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This is a super simple, yet high impact, project for creating three different sizes of spun cotton carrot ornaments. Carrots can be added to Easter baskets, tied onto gifts, hung as ornaments on Easter trees and more!
Supplies: Spun Cotton Carrot Shapes, Miniature Leaves and Carrot Tops, Craft Paint (in two shades of orange), Paint Brushes, Scissors, Glue, Wire (22 or 24 gauge - or use the wire stems from leaves)
Step 1: Paint your carrots orange all over. Let dry. Add stripes using a lighter shade of orange. Let dry. We used Martha Stewart Crafts Paint in "Pumpkin" all over and "Salmon" for the stripes.
Step 2: Separate greenery bundles, trim excess wire stems and arrange pieces for carrot tops.
For the largest carrot we used 4 sprigs of the large carrot tops (the full bundle has 12 sprigs).
For the medium carrot we made two styles and used either 5 fern fronds or 3 sprigs of the small carrot tops (full bundles of fronds and small carrot tops both contain 12 sprigs/stems).
For the tiny carrot we used 1 sprig of the small carrot tops (the full bundle has 12 sprigs).
Step 3: Create loop hangers by twisting a small length of wire around the handle of a paint brush. You can use stems cut from the leaves in the previous step.
Step 4: Glue hangers and greenery into holes at tops of carrots. Let dry.
Tips: Use a skewer or pipe cleaner in the hole as a "handle" when painting and drying, too.
We used fabric greenery but you can create your own carrot tops from crepe or craft paper.
You may need to enlarge the holes in the tops of the carrots to accommodate the greenery on the large carrot -- we like to use needle nose pliers.
Item No. NAL-A74
Large green fabric carrot tops or grass blades. Blades are about 3" long with about 5 blades per sprig; sprig measures 6" long overall. You will receive a bundle of twelve (12) sprigs. Made in Austria.
Item No. NAL-A73
Small green fabric carrot tops or grass blades. Blades are 1" long with about 10 blades per sprig; sprig measures 5-1/2" long overall. You will receive a bundle of twelve (12) sprigs. Made in Austria.
Item No. NAL-62
Bundle of 12 petite fabric fern leaves in light green. Leaves measure approx. 1-3/4" long x 1/2" wide with 3-1/2" stems. Imported from Austria. These leaves are exquisitely made using antique dies and flower crafting techniques.
Item No. SC397
Group of 10 small spun cotton carrots or icicles, each measuring 1-1/8" long and 3/8" wide. Each has a hole in the top to accommodate a wire or hanger. Made in Czech Republic.
Item No. SC017
Group of 5 spun cotton carrots or icicles, each measuring 2-3/8" tall x 5/8" at the widest point. Each has a hole in the top to accommodate a wire or hanger. Made in the Czech Republic.
Item No. SC402
Group of 3 large spun cotton carrots or icicles, each measuring 4" tall and 1" wide. Each has a hole at the top to accommodate a wire or hanger. Made in the Czech Republic.