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Easy Easter Egg Garland

Happy Almost Easter!

Since my husband’s birthday is during the Easter season, I try to keep our decorations from being too pink and frilly. (As you can see I clearly put up my “manly” decorations – HAH!)

In my Easter “supplies” I found two new sleeves of plastic eggs I purchased last year at Stop and Shop.

(Always buy your holiday decorations after the holiday is over! While it’s kind of a buzzkill to have to use it, you’ll save anywhere from 50-80% off the cost.)

In this package was a rainbow of opalescent plastic eggs. I noticed they had two tiny holes in the top of the egg. They were probably drilled to prevent suction, but I decided to use them for another purpose… a garland!

I used two sleeves of plastic eggs and fishing line, giving this project a grand total of $2.

I took a long line of fishing string and looped it through each egg twice.

I double-looped the line so the eggs wouldn’t move around as easily. Although if you just want to string it through once, that should work just fine.

Then I strung up the garland on our mantle.

To put up my garlands I use a big piece of painter’s tape on the top of the mantle and then cover it with another decorative item. Sneaky, eh?

My husband thinks it’s kind of gaudy since they are plastic eggs, but I think it’s cute! I can enjoy it for at least a week or two.

Don’t you think they look a little bit like miniature water balloons?

For the rest of the mantle decorations, I used my infamous Wedding Accordion Wheels that have stood the test of time! I added our wooden duck (aka Scooter) back on the mantle and popped a page from an old Martha Stewart Easter edition magazine into the frame.

Lastly, I took 3 small white planting pots and filled them with shredded paper for filling Easter baskets. I topped them off with a few extra eggs and called it a day.

Voila Easter.

Don’t forget to check out last year’s “Easter Decorating in a Pinch” post.

P.S. Our bathroom is thisclose to being finished! Thanks for all the well wishes!

Wedding DIY: Ceremony Accordion Wheels

In keeping with my August theme of wedding DIY projects, today I am sharing some of our ceremony decorations.

We got married outside and had plain white chairs. To make an impact I wanted to put these pinwheel/accordion wheels on the backs of the chairs in the back row.

I went to Michael’s and bought a pre-packaged assortment of cardstock (that just happened to be in my general color scheme) for $8. (This is definitely the most cost effective way. I believe it was 50 sheets of cardstock.)

While I did not take any in-process photos (as I did this project over a year ago – sorry!) I found a great tutorial here at: I [totally] Heart Blog

For each wheel:

1. Take 4 sheets of the same color paper and cut down to an 8×8 square (You can make these at any size. This is just what I did.)

2. Fold the square in an accordion style – about 1 inch folds. I used a metal straight edge to fold.

3. Use a hot glue gun to glue them together into one long accordion.

4. When dry, lie flat on the ground and fold around into a wheel. Glue the seam and inject the middle of the wheel with hot glue as well. You will want to hold this for a good minute to let the wheel dry.

5. I sliced a small hole in the top and looped ribbon through it to tie around the chairs.

It was a great success and made a big impact! For $15 including glue and ribbon.

The only other ceremony decor we had was some aisle runner flowers. I got the shepherd’s hooks on clearance at Joann’s and our florist did the rest!

After the wedding these were hanging in our guest room. I couldn’t part with them, so they are waiting to be hung somewhere in our new house as well!

I feel like I should be humming “Here Comes the Bride” right now… but really I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. And I didn’t realize until this moment that they both start with “Here Comes The”.

Funny how that works!