making it as we did!

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How to Make Your Fruit Garland:

STEP 1

Print the slices of fruit you want to include in your garland by clicking on the pictures below.  (Each one will take you to a pdf file of that fruit.)

STEP 2

Carefully cut out your fruit slices and fold them in half.  Each one is a perfect circle, to make this easy.

STEP 3

Hang the folded fruit slices over a piece of string or wool.  TIP: If you are making a long garland and you find the fruit slices are sliding about, tie knots in the string in between each one, to keep them in place.  Alternatively, stretch the string straight (like a washing line) and smear/brush some glue along it, then place the fruit slices where you want them before leaving to dry.  Once dry, they should stay in place.

STEP 4

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Hang it somewhere in your home!  We chose our fireplace because we were a bit short on time… but you can probably think of somewhere much nicer.  They do look especially nice in children’s bedrooms.

Eggstraordinary! Beautiful and Unusual Easter Eggs

As we skip around the internet on our run-up-to-Easter coffee breaks, we can’t help noticing some weird and wonderful Easter eggs.  So we thought we’d share them with you.

Knitted Easter Eggs

There seem to be all sorts of knitted Easter eggs around (the picture below shows some from Poland) and when you think about it, they’re probably a great idea.  Sure, you could carefully create the gorgeous work-of-art type of knitted egg but you could also knit a more practical variety.  Soft, washable, and easy to pack away without breakage to use again next year.

Knitted Easter Eggs
Knitted Easter Eggs

Want to have a go? Here’s a free Easter egg knitting pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.

Perforated Easter Eggs

These are just beautiful.  As if ordinary eggs weren’t fragile enough, these must be as delicate as you can get.

Perforated Eggs

You can make you’re own – even if they’re not quite as elaborate as those above. Like everything else worth doing, it just takes practice and time.

So how do you make them? Surprisingly, we couldn’t find that many online guides but it’s quite well described on this blog – the pictures help too.  (Tip: You may need to use Google Translate if the text doesn’t display in English.)  The biggest hurdle is that you’ll need a handheld milling machine of some kind to make the holes in the eggshell.  If you’re an ardent crafter whose got one already though, just bleach and blow some eggs then perforate away.

Embroidered Easter Eggs

For anyone handy with a needle and thread, here’s another charming idea.  I’m fairy useless at embroidery but these make me wish I wasn’t.

Embroidered Eggs

Look carefully and you can see how these are done. Eggs are blown, bleached then embroidered with a needle and colourful thread – often embroidery silks.  If you’re a beginner it may be easier to use goose eggs rather than duck or chicken eggs, as they are bigger and their shell is less fragile.

Straw Easter Eggs

Or rather, Easter eggs decorated with bits of straw.  Isn’t that clever?  And pretty too.

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Fabergé Egg

Okay so you can’t craft this one, (or if you can you’re either a wizard or a genius), but we thought we’d mention it regardless.  After all, who can think of beautiful eggs without thinking House of Fabergé.  This one’s called the Winter Egg and in 1913 it was the most expensive Easter egg ever made.

Winter Egg by Fabergé

Top Ten New Printables

Yep, the fairies have been adding new resources again…

…and for all you who want a quick top 10 of the latest printable treats, here they are:

 

Pantry Label: Herbs and Spices
Pantry Label: Herbs and Spices

10. At number ten is a group of resources rather than one, in the form of our Herbs and Spices Pantry Labels.  Not one we were expecting to be this popular, but we’re glad you find them useful.

 


 

Vintage Tooth Fairy Certificate: Award for Losing Your 1st Tooth
Award for Losing Your 1st Tooth

9. One of our new vintage Tooth Fairy certificates, an Award for Losing Your First Tooth is already at number nine, in spite of only having been created a couple of days ago.

 

 


 

Cupcake Wrappers: Pink & Cream Floral
Cupcake Wrappers: Pink & Cream Floral

8. Eighth most popular among our new resources are our Wedding Cupcake Wrappers.  Not that you have to limit their use to weddings, they’re great for any party.  That said, all our best wishes to anyone tying the knot!

 


 

Vintage Tooth Fairy Certificate: Award for Brushing Daily
Award for Bravery at the Dentist’s

7. Another vintage Tooth Fairy certificate comes in at number seven: Award for Bravery at the Dentist’s.  Clearly these types of certificates are going down well.

 

 


 

Cupcake Wrappers: Pirate Treasure
Cupcake Wrappers: Pirate Treasure

6. More cupcake wrappers at number six, of the pirate variety.  Shiver me timbers, we’re glad you’ve enjoyed them.  Arrrr!  

 

 


 

Printable doorhanger to tell the Tooth Fairy there's a tooth ready for collection
Tooth Fairy Door Hanger

5. Number five sees a Tooth Fairy Door Hanger come into the spotlight.  This is an old design recently revamped.  The new style is a great match for our vintage Tooth fairy certificates, so next time your child is expecting a visit, why not bear it in mind? 

 

 


Award for Losing a Tooth
Award for Losing a Tooth

4. Yet another vintage Tooth Fairy certificate has made it into this list at number four and this time it’s the “Award for Losing a Tooth“.  This certificate is useful no matter which tooth has fallen out – a great general Tooth Fairy resource to suit any child.  Don’t forget that if you want to type your child’s name directly onto the certificate, look underneath it for a “personalise” button.  

 


 

Identical tiny Tooth fairy envelopes for teeth and money
Tooth Fairy:
Classic Tooth & Money Envelopes

3. A bit of a surprise at number three with our classic style tiny Tooth Fairy envelopes.  These are great for exchanging teeth for money, though we didn’t expect them to be so high up this list.  Mind you, they sure are pretty! 

 


 

Fairy Certificate of Beauty
Fairy Certificate of Beauty

2. Rising swiftly to number two is another resource from the fairies, our Fairy Certificate of Beauty.  As the certificate says, it’s for girls who are beautiful inside and out – sweetly sentimental and a good one to hang on the nursery wall.  Don’t forget that there’s also an editable pdf version of this resource, which you can type your child’s name straight onto.


 

letter from the monster who lives in your house, saying that he's moving out.
Letter from the Monster in Your House:
“I’m Moving Out!”

1. And finally, at number one is a new resource for all the family – our latest letter from the monster who lives in your house, saying he’s moving out.  We’re not surprised this one has been popular, it’s funny and magical all at the same time.