Spring is finally, actually, really in the air and today I’m excited to be joining up with The DIY Mommy’s Youtube Spring DIY & Decor Challenge to share this fun Easter Hoop Wreath! This is such a playful Easter wreath compared to my normal decor but the modern hoop and wild faux florals help keep it on the modern side.
I don’t have much for seasonal decor (I still haven’t found my boxes of spring holiday decorations since moving last year!) so these challenges are a great way to create some seasonal decor that fits with my style with what I have in my house or craft stash already. Too bad it wasn’t done in time for my spring home tour this year– ha!
I just bought the one stem of faux florals (are these apple blossoms?) and the rest was already sitting here, waiting to be made into something! I’m not going to lie… I love this wreath so much that when Easter is over, I’m planning to take the watercolour details off and just use the floral hoop wreath for decor. It’s so pretty and wild.
Alright so this DIY is pretty darn simple- it’s a good afternoon craft. I am sharing all the details in the video below but if you’re working or a baby is sleeping on you or whatever- I’ve also photographed the steps and wrote them out below for ya!
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Alright! For this project, you’ll need:
- an embroidery hoop (just the inside hoop)
- a stem of faux florals
- watercolour paper
- a wash brush (I recommend a flat brush NOT a fan brush like I’m showing)
- a small round brush for lettering
- Wire cutters or garden shears
- Hot glue gun
The first thing you’ll want to do is create a watercolor wash on your paper. This gives it time to dry while you craft the rest of the wreath. If you can- I would totally recommend using real watercolour paper for this. It holds the water SO DARN WELL and you can get a really beautiful flowing wash. To get a wash, wet your paper, then start adding in watered down pigments. You can see how I do this in the video. Just make sure to keep your paper wet as you paint on the color! Then set that aside and get to making the wreath.
Next, cut your stem of faux flowers. Mine cut into three pieces. I use garden shears to do this, but wire cutters would be best. Use your hot glue gun to clue them onto your hoop wreath, making sure to hold them in place until the glue totally sets. The wire in faux flowers is usually pretty strong so they like to spring back to their original shape if the glue hasn’t set to hold them in place. Add as many or as little florals as you like. I was happy with the three pieces. I left the ends loose so it had a more wild look and ran one of the stems almost through the hoop to give it an asymmetrical look.
Once your hoop wreath is made- it’s time to give it some Easter touches! Grab your watercolor wash and fold it in half to cut out your bunny ears. I just did this freehand, you just want long pieces with rounded tops. Easy peasy! I decided I wanted one of the ears to flop over but didn’t want it folded. The dampness of the paper from the watercolour made it easy to roll it. I added a watercolour wash to the back of the ear and then glued them in place with my hot glue gun. When the glue was dry, I flipped it over and cut/tore the excess paper from the inside of the hoop.
Then I decided I wanted to add a hand lettered banner. I took another sheet of watercolor paper and a small round brush and brush lettered ‘Happy Easter’. I didn’t share too much of the HOW to brush letter in here because I have so many other posts on it. If you’re looking for more tips on brush lettering, check this one out! Then, just cut that to size and glue it, tearing off the excess on the outside.
For hanging, I just hung it on a small nail (actually… I use my earrings that I’ve lost matches to lately… I love the shine. They’re like pretty push pins) and used sticky tack to hold the ears up. You COULD attach chipboard to the back of the ears to hold them up but I felt like for a holiday decor piece, this was the perfect simple and cost effective solution for decor.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY! If you’re looking for more seasonal wreaths… I have a bunch! You can check them all out right here. And if you’re looking for more spring inspiration, you can check out the whole DIY + Decor Challenge on YouTube right here.