With everything that has gone on in the last 12 months or so, I have started really enjoying making a bigger fuss of holidays I normally wouldn't have done much for. I decided to have a go at making a low waste, recyclable (or storable if you'd prefer) Easter themed wreath for my internal front door.
Here are the things you'll need. 2x a3 pieces of card, watercolour paints, a paintbrush, scissors and wax crayons. Later on in the project you'll also need glue but I forgot to put it in the picture. I find pritt stick to be the best for this job.
First you need to draw some egg shapes. You could print these instead if you're not confident of your art skills or you feel it would be quicker. I split the height of the card into 4 and fit 7 egg shapes onto each row.
Next, use the wax crayons to draw patterns onto each egg. It doesn't need to be anything very intricate- the biggest effect will be created by the addition of paint in a little while.
Once you've drawn all your patterns you should have something that looks a little like this.
Now the fun bit! Mix a tiny amount of watercolour paint with some water. I would advise experimenting on a scrap piece of paper with the concentration of paint to water to make sure the colour is the strength you'd like, before you put it onto your eggs.
Now paint over your egg shapes. This is super easy because the paint won't take to the wax crayons as it naturally is repelled by the wax. Therefore there is no need to paint between your patterns, you can simply paint the whole egg!
Repeat this step with whatever colours you want until all your eggs are painted. Try to choose colours which compliment the wax pattern. For example I haven't painted any eggs blue if the wax pattern has blue. Doing this helps your patterns to stand out even more and I think it looks fab! Very bring and easter-y :-)
While you are waiting for your eggs to dry, use your other a3 card to create a wreath template. Make it as large as the card will allow. I used a plate to draw mine as my freehand circle drawing isn't the best. As you can see its still not perfect but that doesn't matter because it'll be covered by the eggs. Draw your outer circle, then a couple of inches from the outer circle, draw another circle and then cut it out so you have a ring, as shown.
Once your eggs are dry and you've cut them out, split them into colours as shown.
Now start positioning your eggs one colour at a time, trying to make sure they are as evenly spaced as possible. I started with my least favourite colour (there are only 2 because it wasn't as bright as I hoped).
Now the next colour.
Repeat until all your eggs are positioned. Again I have tried to place complimentary/contrasting colours next to each other as much as possible. Once you're happy with the positions, start glueing them into place.
Once the glue is dry, pop some tape/blue tack on the back of the wreath and ta-da! A pretty, low waste, bright Easter wreath to greet you whenever you get home :-)
Happy Easter 🐣