Monday, March 7, 2016

7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Easter Wreath

Almost a year ago, I fell in love with a mesh wreath. I found it one night when I was shopping on Etsy. I loved everything about it except the price. No way was this college student about to shell out $60 for a wreath. Well a few weeks later, we were due for a snowstorm, and I thought I would try out my own.
Now I want to share how simple && Cheap it is to make your own. Depending on your fillers and use of coupons, you can make it for less than $15! 

I got the majority of my supplies from Michaels and Amazon, but I dream of shopping at Hobby Lobby (Asheville is getting one next Fall!). Michaels can get super expensive, so I recommend signing up for their email to get their coupons!

7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Supply List: 

Fillers (see below)



It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Step 1: Make Wreath Form

You can buy a wreath form but I chose to make one because it's a lot cheaper.
I bought a set of $2 Pipe Cleaners and a metal wreath form for $5. I chose pipe cleaners that match the base layer of mesh. (in my case green)
Shop: 100 pipe cleaners here
wreath form here

I took pipe cleaners and looped 1 around the second wire, making sure to leave a tail. In order to have a big enough tail I only twisted twice. I moved up to the 3rd wire and looped another pipe cleaner. I tried to space the pipe cleaners evenly throughout the section,

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath


Step 2: Add the base layer of mesh

I chose to use green as the base layer. This should be is your largest roll. Choose a pipe cleaner on the 2nd wire. This will be your starting place.
Gather your mesh into a bundle. Wrap your pipe cleaner around it, similar to tying a bread tie. Make sure to leave a tail again for the next layer of mesh
It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath


Step 2.2: Continue along the inner rim 

(second row of wire), leaving 5-6 inches between pipe cleaner loops

Hint: 

Don't forget to leave "tails" on your pipe cleaner, see below


Step 3: Add mesh to the outer layer

Once you reach your starting point on your inner layer, (don't cut just yet) but continue on to the next layer (the 3rd layer of wire)

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Hint: 

The Mesh will take its own shape. I'm a perfectionist, so I tried to fluff as I went, and it works way better if you just let it take shape on it's own.

Step 4: Add the 2nd layer of mesh. 

I used pink as my next color and repeated the process of Step 2 &3

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath


Step 5: (Optional) Add the 3rd layer of mesh

I prefer the 3rd layer because it adds fullness to the wreath.  I chose a yellow for this one.
If you prefer 2 colors, skip this step.

Repeat steps 2 &3 on the 3rd layer
It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Step 6: Tuck the leftover pipe cleaners

I tucked the leftover pipe cleaners into the back. The "tails" of the pipe cleaner can be cut, but I think it added extra security to the mesh.
It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Step 7: Fillers

This part is completely up to you! I thought about putting a bow on it, but I didn't find any ribbon I particularly liked.
Instead, I bought some Easter "fillers".

Fillers or Goodies:

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

I could't find any links from Walmart to share but here are some goodies from the Target $$ Aisle:

I think Hot gluing the eggs on would really fill out the wreath nicely. & for $2.50 these are a steal!
It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath







Michael's Find:

I found this cute little egg at Michaels last year. I tried to find Easter decor on their website, but it seems like their cutest stuff can be found in store.
It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

Finished Wreath:

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath

7 Steps
Total Time: 1 Hour
~45 min for Mesh
~15 min for Fillers

It's the Grad Life: 7 Step DIY Easter Wreath
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Do you craft in your free time? What's your favorite project?




3 comments:

  1. That is adorable. I've always been too afraid to try these ribbon wreaths.

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    1. Thank you! I was too, and then I realized they were easier than I thought. I am working on a burlap one right now :)

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  2. Cute! My mom has made several of these and they are perfect for our front door :)

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