After a few good years of service, my white Christmas wreath started to discolor but I didn’t throw it away. Instead I upcycled it into a simple Easter wreath that was super easy to make. I’m sure you have upcycled a thing or two in your life and know the feeling of accomplishment? You get a new product and haven’t spent a dime. Winning!
I had no vision in mind when I started, but I knew that I want to keep it simple. Sometimes less is more, you know. My less may or may not be because I lacked ideas, but still. Hopefully I’ll get few years out of this wreath before I really have to say goodbye to it.
My granddaughter graciously gave me her last year’s Easter bunny ears to use in my project. Well…that’s a lie. Her mom was more than happy to get rid of the clutter, but Ava would’ve graciously given it to me if I’ve asked politely. I think. We’ll never find out.
Anyhow, this was my process of making an Easter wreath out of an old Christmas wreath.
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- old Christmas wreath made with Styrofoam ring
- my granddaughter’s old Easter bunny ears
- leftover white yarn
- ribbon I had on hand
I stripped my Christmas wreath of everything but the layer of white yarn that was covering the Styrofoam ring. Then I wrapped more white yarn around it, to cover the discoloration. I trimmed the band on the ears so that it would lay flat on my ring.
First I thought of placing the bunny ears on the top of the ring, as you’ve seen in many Easter inspired wreaths, but alas they were too small and the proportions where odd. I almost ran to the nearest store to buy bigger ears, but that would be cheating.
Walking away from the project when you’re uninspired helps refocus. Few hours later I looked at it again and it dawned on me: What if I place the ears inside of the ring? I wrapped them with my yarn and you couldn’t even tell they didn’t come with the ring. That worked much better, but where do I put bunny’s tail now? Decisions, decisions…
I also wanted to add pink color to the tail to match the pink in the ears. But my pink yarn was too stiff and didn’t look fluffy at all. Back to the drawing board again.
In the end, I used the same white yarn to make a pompom. I didn’t take photos of that process as it would’ve required me to have three hands but you can find easy tutorial here. I placed it right in front of the ears. Is it realistic? No. Do you think of Easter bunny when you see it? Yes. That’s all that matters. Maybe it’s bunny’s head. Creativity has no limitations.
Before you throw anything away, think of stuff you have hidden in boxes down in the basement and ways you can reuse it. It doesn’t have to be glamorous. It only has to make you happy.
What have you upcycled and saved money on? Let me know in the comments and also leave me a link to your post if you have it. I would love to see it!
Crafting was always a part of All that’s Jas, but I just recently started sharing my projects with you. I hope there are many to come so that I can inspire you. Meanwhile, visit two of my very creative friends that truly inspire me. My amazing friend Mary of The Boondocks Blog lives in beautiful Greece and can upcycle and repurpose anything she sees. Michelle of A Crafty Mix is from South Africa and her creations will BLOW.YOUR.MIND. When you visit, tell them Jas sent you. 🙂