Decorate Using Homemade Easter Wreaths

By Beryl Dalton

At Easter time, as with any religious occasion, it can be really nice to change up the atmosphere in your home by adding a few decorations. However, nobody wants to spend a lot of money on decor that will only be up for a short period of time. As such, it's a great idea to make them yourself and homemade Easter wreaths are no exception. Here's how to do it without spending a fortune.

Making a wreath is easy enough once all the materials are available. To begin with, it is easy to make a base for the decorations out of wire twisted into the desired size of circle. Alternatively, basic wreath forms out of styrofoam or other materials are easily available at most craft stores.

In order to properly attach your decorations to the wreath base, you can use a glue gun. This is the easiest way to do it. However, you can also use a paintbrush to apply a liquid glue like PVA. Once you have a glue that dries clear, you'll be able to mask any spills or mistakes you make during the process.

If you are attaching delicate items such as flowers or greenery, or you prefer to have a more sophisticated finish than glue, you may want to use a thin wire to wrap around the decoration and then twist to the wreath base. However, this is for those who are much more experienced crafters and a little trickier as well. If you would like to include children in this activity, glue is definitely the better option.

There are so many things that can be used to decorate for an Easter theme, but of course some will spring to mind quicker than others. These include eggs, rabbits and baby chicks, which are all common at this time of the year. Craft stores often sell plastic eggs in all colors and sizes, or basic white eggs which can be covered or painted to suit the theme.

Use the eggs to completely cover the wreath base by layering them on top of one another using glue. A good idea is to start with some larger eggs underneath and build up with smaller ones for each additional layer. This will add a nice overall effect and allow for various other decorations to be placed in any empty spaces.

Cut out rabbit shapes and baby chick silhouettes out of colored paper or card. Children may wish to color them in or you can leave them as silhouettes alone to add to the wreath. You can also use daffodils, which add a lovely pop of color to any project.

Another way to decorate a wreath base without using too much glue is to cut strips of tulle in different pastel colors and tie them around the wreath base. Tie each new strip close to the last and continue until the entire thing is covered. Fluff the ends of tulle to add volume. Glue a statement decoration to the bottom of the wreath, like a 3D rabbit or baby chick with a few eggs. Tie a ribbon at the top and hang.

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