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My daughter Jaime is planning an Easter Egg Hunt for her 2 year old son Jett, and some of his friends. While shopping for supplies and decor for the party she ran across a cute cardboard Easter sign in one of the discount stores, it cost $12. She liked the sign but thought $12 was a bit steep for a small cardboard sign. When she told me about it I told her about one of my Easter projects, this DIY Easter Plaque. I was going to send her one along with some other Easter items I've been making. I sent her a picture and she loved it! She thought it would be a great sign for an Easter Egg Hunt.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I actually made 4 of these plaques, one for each of my daughters and daughter-in-law, and of course one for myself. These are made of wood plaques I got from the craft store and spray painted with Design Master's Tint It. I used this paint because it's a transparent dye spray, it tinted the wood the color I wanted, but it also allows the natural wood grain to be visible. I wanted this effect verses the complete coverage of regular spray paint which would have covered the grain.

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I made a stencil using my Cricut Explore Air, an electric die cutting machine. I also used the Cricut to cut the candy, bunny butt, and other pieces out of cardstock. I used the stencil and painted on the words using Apple Barrel acrylic paint and a stenciling paint brush.

The bunny butt is attached to a natural wood slice that is glued on to the plaque. You can find these wood slices at the craft store or you can order them from Amazon. The other cardstock pieces are also glued on. I used Aleene's Tacky Glue to glue everything on.

The brown fence part that the bunny is wiggling thru is a rectangular piece of brown cardstock stamped with a texture stamp in wood grain. I cut a circle in the center so that it would fit over the wood slice. I raised it above the plaques surface by gluing wood slices on the plaque and gluing the cardstock on the slices.

I also used foam Easter Egg stickers which I scattered between the cardstock candies. For the bunny tail I glued on a small white pom pom.

If you don't have a cutting machine you can use letter decals or stencils , or even stamps to make the words; cut out a circle for the butt and ovals (2 larger white, 2 smaller pink); and cut out the candies. I'm sharing templates for the peep and jelly beans to help you make the candies. Just print them out on colored paper or cardstock and cut them out. You will have to adjust the size and duplicate them on the same page to have multiples.

Here's how I made my plaques:

Supplies:

Wood Plaque – you can get these at most craft store, the ones I used already had holes on the top for hanging and came with twine. If your plaque doesn't have the holes, drill 2 holes on the top for hanging.

Twine (if your plaque doesn't come with it)

Spray paint or tint the color you want

Acrylic Paints the colors you want

Stencil Brushes

Wood Slices

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Aleene's Tacky Glue

Cardstock in different colors (if you don't have cardstock you can use colored construction paper, but it may be a bit flimsy)

Texture stamp (if you don't have a texture stamp you can draw in lines with a dark brown market to make it look like wood)

Ink Pad in brown

Ink Roller

Egg Stickers (optional – you can cut out egg shapes from colored cardstock or paper instead)

Removable Tape

Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

Directions:

Paint or tint wood plaques the color you want. I used Design Master's Tint It in Turquoise, but you can use any type of paint you want.

Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area and cover your work space. I do all my spray painting in my back patio and cover the patio table with paper bags.

When you paint the plaques remember to paint the edges all around too.

Let this dry completely before you proceed. It took my plaques less than half an hour to dry.

Tape your stencil on to the painted surface of the plaque using painter's tape or removable tape .

Using a stencil brush paint in the letters. To use a stencil brush you dip the brush in the paint, remove excess paint buy holding the brush perpendicular to a paper towel and lightly tamp the brush on the paper towel until excess paint comes off. Then, holding the brush perpendicular over the stencil tamp the brush in the area you are painting. Do use brush strokes, just tamp the brush in the spaces until the letters are filled in completely.

When you've painted all the words gently lift the stencil straight up to avoid smearing the paint. Let the paint dry before proceeding.

Meanwhile you can cut out your pieces from cardstock.

When the paint is completely dry glue on the wood slices, match them up to the “fence” piece so that the slices lifting it up won't show, match the slice that will show in the center of the fence with with hole. Glue it in place.

Glue the feet on the circle you cut out for the bunny butt and glue the pink oval pads on the feet. Follow the picture for placement. Then glue the bunny on the wood slice, about a quarter of the way from the top of the slice. You want to see some of the wood slice.

Glue on the candies and stick on the egg stickers.

Spray the plaque with a clear sealer, I use Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer

Finally tie the twine thru the holes on top of the plaque.

This project didn't cost me much to make, the only thing I had to buy were the wooden plaques, which I got on sale at my local craft store for about $2 each. I already had pretty much all the other supplies and of course the cutting machine. I had several cans of Tint It I got when I found them on clearance at Walmart a while back for $2 a can. I used scarps of cardstock from other craft projects and I have a basket of acrylic paints, I buy them whenever I find them on sale or see a color I like when browsing in craft stores.

If you have to buy all the supplies I listed it will definitely cost you more than $12. I wouldn't recommend you do that unless you plan on using the supplies again in the future, or plan on making several plaques.

A less expensive way to make something similar is buy the wood plaque, a can of spray paint, a pack of cardstock or construction paper, glue (Elmer's glue works too!), letter stickers, and pom poms.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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