Although it isn’t quite Spring yet officially, the last few days have definitely felt like Spring here in our neck of the woods. I don’t know about you, but the warmer weather and sunny days have a way of lifting my mood and brightening everyone’s attitudes it seems, and I LOVE it! The nicer weather has also gotten me in the Easter spirit, and although I’m careful to not let it overshadow the true reason we celebrate, I love the bright colors of all the eggs and bunny decor!
I’ve been looking for something new to put on the front door – a wreath or cute door hanging. I came across the idea to make an egg wreath out of embroidery floss and so I decided to give it a try and it was super duper easy and I love how it turned out!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- several colors of embroidery floss – you’ll use one whole skein per egg
- water balloons
- liquid fabric stiffener
- wax paper
- hot glue gun
- ribbon for hanging
This is all there is to it:
- blow up several water balloons (the number will depend on how big you want your wreath, whether you want it double rows or just one like mine, how big your balloons are, etc. – so you’ll probably just want to arrange the balloons into your wreath shape until you get it the way you want and then you’ll be done! :))
- chose a color of floss to start with and apply the fabric stiffener as you are wrapping it around the balloon – wrap the entire skein around the balloon before moving on to the next color/new balloon
- set on wax paper to dry overnight – you may have to rotate/turn them over if the other side isn’t completely hardened/dried
- once they’re completely hardened, pop the balloon – now you have your eggs!!
- arrange them into the shape of the wreath that you want and then one by one hot glue them together
- attach a ribbon to hang
- THAT’S IT!
Now for some tips that I learned along the way!!
- Don’t try to put the entire skein of floss in the fabric stiffener all at once. One tutorial that I read online said to do this, except they either failed to mention or I just did it wrong, but all it did was clump together and get tangled up creating a huge mess! So DON’T DO THIS:
- Instead, dip your pointer finger and thumb into the fabric stiffener and apply it to the floss between those two fingers as you are wrapping the floss around the balloon:
- Cover your entire working area with wax paper! This fabric stiffener is kinda messy and unless you’re a super neat crafter (unlike me!) wax paper will make your clean up much easier and quicker! 😉
- Wear gloves – again because of the messy/easy clean up factor
- Wrap the floss in all different directions to create a neat spider web type of look. Although come to think of it, you could start and the top and wrap it all one way or the other and you’d probably end up with neat eggs that way as well!
- Less is more in terms of the fabric stiffener. You want to use enough to make sure it sticks, but your egg shouldn’t be dripping in the stuff!
- Buy your fabric stiffener with a coupon! It’s only like $7 for a huge bottle, but the embroidery floss is only 40 cents each, so with a coupon on your fabric stiffener you can make this wreath for well under $10!
Alrighty, there you have it! My quick and easy take on a cute wreath for the front door! Happy crafting! 🙂