Yesterday, I opened facebook, and realized everyone was a-buzz with the first day of spring. Oops. I fully intended to tell you about this adorable spring wreath on the first day of spring… but I thought that was today. Fail. Oh well.
If you’ve been around a while you will remember that I refashioned a pair of flip flops for every week of spring last year. I thought about doing it again, but I just don’t want to. I may sneak in a pair or two before summer (cuz I do love my flip flops), but in general, spring will not be devoted to footwear this year. I will, however, be re-sharing last years flip flops on facebook every Saturday, follow me so you don’t miss a pair.
Back to the sweet buzz. (Please excuse bee pun after bee pun all post long.)
What do you think about when you think about spring time? For most people spring is a time for baby animals and blossoming flowers. Not for my 2-year-old boy. For him, the most exciting part of spring is the resurgence of bugs. He is obsessed with bugs, all kinds of bugs. Big bugs, little bugs, ladybugs, butterflies, and bees. Bees are a particular favorite since he is also in a Winnie-the-Pooh stage. So, I decided to do a little something different with my spring wreath. I made it bee-utiful!
Guess what those sweet little bees are made out of?
Yup, three different sizes of plastic Easter eggs. I used acrylic paint to coat the bottom of the eggs, and a paint pen to stripe the top. My stripes weren’t perfect, and I didn’t worry too much about it… I wanted them to BEE unique.
While the eggs were drying, I wrapped my foam wreath form with black and white canvas ribbon, I like to use staples to hold the ribbon in place. One spool of ribbon was exactly the right amount. I hung the wreath and made a big wreath bow with of some yellow grosgrain ribbon.
Once my eggs were dry, I popped them back together. Then, I made wings with nylon organza ribbon. I used a thinner ribbon for the little bees and a wider ribbon for the bigger guys.
To make each wing, I twisted the ribbon into a loop, and hot glued the loop together. I made four wings for each bee with a continuous strand of ribbon by forming two figure-8-type shapes on top of each other. I recommend a low-temp glue gun for this task, cuz you will, without a doubt, stick your finger in hot glue. Once the wings were complete, I hot glued them to the egg.
I gave them some googly eyes, just bee-cause, and they turned out bee-utiful.
I adhered the bees to my wreath with hot glue, and fell in love. Seriously, this wreath is so cute.
Most importantly, my little man loves it. In fact, I wish I would have had him help me with it. He could have helped paint the heads and assemble the bees.
I hope you have a bee-utiful spring!