Monday, March 26, 2007

How To Make an Easter Wreath

When I was getting out some of my Easter Decorations this past weekend I had an idea for a "How To" post. I love craft projects so I thought I would share this one.

This is an Easter Egg wreath that originally appeared in a Southern Living magazine a few years back. Over the past several years I have made many of these wreaths and I thought you might like one for your front door too. Due to the use of hot glue I do NOT recommend letting your little ones help but I think you and your children will really enjoy the final results.

Materials Needed:
-1 straw wreath - You can use whatever size you want but I used a 14 inch wreath in the picture. A wreath like this can be obtained from any craft store for just a few dollars.
-About 50 plastic Easter Eggs - You might use more or less eggs depending on how full you want your wreath to be and depending on the size wreath that you choose to make. You can use any color combination of eggs that you want. I have made them in pastels and brights.
-A Hot Glue Gun and a number of glue sticks
-Some spring colored ribbon - I used a 1.25" wired ribbon

1. First cover the surface you will be using with newspaper or paper of some sort in order to prevent hot glue from dripping and ruining your grandmother's dining room table. :-)

2. Take the wreath and be sure to remove the plastic covering from the wreath.

3. Measure out a length of the spring colored ribbon. This will be for your door hanger so the length is up to you. In the picture I just tied a knot but you might want to tie a bow in yours.

4. Once you have determined the length of ribbon that you want to use, slip it through the wreath and tie it around the wreath in either a knot or a bow. If you do decide to tie it in a knot, I recommend securing the knot with hot glue on the back of the wreath so that it does not show.

5. Now you are ready to begin placing the eggs on the wreath. I usually figure out a pattern to the colors so you don't have too many eggs of the same color touching each other. There is no real method to the ordering or placement of the wreaths so just use your best judgement.

6. Apply a liberal amount of glue to the back of the egg and place it on the wreath wherever you want it to go. You will have to hold it on the wreath for a little while until the glue cools and hardens. If you are careful (or can get a friend to help you) you can probably place and hold several eggs at the same time.

Good luck and happy crafting!


Les said...

This is a great project!

Notice how she has obtained the perfect color distribution of the eggs :-)

Amberly said...

We love the one you made for us! Now I just need to put it on the door! :-)

Mandalyn said...

I love the Easter wreath! It would definetly be a colorful addition to any door! I just found your site. I'm new at blogging, too! I hope you enjoy it! I am--I'm just learning as I go! I have never heard of a Labradoodle. Brun is adorable though!

Have a great week!