Simple Moss Bunny Wreath for Easter Tutorial
Easter wreaths have a tendency to revolve around one thing. The cheap, colorful plastic egg. We wrap them up in this or that and paint them this way and switch the tops and bottoms for a technicolor Easter! And all those are great, but they’ve been done a ton so I wanted to do something a little bit different…
And in the end I think that my wreath is modern but natural looking and I’m really loving it. In fact, my grandmother called while working on this and I had to explain, as I always do, what it is and what it looks like how I made it. Because she doesn’t have a computer, doesn’t want a computer and I can just tell her what’s going on instead of her going on with all of that fuss. And when I described it to her she said, “well #&*#&, can’t you add some little jelly beans or bird nests or something?” And I said that wasn’t the point of this particular wreath and she wanted to know what Easter wreath was better without “cute little jelly beans”.
But I’ve stuck to my very simple guns on this one because it reminds me of something I might see at West Elm. Feel free to embellish yours as you see fit. My mother is adamant that the ears need some bows (because I text her a pic of my projects just as I’ve completed them) and you know my Mimmie’s stance on jelly beans, but make your wreath how you please! Oh, and I feel I’ve got to tell you that moss really stinks! But let’s get after this already.
For this project you will need:
- green floral wreath form
- 16 gauge wire
- moss table runner (this one came from Michael’s)
- pliers/wire cutters
- hot glue gun
Take a piece of paper and draw out the shape and size you’d like your bunny ear to be.
Use your drawn shape to make your ear frame. On this sort of thing I always make three and use the two that are most similar. It’s a bit wasteful but I’ve found I have the best symmetry I can get with this method.
Twist the bottoms up and straighten out with your pliers. Give the wound up wires a good squeeze to kind of mold the pieces together. These will be shoved into the wreath so they need to be a good inch long to fit snugly but not all of the way through the wreath.
Take and cut out an ear shaped piece of moss with about a quarter of an inch all around. Hot glue the metal to the back side of the moss piece. Use some scissors or a pen to hold the wire down to keep from burning your fingers!
Cut a second ear shaped piece that fits INSIDE of the ear frame shape and hot glue it back side to back side.
Hot glue the lip from the back edge onto the front side. Use something to keep from burning yourself. The glue tends to ooze from the mesh and through the moss so this is really pretty important!
Repeat for the second ear wire and get ready to make a gigantic mess!
Take your table runner and cut it into strips between 1 and 2 inches wide. Cut those strips in half.
Lay your wreath down and place pieces underneath. Wrap them around and hot glue them to the back side to cover the wreath.
You’ll eventually have some overlap and it will look pretty obvious that you’re wrapping strips around, but we’ll take care of that. If you haphazardly place the strips it is less noticeable in the end, but place them however you’re the most comfortable working.
When you have the whole wreath covered, take your hands and rough up the wreath to remove anything that is loose. I can tell you, it will fall off one way or another so it’s a good idea!
Take the stuff that falls off (there will be a lot of clumps that stick together really well) and glue it to any spots where the overlap of two moss pieces is obvious. Go around the entire wreath with your hands and squeeze the dickens out of it to press the moss into itself and help prevent a ton from falling off.
Add your ears by pushing them into the wreath. Cover the base with a bit of moss and glue it and smash it in so that it looks like one uniform piece.
To finish I screwed in a heavy duty wall hanger because it’s what I had and it works well! Hang however you’re comfortable. That can include a ribbon around the top, but I worried that might interfere with the shape of the ears!
I think paired with some pretty flowers in a pretty vase and some colorful, pastel vintage Reader’s Digests the scene is just Easter-y enough even without any jellybeans!