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Easter Wreath
Eggsactly Right!

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!


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28 Responses to Easter Wreath
Eggsactly Right!

  1. Sarah Tuite says:

    Thanks for the awesome post. I also have an affinity for skulls and have 0 Easter decorations (besides 1 Easter basket) so I found it particularly perfect for me. Love the wreath too.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sarah! You should try the wreath. It’s a good compromise for those of us who like … well … skulls and such. ~ karen!

  2. Laura says:

    We are just too lazy to use the cool u.

  3. Pam'a says:

    Gorgeous wreath, Karen! I’m still pretty wowed by those Peeps, though…

    I confess that I probably decorate more for Easter (Spring, really) than I do for Christmas. Over time, I’ve made lots of gorgeous blown eggs, and each year when I pull them out, at least one of them is broken into teensy pieces. :(

    Moral: If you’re doing eggs for this one Easter, get going on those egg-blowing exercises. If you make any fancy ones you want to use again next year, consider wood, plaster, or papier mache’ eggs.

  4. pve says:

    my daughter came home from class – speaking in a heavy new york accent and eggsactly was one of her words. You both make me laugh.
    pve

  5. westinflorida says:

    I so look forward to your blog posts. Embarrassed as I should be to make a request, here goes: skull sharing, please… (Obviously) I live in Florida and pirates and skull figures are, or should be, freakishly prominent in my “It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me” day-to-day life.

    • Karen says:

      Westinflorida – :) I have far too many and too much to say about skulls. I’d have to write a post on it. I *can* tell you my fascination started when I was very young. 6 or 7. It actually started with a medical text book! I think I’ve written about that medical book in one of my posts on books. I just like em. And the crystal skull is from the Crystal Head Vodka of Dan Akroyd. Very attractive Vodka bottle which I had to have even though I don’t drink vodka! ~ karen

  6. mimi says:

    GorgeoUs wreath!
    To practice blowing, put a piece of paper against the wall, and try to hold it on the wall using your breath, at a distance of (I don’t know but say about a foot!).
    Sorry, Karen, I know you didn’t want blowing, but as a French Horn player, I couldn’t resist.
    And i’ve just hoovered up the K key on my keyboard (overzealous cleaning), just wondering is that what happened the U long ago in America?

  7. DeUar KarUen,

    I LoUve youUU. YouuUU are the besUt. FrUm the AmericUan in FloUrida. LovUe the ColoUr in thUe EggUs. AweUsome.

    AmUy

  8. Jules says:

    I made this wreath yesterday and I have to say it came out nice! I used an sturdy thicker branch for the bottom instead of just the dowel (drilled a hole inside the branch and stuck the dowel in). Put an old birds nest at the bottom and plan to add the eggs above today….thanks for the post! Going to work out my lips and jaw now…will not share how..

  9. mary says:

    That is simply gorgeous!

  10. Susan says:

    My eye is helplessly drawn to your trademark “floating in air” element. Is there a holiday significance to the broken egg? Is it a sly creative reference to your skull preference?

    • Karen says:

      Susan – I broke one of the eggs when I was blowing it out. See? Sometimes accidents work out for the best. ~ karen!

  11. CJ says:

    “The Peeples” love it!!

  12. Jaimee says:

    How do you blow out the eggs?

    • Karen says:

      Jaimee – To blow out the eggs, you take an egg and poke a small hole in the top of it with a nail. Do the same thing on the bottom of the egg but make the hole a little bigger. Something in between the size of the tip of a pencil and the eraser. Then you take a huge breath and blow the smaller hole. The guts will come out of the bottom hole. And you’ll probably get dizzy. ~ karen

      • Deb J. says:

        You can save some breath if you – carefully – insert a skewer/toothpick-type thing and break up the yolk before you blow. Tough getting that whole yolk out until it is broken.

  13. martha says:

    Karen, I love reading your posts. I laugh out loud. Awesome personality.

  14. Cathy says:

    Always fun to read your posts! Tell me you already know that last year’s Sears Christmas Wish book had a glass skull and tiny skull shot glasses! If not, you’ll have to add that to your collection.

  15. bluephatmom says:

    I love it. Pink, yellow, and mint green should stay on the hyacinths and tulips, where they belong.

  16. Christina says:

    It was a matter of days ago that I first heard of this “blowing out eggs” concept. I am bewildered that I had no idea what that was. Perhaps it’s not a Midwest thing? Or I just don’t know any creative types who do a lot of egg decorating around Easter? Either way… it sounds horrid.

  17. Nicole says:

    This wreath is just lovely, and much more suitable for Easter I think than any sort of pastel/E. Bunny/chocolate crap.

    Although I do appreciate me some chocolate.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Nicole! I couldn’t agree more. ;) This wreath and a Cadburys Easter Cream Egg and Easter is perfect. No ham either. Blech to the ham. ~ karen

  18. Erin says:

    I really like this one best. Its not dissimilar to the one I made for my door in brown and blue tones (natural brown and blue egg colours). I thought of using blown out eggs and you can buy an egg blower that makes just 1 hole in it. never tired it but I was going to do so for my wreath then decided that they would likely get destroyed as we enter and exit our apartment and well being an apartment someone else might also knock into it. So I used dollar store foam.

    I was already thinking of my next wreath for summer to be a base of pool noodle but have to decide how to cover it. Love the mushrooms one but would love it to be more permanent and less…. compost-able.

  19. TJ says:

    To save your lymph nodes from exploding, use a syringe with a needle on the end to blow out the eggs. (Buy syringes and needles from a farm supply store). Another plus to that method–only one hole :)

    Blow out duck eggs instead of chicken eggs. Their shell is much harder and sturdier than the flimsy chicken eggs from the store.

    Never thought of dying the brown eggs…. love the look!

  20. T Dawg says:

    Funny. Just dang funny. Thanks for sharing your funny self!

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