There are many symbols of spring, such as eggs, bunnies, birds and flowers. I combined two of them with this decoupage blue tit spring egg wreath decoration.
Being an upcycler I prefer to craft with real eggs rather than plastic or polystyrene craft eggs. Using real eggs is not only more affordable but also better for the environment.
Plus with the current stay at home policy, I couldn’t visit a craft store even if I wanted to. Also, I got to make one big omelet for my lunch.
In the past, I have made designer decorated eggs with Marimekko paper napkins. I even made a Marimekko Easter egg wreath. I’ve even gone the whole hog with the upcycling theme by making patchwork denim eggs.
This time I have opted for a bird theme with this spring egg wreath.
One of my favorite garden birds is a pretty and colorful blue tit. Every year the same pair of blue tits come to nest in the same bird box in the garden. I always associate these birds with spring and decided to decoupage the eggs for my wreath with vintage blue tit drawings.
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What You For The Spring Wreath
- Half a white dozen eggs – If you can’t get white eggs then use brown ones and paint them white. I know in the US most eggs are white however, in the UK most eggs are brown.
- Cocktail sticks
- Decoupage glue such as Mod Podge
- Garden wire
- A mixture of felt balls in blue and yellow and wooden beads. If you don’t have these you could use some other beads from perhaps an old necklace.
- White tissue paper or a plain white paper napkin
- Masking tape
- Blue tit clip art – you can download them here for free in two sizes.
How To Make A Blue Tit Egg Wreath
1.. The first thing is to blow your eggs. That is to remove the egg white and yolk from the eggs. To do this using a nail punch a hole in both the top and bottom of the egg.
Then blow into the hole in the top of the eggs. The yolk and white should come out of the bottom hole. Then gently rinse the inside of the eggs by placing the top hole under a running tap.
If you need more details of egg blowing there are some here with these patchwork fabric Easter eggs.
2. Next, print the blue tit clip art (link above) on the tissue paper or paper napkins if you don’t have any. You can do this on a home inkjet printer by taping the tissue paper to computer paper with masking tape.
If you need more details on printing on tissue paper there are some with this decoupage shell dish craft.
3. Next, cut out the birds from the paper. You can cut out the blue tits with a border as they have been printed on white paper and will be decoupaged onto white eggs.
Using decoupage glue, stick the blue tit to the egg. Paste the glue onto the egg only and not the tissue paper.
3. Then, cover the whole egg in decoupage glue. Thread a cocktail stick through the holes in the egg, then rest the egg over a box. This will enable the glue to dry without touching anything else
The glue not only protects the decoupaged image but it also strengthens the fragile eggshell. In fact if you coat the eggs in two layers of glue they will make the finished egg wreath more robust.
5. Finally, the egg wreath is ready to assemble. First thread a blue felt ball, then a wooden bead and then a yellow felt ball onto the wire. Then carefully thread one of the blue tit decoupaged eggs.
Repeat adding more felt balls, beads and eggs until all six eggs are added. Twist the wire ends to close and carefully bend the spring wreath into a round shape.
All that is left to do is to hang the wreath. It is very light and only needs a small nail to hang from.
If you want to use other birds besides blue tits, with this gorgeous decoupage tin can wind chime there is some more free songbird clip art.
For more spring wreath ideas visit allfreeholidaycrafts.
I love blue tits, I even put one on the colorful DIY yarn wreath I made.