I snapped up this tinsel Halloween wreath from The Range. It was only £3.99 and as much as I LOVE making wreaths, I can’t make it for that price! And it’s fine as it is, BUT .. I wanted to make it my own. By adding some EXTRA!! .. you know what I mean? Add Colour, glitter, .. go BIG!!
Here’s some ideas on how you can take a basic wreath and put your own stamp on it with some simple crafty steps.
Here’s what I used for my Halloween wreath
The Halloween wreath in question
A few pieces of left over ribbon – check out the Halloween & Autumn selection on Etsy here
Hot glue (of course!)
Some Halloween stickers
A Halloween craft pack from The Range with pipe cleaners and googly eyes.
Some Halloween decorations, such as some spiders and skulls
An old round sign that I no longer used
White and black paint
Jazzing up my tinsel Halloween wreath
Now, this step is completely optional, but I knew I wanted to add a background to the wreath to add another dimension. An old round sign that I no longer used did the trick!
I painted it white and gave it a checked pattern using a bit of masking tape as a guide to draw the pencil marks.
If you’ve not got a circle, don’t panic! A piece of thin wood will do the trick just as well. It’s going behind the wreath so no-one is going to see!
check out the video on Facebook!
You can see me make the this Halloween wreath project on my Facebook page where I do regular Lives. You can check out the whole video here! (And if you fancy giving my page a “like” while you’re there, that would be great!!)
I started off with folding some left over ribbon bits into a loop. Secure the ends together with half a pipe cleaner and tuck them into the tinsel. Use a small dollop (technical term 😉 of hot glue to secure them if needed. All in all I used 6 loops (3 checked and 3 orange) and spaced them out across the Halloween wreath.
This craft pack from The Range was up next!
To add some dimension to the wreath I took 4 pipe cleaners to add to each ribbon loop and made them twirly by wrapping them around a pencil. This is where your (grand)kids come in to help if you want them to get involved!
To secure them, I tucked them into the tinsel and wrapped them around the wreath frame. One of these little skulls came in handy to hide the base of the ribbon and add even more character to the wreath.
I got the little skulls from one of our local shops. Check out some of your local area, or use an alternative such as a spider, bat or anything Halloweeny!
putting together the background
The reason I wanted to have a background to my Halloween wreath is for an opportunity to use one of these adorable stickers!
As the sticker was quite see-through, I stuck it on some white paper and cut it out before hot gluing it onto the checked background.
I then attached the background to the frame of the wreath with some more pipe cleaners.
Filling in the gaps
To fill in some of the gaps in between the ribbon loops I used the pom poms from the craft pack and hot glued them straight onto the wreath. The googly eyes in the pack were perfect to glue straight onto the pom poms to create some more colour and quirkiness.
Some of the pipe cleaners got a small pom pom added with some MORE googly eyes.
There’s a LOT going on and it’s definitely EXTRA, but I love the whole colour combo!
The day after the LIVE I decided to diamond dust the checked background – you can check out how I did it here.
And here’s a close up of what it looks like (as well as the stray hot glue strand .. oopsie!!) 🙂
The photo doesn’t do it justice, but it’s super sparkly!
Oh, while you’re here, you’re going to want to check out this Trick or Treat sign from The Range that also had a complete transformation. With HOT GLUE!!
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