Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

Typo, but it stays. :p

Over the past week, I've been doing a LOT of web searching for easy Easter crafts, and came across a cute wreath. I remembered the basics, but of course, can not remember where I found it (I really need to start book marking these fabulous ideas!).

If anyone knows where I might have found this wreath, please let me know so I can give props to the mad genius behind it!

Michelle helped me find it! The original was done by Cindi over at This Is My Life.

Easter Egg Wreath

You'll Need:
Cardboard (the lid to the empty take out pizza box laying next to the trash may or may not work, I admit to nothing)
Regular sized plastic Easter Eggs- I used 29 for the bottom, and 11 on the top row
Easter Grass
Fake Flowers*
Glue gun & like 5 sticks of glue

*optional- the wreath I saw didn't have either, but I did add flowers to mine, and considered a bow, but felt the wreath was busy enough on it's own.

For this, I dug out my "Box O'Eggs"

.....yes, I really have a "Box O'Eggs". I'm -always- in charge of the egg hunts at various relatives houses, and have amassed quite the collection. Unfortunately, I seem to have an affinity for odd eggs. I had no where near enough plain, regular sized eggs. Plenty of jumbo eggs, lots of minis, and a lot of shaped things- like peep shaped containers, and Spiderman shaped eggs, etc.

I had to make a run to DT just to make the wreath, even with a box of eggs this big.

  1. Use a plate to draw the outer circle of your wreath shape on the cardboard you choose which may or may not have come from that pizza you grabbed when you felt like cheating for dinner the other nigh which probably came from a cardboard box you were right to save. For the total width of the wreath, you'll want it about 2 to 2.5" wide, so hunt around for various items, or just eyeball it for the inner circle. I had a foam wreath form, and used the inner circle to make my inner circle.
  2. Take out your eggs, and hot glue the rounded "butt" end of the egg, and slap it on the form on the outer circle, with the point facing outward. You'll want to only use about half the space, because you will be adding an inner layer next.
  3. Once you have filled up the outer circle, do an inner circle. If you find some areas where they don't have enough room, add a bead of glue to the outer eggs, and glue them straight to those.
  4. Now the messy part. Take your Easter grass and the glue gun, and squirt glue into the center spaces between the inner and outer circle of eggs. Drizzle glue around the inner sides of the eggs as well. Then, stuff it with Easter grass. It doesn't have to be perfect. I tried using a pencil to shove it in place, but it created a bigger mess of glue and grass. Keep doing this until there is grass in ever space of the middle section. 
  5. Start gluing your eggs again- you want to place eggs along the top, all around where the grass is, so that each egg is resting between the inner and outer layer. 
  6. Once the top layer of eggs is complete, it's time to give your wreath a hair cut. I strongly recommend doing this over top of the trash, because it's messy. Just clip and trim until you are happy with the amount of "hair" left over.
  7. I had some yellow and pink flowers hanging around, so I took the heads off, and glued them in little spaces all around the wreath. You could use bigger flowers, or skip it all together, but I like them. Of course, once I was done, I found my purple flowers. Oh well!

Because of the cardboard form, this is likely not a weather-proof wreath for outside, but it sure is cute for inside! I considered using a "real" wreath form, but I think it would have been much harder to fill out with rounded objects on a rounded surface.

Total costs:
Eggs:  $4 spent on a total of 72 eggs (18/$1 at dollar store), but only used 40 eggs- $2.22 worth
Wreath Form: Free (after a fashion...)
Grass: $1 (thought I had some, but I couldn't find it)
Flowers: On Hand, or $1 at dollar store

A fairly inexpensive wreath. Probably even more so, had I not been so picky about my eggs. I had enough medium eggs, if I had used patterned, printed, eggs with cutouts, clear eggs, metallic eggs, etc. But, I wanted plain, solid colors.


Ashley @ Joyful Creations said...

I love yours. I did see somewhere that someone posted about this idea but I can't recall either. The one I saw was a group of ladies that did it together. Lots of fun! I'll give this one a shot this year.

Jessie L. said...

This is adorable! I'm not really a big fan of Easter, but this is the cutest spring wreath. I may have to dig around and see what I have at home for making this. Thanks for the idea!

Anne said...

I love your full of springtime and Easter happiness!

I saw a similar wreath a few weeks ago, could this be the one?

Jackie H said...

This is gorgeous! I'm heading to DT right now!

Veronica said...

How cute. I love it.

MrsJenB said...

GASP! I love it!!! I was just thinking today that I need some sort of Easter wreath or other such decoration. I'm totally going to make this! :-)

Expressions by Heather said...

I am glad you guys all like it! It's a bit messy to make, with the grass & cutting it, but it's just adorable :)

Ashley- that's the one I am thinking of- she did a "party" with several being made.

The Single Nester said...

Happy Easter to you too! I love how the wreath turned out.

Jeanette said...

This is so cute. A great springy, Easter wreath.

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

That is adorable!!!

Kelli W said...

Cute! I have a box of eggs in my attic too!

Hi There! said...

I love it! I just googled "blog, easter egg wreth" - yeah, I didn't even spell it right - and this was the first result:

Is that the link you're looking for?

Expressions by Heather said...

Michelle! Thank you- that is indeed the one I've been looking for. :)

Thank you so much!!

Cindi said...

Heather, It looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing it with me!

If you like inexpensive and fun crafts, check out the other crafts we do for Mom's Craft Night Out. We try to keep the cost down and it really helps that my honey can cut the wood and stuff for me.

Cindy said...

adorable. Love your wreath. I think I might have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Have a blessed week.

terrid614 said...

adorable! i want to make this tonight!!! thanks for the instructions! xoxo

Heather said...

How fun, that is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Love this wreath! I'm going to make one too!!! Guess I'd better get more Easter eggs.

Happy Spring!

The Sheppard Bunch said...

Thanks so much for this awesome craft! I made one for my front door. You can see pics on my blog and I put in a link for your blog so my friends and family can make one too : )

Jen @ said...

Cute cute wreath! What a great way to use those plastic eggs!!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!