As much as I loved my Valentine’s Day wreath, I had to take it down, being that it was about a month after Valentine’s Day. But no worries. I replaced it with something just as pretty.
My (p)inspiration to make an Easter Wreath came from this “Easter Egg and TuTu Wreath” from My Creative Way and this “Yarn Egg Wreath” from The Sweet Survival. Both sources offer really easy to follow tutorials. Ultimately, it came down to which was going to take more time, and I decided that an Easter Egg and Tutu wreath was going to be faster and easier to pull off, and, I’m happy to tell you that I completed mine in about an hour while watching Netflix while Christopher played outside with his friends and His Majesty took a nice, and much appreciated, nap. But, I also put my own spin on the design of the finished product, partly because I wanted to in the first place, and partly because I ran into a problem with my original plan.
I originally planned to cover the entire wreath in strips of tulle, like the tutorial at Creative Way had done but using a foam wreath form, but then my goal was to cover the entire front of the wreath with Easter Eggs, using a hot glue gun. Then I was going to fill in any gaps with eyelash yarn, hoping that it would look a little like plastic Easter “grass”.
I was worried that I didn’t have enough eggs. Turns out the eggs weren’t the problem. I’ll come back to that in a second.
So, I started by cutting the tulle into strips about as long as the diameter of the wreath form.
I folded the strips of tulle along the length, to make them less sheer, and to give them more fluff, and then tied them in a knot.
You see that glitter in the tulle? That shiny, pretty glitter? It wasn’t so pretty when it was all over my floor. What a mess. Anyway, I tied the strips of tulle all along the wreath… Until I ran out, which was about halfway around.
At that point, I decided to finish as much as I could by glueing the eggs along the tulle wrapped portion of the wreath, and then go back to the craft store at some point to pick up more tulle, allowing me to finish the wreath. I applied a little hot glue along the opening of the eggs, to keep them intact, and then I applied a big glob of glue on the egg itself and pressed it to the tulle to stick them together. I alternated the colors, simply because I’m cool like that.
Once I’d covered the front of the tulle covered portion in eggs(I would have been dead on accurate with 50 eggs if I’d covered the entire thing, by the way), I held it up and examined it, and just as I was ready to clean up my mess and put it aside until I was able to get to the store for more tulle, and the idea struck me to cover the top portion of the wreath form in the eyelash yarn, which I thought might make the wreath slightly reminiscent of an actual Easter basket. Plus, I reasoned, there really wasn’t enough space between the eggs to easily use the eyelash yarn otherwise, so why not. I didn’t have any other options at the moment, so I gave it a try.
I was so unsure about the idea that I didn’t even glue the yarn, I just wrapped it around itself and tucked it in where it met the tulle. It’s held up fine on the front door thus far, but if it looks decent when I take it down, I’ll glue a few pieces to secure it before I store it. (But, that probably won’t be an issue, since the pollen in the air is almost certainly going to do a number on it and prevent me from using it again next year anyway). After I’d finished wrapping it, I took a leftover piece of tulle that had been just a touch too short to use earlier, and tied it at the top of the wreath, so that I could hang it.
I am really happy with how it turned out, and I’m extra glad that I was able to finish it in one sitting, and avoid another trip to the store (which I’m sure my husband is happy about). I love seeing the colors when I pull in the driveway, all bright and cheery and spring-like. It’s enough to bring a smile to my face every time.
So, what’s decorating your door these days? Do you decorate for Easter?