How to make an Easy Easter DIY Carrot Wreath
A fun and easy step-by-step tutorial to show you how to make a hand-dyed Easter carrot wreath using real carrots.
Do you like to decorate with carrots for Easter? They can be fun and add lots of color to your decor.
I raised rabbits as a young girl and belonged to the 4H club, so we always had a lot of carrots in the house.
Not only did I give carrots to the rabbits, but I also loved to bake carrot cake, and I have the best recipe. I promise you will love it!
But today, I will share a different kind of carrot with you.
How do you make an Easter Carrot Wreath?
I don’t know if you remember the tea-dyed wreath I made for Valentine’s Day?
I used tea to dye the fabric, and it came out beautiful. Next, I wanted to create a similar wreath for Easter and thought it would be fun to dye fabric using carrots. Yup, natural carrots.
And this is how I made an Easter Carrot Wreath.
First, let me give you a list of supplies you will need to create this wreath.
- Carrots, I used 2 lbs of carrots to dye three yards of fabric.
- Muslin fabric, I used 1.5 yards of bleached white muslin and 1 yard of natural muslin
- Boiling water
- Disposable pan to dye the fabric
- Two candy can wire wreath frames
- Burlap covered wire
- Good sharp scissors, these are my favorite scissors
- Faux greenery for the top of the carrot or curly willow and greens
I started this project with real carrots, can you believe it! Two lbs. to be exact. Typically you need one pound of carrots per yard of fabric that you would be dying.
How many yards of fabric do you need to make a rag wreath?
I prefer to use muslin for my rag wreaths because I like the way the fabric dyes and tears so easily. I purchase both white and off-white muslin, so I get a variety of colors to use. Typically, I find it takes around 2-2.5 yds per wreath.
Once the water is a deep orange, strain off the carrots and set them aside. Then, pour the solution into your roasting pan to dye your fabric. Be sure to cut your fabric into several pieces so you can dye each piece a different shade of orange.
Submerge your fabric and let it sit until it reaches the color you desire. The longer you leave the material in the dye, the darker it will get. I did add a tiny bit of RIT orange dye at the end to dye one piece of fabric a bit darker than the others.
Hang your fabric outside to dry. Be sure to put a towel or something underneath the material, so you do not drip orange dye anywhere.
Once the fabric is dry, cut 1″ slits at one end of the material and rip the strips.
Secondly, cut the strips into seven-inch pieces and put them into stacks of like color.
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Stack your piles in a row so you can alternate the colors when you put them onto your wreath frame.
This Dollar Tree wreath was inspired by these Christmas candy cane wreath frames.
You will need two of these candy cane wreath frames to create the structure for the carrot. Use a lightweight wire to attach the two frames, as shown below.
Create a V at the bottom of the carrot using a heavier floral wire coated with jute. Add a wireline in the middle so you have something to attach the fabric to the frame.
I also added two strands of wire in the upper hole of the frame going North and South, where you see the two black lines in the image below.
Start to attach your fabric strips to the bottom of the frame. Fold each strip in half and put one end under the wire. Wrap the other end around and through the loop and pull. Alter your colors as you continue to add strips to the frame.
Push the strips of fabric together, so they are tight on the frame. Your goal is to cover all structure parts until your carrot is nice and full.
When you get to the top of the carrot, where one frame is on top of the other, you only need to attach the fabric to the top frame. You can add some strips to the other wire parts if you want it fuller.
When the entire carrot is complete, you can trim any pieces of fabric that may be too long.
I bought one small greenery bush for the carrot tops and just put it through the back of the frame! Super easy.
Hang your beautiful carrot inside or outside where you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
And if by chance you are not a crafter and love carrots, I will sell my wreath. Just email me if you are interested, or you may like one of these.
This is absolutely adorable Wendy! I love this idea.
Thank you so much Kim, it truly is one of our favorite spots in the yard.
Wendy, I love this adorable carrot wreath! You’re so clever and creative!
Thank you Kristy, you are so kind. Hello from Austin!
The carrots create such a beautiful shade of orange on the fabric! Beautiful wreath, Wendy!
Thank you Missy! We are sure missing you in Texas.Next time you must come!