Back at Christmas I had some fun making Christmas decor with materials from Dollar Tree. My kids and I had the best time on this project so we were excited to jump right on some pastels and get ready for the Easter bunny!
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I am an incredibly frugal person, so my kids and I LOVE to go to the Dollar Tree and get new fun things to do! Or you can also order from them online!!
We snagged this loot and I had a few ideas on a wreath I wanted to make, but nothing concrete. My kids weighed in on their ideas and we grabbed what we thought we would need.
I love the look of mesh wreaths, but they seem so expensive to buy or make, and honestly I wasn’t sure how to do it. Thankfully I found some great instructions online and went to work. One product not pictured in this first photo are the pipe cleaners I bought last week with our Valentine supplies from Dollar Tree. (When I say we are frequent shoppers I am not kidding.) And knowing what I know now I wouldn’t have purchased the “grass” (floral moss). I did use it on my wreath, but you really can’t see it. It was more work to attempt to glue it on and doesn’t show quite like I thought it would. So… my advice… get the pipe cleaners and leave the moss.
Take the wreath and attach the pipe cleaners every couple of inches. This is going to hold your mesh onto your wreath. This technique works great with the wire forms as well. If you use the wire forms you may also be able to make your wreath look fuller if you can put the pipe cleaners on the inside wire and outside wire. Do an outer loop of mesh and then an inner loop. No need to cut your mesh between loops. I had a smaller wreath, so I just did several loops around and continued using my same pipe cleaners over and over.
To start your mesh lay it down on a pipe cleaner and twist the pipe cleaner around it. Poof (bunch up and fluff) your mesh as you get to the next pipe cleaner and connect it. Continue this for your entire wreath. I was able to get several loops around my small wreath and only used the one roll of mesh.
After I finished the roll of mesh and tucked the end under and out of sight I twisted the pipe cleaners around and out of sight as well.
Once I got all my loose ends tied up I was able to take a little of the floral moss and hot glue it over one of the twisted pipe cleaners. On top of the moss I added the larger eggs. The eggs are all on sticks and I had planned to cut the sticks off, but they easily slid right off. The moss and the larger eggs were at the bottom of my wreath and I added the smaller eggs all around the wreath on each of the pipe cleaners. I did pick the smaller of the wreaths. At Dollar Tree they are the same price (of course) for the larger size, and I had the materials and wish I had gotten the bigger one. I was just unsure how far the mesh would go. So my advice… go with the bigger one, get the mesh and go wild.
Materials I used:
- large eggs
- small eggs
- pipe cleaners
Total spent on this wreath $5! And I have several eggs and pipe cleaners left. I am sure my kids will make something beautiful. (Or they will at least have a blast playing.) We got the goggly eyes for the kids to do a craft making an Easter Bunny, I am sure it will turn into an alien look creature covered in goggly eyes. And why shouldn’t it!
What is your favorite Easter DIY with your kids?