A few weeks ago my kids fell in love with an Easter Bunny wreath in the store. The foam bunny was covered in polka dots and as cute as it was – it just didn’t quite fit in with the natural tones of our home. I also have a hard time coming to terms with a $40 price tag for something that’s only going to hang outside for a couple of weeks a year. So I decided to grab some supplies and make something that was a little friendlier to my decor and budget. This DIY Easter Bunny wreath is a really simple and inexpensive DIY that you can customize to your own tastes and style!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Small foam wreath shape
- Large foam wreath shape
- White pipe cleaners (also called Jumbo Chenille Stems)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Wired Ribbon or Bow
- Assorted Decorations
Start by covering the foam wreath shapes with pipe cleaners. I find the easiest way to do this is to gently poke the sharp end of the pipe cleaner into the back of the foam wreath. Wrap it around the wreath a few times, then poke the other end into the back to secure. Continue until the entire wreath is covered in pipe cleaners.
This helps keep the sharp edges of the pipe cleaners secure so that they’re not snagging your clothes or scratching your door once the wreath is hung. It’s also fast and simple and saves a lot of glue!
Once both wreath forms are covered you’ll need to hot glue the head to the body. Once the glue dries I like to wrap pipe cleaners around them to provide a little extra security and to give me a place to thread my bow through.
Cut even lengths of the extra large pipe cleaner to form ears. Twist the bottoms together, then hot glue the ears to the top of the wreath. I like using the pipe cleaners because I can adjust them – you can go with floppy bunny ears for a natural look, or have them stand straight up for a classic Easter Bunny feel!
Once this is done you should assemble your bow if you’re using wired ribbon. If you’ve never made your own bow before, it’s really simple. I’m not going to provide instructions here because I forgot to take pictures as I was doing it – but Liz On Call has a wonderful tutorial you can check out that will have you making bows like a pro in no time! When making my bow I made two longer and one shorter loop on each side. Don’t attach your bow yet, you don’t want to crush it while you’re decorating, but keep it handy so you can use it to see how your finished wreath will look as you’re placing decorations.
Using your hot glue gun attach any decorations you want! For my first Easter Bunny Wreath I wanted a really natural, country feel so I used a denim bow and attached fabric carrots to it. I really love the way it looks and because it’s not too colorful I think I’d even leave it up a bit past Easter and into the spring.
For my second Easter Bunny Wreath I went with a more traditional Easter feel, opting for a light green bow and covering the bottom in Easter eggs (this was actually my husband’s idea, he thought the bunny should look like it was sitting in a pile of eggs!).
Once the glue is dry, use a pipe cleaner or hot glue to secure your bow to the wreath.
You can decorate with plastic eggs, make polka dots out of felt, add pink cheeks and whiskers, add grass, flowers – I love how limitless it is. My four year old put himself in charge of wrapping the pipe cleaners around the wreath form, which wound up being a great, mess free way to get him involved!
Now if it would just stop snowing and start to feel like Easter I would be a lot happier as I’m running around finding candy-free Easter basket stuffers and printing out Easter Coupons to fill eggs with! If you make this wreath drop a picture in the comments, I’d love to see some different versions!