Easter Egg Wreath

Easter Egg Wreath | A simple and easy diy!
Easter Egg Wreath | www.wineandglue.com | A simple and easy diy!



{My computer went to the great beyond this week (jerk), so my kind and patient husband, who also happens to know a ton about computers, copied all my important stuff (like insanely vital fonts that I nearly had a panic attack over losing …. oh yeah, and pictures of the kids ….) on to his Mac so that I could continue to blog.  This will likely be the most disjointed blog post ever, as I try to navigate my way through editing photos, finding photos, and what not on a Mac.  I hate learning new things.}

Spring is in the air!  In such a major way where we live.  In fact, last week I was questioning if we skipped spring all together and went straight to summer.  And just to show you how wonderfully spring it is, look at Elliot’s tree!

Aren’t it’s blooms amazing?

I love spring.

Anyway, since I saw this idea way back in like January, I wanted to use it to make an Easter egg wreath.  There are tons of people out there trying their hand at this, but my absolute favorite is found here.  More recently, Alissa, at Crafty Endeavor did this post about making an Easter Egg Garland.  Alissa is smart, and she made this project about a million times easier for me.

So first, you need a lot of embroidery floss in lovely pastel Eastery colors.  I went with 20.  That seemed like the perfect number for a wreath . . . right?

Next, you need to make your starchy bath.  I bought Sta-Flo liquid starch.  It would have been really helpful to take a picture of the bottle so that you know what you’re looking for . . . sigh.  According to Alissa, you need 1/2 a cup of flour and 1 cup Sta-Flo.  This is one of Alissa’s helpful tips: don’t just throw the embroidery floss in, wrap it in nicely in loops, or it will become really knotty.  I followed her method, and it worked like a charm.

Now, take a water balloon.  (I did mention to buy some water balloons, right?)  First, before we start man handling the water balloon, let me say this:  This was the hardest part of the project!!  No, not wrapping the starchy liquidy goopy floss around the balloon …. but actually blowing up the miniature annoying little thing!  You’d think that I’m a two pack a day smoker!  (I’m not.)  For the life of me, I could not do it.  I even attempted to blow them up with an electric pump that we use to fill an air mattress, and even that didn’t work!!  You should have seen the look on Gavin’s face.  He actually offered to blow them up for me, because he was certain I was doing something wrong.  Something that he, a four year old, would surely be able to figure out.  I must say that I’m more than a little ashamed with the small joy I took in seeing that he couldn’t blow them up either.  Okay.  I eventually got them blown up, but I could only blow up about three at a time.  You’d think with all the talking I do, I’d have better lung capacity.

Blow up some water balloons.  Get ones that cost more than 50 cents.

Now, as you are wrapping the embroidery floss around the balloon, use your fingers to pull off the excess liquid.  Make it go through two tightly pinched fingers before it makes its way on to the balloon.  This is another good tip from Alissa.  It shouldn’t be a goopy mess when you are done, or it will be harder to keep it in that nice lovely egg shape in the end.

It’s good to know that one skein will cover one water balloon.  Thanks Alissa!  I set mine on wax paper to dry, and I let them go over night, turning them over after several hours so the other side could dry.

Speaking of wax paper, I got goop everywhere.  So I would recommend doing the stringing over wax paper too.

When I had all twenty done, I started popping balloons.  I must say, there was something very satisfying about the popping part of this project.  This is where it’s very important that the embroidery floss is completely dry, and that you didn’t put too much goop on.  I would also suggest pushing in on the balloon a little before you pop it so that it somewhat separates from the yarn.  Like Alissa, I had some little bits of starch left that I got off with a toothpick.

After I got all 20, I turned a bowl upside down, and lined up the eggs into the wreathy pattern that I wanted.  Then I just hot glued them all together.  I would take an egg or two out of the circle at a time, pop on some hot glue and then put it back in.  (Photos of this process would have been helpful . . . huh?)  When I was done, I added hot glue to each spot that the eggs touched.  Word to the wise (look away, Nathan), don’t do this on carpet, unless you think that little dabs of hot glue would make a nice accessory to your living room floor.  Maybe newspaper?  Maybe.

Here is the wreath up close in all it’s imperfect beauty.  You can kind of get what I mean about the hot glue.

And here it is hanging up.

Easter Egg Wreath | www.wineandglue.com | A simple and easy diy!

And just because I can’t get enough of her cute face, here is Quinn squealing in the delight of playing outside mid-March.

Your wreath shopping list:
20 skeins of embroidery floss (I ended up using 19) – they were $0.35 each at Michaels and I used a 20% off of everything coupon because I’m thrifty like that
Sta-Flo – about $2.50
Water Balloons – about $0.50 if you have good lung capacity
Other things you hopefully have:
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Wax Paper
Plastic Bowl
Flour
Ribbon for hanging
So if you’re keeping track, I did it for under $10.  Not bad for a fancy looking wreath.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so incredibly wonderful! I have seen this technique before, but never with water balloons as Easter eggs. I am now becoming a follower. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

    • Anonymous says

      I just love it. Looking for the balloons I know I have in my craft cave and then I can start to make the wreath!

    • says

      I’m not sure if it can be done with glue or not . . . I think it is definitely worth a try. If that doesn’t work, do you have anything else in the laundry section that is used for starching clothes?

  2. says

    Has anyone tried this using a white glue & water solution? I use this to “starch” crocheted snow flakes. May not be as messy as the flower. Just a thought. I’m going to give it a try. Love the wreath!

  3. Anonymous says

    So pretty, can’t wait to give it a try. Was wanting something “springy” looking and your daughter is beautiful!

    LeaNecia M.

  4. says

    Too cute!!! Suggestion for the hot gluing issue. Purchase one of those $1 table clothes from the dollar store and use it when hot gluing. Inexpensive, multiple uses, can be folded/unfolded to cover a variety of coverage areas.

    • says

      Wait. The carpet isn’t the best place to do crafting that involves hot glue?? :) Yeah . . . not one of my smartest moments. The table cloth is a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion!!

    • says

      Unfortunately, I don’t :/ I think that if it were in the open, but covered by a porch over-hang, it would be okay. But I don’t think it would survive a lot of direct contact with weather.

  5. Carolyn says

    I used my yoga ball pump to blow up the balloons. It made blowing up the balloons super easy, so the hardest part was tying off the teeny balloons.

  6. says

    Fill the balloons with water first, makes blowing them up a breeze. Mine were super easy to tie… maybe because I took her advice and spent more than 50cents on the pack.

  7. says

    I just made this Egg Wreath and it turned out beautiful, I just love it. Thanks for the idea, very Eastery!!!!! Blowing up my balloons was pretty easy just stretch them a few times and blow them up! I will probably be making another one to give to my Mom.

  8. Linda Parker says

    Lisa,

    A couple of weeks ago I saw a wreath similar to yours in a magazine when I was at the drs. office. It used STIFFY for glue and it was just one row with a big bow. I couldn’t find the magazine so started to search the web and came across yours. Where did you get this idea? I am in the process of making the wreath but I would love to know magazine I saw it in and wondered if that is where you saw it. Very cute!

    Thank you,

    Linda

    • says

      Linda, I never saw the magazine :) This post is actually from two years ago, and just came from the depths of my brain :) I got help making the eggs from the blog I reference in the post.

  9. Jessie says

    Hi Lisa,

    I tried using white glue but it didn’t work. The starch+flour method didn’t work too. Any ideas what went wrong?

    • says

      I can’t speak to the white glue method, but the starch and flour method worked like a charm for me. What kind of starch did you buy? Also, I’m guessing you did this, but just to be sure, was the thread 100% dry when you popped the balloons. Mine took forever to dry, and I had to rotate them.

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