Cute & Easy DIY Easter Egg Wreath

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!

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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

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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!

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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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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! 🙂

 

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Happy Resurrection Day!

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What great news!  Jesus has risen!!

Last year M was still too little to partake in the traditional Easter festivities, but this year she had a blast!  We started the weekend Saturday morning with our church’s Easter egg hunt, followed by the dyeing of eggs.  This was particularly exciting because it was the first time Daddy dyed eggs, too!

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This morning we went to church, which was really special because the whole family was there!  And then we had a great family day complete with another egg hunt, games, some kite flying, beautiful weather and of course lots of yummy food!!  Here are a few highlights!

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I hope you too had a great Easter weekend with your family and friends celebrating the true reason for the day: Jesus!

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Friday Find: Resurrection Eggs

Have you heard of these??  I hadn’t until a few days ago, but what a super cute idea for the kiddos!!!  You can buy ready-made eggs, but they’re also really easy to DIY!  There is a little bit of variation in ideas for what to put in the eggs but for the most part the ones I found were pretty similar.  Check it out:

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Resurrection Eggs can help share the real Easter story, the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus so that each of us can be saved through him,  with your kids.  There are 12 eggs, each containing an object and a bible verse to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Starting 12 days before Easter, have your children open one egg each day and discuss the significance of the item inside, as well as the accompanying bible verse.  Use this time to share the real meaning of Easter and reflect on what Jesus truly did for us on the cross!

Day 1: Donkey or leaf – representing the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem/the palm branches people waved at him – Matthew 21:9

Day 2: Silver coins (quarters) – representing the 30 silver coins that Judas Iscariot received – Matthew 26:14-15

Day 3: Cup (thimble?) – representing the Last Supper – Matthew 26:26-28

Day 4: Praying hands/scroll (rolled up piece of paper) – representing Jesus’ prayers in the garden – Matthew 26:39

Day 5: Piece of leather – representing the whips the soldiers used to beat Jesus – Mark 15:15

Day 6: Crown – representing the Crown of Thorns Jesus was made to wear in mockery – Matthew 27:29

Day 7: Nail – representing the cross and nails that pierced His hands and feet – Matthew 27:31

Day 8: Dice – representing how the soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ belongings – Matthew 27:35

Day 9: Toothpick – representing the spear used to pierce Jesus’ side – John 19:34

Day 10: Piece of material/cloth – representing the linen cloth used to wrap Jesus’ body after he died – Matthew 27:59

Day 11: Rock – representing the stone placed in front of Jesus’ tombed – Matthew 27:56

Day 12 – Easter Morning – Empty egg!!!  – representing the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection into Heaven – Matthew 28:25

 

There’s even a story book about Resurrection Eggs that you can read with the kids, too!!

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This Easter I hope that you can take some time to put aside all of the secular Eastery things like bunnies and egg hunts to teach your kids and reflect on the true meaning of the day! ❤

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“Stained Glass” Easter Egg Craft

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What better way to welcome Spring than by doing some fun Springtime crafts with the kiddos?!  Yesterday we made “Stained Glass” Easter eggs to hang on the windows.  So cute and so much fun!!

All you need is:

  • Contact paper
  • Tissue paper in a variety of colors, cut into little squares
  • Scissors

Cut out a square piece of contact paper and lay it on the table sticky side up.  Then the kids can stick the squares of tissue paper on however they’d like:

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When they’re finished sticking on all the tissue paper they want, cut out another square of contact paper and put it sticky side down on the decorated piece.  Essentially you’ve just laminated the tissue paper! 🙂  Here’s how it will look:

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The last step is to cut out the shape of an egg.  You can make them as big or as small as you’d like! If you cut them a little smaller, you could probably get a couple out of it!  This is what you’ll end up with:

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In addition to hand-eye coordination, you can work on color identification while making the eggs or after, patterns if you have the kiddos stick on their tissue paper in a specific order, and shapes by pointing out the differences between squares, rectangles and ovals.  Not only is it an educational craft, but you’ll love getting to decorate your windows with them!  Have fun & Happy Crafting! 🙂