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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easy Easter Centerpieces & Table Settings ~ Pretty Ways to Decorate with Easter Eggs

Check out these creative and easy egg decorations for some Easter-inspired decor that will fill your home with spring-like color. These beautiful Easter-inspired centerpieces and table settings are perfect for any spring get-together. Mix-and-match our creative ideas for your Easter table or use them as inspiration to create your own display.Each decorating idea features pretty Easter eggs as the centerpiece.


Eggs-and-Carnation Centerpiece
Turn a handful of dyed eggs and a few bunches of carnations into a pretty Easter centerpiece. Fill a medium-size footed bowl with a few inches of water. Next, nestle dyed eggs in a smaller bowl and set in the center of the footed bowl. Cut carnation stems about 2 or 3 inches long and pack the blooms around the bowl of eggs.














Easy Spring-Theme Place Setting
Evoke the first signs of spring on your Easter table with this place setting. We chose a set of pretty green paper plates for the base for our place setting and topped with a dyed egg and plain cloth napkin. The star of the show is the napkin ring ~ a small twig wreath wrapped with blue ribbon and adorned with a fresh-cut flower and a faux bird.














Blue-and-Pink Easter Table Setting ~ Monogrammed Egg Place Card
A blue-and-pink color scheme comes into play with this Easter table setting. A blue ribbon with a "Happy Spring" tag ties up the napkin, while a stamped piece of pink cardstock adds a formal touch. Easter-appropriate salt and pepper shakers make an appearance, while a hard-boiled egg serves as a monogrammed place card.
An egg with a dual purpose: to mark the spot and be devoured. Use a light-color dye to decorate a hard-boiled egg. Next, use a paintbrush, a marker, or a sticker to adorn it with an initial. Tip: If you don't have egg holders, craft some by making a small cylinder with heavy paper (construction or cardstock), or use napkin rings to keep the egg in place. Blue-and-Pink Easter Table Setting


Grass-and-Egg Easter Table Setting
This fun Easter place setting incorporates everything spring: pastel colors on the egg name card, Easter candy, and artificial grass. Put everything on a bright blue plate and pair with a rickrack-edged napkin on top of a yellow gingham tablecloth to complete the look.













Simple Painted-Eggs Centerpiece
This natural-looking Easter centerpiece comes together quickly with a trifle dish, wooden eggs, a bit of paint, and some moss. Using three paint colors, coat wooden eggs with a single coat; let dry. Add painted eggs to a trifle dish and set directly on the table or a wooden serving platter. Surround the dish with bits of moss and extra eggs.














Easter Egg Pails
Who said only baskets can hold eggs? These adorable Easter pails also get the job done and are just as easy. Stamp, paint, draw, or use stickers to add a festive design to pails. Next, simply fill with Easter grass and add decorative eggs. To make eggs like those pictured, cut designs from decorative paper and adhere to eggs with decoupage medium.














Paper Strip Nest Place Setting
Create a place setting that's undeniably Easter with a paper-strip nest. Take a myriad of colored scrapbook papers and shred them into tiny strips (a paper shredder works best). Form the paper strips into a ball large enough to fit an egg. Place an egg in the center of each ball, forming the strips into a nest around the egg. Let each guest know where they're sitting with a pretty monogram sticker.














Simple Egg Centerpiece
All you need is a large raised dish and several of your favorite decorated eggs to complete this festive Easter egg centerpiece. By using plain white dishes alongside clear glass drinkware, the varied selection of eggs stands out on the table.














Easter Grass-and-Eggs Centerpiece
Create a beautiful Easter centerpiece in minutes with a footed bowl filled with Easter grass, dyed eggs, and egg-shape candy. The centerpiece will give your dining table a soft spring look.

















Pastel Flower Bouquet with Eggs
Bring Easter to your table with this dazzling flower-and-egg centerpiece. Place a clear drinking glass or thin vase in the center of a large-mouth jar or canister, and stack eggs between the glass and the jar. Fill the glass with water and arrange flowers (we used roses, gerbera daisies, tulips, hyacinth, and bells of Ireland).














Stylish Easter Place Setting
In place of traditional bunnies, try a stylish bird theme for your Easter table. Light blue plates complement pink gingham place mats; break up the color palate with lacy-edge white napkins. A nest of dried moss inside a birdcage becomes an easy centerpiece -- accent it with pink blossoms (in florist's water picks) and pink gingham ribbon to match the place setting.












Cheery Easter Place Setting
Keep your Easter place settings simple and cheery with this pretty idea. Set a flowery plate atop a solid-color placemat (we used coral to match the flowers in our plate, but get creative based on what you have). Include a tinted glass and loosely tie a ribbon around a cloth napkin. For the finishing touch, add a gold-painted wooden Easter egg.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pretty and Simple Easter Decorations

Catch spring fever with these quick and easy Easter decorations for your home. We have an array of fun project ideas you'll love to hop into, from Easter artwork and door decor to dish displays and beautiful bouquets.


Framed Paper Easter Bunnies
Hop into Easter decorating with these oh-so-easy framed bunnies. All you need is 6-inch-square window boxes, fabric, scrapbook paper, and our bunny pattern. Trace the pattern onto various colors of paper; cut out. Use adhesive to secure cutouts to 6-inch squares of patterned fabric, and set the fabric squares in each window box.














Easter Egg Embroidery Art
Simple embroidery patterns make this colorful Easter egg decoration a breeze. Get our patterns, available below, and print out. Put a 12-inch-square piece of thin white fabric over the pattern, and use a pencil to lightly transfer the design. Center the fabric on the inner embroidery hoop, and secure the outer hoop over it. Trim excess fabric with scissors, and hot-glue to the inside of the inner hoop.Now you're ready to stitch your egg design! Stitch the border of the egg first, and follow with the egg details (this is so you can tie each end to border). When you're finished stitching, tie a bow on top of the hoop to conceal the screw and hang.










Easter Egg Door Decor
Welcome spring with a festive Easter door display. Use an old watering can as a flower vase complete with pretty pastel eggshells. Hang the display on the front door to ensure family and friends feel right at home.















Easter Egg Wall Display
For festive and fun Easter decor, display blown-out quail eggs (available online) in an arrangement of shadow boxes or display frames. Start with springy pastel construction paper, and adhere a few eggs for an adorable holiday decoration you won't want to take down.













Pastel Easter Dish Display
Easter decorating can be as simple as arranging pastel or flower-print china on a bookcase. Add a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers for extra springtime cheer.

















Carrot Table Runner
A multitude of orange-print strips combines to make this seasonal table runner. You'll finish it quickly, because it's pieced and quilted at the same time by quilting as you go.















Paper Easter Basket Decoration
Use a paper shredder to make an Easter basket centerpiece. To create a paper nest, shred long sheets of kraft paper or holiday wrapping scraps, and staple each end together. Add a length of floral wire, hold one end of the strips in each hand, and twist and wrap it into a nest. Clip a few strands with scissors for a loosely woven look. If needed, add a dab of glue to keep the strands in place. Lay real or faux eggs inside to finish the Easter decoration.













Framed Easter Postcard
Turn a simple postcard into seasonally sweet artwork. Look for vintage Easter postcards at flea markets or find reproductions at bookstores. Adhere them to decorative paper, then frame. Attach a ribbon or string of beads to hang with style.















Decorative Egg Planter
For a change of pace from the typical Easter decor, try this botanical egg planter. Hollow out a few eggs and play with different types of plants to feature, such as these colorful alyssum seedlings. A tray filled with Easter grass finishes off the display.
How-To Blow Out an Egg:
--Hold an extra-large or jumbo egg on its side. Tap the pointed end firmly with a table knife to just break through the shell; turn it slightly and tap again to remove the "cap." Use or discard the contents and rinse the shell.
--Create a drainage hole by carefully pushing the point of a small knife through the bottom of the shell.
--Gently remove about half the soil from around the roots of a small plant. Ease the roots and remaining soil into the shell; add a small amount of soil to cover the roots.







Paper Easter Basket
This dainty pink basket makes a perfect nest for Easter eggs. Simply add your favorite dyed creations, Easter grass, and any favorite treats for a cute and timeless springtime decoration.
















Easter Egg Garland
Dress up a staircase, mantel, or table with an Easter egg garland. Blow out about three dozen eggs, leaving holes on both ends. Dye the eggs the color of your choice, and use a bead-making needle threaded with stretchable jewelry cord or a narrow ribbon to connect the eggs.
Tip: To blow out an egg, use a push pin to put a hole in each end. Gently push a wooden skewer through one end to enlarge the hole and break the yolk. Blow into the smaller hole to push out all the yolk from the opposite end.











Easter Egg Clusters
These little bundles make perfect Easter window decorations. Embellish blown out, dyed eggs with ribbon secured with small straight pins, leaving a long end for tying. Gather eggs at varying heights and tie ribbons together. Hang from a removable adhesive hook or wreath hanger. Add a ribbon bow.
Tip: Use different types of eggs for a variety of sizes. Try quail eggs for smaller sizes and ostrich or goose eggs for larger sizes. Or, instead of real eggs, wrap styrofoam egg shapes (available at crafts supply stores) with strips of crepe paper, attaching ends with glue or a small straight pin. Then continue with the steps above.











Tabletop Easter Tree
A simple Easter tree is made even cuter when it's propped inside a blue pail. To make the decoration, gather branches and spray-paint white; after drying, place inside a pail and arrange branches to stay put with foam. Add stones, glass pebbles, or the like to decorate and weigh down the container. Hang blown-out egg ornaments and homemade crafts (such as our birds) to decorate this Easter favorite.
Tip: Clean sand (for use in children's sandboxes) can also be used in the pail.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Easter Crafts for Kids

Break out the crafts supplies and try these fun Easter projects the kids can enjoy (with adult supervision, of course!). From pinatas and puppets to spoon candy and Easter bags, the whole family will get into making these easy Easter crafts.


Easy Spoon Candy
Sweet candy spoons are the perfect treat for after Easter dinner, and kids will love getting creative with making their own. Adults should take charge of melting both milk and white chocolate; once the chocolate is melted, pour just enough into each spoon so it doesn't spill over but is full. Drizzle leftover melted chocolate across the spoons for an added decorative effect. Have kids sprinkle spoons with small Easter candies, then put in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to set the chocolate. Once the spoons are set, tie a small bow around them and set them in a glass at the Easter table to double as decor.












Lightbulb Lamb Figurines
These little lambs are an adorable way to recycle burnt-out lightbulbs -- and you don't need many supplies to get them looking their best! Paint a standard lightbulb white and let dry. Add a face with pink paint, and then more facial features with black and white paint. Wrap the metal screw top with white yarn to give the sheep a hat, then glue on black pom-poms for the feet and finish with a bow. Let kids decorate their lambs with other crafty embellishments, such as glitter or paint, if desired.












Paint Chip Easter Egg Art
This pretty Easter artwork can be made on the cheap with free paint chip samples from home improvement stores. Have kids pick out a variety of colors to use, then cut them out using an egg and bunny templates. Attach the paint chip eggs to a 12x12-inch piece of scrapbook paper with adhesive foam dots. Frame the paper and hang for a so-simple crafty Easter decoration.













Embroidery Floss Egg Garland
For a family-friendly project, try this easy garland of embroidery floss Easter eggs. Prepare a bowl of stiffener mixture (we used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with 1/2 cup of flour) and gently coil embroidery floss into the bowl. Blow up a water balloon to the desired size of your egg, and wrap the floss around the balloon, using multiple colors if desired. Let the finished product dry for several hours, then pop the balloon to reveal your egg. Hang several eggs with another strand of floss by tying the floss to the top of each egg.












Egg Carton Bird Decorations
Transform recycled egg cartons and plastic eggs into peeping birds for a simple flowerpot decoration. Paint single egg-carton cups and wooden dowels in bright colors; let dry. Glue each dowel to the back of the egg cup, then glue a plastic egg into each one. Add a matching feather to the back of each bird, and paint a corner of the egg cup gold or yellow to make a beak.












Hatched-Chick Place Cards
All it takes is a little cutting and folding to make this sweet chick place card for your Easter table. Fold a 4x12-inch strip of heavy scrapbook paper or cardstock in half lengthwise. Tape a smaller piece of paper to the front of the strip. Cut out our chick and eggshell patterns in coordinating colors, then tape to the place card. Write each guest's name below the chick with a pen or marker.














Button-Embellished Easter Basket
Dig through your spare button stash for this so-easy Easter kids' craft. Choose a simple wooden basket, and glue buttons in all sizes and colors onto it for a unique and colorful look. When you're finished, let the basket dry completely, then wrap a bright ribbon around the handle and tie a bow for a finishing touch.














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Chick Puppets
Made from yellow baby socks turned inside out, this chirping set of baby chicks is an adorable Easter craft that will delight little ones on Easter morning.
















Easy Easter Tote
Treat the Easter hostess to a little pampering. Fill an empty egg carton with fizzy bath balls for a thoughtful Easter gift. Cover the carton top with pretty paper and tie with ribbon.















Egg Planter
For a unique twist on the traditional Easter egg, give eggshells second life as planters. Fill the planters with different types of plants, such as these colorful alyssum seedlings. Involve the kids in planting and caring for the little Easter garden.















Nested Egg Placeholders
Personalize and decorate plastic Easter eggs to use as quick and cute placeholders for your special guests.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easter Table Settings Crafts and Favors


Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs
Brighten a clutch of undyed eggs with stylized patterns from paper napkins, then tuck them into chipboard baskets to give as Easter favors.
No need for meticulous cutting ~ a loose trim around the designs will do, as the napkins' edges will blend into the eggshells. Chipboard baskets, packed with the colorful creations and holiday sweets, are decorated with coordinating tags.
Hot To: Blow Out Eggs- Pierce both ends of a raw egg using the tip of a sharp craft knife. Twist knife gently in holes to widen them slightly, with bottom hole a bit larger. Poke a straightened paper clip into the larger hole; pierce yolk, and stir. Hold egg, larger hole down, over a bowl. Insert the tip of a rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores) into smaller hole. Blow air into egg to expel its contents. Rinse egg with warm water; drain. Blow air into egg again. Let dry.
Decoupage Tools and Materials:
Small, sharp scissors
Patterned white paper napkins, Cherry-Blossom paper napkins in sky blue, Mod Podge glue sealant, Small and medium craft brushes with noncolored handles, Blown-out eggs
Paper-Napkin Decoupage How-To: Trim loosely around the designs on a white napkin using small scissors. Separate printed top layer; discard lower sheets. Coat part of a blown-out white egg (or a white paper tag) with Mod Podge using a small brush. Apply 1 cutout design to egg (or tag); smooth with brush. Let dry. Repeat, adding designs as desired. Apply Mod Podge with a medium brush to entire egg (or tag). Let dry.


Easter Fabric Silhouettes
Use colorful printed fabric to create cheerful silhouettes in the shape of chicks, hens, and bunnies.
Tools and Materials:
Mat board
Mat knife
Double Tack double-sided mounting adhesive
Bunny, bunny with cane, chicks 1 and chicks 2, or chicken template
Tape
Printed cotton fabric
Bone folder
Craft glue
Shredding scissors
Decorative paper in a variety of colors
Double-sided tape
Easter candy
How To: Cut mat board to 8 by 11 inches. Cover white side of mat board with Double Tack adhesive: Peel one corner of backing, attach to corner of mat board, and remove remainder of backing while smoothing onto mat board. Print bunny, bunny with cane, chicks 1 and chicks 2, or chicken template. Affix the template to the mat board with regular tape. Cut out the base, stands, and silhouette pieces. Peel backing off other side of Double Tack, and apply fabric to the silhouette, using a bone folder to smooth. Turn silhouette over, so mat board side is facing up, and cut off excess fabric with a sharp knife. Affix Double Tack to decorative paper and cut out the shapes within the silhouette, represented by dotted lines. Peel off backing and apply the shapes to the fabric-covered silhouette. Affix silhouette to the base and stands using craft glue. To make the "grass," cut a piece of green paper an inch and a half wide by 11 inches long. Use shredding scissors to cut grass along the length of the strip. Wrap grass around base of silhouette, and affix with double-sided tape. Fill base with candies, and embellish as desired.


Paper Easter Bunny Favor Bags and Cupcake Toppers
These cheerful paper bunnies multiply quickly, thanks to their simple construction.To bring some festive cheer to your dessert table, march the rabbits across a garland, sit them atop cupcakes, or use them to offer sneak peeks into gift bags.
Garland How To: Download and print a rabbit template. Trace onto vellum; cut out shape. Punch 2 holes in head; thread with yarn. Repeat as desired.
Gift bag How To: Cut an 11-by-2 1/2-inch strip of vellum. Position upright template so ears fall 2 1/2 inches below top edge. Trace; cut out. Fill 2 1/2-by-1-by-6-inch cellophane bags with favors, leaving about 2 1/2 inches empty. Wrap vellum around bag, fold top edges together, and punch 2 holes for ribbon tie. Cupcake topper How To: Trace template onto vellum; cut out. Repeat. Coat back of 1 rabbit and top 1/2 inch of a 6-inch bamboo skewer with a glue stick. Sandwich the stick between 2 rabbits. Dry between the pages of a magazine for 30 minutes.







Marbleized Egg Table Setting
Create this table setting using a dyeing technique that requires little more than vinegar, oil, and food coloring.
How To: In a small mixing bowl, combine 3 cups warm water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and a few drops of food coloring. Place egg in dye, and leave it submerged until it turns the desired shade.In a wide, shallow bowl, prepare a second batch of dye (which will provide the swirls) in a darker shade or a different color. Liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Run a fork through this mixture, creating curlicues of oil on the surface.As oil swirls, place dyed egg in mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up oil streaks; remove the egg.Gently pat egg with a paper towel.Let it dry. You can experiment with color combinations: Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve striking contrasts, subtle shadings, or multihued richness.








Spring Flower Bowl
Create daffodil-shaped candy dishes for a fanciful table display using coffee filters and food coloring.
Tools and Materials:
Green and yellow food coloring
Wide shallow bowl or pie plate
Coffee filters
Paintbrush
Paper cups and bowls
Hot-glue gun
How To: Pour water with a few drops of food coloring into wide, shallow bowls. Dye a few filters completely green. Dip the open end of a larger stack in yellow. Remove, and let dry while stacked upside down. (Note: Coffee filters hold their shape best when dyed in a stack.) Paint cups with food coloring mixture. (Do some interiors, some exteriors, some both.) Separate dyed filters when dry. Fold 1 in half, and snip into fluted part every few inches. Trim snips into rounded petals. Unfold. Cut green filters into leaf shapes. Glue cup to center of filter. Glue green leaves to underside of filter.


Flowered Basket
Dress up a woven basket with silk flowers and leaves, which you can find in most craft shops. A hot-glue gun is essential for this project.
Tools and Materials:
5- or 6-inch diameter woven basket (with a handle)
1/2 yard silk or satin fabric
hot-glue gun
seam binding or ribbon
artificial flowers or leaves (about 60)
How To: Cut satin or silk fabric into a circle with a diameter three times that of the basket; line the inside of the basket with the fabric, tucking and gluing into place. Hot-glue a length of seam binding or ribbon at one handle end; wrap the handle with the seam binding, and affix with hot glue at the other end. Remove stems from the artificial flowers. Hot-glue the buds or leaves onto the basket, covering the entire surface. (When gluing leaves, work from the top of the basket downwards.) If you are using multilayered flowers like the pink ranunculus, you can pare down some of the buds to create a variety of sizes.



Eggshell Votives
Everything is reborn in spring -- even Easter eggs, which can be transformed into votives for your table. Simple eggcups make a lovely base.















Grassy Place Card
Celebrate the new season with place cards that resemble tufts of grass.
How To: Cut a 3-by-4-inch rectangle from green card stock. On 1 short side, fold under 1 inch to create a base. Stamp or write a name on the place card. Using scissors, cut a series of grass blades, as shown, stopping about 1 inch from the bottom. To finish, make angled cuts along the top.















Candy Nests
Dishes for sweets become well suited to spring when they're disguised as fuzzy birds' nests.
How To:Cover the outside of a bowl with double-sided tape. Wind a ball of yarn (we used mohair) around the bowl until its exterior is hidden. To finish, securely tuck the loose end behind the wrapped yarn.















Easter Bucket
Why not replace your Easter basket with a plastic bucket in a spring color? Just add Easter grass, candies, and some festive eggs.
Tools and Materials:
Chick and flower template
Plastic bucket in a spring color
Dyed Easter eggs
Fun foam
Scissors
Craft glue, from Martha Stewart Crafts, or Perfect Glue No. 2, $3.11, by Liquid Nails, available at amazon.com and hardware stores
Easter Grass (you can also buy readymade Easter grass at D. Blumchen & Company)
How To: Sand down the plastic bucket to give it tooth (which means making it slightly rough to allow the foam to stick better). Using the template, trace chicks and flowers onto foam; cut out using scissors. Apply the glue to the foam. Press the chick and flower cutouts in place on the bucket.Egg Chick How-To: Start with a dyed Easter egg. To make the beak, fold a 1/2-inch square of crepe paper in half. Then cut out a triangle, with the wide end on the fold; unfold and glue to the top of a dyed egg with craft glue. Cut 2 wing spaces from crepe paper (be creative!), and glue each to the egg next to the beak. You're finished! Put your eggs in the finished Easter bucket on a bed of Easter grass and add candies, if desired.


Easter Egg Place Card Holders
Welcome guests to the table with these cheerful fringed paper egg cups.
Tools and Materials:
Colored paper
Scissors or craft knife
Pencil
Fringe scissors
Permanent tape roller
Ribbon
Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
Floral butterfly on wire, or other embellishments
Hard-boiled egg
Nontoxic pen or marker
How To: Cut an 8-by-1 1/2-inch strip from colored paper. Draw a pencil line down the length of the strip, 1 inch from one long side. Make a mark 4 1/2 inches from one end of the strip. Cut a 1-inch fringe with fringe scissors, using the pencil line as a guide, along the entire length of the strip. Using the tape roller, apply adhesive from the 4 1/2-inch mark to the end of the strip in the area that is not fringed. Coil the strip, creating a cylinder. Bend and fray the ends of fringe to look like grass. Tie a ribbon around the base of the cup. Use a glue gun to attach a butterfly on a wire or other embellishments (flowers, bumblebees, etc.) to the inside of the cup.
Write guest's name on hard-boiled egg with a pen or marker. Place egg in holder.


Easter Nest Table Setting
Scoop up store-bought Easter basket staples to add this simple arrangement to your spring table.
How To: Adding a whimsical touch to a springtime tablescape is as easy as scooping up store bought Easter basket staples and making a thoughtful arrangement. Handfuls of candy eggs and paper grass placed just so look like a bird's nest when perched atop each guest's plate. For an organic feel, we chose materials with natural tones, which will mesh seamlessly with linens in any color.












Peat Pot Basket Favors
Wooden or plastic baskets filled with goodies are an Easter classic. For an unusual variation on a beloved tradition, transform inexpensive peat pots into beribboned Easter "baskets" to use as favors.The tiny connected cells, commonly used for starting seeds, are ideal for holding jelly beans and small chocolate eggs.
Tools and Materials:
Tray of ten 1 3/4-inch cells (yields two "baskets")
1 3/4-inch-cell peat-pot tray
Scissors
18-gauge paper- or cloth-wrapped wire
Needle-nose pliers
Craft glue
Ribbon
Easter grass (optional)
Candy (optional)
How To: Cut tray into 2 sections, one with 6 cells, the other with 4 cells. Create 2 holes in each tray, at the center of each side, for the handles. Cut an 18-inch length of wire (for the large tray) and a 13-inch length of wire (for the small tray). Insert wire into holes, creating a handle, and bend back ends with pliers to secure. Apply glue to each basket's top edge, and affix ribbon. If desired, fill cells with Easter grass and candy.


Paper Easter Baskets
These pastel paper bags decorated with construction paper are a whimsical alternative to the traditional woven baskets.
Tools and Materials:
Colored paper bags and construction paper
Eyelet kit
Utility knife
Flower and leaf templates
Microhole punch
Hammer
2-foot length of 2-inch-wide wired ribbon
How To: Fold down the top of each bag four times, creating a 1 1/2-inch-wide band. Trace flower and leaf templates onto construction paper (or create your own shapes). Cut them out with a utility knife. Using a microhole punch or an awl, pierce the center of each flower, the base of each leaf, and the front of the bag, or its band. Arrange flowers and leaves on the bag so that all the holes line up. Push a metal eyelet through the holes from the outside of the bag in. Insert the eyelet post (included in the kit) into the back of the eyelet; hammer from the back of the eyelet until the eyelet flattens. Punch holes at each end of the band, and fit with the eyelets. Thread the wired ribbon through the holes; knot to secure, and trim the ends.