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Easter Cake Top Shaker

Supplies for Cricut method:

  1. Cardstock (medium to thick) You could also use vinyl for the layer that covers the spacer.
  2. Acetate
  3. Craft foam, kraft board, or thin cardboard. Something to use as your spacer. I like to use craft foam.
  4. Glue. I recommend a tacky glue.
  5. Filler for your shaker: glitter, sequence, foam balls, and confetti, or other small things to put inside your shaker. I used small clay slices that look like flowers.
  6. Cricut cutting machine or other way or machine to cut out materials.
  7. My design, which you can find in my shop or on my Etsy shop. My design can be cut out of many different materials and used in many different ways.

I started out by cutting all my different layers. There are a few different layers and designs to choose from in my design. I will show you a few different ways to use my design. There are also a lot of different materials you can use to cut each layer out of. Feel free to use what you have or what you like.

Easter shaker

For this shaker I used a medium double sided cardstock for the back layer. Because this piece was double sided, I did not need to cut the layer that covers the back of the shaker. I then used foam sheets for my spacer layer. I cut both designs to show you and to explain the difference between the two. You only need to pick and cut out one of the spacer layers, but if your spacer layer is thin, then you may want to cut a few of that same design, to build up the layers. I used foam sheets, and cut two layers of this. I then cut my acetate for my clear see through layer. Lastly, I cut some patterned paper for my top decorative layers.

Easter shaker

Once you have decided how you would like your shaker to look, and which layers you would like to use, cut them out. This is a simple design that can be cut by hand (with scissors) or with any of the Cricut machines or many other cutting machines.

I then started with my bottom most layer, and used taky glue to glue my foam (spacer) layer on top. I recommend placing your spacer layer down without glue first, then adding your filler (glitter and confetti pieces) to ensure your spacer is thick enough for your filler pieces to freely move around. You will want to add additional spacer layers till your filler pieces can freely move around. Since my filler pieces where pretty thin, I only needed two layers of foam. Once you have the correct thickness for your spacer, you can glue it in place.

My design gives you the option between two different spacers. You could choose either just the egg outline, or the one with the bunny. I chose the one with the bunny. The bunny does hinder the movement of your filler a little, but it also prevents them from being hidden behind the bunny. If you just want the egg/oval shape without the bunny, then choose the corresponding spacer. You do not have to use the egg shape as an egg. It could be used as just an oval shape. This shape could be nice to add someone’s name or a phrase.

There are also a few different options you could pick for the decorative layer. You could choose no decorative layer. This is what I did with my bird shaker, which I made out of wood and painted. My foam sheets were a pretty pink color, that could have looked nice showing. You could also choose just the egg outline. You could make the egg outline and the bunny a different pattern or color like I did. You could also make the egg and bunny the same pattern/color. See the pictures below for examples of different designs you can pick from.

To glue everything together I used tackey glue. I have also used Elmer’s glue for similar projects. Start with the base layer, then glue the spacers on top of the base layer. Next, fill your piece with your filler. Add as much or little as you like. I used clay slices, but you could also use sequences, glitter, foam balls, confetti, and many other small items. Then glue down your acetate layer. Lastly, glue on your decorative top layer.

This would be fun attached to a card. You could also put it on a stick and place it in a cake as a cake topper. I think I will put mine in a tier tray or just put it out for display with my other Easter decorations. I plan to get a small table and change out the decorations for each holiday. So, this would be perfect there. It could even be fun to put in a child’s Easter basket for them to play with. Shakers are a lot of fun to make and play with no matter how old you are. Also do not forget to check out the bird shaker I made. It can also be made with a Cricut.

Supplies for Glowforge method:

  1. Wood or draft wood
  2. Wood glue. Other glues will also work.
  3. Filler for your shaker: glitter, sequence, foam balls, and confetti, or other small things to put inside your shaker. I used small clay slices that look like flowers.
  4. Acrylic. Acetate could also work.
  5. Laser cutting machine. I used my Glowforge, which you can learn more about here or get a discount code if you are thinking of buying one.
  6. My design, which you can find in my shop or on my Etsy shop. You can also cut my design out of cardstock and acetate if you want.

I would start out by cutting out the back layer and spacer layer. These can be cut out of wood, draft board, or even a pretty colored acrylic. I would then use a clear acrylic or acetate for the see-through layer. You could also do two see through layer, one on the front and one on the back, with the spacer layer in between. This is a pretty simple shape that you may be able to use a Cricut Maker with the knife blade to cut these shapes out of wood.

Once your pieces are all cut out, you can paint the wood pieces. You could also apply tissue paper or cardstock over your wood cut outs with some glue, if you would like more designs in the piece

For assembling I would start with the bottom most layer. Apply some wood glue around the spacer layer, and place it on top of the bottom layer. I like to apply the glue to the spacer layer so I know how much glue is needed, and I do not get extra around the edges and sides. I also used a toothpick to help limit the amount of glue I applied to my pieces. You could also put your glue in a thin tip bottle to help control the amount that comes out.

Once the glue is dry, you can add your filler/shaker pieces. You could use a lot of different things inside your shaker like, sequins, glitter, foam balls, confetti, and really anything that is small enough to fit inside. Fill your piece with as much filler/shaker pieces as you like. Just remember you want to leave some space for the pieces to be able to move around freely.

Then apply wood glue around the edges of your spacer, and put your clear acrylic layer on top. You can wipe away any extra glue around the edges. The wood glue dried clear, and is not to noticeable once it dried. You could glue a decorative layer on top to help hide any signs of glue if you want. You can also add the little decorative bunny head on top of the clear acrylic piece if you would like. If you cut the spacer layer with the bunny head, then you could just paint that layer and not need the extra on the top. The choice is yours.

Allow the glue to dry before shaking it to ensure no piece get wet glue on them, which may prohibit their movement. There are a lot of different ways you can assemble this egg and bunny. You do not have to have the bunny in the finished piece if you do not want. It could be just an egg. This piece can take on many different styles and looks depending on the color choices you make and how you decide to make each layer, and which layers you decide to use. I would love to see how you make yours! Also do not forget to check out the bird shaker I made.

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