Nastja’s YouTube and Instagram channel “DIY Eule” is all about DIY and sewing. Today she shows us how she designed a vase cover and a bouquet topper for Easter for the bouquet “Hello Spring”. To do this, she uses washing paper, which is tear-resistant and sewable, and a watercolor technique.
What you need:
- Wash paper / snapap in white
- Watercolor paint or water-based pens and brushes
- Black pigment pen or fineliner
- Scissors, sewing thread and sewing machine
- Long wooden stick
Wash paper is a very strong paper that is very hard-wearing, tear-resistant, washable and sewable. Because of its texture, it is also great for watercolor painting. If you have watercolors there, you can of course use them. I even found it easier to use water-based pens. So-called brush pens are best suited here, as they are nice and wide.
My vase is 20 cm high and 44 cm in circumference. For this I cut a rectangle with the dimensions 58 x 32 cm from the washing paper.
3. Cut out rectangles
Measure the middle of the rectangle and mark it on the two long sides. Cut out a rectangle on both long sides that protrudes 6.5 cm up and down from the center and 7.5 cm inwards.
4. Choose colors
The project works best when you choose 3 colors to match your bouquet. Since I have the “Hello Spring” bouquet, I use a mint green, the yellow of the tulips and a blue in the tone of the thistles.
The areas above and below the cut rectangles will be visible later. You can design these now. To do this, I always apply some paint with the pen and then rub it out to a stain with the wet brush. Synthetic brushes are best here. Then comes the next color and then the third. The colors can easily merge. Always rinse the brush well between colors. I also leave large areas white here. Let the whole thing dry well.
6. Prepare the bouquet topper
In the meantime, the flower plug can be prepared. For this I cut roughly two rectangles from the paper that are larger than the later Easter egg. These are painted in the same way.
7. Close the side seams
When everything is dry, you can fold the large part left sides together. That means the painted side is on the outside. The sides above the cut-out rectangles meet. Put the sides together with clamps. Sew this with a seam allowance of 1 cm and a stitch length of 3.5. Locks the seam at the beginning and at the end.
Tip: If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can pierce holes evenly along the edge with punch pliers or a large needle and sew them by hand with a sturdy thread or leather cord.
8. Close corners
Press the open corners together. The shape of the coating is formed in the process. Fold the seam allowances of the seam in one direction or apart from each other. Then sew the two corners again with a 1 cm seam allowance and a large stitch length. The overcoat is ready. If you want, you can still crumple the material to get a crease look.
9. Cut out the egg shape
Cut out a template for an egg from paper and transfer it to the two pieces for the ostrich topper. Cut the shapes.
Now label one side of the bouquets with “Happy Easter” or the words of your choice. It is best to practice on a piece of paper first and sketch out the writing with a thin pencil.
11. Attach the bouquet topper
Place the wooden stick between the two layers and glue it on. If necessary, shorten it to the desired length. Complete!
About DIY owl:
I’m Nastja and on my YouTube channel “DIY Eule” everything revolves around sewing and DIY. There is a new video every Tuesday at 12 noon. Whether diaper bag, utensil, pillowcase or patchwork blanket – I’ll show you how to do it step by step. On my channel, I take my community into my DIY life with a smile and a sense of humor. I love all kinds of DIY projects – but my heart beats most of all for sewing.
My motto is “Do It Yourself: Own and Loving Unique Pieces.” in short: DIY owl.
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