My favorite thing about Halloween is my chance to make cool new decorations for my house. Of course, i don't just stick to this time of year, but it is easier to find Halloween themed items before, during, and after my most cherished holiday.
Tonight, I decided to make a wreath for my front door.
-Wooden, twiggy wreath from Michaels
-Flat Black spray paint
-Large Paint Brush (optional)
-Purple Paint (optional)
-Halloween trinkets (also from Michaels)
-Hot glue gun
-Hot glue sticks
Lay the wreath out on some newspaper/cardboard/old sheets on a flat surface (make sure your newspaper/cardboard/old sheet is considerably bigger than the wreath to protect from overspray)
Using the flat black spray paint, paint both sides of the wreath black. I sprayed it with 3 light coats, waiting 20 minutes between each coat. After it was mostly dry, I then hung it on a pole to dry more evenly.
After the 2nd coat dried, I used a purple paint and dry brushed the whole wreath to create just a hint of color. I didn't press too heavily, only brushed it on very lightly, so it hit only the exposed surfaces of the wreath. (I did this cause a lot of the items i was gluing onto my wreath are black, so i wanted them to stand out, and plus, my favorite halloween colors are black and purple ^_^)
Then, after picking out which Halloween trinkets I wanted to use (I got the 50 count bag of Creepy Creatures from Michaels which has plastic spider rings, rubber bats, rubber spiders, glow in the dark skeletons, and finger puppets), I started to hot glue them on. For the G-I-D skeletons, I took the heads off of all of them except for one. So I have 5 little skulls and one full skeleton. I also took 4 of the finger puppets that came with the trinkets and glued them on the inner edge of the wreath so they stand up straight (i glued the finger openings down). To glue down the spider rings, I put hot glue on both sides of the band part of the ring and stuck that inbetween the branches of the wreath. That way, the spider lays flat, and stays put really well.
And the best part? It only cost about $8 to make it! Hooray!
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