Penelope is very artistic and loves to paint and do anything crafty. I really lucked out that she is into all the things that I am into. I imagine it’s difficult for parents to connect to their children if they don’t have things in common. I wonder and hope that she stays into cooking, gardening, crafting and ballet for the rest of her life.
Anyhoo, after the success of my Valentine’s Heart Burlap Wreath, I decided to do an Easter one. Here’s my previous Easter wreath, that I made when Penelope was about 4 months old. It was super cute, but it was big and bulky to store. And since downsizing has been the name of the game for the last two years (we move in less than 3 months!), I thought I would streamline some of my wreaths.
Read on to see how we made this Easter Egg Burlap Wreath.
Just like the heart wreath I cut out the shape of the egg, so that I ended up with two egg shaped pieces of burlap.
Then I used blue painters tape to tape off a few chevron stripes.
Then Penelope picked out the color she wanted. I was hoping to paint it mint green, but you can’t argue you with a bossy three year old.
She and I painted the entire front of the egg and let it dry before we peeled off the tape.
Then we (and by “we” I mean “I”) hot glued each piece together, leaving an opening to be able to stuff the burlap egg with some plastic bags. Not too many bags, you want enough to give it some volume but not enough to look full.
Then hot glue the opening closed. And hot glue some ribbon to the back, tie them in a pretty bow and voíla! Easter Egg Burlap Wreath!
Super easy to make, and then best of all easy to store.
While we are on the topic of pretty DIY’s…I read a blog post the other week that got me thinking about the concept of “perfect” and it was mighty hilarious. I do agree that there is a lot of “perfect” going in the blogosphere and with moms in general trying to be perfect.
I know, I am a recovering perfectionist, and from day one I have strived to create an online space here that was real and showed both the ugly and the pretty, and I know you all can tell, it’s the number one thing people say they love about M+BL, but I would like to take a second in defense of pretty.
I don’t know about other bloggers, but for me, I craft, DIY, and organize not in an attempt to win some sort of Stepford wives/Martha Stewart perfection award but because it makes me happy. There has been way too much sad in my life, so being creative in this way and making my surroundings beautiful is an opportunity to let a little joy in. And because my daughter enjoys it, it’s an opportunity to to spend quality time with her.
So while I agree, as moms and women, we should show a bit more of the ugly, but let’s not diss each other when we show the pretty. Or view the pretty as a competition or personal assault on our own self worth. Let’s just view it for what it is, a little something pretty to put a smile on our face when we walk in the front door and let a little joy inside.
But that’s just my two cents. 🙂
Oh and I almost forgot, check out this reader submitted Easter Burlap Wreath! Sandy got inspired from my Valentine’s Heart and created the most adorable bunny!