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The Peruvian Maidenhair Fern is also know as the Silver-Dollar Fern. This plant is a long time favorite of mine. It is striking due to its pitch black stems paired with vibrant green “leaves” or pinnules. It is unlike other fern in the same genus because of the large pinnules. Hence, the common name “silver-dollar”.

I have often admired it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden near my home.  Every time I go, I snap another photo with my phone. They can be tricky to care for, so I decided to make one out of paper! Now it sits in my living room and I never have to water it!

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

I made this in an afternoon using my Silhouette Cameo (download the .studio file here). If you don’t have a paper cutter, you can also cut them by hand.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

What you need:

  • Green text weight paper (I used this)
  • Silhouette double-sided adhesive paper
  • Wire cutters
  • Pot of your choice
  • Small pebbles (I like these)
  • Piece of styrofoam
  • Silhouette cutting mat and machine (optional – you can cut by hand)
  • 16” or longer 22 gauge straight wire
  • 26 gauge wire cut to 3.5” pieces
  • Black floral corsage tape (I used this)

 

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maiden

Step 1 – Cut Pinnules

Peel the protective white paper off the double-sided adhesive sheet. Carefully stick to a sheet of the green paper. Place on your cutting mat green side face down. Set your blade to a cardstock setting and double cut. Be sure to test. You want the cut to go all the way through.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

Step 2 – Create Pinnules

Once cut, peel off the shapes from the mat. Carefully fold each shape exactly in half with the yellow protective sheet still attached. Once folded, unfold and remove the yellow paper. Add a piece of the 26 gauge wire in the crease. Fold in half again to seal.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

Step 3 – Create Fronds

Wrap about 1” of the wire extending from the pinnules with the corsage tape. The tape works best if you slightly pull and stretch as you are working.

Using the corsage tape add each pinnule to the heavier straight wire. They should be arranged alternatively. This means not directly across from each other along the stem.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

Step 4 – Decorate Pot

Cut the styrofoam to fit snuggly inside the pot. Cover the foam and fill the pot with pebbles.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

Step 5 – Finish Plant

Arrange all your fronds in the pot. Carefully poke the end of the wire into the foam. Make your plant as dense or as sparse as you like. I made 7 fronds for mine plant. Bend the wire to give a little “life” to your sculpture.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

Tutorial and Photos by Corrie Beth Hogg


Corrie Beth Hogg of The Apple of My DIY

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair FernCorrie is a blogger, artist, crafter, designer and DIY aficionado. She is currently a DIY contributor for the The House That Lars Built and the Special Projects Designer for David Stark Design.

Her work with David Stark have appeared in magazines, newspapers and blogs such as: Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Domino, InStyle, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Design Sponge, Remodelista, Lonny, Apartment Therapy and Style By Emily Henderson.

Her projects have also been featured on television shows such as: the TODAY SHOW, Live From The Couch, Martha and E! News

Corrie is originally from Mississippi but now call Brooklyn home. When she’s not crafting, she can be found hiking, biking, studying wild edible plants, playing guitar and singing country music. To connect with her, visit her website or catch her on Instagram.

I love holidays! They are an excuse to spend time with family and friends. Most of all, they are an excuse to pig out on food! Of course, the best part of any feast are the desserts. Today I am sharing some creative Easter desserts from awesome food bloggers.

Easter is such as fun holiday. It signals the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The world comes alive again with color and we rejoice. The desserts listed below are just as festive and colorful as Easter and spring. Plus, they are super easy to make and totally delicious! Click on the link for tutorials.

creative easter desserts

Bird’s Nest Sugar Cookies by Celebrating Sweets

Creative Easter Desserts

Easter Egg Oreo Truffle by Gimme Some Oven

Creative Easter Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Peep Smores by How Sweet It Is

Creative Easter Desserts

Easter Egg Pretzel Chocolate Swirl Bark by Five Heart Home

creative easter desserts

Peeps Cake from Cake Whiz

Creative Easter Desserts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bird’s Nest Cookies by Skip to My Lou

Creative Easter Desserts

Flower Pretzel Bites by Freebie Finding Mom

Creative Easter Desserts

Spring Confetti by Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Creative Easter Desserts

Speckled Egg Cake by The Cake Blog

Creative Easter Desserts

Carrot Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Lil Luna

 

Who says kids should have all the fun? I love to decorate Easter eggs and I bet you do too! Handmade Curator is a creative community. So, it makes sense to use crafts as inspiration to decorate Easter eggs. Today I’m sharing some great examples from some wonderful crafters.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Embroidered Eggs by Design Sponge

Embroidery is popular again. I get lots of embroidery submissions on Handmade Curator. If you’re a fan of embroidery, try these embroider eggs. The tutorial is available on Design Sponge.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Painted Botanicals Eggs by Crafberry Bush

Decorate Easter Eggs

Painted Botanicals Eggs by The House That Lars Built

Is painting more your thing? Decorate Easter eggs with botanical paintings. Botanicals are always a favorite at spring time. So get out your paint brush and make these beautiful eggs. Tutorials are available on Craftberry Bush and The House that Lars Built.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Galaxy Eggs By Dream A Little Bigger

If you’re not into flowers, try painting these dreamy galaxy eggs. These awesome galaxy eggs would definitely make a statement at your Easter table. A detailed tutorial is available on Dream A Little Bigger.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Yarn Eggs by Craft Passion

Don’t feel left out if you love to knit or crochet. You too can decorate Easter eggs! Create these fun yarn eggs inspired by knitting and crocheting. Here is the tutorial from Craft Passion.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Calligraphy Eggs by Oh Happy Day

Calligraphy and hand lettering is an egg-cellent way to decorate Easter eggs. A great idea is to write inspirational quotes about spring on your eggs. Check out this super easy tutorial from Oh Happy Day!

Decorate Easter Eggs

Terrarium Eggs by The House That Lars Built

Decorate Easter Eggs

Pantone Eggs by How About Orange 

Plants are trending now in home decor and terrariums are everywhere. So why not terrarium eggs for the home decor enthusiast? Or how about some colorful Pantone eggs? Go to The House That Lars Built and How About Orange for these simple tutorials.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Marbled Eggs by Alice and Lois

I love blue and white pottery. These eggs remind me of blue and white marbled pottery. You can get this look by using nail polish! Alice and Lois has a great tutorial on how to marbleize eggs.

Decorate Easter Eggs

Emojis Eggs by Studio DIY

Finally, if you’re big on emojis, express your Easter egg feelings. Decorate Easter eggs with just some yellow paint and markers. You can find the tutorial for these fun eggs on Studio DIY.

Since I was a child, I’ve always made things. I would use anything I could get my hands on paper, beads, fabric and thread. My mum taught me to knit but I never took to it. Although, I still loved browsing for wool in craft stores.

When I taught myself to crochet about six years ago, it was just another craft. A ‘why don’t I know how to do this?’ kinda thing. Not to mention, an excuse to buy some lovely yarn.

Handmade Helps - Steel & StitchA few years ago, I got out of a prolonged and traumatic situation and started afresh. That’s when it all came crashing down.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is something that happens when you’re in a life-threatening situation and you can’t get away. This can be from illness, a car crash or a war zone. Mine was the relentless threat of a genuine stalker.

Your brain short circuits. It starts using the short and dirty route, bypassing all the logical stuff and constantly takes you into a fight or flight state. It affects you while you’re in the park with the kids, on a school run or making the dinner.

All the physical things that happen to you when you’re in danger pop up out of nowhere, often months after the event. These include nightmares, insomnia, palpitations, shortness of breath and shaking with adrenaline.

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Like a lot of people I just tried to live with it, although it nearly broke my family. The one thing that just about kept me together was crochet.

I didn’t learn it as a coping strategy. But, I found that the act of picking up some wool, counting stitches and finding a rhythm with my hands and the hook gave me some sort of peace. It’s engaging enough that you have to stay focus but simple enough that it doesn’t have to take all your concentration.

I started designing things for the children and then for the house. My husband would find me at 4 am sitting on the floor surrounded by yarn and working on a rug or a basket. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without crochet.

handmade helpsPhoto from Big Hook Crochet

Eventually, I realized I needed help, went to my doctor, and he referred me to a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. My therapist incorporated crochet into my therapy. During a panic attack she encouraged me to stop, breath and imagine the feel of the hook, the look of the yarn and how the stitches are formed.

I only had 10 CBT sessions but it changed my life. I still get triggers. But, now I have the tools to help accept what’s happening to me and use crochet support it.

handmade helpsPhoto from Crochet Dress-Up

All that making in those crazy, desperate hours had an unexpected positive side. The children’s patterns I wrote became my first book. And the homewares patterns, my second book. Now I’m a full-time freelance crochet designer and qualified teacher. I write for magazines, design for publications and run workshops.

All that making in those crazy, desperate hours had an unexpected positive side. The children’s patterns I wrote became my first book. And the homewares patterns, my second book. Now I’m a full-time freelance crochet designer and qualified teacher. I write for magazines, design for publications and run workshops.

Crochet also turned out to be a really special way of reaching out to people. It’s a shared ‘tool’ that a lot of makers turn to. It’s given me courage to share my experience and find that I’m not alone. None of us are.

Emma


handmade helpsEmma Friedlander-Collins

Emma lives in South East England with her young family. In 20011, she started designing and selling crochet patterns on Etsy. Her unique approach and unusual designs has made her an innovative crochet designer and online success.

Emma’s books Crochet Dress-Up and Big Hook Crochet can be found online and in book stores. She has been featured in Mollie Makes, Simply Crochet, Inside Crochet and Love Crochet magazines, and has contributed to a number of online and paper publications. Emma has also collaborated with Hoooked Zpagetti and her yarn photography has been featured in The Guardian and LoveCrochet.

Emma is a qualified teacher and runs various workshops. To connect with her:

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