I know, I know. it’s still August…stop looking at me like that! In the crafting world you have to get an early start on holidays for a number of reasons.
1. Supplies run out in stores. There is nothing sadder than the out of stock notice.
2. You need to find new hiding places for new craft supplies so you don’t get in trouble for buying more 😉
3. Time just runs out; it seems like the days are shorter this time of year.
4. You get inspired and more projects get added to the list.
And the list just goes on.
The last quarter of the year always flies by, and if you don’t get a head start, you will never finish in time to enjoy your projects. Who wants to spend the last few days of a holiday week scrambling to get that last project done, just in time to take it down and start the next holiday dash? Not me…and not anyone I know! For me, there really is no joy in decorating for a short 24 hour window.
I know time is a precious thing and not everyone has a child-free centered schedule as I do, so I wanted to come up with a few quickie wreath ideas. You can make these on the fly and even let the kiddies help make these, depending on their ages. Maybe you should wield the glue gun/wire snips, scissors (but I leave that bit to you) These were such fun to design, and in my humble opinion they look amazing!
These wreaths are a combination of new Halloween/fall decorations I snagged from my local Dollar Tree and maybe Walmart. A few things I’ve had in my craft arsenal for years and others I gathered this past week.
I have made 4 wreaths here and you are welcome to copy designs/layouts etc. This is just what looks good to my eye.
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Supplies I used
Vine/wooden wreaths (these are the smaller 9” ones and the larger one is a 12”
Glitter Foam Skulls
Halloween Ribbon (if you like; any will do)
Glittery Plastic Spiders, 6-ct
Polyester Maple Leaves
Assembly of the wreaths
Lets start with the large 12” one. Ribbon is completely optional, it all depends on the look you want to go for. With mine I choose a spider ribbon and wrapped it around the entire wreath, securing the ends with hot glue. The next thing I did was decide what I wanted with my spiders and I went with mini silver glitter skulls and a larger foam skull (these I believe I purchased at Walmart, I have been collecting skulls for years-don’t judge – and I can’t always remember where these came from). Gathering my skulls and hand selecting my shiny green glitter spiders, I laid them out in a pattern that appealed to me, then secured them in place with hot glue.
A tip for gluing the spiders in place: flip over the spider and add glue to the shoulders and the tail end. I find that these parts have a flat surface and make attaching easier.
I wanted the next smaller one (9”) to be similar, so I chose another spider ribbon from my stash (I think this one came from Walmart as well). Attach the ribbon the same way as above.
This year I found some shiny bats and spiders from the Dollar Tree in an array of colors. They have purple and black bats with super handy little clips on them, and green, purple, and orange spiders. I alternated bats and spiders in purple around the wreath and secured them in place.
For the third wreath, I went with no ribbon, as I thought the pumpkin clips looked nice on the vine. I alternated the black glitter bats and the pumpkins on the bottom, and for the top, I took 3 of the black flowers and clipped them from the bunch. USE WIRE SNIPS – DO NOT USE SICSSORS! You will damage your scissors and be mad at yourself. I cut the flowers stem so that each of them had a “tail” about 3” long. I then used the tails to place them through the wreath. Once those were assembled, I secured the back of the flowers’ tails with glue. This wreath would easily work as a fall decoration and not solely for Halloween – just make the floral part with fall flowers (not black) and omit the bats.
I think the final smaller wreath is by far my favorite. It is nice and creepy, giving a wonderful Halloween vibe. In my stash I had a black ivy vine decoration (again, either from Walmart or the Dollar Tree). You can use loose maple leaves as well, and maybe dye or paint them black. I haven’t tried that yet, so I don’t know exactly how it would work, but it seems like a good idea. If you check the seasonal artificial flower section of the store, you can probably find several options that would work.
What I did was clip all the leaves off of the vine and glue the two ends together making a odd looking feather-esque shape. Making three of these I secured them with hot glue to the top and the sides of the wreath. I used clip pumpkins to sit on top of each of the leaf nests, giving it a rather Nightmare Before ChristmasTM vibe. Using the especially creepy looking bird skeleton in the center seemed like a stroke of pure genius to me. There are a few ways you could attach this, but I went with hot glue. Feeling it needed just a dash more, I added two of the fancier glitter bats on the upper sides and my creation is ALIVE…okay not alive, but definitely ready to hang on the wall!
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