First, gather supplies. I bought plastic Easter eggs at Walmart in the 10 per bag sacks. They weren't very expensive. I knew I was going to make these wreaths so I bought up all the close out eggs the year before for about .25 a bag. I like the iridescent kind the best. I also bought a package of 12" cake circles at Michael's (a local craft store) with a coupon. It made making the back very easy. So here is a list of what you need:
12" cardboard circle (not lightweight, if that is what you have glue two together)
hot glue and hot glue gun
about 50 medium plastic Easter Eggs
1 1/2 inch wired ribbon and Easter grass to match
Wire for hanger (medium weight floral stems work well)
Wire Cutters for the floral wire
round plate to measure the center ring
pencil to trace the ring
To begin your wreath you need to take out one of the cake circles and cut out the center. I placed a plate in the center and traced around it. I left about 1 3/4 inch around the outside.
Next add a few inches of hot glue in a zig zag pattern across the width of the cardboard. Only cover about 4 inches at a time or the glue will cool before you can add enough eggs to cover it. The eggs should lay down on the board with the inside row pointing to the center and the outside row pointing outward.
Put down about 3 eggs at a time making sure to put a little glue on every spot where the egg touches another egg. Alternate colors. As you do this, the eggs become a solid ring and support each other. Don't worry if there are a few holes and open spots, these can be covered later. When you finish the bottom layer with two rows of eggs, place a few eggs as shown on top randomly pointing in different directions. Leave an opening as shown of about 3 inches for the bow to be placed there.
Place a drop of glue in a gap in the eggs, let it cool alittle and then use a pencil eraser or a end of a water color brush to push some easter grass into the hole. Fill all holes this way.
Use the Floral wire to make a hanger for the wreath as follows:
Use your wired ribbon to make a bow. It should end up with the widest part being about 6 inches across.Add a separate length of ribbon before tightening the wire so you will have 2 streamers coming down from the ribbon.
Attach the bow to the wreath.
You could even make more for your friends!
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