Last year, due to attending multiple Easter egg hunts as well as receiving more than one Easter basket, the boys were swimming in plastic Easter eggs. It felt like a complete waste to throw them all away after Easter was over, but the thought of them continuing to take over our living area was not an option either. So, I decided to be good and pack them all away in a bag for next year. All year long they have been driving me nuts in the closet - always in the way. So many times I have almost tossed them. Last week I decided to pull them out and see if I could make a wreath out of them - upcycling is in, right? We live in a building with an indoor hallway and I love being able to hang festive things on the door for holidays. I thought I had everything I needed on hand. I had a 12" wire wreath frame that I had purchased for a project I never made, a bag full of plastic eggs and a glue gun. I started tying the eggs onto the wreath before I pulled out the glue gun. I mainly wanted to see how many eggs it would take, how to place them, etc. I only wanted to use the regular-sized plastic eggs with the little hinges. It became apparent that 1) I didn't have enough eggs and 2) I would probably need to use at least two sizes to cover up the wire frame sufficiently without a lot of gaps. I ended up having to go out and buy MORE eggs! Lots more! I am pretty sure this wreath required close to 100 eggs! There are about 6 dozen regular-sized plastic eggs and about 3 dozen of the mini-sized eggs. Another tip I can pass along is to make sure to use the cool setting on the glue gun (no, I didn't have any disasters, I figured this out before I began glueing). The bows are attached with hidden twist-ties.
In the end, it was a very easy project and it turned out to be pretty cute. We'll see if I get to my next Easter-decor project. I'm thinking my sewing-bug may be coming back. I made a pair of fleece pants for my older son yesterday and the ease of making them has me considering making a bunch of fun shorts for my boys this year (since they are so skinny, most store-bought clothing requires alteration anyway). A pair of cute fleece lounge pants in half-an-hour from start to finish? This definitely requires more practice.