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« on: August 16, 2005 05:51:44 PM »

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.

My Supplies:
-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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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2005 06:10:36 PM »

wow that looks great.. I really like it!

May have to incorporate this if I end up having a halloween party this year..

thanks very much for the instructions! and good on yah for designing Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2005 10:41:50 PM »

That's really cute!  Cheesy I like the black and purple together

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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2005 10:08:46 AM »

ithink I might make me a wreath too this Halloween, i always decorate for Halloween but go way out on Fall in general  so I will just put my wreath out in October.  Thanks for the idea, I should make one now.

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2005 10:10:55 AM »

Another wreath maker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really really love it! I love wreaths that are not what one would expect a wreath to look like (if that makes sense?). Great job!
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2005 03:13:05 PM »

Thanks for all the great feedback!  I'd love to see what you guys get when you make your wreaths.  they're so insanely easy/quick to make, it took me about 3 hours to make mine including paint drying time. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2005 06:57:11 AM »

Fantastic wreath!   It looks really good against your black door.

I think I may need to make one of these.   I'm book marking you right now.

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2005 07:15:51 AM »

I love it. I'll be trying this come October. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2005 10:17:19 PM »

I'm definitely doing this wreath. I was even going to start on a Halloween wreath this weekend [or the one after that] to replace my "Support The Troops" I have on my door now. Course I'll put my "Support The Troops" wreath back on after Halloween. Wink

Thanks so much Bella!. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as I have it done!

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2005 04:03:28 AM »

I'm definitely doing this wreath. I was even going to start on a Halloween wreath this weekend [or the one after that] to replace my "Support The Troops" I have on my door now. Course I'll put my "Support The Troops" wreath back on after Halloween. Wink

Thanks so much Bella!. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as I have it done!

Hey, I would love to see your support the troops wreath if you have a pic!
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