Usually, I am so behind with my seasonal DIYs and projects, BUT I’ve already gotten two spring projects done. Woo hoo! These two projects are sharing a blog post because they are so easy to make! Neither of them require fancy tools or skills. They’re so easy your kids could do it! Elia was close by watching me, but she was more interested in doing other things while I was distracted. Sneaky girl….
Starting with the wreath, I found lots of inspiration from Pinterest of course! I wanted a natural looking wreath with some green. Nothing too flashy or colorful. The grapvine wreath is the perfect base. It is from Hobby Lobby, or here’s one from Amazon. After their coupon at Hobby Lobby, it cost me only $5 for the wreath. Then, I got three different kinds of moss from Dollar Tree. Just one pack of each was enough. It goes a long way. The egg shells are from my kitchen. Haha. Here’s a quick step-by-step. It’s so easy I promise!
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When you choose your wreath, make sure you get one that has a good shape. I was in a hurry and got one that was a little uneven. I added one kind of moss at a time and worked my way around the wreath. You can use glue if you want to, but it isn’t necessary. I just stuffed a good size piece of moss in between and under branches. This is a great step to include the kids. Don’t separate the moss too much beacuse it will just be a loose mess.
Once I was finished adding the moss, I hot glued the egg shells around the wreath. I used real egg shells. They were rinsed and air dried before adding to the wreath. I added moss into the shells to help blend them into the wreath. White eggs would work too, but we had brown in the fridge.
For the ribbon, I cut up some cotton fabric scraps. I pulled at the edges to make them fray more, then I just tucked the ends up into the wreath. And, FINISHED! You could definitely add lots of different elements to this base to make it your own. Have fun with it!
To complete this space in my living room, I wanted to add some more subtle springiness. I had more leftover fabric scraps that matched the wreath’s bow, so I thought a bunny would be fun. This poor bunny is in for it. I’m sure he’ll be drug all around the house by Elia. Haha. I do have a sewing machine, but this is a no sew project. All you need are scissors and glue!
First, I drew a bunny onto the fabric with an orange crayon. Not the best color to sketch with, but it was what my tiny helper handed me. I cut out the sketch, then traced it onto the remaining fabric. After cutting out the second bunny, you now have the front and back. I did take the time to iron the fabric at this point. It made the gluing easier. Cuts do not have to be perfect because you will fray the edges.
After ironing, find a surface where your bunny can stay for a couple of hours to dry. I used fabric glue from Hobby Lobby to glue the sides together. It doesn’t dry quickly, but it dries clear and is washable. Once dried, the seams actually look really great. Try to keep your glue in a neat line, which will help the seams look better and use the side of the bunny that doesn’t have sketch marks to be the front. I made a bunny tail from cut up fabric similar to making a pompom from yarn. It was glued on with the same fabric glue. Make sure to add something inside to keep the bunny tail from gluing the two sides together. I used some bubble wrap under the bunny tail to keep it from adhering to the bottom layer.
Give your glue enough time to dry because once you start stuffing there shouldn’t be wet glue. The stuffing for my bunny is from an extra throw pillow from Ikea. Almost cheaper than buying stuffing from the craft store. Haha. I stuffed my bunny pretty tight, then glued the bottom seam using clips to hold the fabric in place while the glue dries.
Once the bottom seam was dry, I fluffed the bunny and added some green raffia. All done! Seems like a lot of steps, but they go by quickly. These would also be adorable made with colorful felt, which I might try before Easter for Elia to play with. This craft could be a little messy with the glue, but older kids could handle this themselves. A fun decorative pillow made in any shape.
My completed space ready for spring! Adding small touches here and there. DIYs are my favorite, so I’m excited to share these ideas with y’all. Let me know if you try either and what you come up with. Tag me @annakateturner.