March 18, 2010

Easter Wreath Tutorial

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Easter is so soon! It always seems to sneak up on me. I needed to hurry and make something so I can enjoy it longer! Inspiration for this wreath came from Hope Studios, Chris, Erin & Jayce (she covered her eggs this way with paper--genius!), and How to Sew a Straight Line (Sabra wrapped a wreath with ribbon, and that's what I did with the ruffles). AND, somewhere, once upon a time, I saw a frame or wreath that had a few pine cones hanging down the middle and I thought I'd do that with Easter eggs someday.

And that day is today:).

Here's what I used to make this wreath:
-some cute cotton fabric
-4" x 60" knit
-elastic thread
-normal thread
-glue gun
-13" wreath
-3 plastic Easter eggs
-ribbon and ric-rac (I actually didn't use the ribbon pictured here--I thought I would when I started!)
-spray paint (in the picture, I had already sprayed it and let it dry)
-Mod Podge (not pictured)
-foam brushes (not pictured)

Cut your knit into two 2" x 60" strips.
Using THIS method, ruffle the knit.

Start wrapping around your already spray-painted wreath. I wanted the color to show through a little, so if you don't, just make sure to have a little extra knit--otherwise those two strips you cut might not be enough.

Glue the ruffled knit on.

Looks like this now.

Take your cotton fabric and decide how long you want it for hanging up. I did that length x 4". Sew the right sides together on the edge, turn the tube so it's the right way now, and top stitch along both sides.
*I have to say this now: I got my Easter eggs at none other than...Wal-Mart. I get a lot of things there, it seems. It's not that I love it, it's just I live in a town with hardly any other options, so Wal-Mart it is. So my eggs were the size of the $2.00 bag o' eggs at Wally-World.


Take a 4" x 5.5" piece of cotton. Measure in from each long side 1.75" and mark. So you'll only have 1/2" in the middle. Cut about 1/4" slits up to the lines you marked.
Take the Mod Podge and brush some of it around the center of the plastic egg. *Let dry*. That is an important step as it will help greatly in the end result.
Paint your egg with glue on top, then one strip at a time, start gluing. I liked to add a bit of glue at the top on the strips so they stick together. When you glue a strip on, pull it straight up and glue, so that it doesn't bunch at the slits you cut. Repeat with other end.
It will look like this when you are done. See that bunch of the slit "tops" on the right?

Cut it off.
Your cute little egg is done. Now make 2 more.
Glue some cute ric-rac or ribbon around the egg. I like this because it kind of helps hide the middle crease from the plastic egg, and also other imperfections that might have occurred:).
Take your wreath and cut your ribbon how you'd like them to hang, with an extra inch or so. Then glue one end of the ribbon on the egg (this part is on the back of the egg so you won't see it).

Hot glue the 3 ribbons with eggs attached to back of frame, where you will also hang the strip, which I also just hot glued to the wreath.


To make the flower, here's what I did. I know that people do it differently than this, but I was upstairs, the computer was downstairs, and I didn't feel like going down to look up exactly how others do it. So I winged it. I had a piece of my cotton fabric left from it being too long to hang the wreath from. So it was a 4" strip and then I'd say about 10-12" long. The ends are just left unfinished, and this is before I had done top stitching.
 
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Start at one end and roll a little bit.
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Now start rolling the roll you just made, hot gluing it while you go. Just go as far as you want to make the size flower you want.
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Hot glue it to the wreath.
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Here's the finished wreath.DSCF7758
I liked that little flower so much I had to make one into a clip for my little girl.
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15 comments:

  1. The fabric covered eggs are genius. Thanks for a fun idea...maybe next spring. :)

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  2. Christie, this is so charming!!! I absolutely love everything from the ruffle to the fabric-covered eggs. Genius!

    Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  3. That is pretty great. I also love that you made a hair clip.

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  4. That turned out SO cute! Much cuter than my funky Easter wreath. I love the ric rac on the eggs. And the hair clip. Super cute!

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  5. So fun! I just linked to this in the Mod Podge Rocks! Facebook group. :D

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  6. This is so fresh and pretty, I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking to this.

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  7. Marvelous, gorgeous, love it :D

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  8. love the way you covered the eggs! can't wait to try it. :)

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  9. So CUTE! i LOVE the rosettes....adorable!!

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  10. Hi there! I love this idea...it's so darling...and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!

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  11. This is precious! I am going to try and make one tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

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