Easter Wreath Ideas

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The Easter wreath is a reflection of spring: fresh flowers in bloom, birds singing in the trees, small chicks running around the yard and sweet treats scattered throughout the garden waiting to be found by small children. Add a touch of Easter tradition to your home with a wreath that is as fresh as spring.

Selecting Accessories for an Easter Wreath

All wreaths start with an appropriate wreath form. Wreath forms come in many shapes, sizes and materials. Depending on your wreath project, select from grapevine, wire, Styrofoam and decorative baking pans (such as a bundt pan or copper dessert mold). Unconventional items can also be used as a wreath form; for example, an umbrella, a hat or a small straw broom. In addition to the wreath form, you will need some method to attach ornaments to the wreath. Many crafters use hot glue, but there are other choices:

  • Wrap wire around an ornament and attach the wire to the wreath.
  • Use toothpicks or floral pins when working with Styrofoam wreaths.
  • Ribbons can be used to tie ornaments to the wreath.

Depending on the type of wreath and the ornaments that will be attached to the wreath, there is a variety of filler material that can be used. Filler material is used to hide a wreath form and to add texture and interest to a wreath. Here are some examples:

  • Dried flowers and herbs add color to a wreath. Dried statice and baby’s breath are commonly used but dried roses, lavender, hydrangeas or sprays of dried wheat are also good choices.
  • Moss, ferns and evergreens easily cover a wreath form and provide a natural look. Select from sphagnum moss, Spanish moss, sword fern, cedar branches or pine branches.
  • Ribbons can be wrapped around a wreath form and adorned with a few simple decorations.
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There is a large selection of adornments and ornaments that can be used on an Easter wreath. Some of the classic ornaments include ribbons, bows, bird’s nest, bird’s eggs, feathers and butterflies. Here are a few easy wreath ideas:

  • String plastic eggs on a colorful ribbon, form the string of eggs into a circle and tie the ribbon into a bow.
  • Cover a wreath form with moss and add eggs, bird nests and sprigs of eucalyptus.
  • A wreath can be a substitute for the traditional Easter basket. Use toothpicks or floral pins to attach candies to a covered Styrofoam wreath. Use candy such as marshmallow chickens or rabbits, packaged chocolate-filled eggs or a favorite homemade delight.

Working with Cut Flowers

While the spring flowers are blooming, add these colorful blooms to an Easter wreath bouquet. With a little extra care, an Easter wreath can be continuously revitalized with an assortment of cut flowers from the garden. Keep flowers fresh and long lasting by placing individual stems in a floral tube filled with water or by using a floral foam wreath base. Here are some suggestions for cut flowers that are attractive in an Easter wreath:

  • Flowers that will last and that have a pleasant scent include mini carnations, roses and lilacs. Other cut flowers to use include iris, daisies, Gerbera daisies, daffodils and tulips.
  • Baby’s breath and statice can be used to fill in blank spaces.
  • To add a touch of greenery, use ivy, asparagus fern or lemon leaves as filler material.

Planting a Live Wreath

For an unusual treat, plant a living, growing Easter wreath. There are many ways that live plants can be arranged in a wreath. All that is required is a little regular water and fertilizer to keep a live plant wreath healthy all year long. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Arrange flowering bulbs or plants around a moss filled wreath form. Fill an old bundt pan with Spanish moss. Plant the bulbs in the moss.
  • Flowering bulbs with an Easter theme include crocus, miniature daffodils, tulips and daffodils.
  • Small plants can be placed in eggshells or small terra cotta pots. Use a good potting soil mixture and keep the plants watered regularly.
  • Small flowering plants that enjoy being in small containers include pansies, lobelia, and alyssum.

Have fun creating an Easter wreath. Play around with the colors of spring. Pair the traditional pastels in blue, lavender and pink with bold and bright Easter colors in navy blue, sunshine yellow and orange glow. Let your imagination explore ways to arrange bird nests and butterflies. Search through closets and cupboards for unique and personalized decorations. Take a walk around the backyard and collect natural elements to give your wreath a spring scent.

Let your imagination play and design an Easter wreath that reflects your personality and your home’s décor. The creative possibilities are endless.

Last Updated: March 20, 2012
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About Coletta Teske Coletta Teske has 25 years' experience in tech journalism, as well as home and gardening topics. She has freelanced for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, published more than two dozen computer books for Prima Publishing and Macmillan, and worked as a freelance correspondent for West Hawaii Today. Coletta has been an avid gardener since she was 2 years old. While living in Hawaii, she achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a certified master gardener.

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