Although trading may not be her forté, Martha Stewart has definitely cornered the market on Easter. She's done it again with egg-themed stationery. While the golden age of egg-hunting has long since been over for me, I am digging her Easter egg card DIY, which makes use of leftover fabric scraps and trimmings. I'm thinking of trying it with another shape, perhaps a trendy skull, seasonal pear, or wise owl. To learn Martha's steps for crafting these cuties, and mine for crafting other shapes,
- pre-cut photo frame cards with envelopes
- fabric scraps
- Elmer's glue or glue stick
- rick rack or ribbon
- decorative paper
- personal paper trimmer (or just use scissors)
Here are the steps, from Martha Stewart Living:
- "Make the Card: Start with a precut photo-frame card. The card has three flaps. One folds under the cutout flap. Measure flap that folds under; cut fabric or paper to fit, less 1/2 inch. Dot glue on wrong side of fabric; glue to flap. Glue rickrack or ribbon to fabric, if desired. Dot glue around fabric edges. Fold cutout flap over glue-dotted flap, and press."
- "Line the Envelope: Measure an open envelope from the top of the triangular flap (not including the sticky edge) to the bottom of the envelope. Measure between sides. Cut a sheet of decorative paper to those dimensions. We used a personal paper trimmer, available at office-supply stores."
- "Slide cut sheet into envelope. Fold both sides down at top, using the bottom of the sticky edge as a guide. Crease with bone folder. Take paper out of envelope; cut along creases with trimmer. Insert paper into envelope, and fold where envelope flap folds over; crease. Apply glue from a stick to back of paper, on the top edges only; press gently to envelope."
To make these cards in another shape (skull, pear, owl, etc.):
- Buy standard blank note cards.
- Draw or trace your shape on to the underside of the top flap.
- Cut the shape out with an X-acto knife.
- Cut a blank piece of cardstock to the dimensions of one side of the card.
- Glue your fabric scrap (and ribbons, if desired) to the cardstock, a little larger than the opening of your shape.
- Glue the cardstock to the underside of the top flap of your card.
- Then, follow Martha's instructions for the envelope.
- Send me one!