So I love holidays and I love crafting for them as well. But with some unexpected expenses these last few months, I have been trying to fine inexpensive ways to create beautiful new holiday inspired decor.
I have always loved making wreaths and I didn’t have an Easter specific wreath so I decided to start there. My goal was to cut my normal wreath costs by half if possible. Normally I can make a wreath for about $25 to $30 all in. I have always considered this a good deal since the ones sold at Michael’s Craft Store usually are about $50 and up. But I wanted to do better. The wreath I am going to show in this post cost me $11 for all my supplies. The only exceptions were the floral wire and duct tape which I already had as they are staples for most of my crafts. I was able to purchase all of my supplies from the 99 Cent Store and Dollartree.
Floral Picks – I used 5 various picks
Easter Specific Decor – I used eggs, butterflies and a bird’s nest
Wire Ribbon – 2 rolls
Step One: Make the Wreath
So I know a pool noodle might not be the typical basis for a wreath but when I was looking for wreath structures I found none that were cost effective. Then I remembered foam wreaths and saw the pool noodles at the Dollartree. It was a crazy idea that ran through my head but I ran with it.
Pick a color that will either be easily concealed behind ribbon or is a color you want to be seen. In my case I wanted to highlight the blue for Easter so I chose the blue pool noodle. Shape it into a wreath shape by bringing the two ends together and tape with duck tape. You will want to go about two inches wide on each side and go over it at least twice.
Step Two: Prepare the Picks
Next, I cut all the picks off their bunches. I cut them to various sizes so that they vary when put in. Some will ultimately be cut shorter as I arrange the wreath but this gets a start and reduces how many I will have to cut later.
Step Three: Assembly
I elected to put the duct tape seal on the side and began adding the the picks. I always start with the greens first as they are the background. I have to admit I was slightly worried as to how I was going to do tis with the pool noodle. But it actually worked great. The picks poked right through the foam and lodged themselves well in the center hole of the noodle.
I continued to add the picks of flowers and the butterflies. As you add them, you can bend them and shape them because they are made of wire. This is a great well to arrange them so that no pool noodle shows through.
I wanted to center the bird’s nest at the bottom of the wreath but needed to secure it to the wreath. I did this by feeding the floral wire through the bottom of the nest. So it could be seen as to how and where I fished it through, I used the thicker pick wire. As you can see I fished it through close to the bottom but with enough of the nest to create a stable attachment wire. I then placed the nest where I wanted it and wrapped the ends of the wire around the noodle. I then twisted the ends together to secure the bird’s nest in place. I recommend using the wire cutters to twist tightly. I then tucked the ends into the pool noodle.
Continue adding your picks until the wreath is full and the color of the noodle does not show through the floral. I suggest for things like eggs, try to cluster them in threes. Since butterflies don’t usually cluster, I spread them throughout the arrangement.
I ultimately added glittered eggs more butterflies but here is almost all the picks in.
Step Four: Covering the Noodle
I chose a sheer ribbon because I liked the blue of the noodle but I wanted it to look like it was a ribbon covering and well not a pool noodle. You can use an opaque ribbon if you want to hide the noodle completely. Either way, start by taping the end of the ribbon to the pool noodle under the floral picks with you duct tape.
Begin wrapping the ribbon around the noodle. I make sure I overlap the edges slightly at the seams.
Tape the other end down with duct tape under the floral picks. The main thing is to make sure the ends are not seen.
Step Five: The Bow
Making a bow is actually pretty easy. If you can fold ribbon, you can make a bow. I love wired ribbon because it makes it so much easier. First I make three to four large circular loops and cut the wire ribbon so there is some remaining ribbon on the spool. You will want to make sure that the loops are twice as large as you want each side of your bow to be when you make one.
If you are using a duplicate patterned ribbon so that each side is the same, then you can just loop them and then pinch in the middle (see below) to create the two halves of the bow. If your pattern is only on one side like mine, then you will need to twist at the center with each loop to make sure the bow pattern stays up right.
You will then need to create a center for your bow. This is done by making a much smaller loop at the center, tucking the loose end under itself and pinching the center as you did with the other loops.
Now grab your wire ribbon. Pull the wire through the center hole created by your smaller loop and wrap it around all the ribbon at the pinch. In doing so you should have two tails like tying a shoe lace. Take your wire cutter and twist both tails together to tighten and secure the pinched ribbon. This will give you the “bow” part.
To create the tail, take the remaining ribbon on the spool and fold it in half. Feed this ribbon between the two wire tails so that one wire is on the top of the crease in the ribbon and the other is beneath it and the two ribbon tails are hanging down like a bow’s tail. Twist the wire to secure the tails to the bow in the same manner as with securing the “bow” portion. You now have a bow.
Step Six: Adding the Bow to the Wreath
I positioned the bow at the top center of the wreath but if you want it elsewhere that’s fine too. I have seen several with the bow at the bottom of the wreath. Once positioned, take the two wire tales and wrap them around the pool noodle. Make sure you twist the two ends together to secure the bow to the wreath. Then push the remaining ends into the pool noodle.
You can then arrange your tails of your bow however you want. I elected to spread them so they cascaded to each side of the wreath.
Step Seven: Creating an Hanger
Now that the wreath itself is essentially done, I needed to create a hanger for it so I could attach it to my front door. I mean, after all, what good is making something pretty if you can’t display it. To do this I took my floral wire again. I made a circle with the wire but since I wanted it to be strong enough to support the wreath, I did four circles and then twisted the ends together several times (see photo).
To attach it to the wreath, I took more floral wire, this time double strands and wrapped them twice around the pool noodle under the bow – one side on each side of the bow. I fed the hanger on to the wires (see photo) and then twisted the two ends of the wire wrapped around the pool noodle together, hiding the ends by inserting them into the pool noodle.
I think it came out pretty and I love how it looks. Plus, it will go well with the rest of my Easter décor.