Just before Christmas 2011 the three of us were introduced to Pinterest (www.pinterest.com). Pinterest is a sharing website where users create pin boards with images they collect from the internet or upload themselves. Kind of like virtual hording, with less mess than real hording and a lot greener. Don’t have a Pinterest account? Email us at email@example.com . We love the company.
A few weeks ago it occurred to me that it was time to make something come to life from Pinterest. With Easter around the corner I had pinned a plastic egg wreath and decided to give it a whirl. I read through the instruction of the original blog http://cindis.blogspot.com/2009/03/moms-do-some-grass-this-month.html. I rolled up my sleeves and got busy.
As with any craft project I gave it my own twist. The original instructions started by cutting out cardboard in a circle and using it for a wreath form. I’m lazy, so I headed to the garage and found a straw wreath I had used for something else a few years ago (I love to repurpose as much as possible which is evident by my brimming craft closet) Hot glue on plastic will stick very well to a straw wreath. The picture I saw was in pastel but I did it in bold colors and since I’m not a bow person I chose a striped ribbon looped through my wreath to hang on the door. The one thing I would have done different is glue the eggs shut but I covered the ones that are slightly popped open with another egg. No matter what you use, bold, pastel, metallic or those cute printed eggs it was fun and adds just the right amount of festive color to our front door. The blog I read was about ladies that do a craft night. I can imagine this would be a fun project for friends to do together, it’s simple, leaving room for conversation. I rate this project Easy and not expensive at all. It cost me$8, I bought the eggs at WalMart, the ribbon at Michaels with a coupon and I didn’t have to purchase a wreath form.
I have seen pictures of a wreath such as this and I wanted one, but I would never see them for sale at Easter and I wondered where I could buy one. It’s adorable and I have the perfect front door for it. One night, while perusing Pinterest, feeding my pinning addiction, I stumbled upon a pin on one of Ginny’s boards. It was an Easter wreath…MY EASTER WREATH and she had already made one (of course). I couldn’t find an affordable one to buy…but I could make it. How can this be? Why hadn’t I thought of this?
I quizzed my pinning pal on technique and obtained a few hints. I went to the local craft store and purchased a 18″ straw wreath and 4 bags of brightly colored plastics Easter eggs. After warming up the hot glue gun and determining which direction I wanted to lay the eggs I applied the glue to the eggs and then to the wreath. It took a couple hours but the final result cost less than if I would have purchased it and was custom made to the way I envisioned it. I skipped the Easter grass and bow. My wreath cost me about $13.00. I used a large wreath and it is loaded with eggs. When people ask where I got I smile and say, “Oh that? I made it.” I’m definitely smiling on the inside.
Once I saw my mom’s wreath I was down. I went to Michaels and bought a glue gun, glue sticks and a wreath form. Walmart had such a great selection of eggs I just couldn’t go with plain and after much consideration I got the animal prints and a small package of plain ones. I spent the better part of a Sunday afternoon gluing and adding and adding and gluing more and more Easter eggs to the cardboard wreath form. It looked beautiful sitting on the table which is where I should have left it. I lifted it up for the final picture and the whole thing fell apart. It was determined that the cardboard wasn’t holding very well. So I made sure the glue gun was nice and hot this time and after another round of adding and gluing and gluing and adding and a fight with the bow to get the “bow-ish-ness” I desired I was ready to hang it on my door for the final picture. However I am the proud owner of a “Sour Patch” dog (you know first she is sour then she is sweet) who decided to make a snack out of my beautiful eggs. This has left me with a pile of egg pieces and the wreath form has not been seen since. Roxy (the boxador wreath chewer) while cute, is no wreath for my front door…occasionally I find her running around with a plastic egg in her mouth… that keeps it festive!
Even though I didn’t get to hang my wreath on the door, I did enjoy the process and I really liked my animal print eggs. Since I had to start with no supplies at all, this cost me about $20.00, but I will use the glue gun again and again.