I’ve always loved Spring time and trying to come up with new and different decorating ideas. It’s always a fresh start.
I actually made these wooden spoons about two weeks ago, but haven’t been inclined to sit down with my computer and write — about anything. But tonight, as my husband and I celebrate good news and what is a new normal and new beginning for us, I thought I’d go ahead and take just a few moments to share this simple craft idea (and some of my musings at the end).
I didn’t take a photo of the supplies, because I just sat down and made them. You’ll need three wooden spoons (Dollar Tree), acrylic paints and scraps of felt and ribbon that I already had, and other little embellishments that I already had.
One spoon is your Easter Bunny, one is his carrot, and the other is an Easter Chick.
Remember that this is your project, and how you paint your spoons is your choice, but I only painted the spoon portion and not the handles. You can paint the entire wooden spoon if you prefer.
That’s how we begin — paint the three spoons. Paint one white, one orange, and the third one yellow. It will take a few coats, so set them aside to dry before each coat of paint is applied.
Okay, let’s start with the Easter Bunny. While the white paint is drying, gather whatever embellishments you will be using for his face and ears. I used two small pieces of white felt for his ears and painted a pink stripe down the middle. For his nose and cheeks I used two pieces of cardboard that I painted white, and I used the head of a pink thumbtack for his nose. I had some small pieces of thin floral wire that I used for his whiskers.
After the white paint is completely dry, glue on the whiskers (I used my hot glue gun), then glue on the rest of his hose over the whiskers. For his eyes, I used the end of a small paint brush, but you can glue on googly eyes or do whatever you like best. For his cheeks, I put a bit of lipstick on a q-tip and applied it to the cheek area. I hot glued the ears to the top of his head, tied a bow around his neck, and called this “done.”
He’s so cute!
Next up is the Easter Bunny’s carrot. Paint the spoon orange, and while it’s drying cut two small pieces of green felt into the shape of leaves.
Using the end of a small paint brush, dip the end into some yellow paint, then lightly touch the area on the spoon you want to place a dot. Repeat this until you have all the dots you want on your carrot. Set aside to dry. When dry, hot-glue the leaves to the top of the carrot, then make a small bow and hot glue it to the bottom of the leaves. Your carrot is done!
Finally the Easter Chick — my personal favorite. While the yellow paint is drying, gather whatever you’ll be using for the embellishments.
I cut off a small corner of cardboard and painted it orange for his beak, and I pulled two feathers out of a feather pillow to put at the top of his head. I hot-glued those down, then applied his cheeks using lipstick and made his eyes by dipping the end of a small paint brush into black paint. You can cut out some felt, paint other shaped eyes, glue on googly eyes, etc. Then I tied a bow around his neck and also called him “done!”
Aren’t they super cute? And perfect for Easter, which is seen by many as a new beginning.
Usually new beginnings are a time of celebration; maybe it’s a new job, a new family member, a new home. Maybe someone has graduated, or been promoted, or fallen in love.
Spring isn’t the only time for new beginnings. New beginnings can happen any day at any time. However, sometimes new beginnings may not be of our own choosing or liking. It can be excruciatingly difficult to walk through the doorway of a new season in life, which is what my husband and I are now doing. How do we effectively live in the midst of a new beginning that we didn’t expect or want?
Don’t hear me wrong — being given the opportunity to walk through that doorway is far better than the alternative.
There are times in life — times when crisis, or opportunity, leaves one uncertain about how to respond and where to go next. It’s at these moments that our true grit is exposed. My husband and I have chosen to step forward into a bigger picture of who we are – responding to our new beginning with positivity, motivation, and happiness.
I started collecting quotes about 40-years ago and this one comes to mind – ‘though I don’t remember who authored it:
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”