I wanted to make a Halloween wreath, but wasn't thrilled with any of my options. And I ate the candy corn that I was going to use to make a wreath. Twice. So favorite boyfriend went with me to the Dollar Tree to help me pick out some inspiration and then I made this little wreath that I kind of love... it's pretty different from anything else I've made and it's a little more masculine (as much as a yarn wreath can be anyways) and it only cost me $4 (not counting the yarn and straw wreath form and miscellaneous little things I already had)!
There aren't a ton of pictures of the process, but it's mostly making little things and gluing them on, so nothing too difficult!
- Wreath form/base (mine was straw, still in the plastic)
- Orange yarn
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Dollar Store add ons
- Ribbon (to hold up your wreath)
- Solid ribbon (to paint on)
- Needle and embroidery thread
- Straight pins
- Flower template from Make It and Love It here
- Fabric/puff paint
Then, I wrapped my straw wreath form in orange yarn. The skeletons were a garland and so I wrapped them around about half of the wreath. I even glued an extra skeleton to the inside of the wreath so it looked like he was laying inside of it. I glued them down in a couple of places just so they would stay put.
Then I took the ribbon I was going to use to hang the wreath and threaded that through the wreath, made a pretty bow, and attached that before moving on to the next step! I also glued the big glow-in-the-dark spider to the web so it wouldn't fall off!
Then I glued the spiderweb to the back of the wreath. It wasn't sticking all that well, so I cut a few pieces of yarn and threaded them through the back to sort of tie the spiderweb on there.
I realized I didn't really have enough Dollar Store stuff so I thought I'd make some flowers out of black felt... sort of a dead flowers, creepy vibe. And I had been making flowers using the amazing template and tutorial from Ashley at Make It and Love it. Not the use she had in mind for these little flowers, but I guess I used some creative license there... anyways, I cut out of a bunch of the hydrangea flowers (the second ones on the template) from my felt, using her template (cut out the flower shape from the paper, secure to felt with a straight pin, and cut out the felt flower) and then sewed them to the wreath itself (or the yarn part).
I just covered about a fourth of the wreath with those.
I tried out the other kinds of flowers Ashley shows you how to make - two of those first kind of flowers and then one of the last type of flowers. This is that first type...
I hot glued rather than sewed that one, so I actually balled up some black felt and glued it to the middle of that flower so it looked a little better. I'm not sure whether I really recommend putting the non-hydrangea flowers on there, but I like them enough that I won't try to cut them off!
Then, I glued one of my black spiders onto the wreath... I intended to glue the other one on there too, but I just couldn't figure out where... so now it's on the floor where the dogs occasionally see it and run away from it. But here's where the first one is... right in front of the skeleton laying inside the bottom of the wreath.
I also glued the black crow to the top. He had some wires on his feet, but I wanted to make sure he wouldn't fly off there (haha!), so he got the hot glue treatment too...
I was going to stop at that point, but decided it was too creepy and weird... not fun enough, I guess! So I grabbed two long strips of solid ribbon and some orange fabric/puff paint I had and painted "Happy" on one and "Halloween" on the other.
After that paint dried, I cut little "V" shapes into the ends of the ribbon, sealed it with a lighter, and glued the extra ribbon behind the text so that it looked like a fancy little ribbon...
That's the first one all done. I finished the second one and glued them over one of the skeletons like this...
Hang it up and admire your new, super-cheap, creepy, but fun Halloween decor! (I think it took me less than 2 hours, not counting the yarn wrapping, which happened in so many little increments, I have no idea how long it took...)
I'll be linking up to some of my favorite conferences!
And some special Halloween conferences!