I don’t know what I have about Spring Wreaths. Maybe it starts with the winter being over and needing something fresh and new. I’m desperate for beautiful, and that begins at home. However it starts, it was time for a new Spring wreath, just perfect for Easter!
Rustic Mossy Bunny Wreath
You may have seen examples of this guy hanging (see what I did there..) around your town. I love the rustic simplicity and country look in a wreath.
This one was a snap to put together, and the supplies readily found at your local craft store.
Begin by attaching your small wreath, I used an 8″ and a 12″ wreath, to your larger wreath using floral wire. Mine was 20 gauge. Because mine were stemmed it was easy to thread it through the grape vines, creating a head and a body.
Next, attach the ears at the top and on each side of the small wreath by winding the wire through the grapevine. Excuse the shadow-puppet show – it was towards the end of the day. And no, that is not a horse tail.
For my next step, I added the ribbon around the neck. I could’ve added later on in the process I had a limited amount of flowers, and I wanted to make sure that they would be spaced correctly once the ribbon was on – the ribbon was important for that reason. Use your discretion for your project.
To add the ribbon, I just cut a piece of ribbon about twice the diameter of the neck, then folded this piece in half, and glued it in place on the front side of the wreath using hot glue. To attach the ends and cover the wires, be sure to overlap one and over the other.
To add the moss to each ear, apply a small amount of glue and an equally small amount of moss at a time, working your way around each ear.
Continue to add moss around the entire body in small sections. It isn’t necessary to cover the entire wreath as it looks quite pretty to have the grapevine showing through the moss.
Apply flowers using hot glue. I like to place them first and then go back and glue them afterward.
To complete attached the bow portion of the ribbon using hot glue.
Now for the best part.. hang it and enjoy your Easter!
For more Easter/Spring ideas go here. For a look at all of my wreaths go here.
Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday! This past few weeks has just been so busy. I am so looking forward to Summer Break. Listen to me?! It’s barely even Spring and I’m already looking forward to Summer.. one thing at a time, Girl! What is right around the corner though.. Easter!
Besides burning the candle at all ends, including the middle, I have been struggling something fierce with projects this past week. Everything I touch seems to end up as a big, fat, blogger fail. I just hate weeks days like that. I’m thinking of writing a blogger bloopers post – it’s that bad. Obviously in desperate need of some inspiration, I headed over to Pottery Barn.. then, drifted over to PB Teen and Kids. I just love their seasonal decor. It’s so simple and understated and non-failing. Kind of like I aspire to be!
Anyway, while there, I came across this cute little guy:
Simple. Understated. Perfect. Except for the issue of being a little steep in the price department. Especially since my boy will probably steal the rabbit and hoard him upstairs when Easter is over. I love their seasonal decor, but there isn’t any way I’m paying $39 for what will essentially end up as a grapevine wreath sans bunny.
I can, however, make one for not even half the cost. Here’s what my checklist looked like:
Have grapevine wreath – check! Have glitter glue – check! Have rustic little handsewn bunny – check! But, even if I didn’t, I could pick one up for under $5! Have little blue egg – Okay, I had to buy the egg.
Then, the fun began. I had purchased the wreath in the Target dollar bin area at the start of the year. It had a nice little twine accent around it that I thought was literally that; an accent. Nope. I came to find out quickly, when I went to remove the twine, that it was actually holding the grape vines together. So.. we had to modify.
Years and years ago, I went through a tutu making stage. At that time, I ordered lots and lots of tulle. Like.. 70 spools of tulle. Shortly after receiving my shipment, my fascination with tutus ended. This was a short story that explains why I have a crafting blog.. among other loads of other crafting materials purchased during the various obsessions fascinations I’ve gone through, I have a lot of tulle. All the better to make wreaths, and anything else I can think of, with!
A length of tulle seemed like a better idea than the twine, so, I gathered the various hoops of grapevine together and wound the tulle around it, tying it off with a double ribbon.
I put a few coats of glitter glue over the wreath and the tulle and sat back to wait for it to dry – that stuff takes forever!
The bunny was a clearance find, the egg, a teeny egg originally intended for an egg tree. I added them both to the bottom of the wreath, along with a few sprigs of colorful, Spring flowers, and that, my friend, was it.
Well, that was it, except for hanging it on the door! Thanks for stopping by!
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Now, on with the tutorial, and my long-winded story. Four score and many moons ago, (364 days ago exactly) I participated in a Pinterest Challenge that included creating, among other things, a fun deco-mesh carrot wreath for Easter. At that time, I promised I would upload a tutorial when I had a chance.. the chance just never materialized. Until now. Guess what? I finally made it! I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get to, but.. you know how it is… Life and a hundred other things got in the way. With Easter on its way, I thought it would be an excellent time to make good on my promise.
HOW TO MAKE A CARROT DECO MESH WREATH
None of my materials are exact amounts. The wreath was a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of project that luckily turned out pretty great!
Small amount of orange grosgrain ribbon (for filling in blank spots)
Coordinating green ribbon
Spray starch or alternative, to stiffen the tulle
Create the form
Step 1: I started off by just creating the outline of a carrot like so, and then quickly realized that there was no way one layer of wire would be strong enough to hold the shape of the wreath. I also had originally planned to use horizontal sections as seen below to attach my deco mesh, but quickly realized that wasn’t going to work either – there would be too many gaps. So. We moved on to step 2.
Reinforce the form
Step 2: Reinforce the framework, by wrapping multiple layers of wire around the original frame. Continue to add the horizontal sections, but create a tighter structure by adding vertical sections as well, creating a grid pattern. As you can see, I also added a handle to act as a hook for hanging, as well as to attach the tulle “leaves” to the top. In hindsight, I would recommend creating a tighter grid – I found that the size of sections still left gaps that were difficult to fill – a tighter grid would mean a tighter packed wreath and fewer holes.
Although it’s hard to see, given my most excellent photography skills, I also bent the wreath to convex down the center, arching to the top of the frame, giving the wreath more of a 3-D effect.
Prep your Mesh and Materials
Step 3: Cut your deco mesh into 12-36″ strips. I give a range because you want to work with the natural curls of the deco mesh, as found when you unravel it – it makes it much easier to use. To start with, cut your orange pipe cleaners in half.
Add the Mesh
Step 4: To begin, use a 12″ strip to weave in the orange deco mesh strips starting from the bottom and working up. To do this, fold over the first inch of your strip and attach a piece of pipe cleaner to provide a tidy end.
Step 5: Attach the strip to the framework by weaving the open ends of the pipe cleaner through the bottom section of the framework, then twist the pipe cleaner tightly to attach on the back side of the form. Approximately 6″ from the now attached end of the strip, add pipe cleaner. Attach this pipe cleaner to the frame about 1/2″ from the first attached end, creating a loop. Arrange the loop, twist the deco-mesh if needed to follow the natural curl, and add a final pipe cleaner to the open end, again, tucking under the end and attaching with a pipe cleaner. Again, connect approximately 1/2″ from the last attached end on the form, creating a loop. Tuck any open ends of the deco mesh strip.
This is what it will look like from the front.
And from the back.
The key is to twist your deco mesh very tightly into a loop and to keep your loops tight together and relatively small.
Step 6: Continue to weave deco-mesh strips up the frame, working from side to side, in the same manner, starting with a piece of deco-mesh when needed, and looping and tucking as you go, up to, but not including the hanging handle.
Step 8: When you have filled in the frame, you will have something that looks like this – hopefully, yours will be a little tighter than mine was.. see the gaps? You can eliminate most gaps with a tighter weave on your grid. See the messy counter behind me? Just ignore that.
Step 9: If you do have a few gaps, despite a tighter framework, you can use the orange grosgrain ribbon to fill in and mask it. Just weave a strip of ribbon, the width of the form, in and out on the back side of the frame.
Step 10: Attach the carrot “stem” using the tulle. I chose to stiffen the tulle first, as this wreath was going to be displayed outside. The humidity causes the tulle to go limp, especially if you are using a relatively fine mesh tulle, which is what I had on hand. To stiffen the tulle, begin my cutting your lengths of tulle. I used eight lengths of tulle, approximately 20″ long. I then simply sprayed the lengths with a heavy starch and allowed to dry. If you live in a particularly damp or humid area, you could also use a thin layer of mod-podge to stiffen the tulle as well – This is just not what I did.
Step 11: When they were dry, I used the dark green pipe cleaners, cut in half, to attach the tulle to the frame. I folded the tulle strip in half and attached the pipe cleaner through the fold. I then attached the end of the frame just under the hanger and fluffed the ends.
Step 12: Lastly, I slip-tied a coordinating, decorative, ribbon under the tulle, and added a few corkscrew curled pipe cleaners for a bit of whimsy.
Step 13: Hang it. And know, when Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, he’ll be making a stop at your house!
Thanks so much for hanging in there with me for the past 346 days, which of course means that my 1- year bloggy anniversary is right around the corner! I can’t believe it!
Please let me know if you have any other questions about this project or any other, or even if you just want to say “hey.” I love that!
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