Last year at this time I did a post called Easter! The Ugly Holiday. I stand by that post. Even if the pictures are horrible. I’ve always kind of disliked Easter decorations. It’s very, very difficult for someone who has an affinity for skulls and creepy things and antlers to wrap their head around pink and yellow and mint green anything.
It was really only in the past couple of years that I realized that Easter didn’t have to mean ugly. You could turn whatever you wanted into Easter so long as it had at least one little element of the holiday in it. Like eggs for example. Or live rabbits who poop out chocolates (only available in specialty stores)
Last year my house had silver bowls of eggs everywhere. Eggs and spray painted birds. It got me through Easter without looking like a Scrooge but didn’t compromise my taste for things a little plainer and organic. You know. Like a skull.
2 weeks ago I made an Easter Mushroom wreath out of a pool noodle. ’Cause nothing says God rest in peace Jesus, like an Oyster mushroom. Frankly I think a mushroom wreath is more appropriate for a funeral than a 16″ chocolate treat shaped like Spiderman, but what do I know.
Last week I made a “Peep” wreath out of the same pool noodle. I made it for the people who are Easter traditionalists. The Peeples as I like to call them.
This week I’ve done something that integrates the best of both worlds. The Easter tradition of the egg, but done with very organic, non-traditional colours in a non-traditional way.
This Wreath is Eggsactly Right
I dyed the eggs with those little pellets you drop in water. But I bought them at the Dollar store so the colours weren’t as vibrant as full priced ones might have been. Also I used brown eggs instead of white to create much more muted colours.
To make the eggs slightly mottled I allowed the dye to sit on certain parts of the egg for longer. That way you get some lighter and some darker colour on the egg. As soon as you remove it from the dye rub the overlapping parts with a paper towel to soften the lines. I’d also put the egg in the yellow, then straight into the green, let it sit, then maybe a bit back in the yellow or plum. That gave the eggs more depth of colour. Or as my American friends say, color. Honestly, I don’t know what you people have against the letter “U”. It’s my favourite letter.
My favourite part about this wreath is probably how good it looks against something glitzy like the chandelier. As much as I like earthy, organic stuff, in order to set it off you need some brightness. That’s why my favourite skull is my crystal skull.
It’s also why I added in a few white, sparkly eggs to the wreath. Again, it gives the wreath a big more depth and the sparkle of the white eggs enhances the muted sheen of the real eggs.
If you plan to make this wreath you’ll need to start exercising your lips, mouth and jaw. Blowing out a dozen or so eggs is not for amateurs. You don’t wanna start blowing out your eggs without getting limbered up first. Otherwise you’ll get that gross crackling feeling on either side of your lower jaw. Like you’re lymph nodes are exploding. So … between now and then I’d advise you to practice. I have no recommendations as to how you practice this, nor do I want to hear from you about how you do it.
You have 5 days until Easter Sunday. You need a pool noodle, some bags of moss, hot glue and a bunch of eggs. GO!