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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Watercolor Butterflies

Alright mamas, I’ve got another fun and super easy craft for you to do with the kiddos today!!  It was Miss M’s first time painting and she loved it!  Hope your little ones have as much fun as she did!! 🙂

Here’s what you need!

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  • Coffee filters
  • Clothesline clips
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Watercolor paints/paint brushes

Step 1:  Paint the coffee filter.  **Be careful though because if it gets too wet, it’ll tear easily.  Allow to dry before moving on to step 2.

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Step 2:  After it’s dry, gather/bunch up the middle of the coffee filter – you can do it accordion style, or just pinch it into the middle.  Clip the clothesline pin around the center of the filter so that it makes “wings” on either side of the “body” (clip).

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Step 3:  Fold pipe cleaner in half, curl the ends and clip into the clothesline clip to make the antennae.  Ta da!  That’s all there is to it!  See, I told you it was easy!!

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Happy crafting! 🙂

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Is it Spring yet?!

Well friends, here we go again!  After a brief warm up last week we are being hit with yet another blast of “arctic air” here in the Midwest.  As temperatures drop dangerously close to 0 and wind chills go well below 0, many of us are left wondering IS IT SPRING YET?! I’m one of those people who loves the fact that I live in a region of seasons; the hope and renewal of Spring, warmth of the sun in Summer, wonderful colors and crisp air of Fall and the beauty of snowfall in Winter.  That being said, I am also one of those people that when it comes to Winter, I’m ready for Spring the day after Christmas!

In a desperate attempt to find some evidence of a reprieve I did a little research this morning on our forecast… as far as the eye can see (well actually for the next 10 days which is all the farther out Weather.com goes with their forecast) there’s not a whole lot of change, folks.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news…

However, I did stumble across the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction for this spring, so here you go:

In the Midwest & Great Lakes region, the opening days of spring will bring variable cloudiness, followed by a storm bringing rain and wet snow to eastern Kentucky and Ohio. April will be unrelentingly wet, despite a string of unseasonably warm days in the middle of the month. Wet weather will continue into May, warming up toward the end of the month.

I don’t know about you, but all I have to say is bring on mid-April!!!  Sigh… I guess we’ll just continue on trying to combat this cabin fever that seems to be settling in for the long haul.  It’s time to get crafty and creative the the kiddos!  Stay tuned for some great ideas on how to get through these long winter days!

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of what’s to come!

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