How-To: Easy DIY Cascarones Wreath
Create a simple, colorful, cascarones wreath in a few easy steps. It’s a perfect last-minute craft for the Spring, Easter or Fiesta seasons!
I love a colorful, fun wreath and I love cascarones. Cascarones are a quintessentially Texas Latino tradition — hollowed out dyed eggs are filled with confetti and sealed with colorful tissue paper. Then they are smashed on the heads of unsuspecting victims, and confetti tumbles out all over their hair. Before you know it, everyone’s hair is decorated with little bits of color.
On a wreath, the brightly colored cascarones, a little pop of glitter and the pretty ribbon details give any door or wall a festive touch. I’ve seen Fiesta wreaths with cascarones at different craft shows and stores sell for much more than they cost to make it yourself. And an easy, inexpensive craft is my favorite kind of DIY. I had the hot glue gun and sticks, ribbon, glue, scrap fabric, tiny paper flowers and paintbrushes. I invested about $24 total: $11 for the foam wreath, about $9 for five dozen cascarones and $3.99 for some new multi-colored glitter. It took about 3 hours to create on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
You Will Need
- Tablecloth or Large Towel
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- 3 Dozen Pre-Dyed and Pre-Stuffed Cascarones
- Craft or School Glue
- Multi-Colored Glitter
- Foam Wreath
- Wreath Hook
- Small Paper Flowers (optional)
- Mini Piñata (optional)
Here’s How to Do It
Lay down a tablecloth or large towel over your crafting area. The foam wreath base can flake, leaving tiny pieces of foam all over your floor or table, so it’s good to have some fabric under your creation. Lay out all of your materials. Plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up.
Select about 8 to 10 cascarones in different colors and set them aside. Using your craft or school glue and paintbrush, paint a thin coating of glue around the exterior of the egg and then roll it in the glitter color of your choice. You can also paint it with glitter glue – though chunky glitter catches more light and looks sparklier.
Set the glittered cascarones aside and let the glue dry completely. Some glitter may flake off, but the overall effect is still really pretty.
Flip the wreath over and glue your ribbon to the back of foam base along the bottom ¼ of the wreath. Layer the ribbon for a fuller look. This will help you mark where the bottom of the wreath is.
Once dry, flip the wreath over and cover the foam wreath with colorful fabric. I had scrap pink burlap that I hot glued to the outside edge and face of the wreath. It helps to hide some of the foam base and provides a sturdy material to hot glue the cascarones onto.
Once you’ve covered the wreath, begin to place the cascarones along one section, making sure to cover the the face, inside rim and outside rim. Take a look at the colors and patterns of the eggs and make sure it’s more or less what you want the wreath to look like. Make sure to place them close together and don’t be afraid to overlap them. Start hot gluing!
Work your way around the entire wreath alternating cascaron colors and directions. Separate your glittered cascarones so that each section of your wreath has at least one, and so they aren’t too clumped together. Don’t forget to cover the inside edges and outside edges of the wreath to give it a full appearance.
Let your masterpiece dry and remove those pesky glue strings that sometimes happen when working with hot glue guns. If you are feeling extra festive, add a few colorful paper flowers to help fill in some holes and/or stick a mini piñata in the middle. When ready, hang your creation on your door using a wreath hook.