Happy Easter! And really what is easter without eggs! Ok, Well fake eggs anyway. It was time to take down my St. Patrick’s Day wreath and so I needed to whip up a quick and cute wreath for my front door, And nothing says Easter like Easter eggs. I have seen a lot of wreaths made with plastic eggs. But for this version I’m using styrofoam eggs. Mainly, just because I didn’t like the little seams that they had. But feel free to substitute plastic eggs if you like. This is a really easy project that you can do mainly with dollar store supplies. Here is a list of what you’ll need for your convenience
- Willow Wreath
- Foam Wreath
- 72pcs styrofoam Eggs
- Rust-Oleum Metallic Accents Paint Sea Shell
- Fun Fur Yarn, White
- Glitter Powder
- Wired Glitter Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun
I used a willow wreath that I purchased at the dollar store, which was 9″ wide. The nice thing about the willow wreath is that the veins allow for a natural flow, when placing the eggs. But no worries, you could do this with any type of wreath: styrofoam, straw, metal. The eggs that I used were about 2″ in length. I bought these ones at the dollar store for $1.25 for a dozen. I ended up using about 7 dozen. You could substitute plastic eggs for the styrofoam ones. Most of the plastic eggs that I found were able to be opened and had a seam running across the middle that I didn’t like, so I went with the styrofoam ones.
I started by doing the outside row, while working with the wreath laying flat on a piece of cardboard. You will need a disposable work surface, so you don’t end up with glue on your table 🙂 I attached. the eggs with a hot glue gun. Just run a line of glue along one side of the egg, and then attach it to the wreath. The hot glue does melt the eggs a tiny bit. Check the photo above to see how much glue I used. It looks nice if you keep them on a bit of an angle. Plus it works well with the willow wreath.
And then just keep working you way around until the whole wreath is covered.
Next we paint!
Pretty much everything you read says that you can’t paint styrofoam with anything other than acrylic craft paint, but I suspect it is more a case of using a water based vs an oil based paint, as most aerosol paints are oil based.
But you can also use water based latex paints. I tested my theory out on a few sample eggs before committing to the entire wreath.
And then I tested another theory. I first painted this egg with a coat of latex paint, in the hopes that the latex paint would seal the styro and make it impervious to the spray paint. But as you can see by my photo below…Nope. I suppose this could be a really cool effect, depending on what you are trying to achieve. But for my easter egg wreath I want my eggies to be nice and oval, without pits.
If you would prefer to spray paint your wreath, rather than paining it with a brush then you could always go with the plastic eggs or you can use Krylon H20, which is a latex spray paint, and safe for use on polystyrene.
Rustoleum Metallic Accents
I have used this paint before in silver, and I really love it. I decided to keep the eggs kind of egg coloured. So , I went with the sea shell tint. It’s pretty subtle, but kind of iridescent
To paint the wreath, I went with a medium sized paintbrush, I picked up at the dollar store. Just work your way around the wreath until all of the eggs are covered with paint. Then let it dry.
Then apply your second coat of paint, and while the paint is still wet, sprinkle on some glitter, in whatever colours you like. I used light pink, dark pink and iridescent white. The paint needs to be wet for the glitter to stick, so make sure that all of the surfaces are wet with paint.
Just go ahead and glitter it up until you are happy with the glitter consistency 🙂 Here is what it looked like after paint and glitter
It’s looking kind of cool. But it needs a bit more – something. I recently ordered a box of wool in bunch of different textures. just to play around with. One of the skeins was a very fine thread with a wispy, feathery quality to it. when I pulled it out of the box, I thought that it wasn’t going to be good for much. When I tried wrapping it around the eggs and I really like the effect.
With the wool, I tied it off on the back to start with and then started wrapping it around, tucking the wool around the eggs. I went all the way around in one direction, and then went around again in the other direction. So that when you are done, it has a criss-cross pattern to it.
It’s not so heavy that it overpowers the wreath. It’s kind of delicate. And there you have a feathered egg wreath 🙂
But it needs a final touch, and a bit of colour infusion. It needs a Bow! I was going to just buy a big fabric bow, and be done with it. But when I went to the store, I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So, I am forced to build my own bow.
I found this pretty wired ribbon with more glitter in keeping with my glittery theme.
I played around with it for a while to figure out a way to make a nice bow. Unfortunately, this ribbon is only glittery on one-side, so I can’t just fold it over on itself. So instead I started by folding the whole piece, which was 9′, in half with the sparkly side facing out. Then I started folding it over on itself, making the folds smaller each time. I did 4 on each side. Then I cut it with enough ribbon left to roll over into a loop.
Then I took part of the piece that was left over and folded it into a “V” shape, and angled the ends
The last step is to attach the bow to the wreath. I used push pins to attach it, since it’s easy to stick them into the styrofoam eggs. And it’s not big deal if you get it wrong the first time. See that? Easy Peasy DIY BOW!
And now I have a Feathery Easter Egg Wreath for my door. Which will get me through until Easter, and then I will have to come up with another idea. By next year I should have a whole arsenal of seasonal door wreaths. One small disclaimer, I’m not sure how well this will hold up out doors. I have it on my front door, but it’s under a porch, so it doesn’t get wet.
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