Why should Christmas get to have all the fun? Assemble an abundance of fun shapes, colors, and accessories to make a sweet Easter garland. With an easy supply list, you can customize this project to reflect whatever color or type of items you have on hand.
While you can swap in real greens for this project, we recommend using faux, mainly because it'll last a lot longer, which saves you time and money. For realistic faux flowers, consider greenery from Afloral. Have fun and get the kids involved with this low-mess and creative project that you can hang on your mantel or staircase for a little egg-stra holiday touch.
Equipment / Tools
- Hot glue gun
- Plastic eggs
- Faux greenery
- Washi tape
- Floral wire
- Sticky tack, self-adhesive hooks, or zip ties
- Faux flowers
- Faux succulents
- Fake chicks and bunnies
- Strand of white lights (optional)
Wrap the Eggs
Customize the outside of plastic eggs with washi tape. Create a random patchwork pattern or wrap the egg in a more unified way.
The oval shape of the egg works better with a patchwork design of washi tape. Wrapping tape around an odd shape can sometimes create wrinkles and gaps.
Determine the Length of the Garland
Measure the area where you'd like to place the garland so you know how long to make it. If you're going to place it on a mantel, you could have your garland cascade down a few inches on each side, as shown below, or you could make it only as long as the shelf itself. If you want to swag a garland on a staircase, it should be at least one-and-a-half times the length of the handrail.
Trim the Greenery
Cut down the faux greenery by eliminating bulky or pointy stems. It'll be easier for you to join pieces together with floral wire, and your arrangement will appear more streamlined and less cumbersome.
Wire the Greenery Together
Cut floral wire into lengths of a few inches each so you have enough to secure pieces of greenery together. Attach the pieces of greenery together until you’re satisfied with the shape and the length of the garland. You can also make two or three shorter garlands and then wire them together to make the process easier.
Floral wire comes in many colors, not just green. If you're using greens, then green wire may hide best. But, if you're using varied colors of faux greenery, you may want wire in a variety of colors.
Glue Eggs in the Garland
Nestle decorated eggs into the garland. Use your hot glue gun to secure the eggs onto the greenery.
If you're making this Easter garland with kids, make sure an adult handles the hot glue gun. Adults should also supervise children using floral wire, which can potentially poke someone.
Add Ribbon to the Garland
After gluing in the eggs, wind ribbon around the garland. Any type of wide ribbon will add a pretty layer to your garland. If you want to be able to control the ribbon better, opt for ribbon with wired edges. Add a dab of glue every few inches to the ribbon so it can sit securely on the garland.
Put the Garland in Place
Before adding the final touches, it may help to attach the garland in this semi-finished stage onto your mantel or staircase. That way you can put the flourishes on exactly where they should be. Securely fasten the garland to your mantel, railing, or another area using sticky tack, self-adhesive hooks, or zip ties. Or, use clear self-adhesive hooks if you want them to stay hidden underneath your garland.
Add in the Extra Touches
Hot glue the faux blooms, minus bulky stems, onto your Easter garland. If you prefer more greenery than florals, make your garland out of DIY succulents. Work in any extra ribbons you'd like to add, small chicks, faux bunnies, and any other festive accessories using hot glue to keep them in place. Add sparkle to your garland by inserting a strand of white lights.
Consider the width of your mantel or staircase, and make your garland accordingly. A too-thick Easter garland and a narrow staircase will make walking up and down the stairs awkward.