I have had an itch to craft recently. Baking and decorating is of course fun but sometimes I just need to craft something other than cake. What a more perfect time to let the creativity flow than with the upcoming Easter celebrations. I’ve also been struck with spring fever for a while now. It definitely seems like winter will never ever end! I need a remedy!!
I decided my front door needed some new dressings. The standard old Easter Egg wreath I normally put out just wasn’t making the cut. It’s adorable, happy and embodies springtime but I needed a change. I set out on a mission to create something new and unique. I wanted to make a wreath in the shape of a cross embellished with spring flowers and a bird nest. I have seen something similar online but I wanted to make something my own.
So I set out on a mission to find some sticks. Sounds simple enough right? Well, not so much. I live in a community that only has pine trees as their foliage of choice. However, nearby is a beautiful park along a river. My daughters and I set out to scavenge for twigs. Luckily for us, there were many to choose from. They haven’t been cleaned up from the months of harsh winter weather. The girls and I loaded up all that we could carry, threw them in the back of the van, waved at some puzzled onlookers and went home.
I love the completed wreath. All together it only cost me $3.15 to make! The project was simple, cheap and turned out beautiful!
- A pile of thin branches and twigs
- Twine or hemp
- Glue gun
- Silk Flowers (I bought mine from the dollar store)
- Bird Nest with Eggs (I bought one at the dollar store)
- Small piece of wood for plaque (I got mine at Michaels for .29)
- Paper Doily (optional)
What To Do
- Begin by arranging your branches/twigs by size. The vertical line of the cross needs to be a bit longer than the horizontal cross-piece.
- Once you have the pieces organized, rubberband the two bundles separately. You’ll want to group the long pieces together then the shorter pieces together.
- Next, lay the horizontal bundle across the vertical bundle to decide placement. Then rubberband the two bundles together.
- Using twine or hemp, tightly wrap the two bundles together covering up the rubberbanded areas. This will just add a little more security to the wreath and covers up the rubberbands.
- Cut and arrange the silk flowers in the center and glue with the glue gun.
- Glue the bird’s nest over top of the center of the flowers.
- For the plaque, paint it black. Let it dry completely.
- Cut a design from a paper doily and glue to two of the opposite corners of the plaque.
- In the center paint with white paint “he has risen…” or any other Easter greeting. I used a stamp I purchased from Michaels for $1.
- Attach a string of twine to the back for hanging or use florist wire.