How to Make an Egg and Moss Wreath for Spring
Easily craft this DIY wreath from papier mache eggs and green Spanish moss for a simply natural spring look.
- 12" grapevine wreath
- light green Spanish moss
- 12 papier mache eggs
- beige acrylic paint
- dark brown acrylic paint
- water-based glaze medium
- 1" artist brush
- empty egg crate
- hot glue and glue sticks
- latex gloves
On a protected surface, apply two coats of beige acrylic paint to each egg with a one-inch artist brush. Tip: Acrylic paint dries in about 10 minutes; paint one side and allow to dry, then turn the egg over and paint the other side.
Mix dark brown acrylic paint with water-based faux glaze in a 1:3 (paint:glaze) ratio. Don gloves; dip a clean toothbrush into glaze mixture, then run your thumb through the bristles to splatter glaze onto the painted eggs. Turn the egg to splatter all sides and place it in an egg carton to allow the glaze to dry. Tip: For a realistic look, splatters should vary in shape and size. To achieve this effect, vary the amount of pressure you place on the bristles.
Apply Moss to Wreath
Preheat hot glue gun. Apply hot glue to the wreath in small sections (Image 1). Pull Spanish moss apart into loose handfuls. Immediately push moss into hot glue and hold it in place until glue cools (Image 2). Repeat the process till front of wreath is covered.
Glue Eggs to Wreath
Decide placement of eggs on wreath (Image 1). Gently create a hole in moss to nestle eggs into. Apply hot glue to wreath and attach eggs where desired. Tip: Eggs will look best when placed individually or clustered together in groups of three (Image 2). To display, hang wreath on the wall, front door or over a mirror. It will also add a cheery spring touch propped on a bookcase, foyer table or buffet.