I love spring!
Since seeing this idea way back in like January, I have 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.
HOW DO YOU MAKE AN EASTER EGG WREATH?
First, you need a lot of embroidery floss, about 20 to 25 skeins, in lovely pastel Eastery colors.
Next, you need to make your starchy bath. For that you need:
- 1/2a cup of all purpose flour
- 1 cup Sta-Flo liquid starch
Next you need some balloons. For this you have two options:
- Water balloons – they make the perfect shape, but they are very hard to blow up. Some readers have suggested using a pump, which is a great idea.
- Full sized balloons – they are very easy to blow up, but you have to be careful not to blow them up too much or you will get spheres instead of eggs. Additionally, you need to make sure you tie them very tight or they will leak and deflate before your string dries.
MAKING YOUR WREATH
- Carefully put one skein of embroidery floss into the starchy mixture by unraveling it into the mixture in nice loops (pictured above). Resist the urge to just throw it in, or it will become a gloppy mess.
- Blow up your balloons.
- Working over wax pepper, begin to wrap the floss around one balloon, using your fingers to pull off excess liquid as you go. Make it go through two tightly pinched fingers before it makes its way on to the balloon. One skein will go perfectly around one balloon.
- Place the wrapped balloon on a piece of wax paper and allow to dry over night.
- In the morning, flip all the eggs over and let them finish drying for a few hours.
- Once the embroidery floss is completely dry, pop the balloons. (Note: It helps to push the balloon away from the dried floss a little before popping.) Carefully remove the balloons from the inside of the egg and use a needle or toothpick to work away any excess dried starchy liquid.
- Finally, set a bowl on wax paper and use it as a guiding shape to form to circles around with the eggs, hot gluing them together as you go. It helps to form the wreath completely, arrange the colors how you want them, and then remove one egg at a time to glue it in.
And here it is hanging up.