Easter Beauty

I find inspiration all over the place. This is another wreath inspired by a picture I saw on Facebook. I fell in love the beauty of the cross draped in white and the Easter Lilies. My take on it is a bit different than the original but the end result is so pretty and perfect to represent the true meaning of the Easter season.

Lets Get Started

Supplies

I used an 18 inch vine wreath form as the base. Use what ever size is best for your. The cross is from Dollar Tree and they have several styles of crosses so pick what you like. You will notice that later on I changed this cross out for a bigger one because I thought the one in this picture was to small. The burlap ribbon is from Hobby Lobby along with the sheer white material. I got the Easter Lilies from Dollar Tree. Honestly they were the best looking ones I found. When I put the wreath together it looked a bit bare so I used random greenery that I had on hand. You will also need some paint or stain, hot glue and some kind of stronger glue that will not melt in the heat, and some floral wire.

The first step is to fill in the hole at the top of the cross with wood filler. Some of the crosses have holes that need to be covered. The second cross I used did not require that step. Once the filler is dry, sand it down smooth.

Now it is time to paint. I used three different colors to get a wood grain look. The lightest color is Waverly Chalk Paint in Hazelnut and I put this down as a base coat. The other two colors are Waverly Chalk Paint in Truffle, and Dark Bronze in the Target brand paint. I roughly mixed the two colors together with a stiff brush. You can also use a fan brush. I dry brushed the two colors over the Hazelnut before it was completely dry. This will blend the paint and give it streaks making it look like dark stained wood. The Bronze color gives the cross some shine which is very pretty. Keep layering and blending the paints until you are happy with how it looks.

While your paint is drying start on the wreath and flowers. I used three bunches of Easter Lilies. Two up right and one pointing upside down. To attach them to the wreath form I used floral wire and wrapped it tightly around it. You can move and pull the flowers until you are happy with it. I used floral wire to attach the extra greenery too in places I felt needed it.

Next I took the burlap ribbon and made a big bow. There are several bow tutorials on YouTube and they are much better than me trying to explain it in words. I did add some floral wire to the back of the bow by threading it through the back loop and adding some E6000 to it to hold it in place and some hot glue for an instant hold. Then I placed the bow in the middle where the Lilies met and brought the wires around the back of the wreath form and twisted them together like you would with a bread twisty tie.

Here’s the thing, if your hanging any wreath where heat will be hitting it, then you have to use a stronger glue. Hot glue will melt in the heat and your wreath will fall apart. That is why I used the hot glue and E6000. It is well worth the time to wait for that stronger glue to dry.

Its time to finish the cross. Cut the sheer white fabric to the length and width that you think looks best with your size cross and drape it around the cross. On the back of the cross, place some hot glue and E6000 behind the sheer white fabric to hold it in place. In the middle of the back of the cross, add the two glues to it then put a long piece of the floral wire in the glues. Take a strip of the burlap ribbon and place it over the wire sandwiching the wire between the ribbon and the cross. This will help hold the wire on. Finally add the cross to the wreath and wrap the wire around the back and twist it tight to hold the cross on.

Here is the finished product. I LOVE this and it shows the true meaning of Easter which is the death and resurrection of Jesus. It represents his ultimate sacrifice for our sins and the great love He has for us.

I hope you enjoyed this project. It really is an easy one to make. Please Like, Share, Comment, and Subscribe. Also find me on Instagram and Facebook under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

Mark 8:34 ESV And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Vine Wreath Form- Hobby Lobby

Easter Lilies- Dollar Tree

Cross- Dollar Tree

Burlap Ribbon- Hobby Lobby

White Sheer Fabric- Hobby Lobby

Floral Wire- Dollar Tree

Waverly Chalk Paint in Truffle and Hazelnut- Walmart

Dark Bronze Paint- Target

E6000- Hobby Lobby

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

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