Sunday, March 13, 2011

Egg wreath

I have a thing for seasonal wreaths. A few years ago I would have never thought of hanging a wreath up other than on Christmas, but I have really caught the decorating bug and I will pretty much make up a reason now for a new wreath.
I saw a beautiful tutorial for an Easter Egg wreath on Crafty Sisters blog from last year. I got inspired and quickly dismantled this wreath from January, and ran out to the store.
I actually had most of the materials to pull this off, so while at the grocery store I picked up 2 bags of multi sized plastic eggs, the kind that open in the middle and then 2 bottles of acrylic paint & 1 can of white spray paint at the hardware store. The whole project cost me $14.00 without the other stuff I had on hand.
I used:
• Copious amounts of moss (I have a flat of it for planting and crafts)
• One 24 inch vine wreath (I made mine)
• 70 or so plastic eggs of varying sizes
• Acrylic paints
• White spray paint (I used matte finish white for plastic surfaces)
• Feathers
• Hot glue, lots of it.

Here is my wreath that I am reusing, I actually added more vines to it for this project. They are ivy vines from our backyard. The box to the left is filled with some moss.

I sprayed the bright colored eggs white, let them dry then brushed them with 2 coats of acrylic paint in natural egg colors. I was having a really hard time masking the seem where the eggs open. Unlike in the Crafty Sisters tutorial where you can barely see a seam, mine were quite obvious. So I sanded each one to minimize it, and to camouflage the seam further I sprayed them with speckles and that really did the trick.
In the tutorial link they use a toothbrush to speckle the eggs but I used an empty spray bottle filled with a little watered down brown paint. It worked great!

I kept spraying them till the seams were barely noticeable.

Then I got to gluing. Randomly positioning the eggs then when I was done with the eggs I filled every void by gluing moss in between. I then wove vines in and out of the wreath and finished it by adding feathers here and there.

Here you can see a close up of the feathers, I feel like it really give the wreath that nest feel.

Here it is hung up on our front door.

~Oh and so far today we got one of our new low profile fans up, this one is in my craft room. Its so much better than the previous fan and it makes the room seem larger because its so close to the ceiling. I love it!


The DIY Show Off said...

BEAUTIFUL WREATH! I love the eggs and that it's all so natural looking. Great fan too!


Funky Junk Interiors said...

Very realistic looking! Love now natural this wreath feels. :)


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