One of my all time favourite decorations for Easter is my Easter wreath which I hang proudly on my front door. Here are my tips so you can make your own Easter wreath this year.
What you will need:
• 24 quails eggs
• White vinegar
• Food colouring (if you would like to dye your eggs – I have chosen traditional Easter colours, baby blue and yellow)
• Hot glue gun or superglue
• Olive Oil
• Craft knife
• 2 x bowl
• A simple bare wreath from the florist – this will make your base
• Grass or moss and feathers to decorate
How to make your Easter wreath
- Wreaths are wonderfully diverse and I use them as decorations throughout the year, as I can adapt them to reflect each holiday perfectly.
- As quails eggs are so small, the easiest way I find to prepare them is to hard boil them first. If you are using duck or hen eggs you don’t need to hard boil them but will need to blow them out to empty them. Do this by carefully making a small hole at the top and bottom of each egg using your craft knife, and gently turn the knife around to widen the hole. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow the contents out. This is always fun to do with my girls as then we can upcycle the egg flesh to make a delicious breakfast soufflé.
- Now the eggs are prepared they are ready for an injection of colour. In a clean bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 20 drops of food colouring for every cup of hot tap water – here’s when you should pick your favourite colours, mine are baby blue and pale yellow. Leave the eggs resting in the water for 10 minutes (longer depending on how deep you would like the colour). Remove them from the dye and let them dry on a drying rack. Pour a little olive oil onto a paper towel and rub the eggs to create a slight gloss. This will really give your eggs the ‘finished look’ you want.
- The method of attaching them to your wreath depends on which egg you used. For quails eggs I use tooth picks by sticking one in the back of the egg and simply arranging them how I wish. For duck and hen eggs you can use a glue gun or super glue. Sometimes I vary the kind of eggs I use to offer a contrast to the size and colour. Quails eggs naturally have lots of speckles which look great without having to dye them, but the when the duck eggs are dyed and polished they create a lovely almost iridescent feature.
- To finish the wreath I wrap hessian twine around the wreath which also helps to secure the eggs. Some baby blue feathers also look great in between the eggs, as does some moss or straw, this is the time to get creative!