I have always had a little obsession with Easter wreaths. My grandmother has had one for years that looks like the whole thing has been constructed with Cadbury mini eggs. As a kid I would simultaneously wonder why someone would waste such perfectly good chocolate, and also envy those pretty pastel colours that brightened up her door every April. This year, after finding some super cute sparkly foam eggs at Dollarama, I vowed to make my own wreath.
The best part about this wreath (aside from the fact it’s adorable and super fun for spring!) is that it cost about $8 total. Maybe $10 if you don’t already own a glue gun. I thought about buying a foam wreath (like the ones you use if you’re making floral arrangements) and then spent what I’m sure was a frustrating (for my boyfriend) ten minutes in the wreath aisle at Michaels before I stumbled upon this great wreath made out of branches for $3! What a steal!
I’d already found these foam eggs (on tacky branches, those were the first thing to go) and little vines of tiny pastel eggs at the Dollarstore, so I spent about $5 on getting a bunch. I didn’t end up using everything but I stuck the leftovers into flower pots around the apartment so it was worth it!
If you live in Canada then Dollarama is your source for eggs just like mine, but if for some reason you can’t find them you can get foam eggs and paint them yourselves, or make cardboard or wood eggs and hot glue those for the same look!
DIY Easter Wreath
What Do You Need:
– 1 wreath (foam or branches or whatever you’d like, you can get some super inexpensive ones at Michaels, or even the dollar store and just cut off anything tacky)
– decorative eggs
– decorative greenery (mine came with eggs but you don’t need those unless you love it, like me!
– 1 glue gun + glue (obvs)
– strong scissors (for cutting wire if your greenery has wire inside, which it probably will)
** bonus round ** – if you want to add a banner like we did, just use black construction paper and some old kitchen twine with some chalk to create a chalk look like ours!
Depending on how you buy it, you might have some unwanted pieces on your greenery and eggs. We just cut off the stuff we didn’t like, such as the big tacky poison ivy-esque leaves and random vines with no eggs (what’s the point!). Use your scissors to get your pieces exactly the way you’d like.
Wrap your greenery around your wreath. I wove it in and out of the branches to secure it rather than use a lot of glue (it can get messy and tacky!) but if you don’t have branches and weaving doesn’t work, try using small dabs of hot glue to secure thicker pieces of greenery. I wrapped mine around the wreath first, then went back and wove each piece through and around to shape it.
Do what you feel! I bought two sets of the greenery, one with small white eggs and small pink eggs. I thought about leaving it with just the white because it looked very simple and elegant, but then I decided Easter was for fun colours and just went crazy with the pink too. So it’s up to you! Customize it however 🙂
You can see the pink vines got a little crazy. I snipped off pieces that made it look too crowded, so have those good scissors handy!
Get that glue gun ready! If your eggs come on branches, like mine did, you’re going to want to trim them. I left a little piece at the bottom (you can see it in the above photo) so I could get extra leverage when I was gluing, but for the larger eggs the piece was too visible so I cut it right off.
Try to hot glue your egg rather than the wreath. The wreath as a lot of spaces for glue to trickle down and gravity won’t be your friend when you’re trying to get those eggs on there securely. If you put the glue directly on the egg you get contact exactly where you need it! I did a trial run before I glued and tried the eggs in different places. You can go all out or just add a few eggs. I tried both ways and settled on just a few, but I think another project (next year anyone!?) might be interesting just buying a foam mount and gluing all the eggs to it!
If you like the idea, make a banner! I decided it tied it together, and I love the way chalkboard buntings look so friendly and fun, exactly like Easter! I just cut out little triangles (I didn’t even measure, just freestyled them all, nothing but excitement at the Party Girl!) and taped them onto some twine. I drew the letters on with chalk. You can customize the message all you’d like! I found that some of my letters wanted to flap around and not stay still. The control freak inside me insisted I add a dab of hot glue to the back to weigh the letters down, and they behaved after that!
So that’s that! This whole project was actually super easy, it took maybe half an hour and like I said was crazy affordable, but now my entry looks so festive! Definitely a fun craft to try out this week and wow your fam this weekend!
Happy Easter Party Girls!