Over the last year or so, I started the loose tradition of creating a seasonal wreath to hang on my front door. I say “loose” tradition because up until yesterday, the wreath I made for Fall of 2011 was still up. But, who cares! Now a cute Halloween wreath hangs in its place. Here’s how I made it.
Elmer’s Glue (or a Glue Stick)
Chunky Black Yarn
3 Kinds of Fabric
Tulle (I used black and white)
Step 1: Tightly wrap your chunky black yarn around the foam wreath. If you have thinner yarn (like a worsted weight) that’ll work just fine, but it will take longer. Every three inches or so I would place some hot glue on the foam (in the back — I’d advise against glue or strings visible in the front) to secure the placement of the yarn. The foam can be slippery — we don’t want to leave any gaps.
Step 2: Locate some cardboard. I made frozen pizza for dinner that night and decided that the circular cardboard that lives under the pizza would be perfect. Proceed with drawing an easy bat shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out and trace that onto your cardboard. Make three.
Step 3: Grab your three different fabrics and using very little Elmer’s Glue or a Glue Stick, place the fabric onto your cardboard bats. Let the glue dry. Then make cuts around the fabric to make folding over and hot gluing your fabric a little easier… we want to make sure we’re able to see the shape of the bat.
Step 4: Make bows out of your tulle (sorry I forgot to take photos of this step!). I did this by folding my yard or so of tulle twice, then cutting a strip about 6 inches wide, cutting the folds on the ends and then tying the middle once.
Step 5: Hot glue the bows to the back of the bats. I have two solid color bats and one in a bone print fabric. I used white for the two solid colored bats and black for the print.
Step 6: Hot glue the bats to your wreath. You can place them anywhere you’d like, but I liked the way they looked at the bottom of the wreath.
Step 7: Tie a small piece of yarn in a knot and hot glue it to the back of your wreath at the top.
Step 8: Hang your wreath and wait for compliments from your neighbors!