Total: $4 and up (my wreath is ENORMOUS, so I used a lot of Rattan Balls, my wreath cost about $11)
I used a large rattan wreath form from the Dollar Store, but now that the wreath is finished, I think it would’ve been much simpler to either use a foam form, or just create a wreath shape by using the twist ties and hot glue.
Have your kids help you with this next part, they’ll LOVE it!! Follow the directions on the egg dying kit to create the dyes in each cup. Then just dunk the rattan balls! They soak up color really quick! The larger balls will require being turned to color the whole thing. I found that the color you get within about a minute is the color you’ll have no matter how long you leave the balls in the dye. I kept trying to get various shades of each color by changing the time spent in the dye, but they all came out pretty much the same. The amount of dye from one kit was more than enough, even for my trillions of rattan balls!
At this point, you’ll just want to sit and stare at the collection of colors you’ve created, especially if Spring seems to be boycotting your city…it’s visually stunning!
Allow the balls to dry. I found this took several hours because, as previously whined about, Spring is boycotting Portland, so it was cold and rainy. You could speed things up by tossing them in the dryer or using a hair dryer.
Now, depending on what kind wreath form you’re using, attach the balls to your wreath. I did this using twist ties. With a foam wreath form you can use hot glue. You can also use hot glue and/or twist ties or twine to just connect them together into a wreath shape.
After all the balls were on the wreath, I clipped the ends of the twist ties. I then used hot glue to connect them all to each other, because I wanted the wreath to look more tightened and grouped, and to stabilize it. Here’s the finished wreath:
I like how very Springy and playful this is! I also picked up a pack of two little colorful birds at the Dollar Store, and that’s what I ended up using for the final draft of the wreath. I’m not usually a fan of decorative birds, but they look PERFECT on this bright wreath!
It’s taking all the self control (and commitment to our budget) that I’ve got to not go back and buy ALL of the rattan balls and more egg dying kits to make enough to go around my entire fence in the backyard!! I think these would stand up to the rain really well. I’ve also been thinking about connecting the rattan balls to a strand of twinkling lights….how fun, right!?!
What else would YOU do with these bright and vibrant orbs?