Spring wreath by Emma Friedlander Collins
Make Emma’s beautiful spring wreath and decorations and celebrate the colours of the season in your home!
Usually we run off to Cornwall for the Easter break, and get away from it all on windswept beaches, in a cosy little caravan. This year is a bit different; my Mum held a big, family get together where she lives in West Wales, with all the sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents coming along. We all took something to contribute to the day, and I was nominated to bring along decorations (well, they reeeeally didn’t want to have to put up with my cooking!). In my usual fashion, most of them had a heavy, woolly theme, and all of them were easy to pack up and rebuild once driven across the length of the country.
I really wanted to make something that would represent the spring, I thought I’d take my influence from the season itself. Where I am in Sussex, the cherry blossoms are coming in to bloom and the primroses and out in all their, golden, buttery glory, so I’ve taken these chaps as my inspiration, and made some little crochet versions. The great things about these is that they only take 5 minutes to make, use the same pattern just in different colours and look incredibly effective, especially en masse. Couple them with a few leaves and a handful of pompoms and you’ve got the basis of a whole host of decorations.
I made a wreath for the door and an Easter tree for a table decoration. The wreath is a polystyrene circle from a craft store that I’ve crocheted around, and then just used pins to attach the pompoms and flowers on the bottom. It’s a really enjoyable, easy make, and you can festoon it with as many flowers as you like. Here’s how to make the flowers and wreath…
Using Paintbox Aran and a 5mm hook
Rnd 1: Magic Ring, 5 dc
Rnd 2: 2dc in each st
Rnd 3: *ss, (dc, 3tr, dc)* rpt to end
It’s literally that simple, for the cherry blossom you change the colours for each round, and the primrose is has a darker yellow at the centre, and rounds 2 and 3 are in a lighter colour.
The Easter tree uses exactly the same pattern, a handful of pompoms and a whole host of beads, mini fairy lights and some marbled eggs to give it a bit of decadence! (I was extremely tempted to turn this lot into a Jackalope Easter Crown, but it was precarious once thrown in the back of the car with two boys, and a boot full of bedding and chocolate eggs).
Have you made any spring inspired decorations? We’d love to see them in our Community!