Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Easy Halloween Wreath

I decided to make a wreath for Halloween for the front door instead of
hanging the usual Fall wreath. This one took me about 15 minutes to complete.
I had to run to JoAnn's for some other items and grabbed whatever I could find for the wreath. I had a coupon and some things were on sale.
I bought a 12" Styrofoam wreath ($3.49)....
...netting ribbon in this honeycomb-like pattern. I liked the orange coloration ($1.99 each 12ft. roll; I  bought 2 just in case; I could return one if unused),...
...and this mask ($3.99).
The great thing about using a Styrofoam wreath is no glue or other adhesive was necessary for this part. I have a ton of these pins at home.
With the pins in hand I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath. One pin held the beginning of the ribbon in place on the inside where it will not be seen.
As I wrapped the ribbon around, I overlapped it marginally to create a pattern. I had hoped for a stronger color throughout. It still looked good. Every few inches I used another pin to hold the ribbon in place.
Notice the pattern.
(I should have done this over newspaper as I had a lot of glitter from the ribbon on the table).

Fortunately I had the second roll of the ribbon because one roll did not cover the entire wreath. Perhaps it would have had I not overlapped it to create a pattern.
The part where I planned to place the mask would have less of the ribbon. I determined placement of the mask. The kids and I had decided the wreath would look more interesting if the mask was placed to one side.

Second roll in hand I started wrapping again. This time, I decided to double over alternate wraps to create a stronger color and a pattern slightly different from the first.
New pattern and again, double-checking placement of the mask.

I used a glue gun to affix the mask to the wreath.
Some ribbon was left over and I used that to hang the wreath on the door on the knocker.
We also decided to keep the black ribbons on the mask for added effect.
Like I said, this project took about 15 minutes to complete up to the time I left the hot glue to dry. The wreath is a little skewed to the right because of the weight of the mask but that is fine.

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