So when my sister-in-law Heather and brother bought their first house a couple months ago I said I would let her pick a wreath she wanted and I would make it as a house warming gift. I knew already which one she’d pick and I was right. She chose a Halloween themed wreath which is what I got my inspiration from. It was too cute. So here is my version of what she chose.
To make your own you’ll need the following things:
* Foam pool noodle (dollar tree)
* Duct tape
* E6000 glue
* Yarn – orange & black
* Plastic spiders
* Cardstock & printer
* Glue gun
* Fishing line or
invisible thread & needle
Start with your foam noodle. Bend it into shape and apply the E6000 to each end. Now hold the ends together and use your duct tape to tape the ends together. This will help hold it in place for the glue to dry, and add extra strength to it.
(This glue will glue almost anything. Even glass to glass! Possible tutorial coming on that one next week!)
I took a sharpie and marked out my sections for where I wanted each color. I actually just used a business card to measure it. You can do it however you’d like. And your stripe pattern can be anything you want. Thin stripes or thick like I did.
Now start wrapping your yarn. When I began wrapping I tied the yarn around the foam and left a tail that I tucked under as I wrapped the yarn around. I won’t lie, this wrapping the yarn part is time consuming! It took me about 2 hours I think to finish. That may have included some interruptions by some very handsome boys that live here.
Print out on cardstock some letters. Leave them spaced far enough between so you can cut your triangles out evenly. I would have made a template but I didn’t sorry.
Here’s one you can use if you’d like: Halloween Bunting
Once you get the letters printed and cut you can either leave them plane or you can do what I did and “laminate” them with some clear packing tape front and back and trim with scissors. I only did this “laminating” step for weather reasons since it will be outside and I didn’t want it to get ruined right away. If it was going in my house I would have left it “raw”.
Make sure you’ve hole punched the edges for stringing the letters onto the yarn.
Take a piece of each color of your yarn about 24″ or longer and make some “bakers twine” out of it. I love the look of bakers twine, but I have none on hand right now. So just twist it up tight and tie a not in both ends. Obviously if you let go it will un-twist. So you can tape it down on the ends to your countertop until your ready to tie it on the wreath.
Now tie one end around your wreath and double knot it, making sure to keep your yarn held tight so it won’t un-wind. (you can really use anything you’d like if you don’t want to worry about holding the yarn the whole time!) Once you get that side tied on, put your letters on. Then tie the other side. I tied mine so it was crooked. Note: I used the glue gun to just adhere the knots to the wreath for extra security)
Next I took my invisible sewing thread since I didn’t have fishing line and I just used 4 lengths of it so it was strong enough to hold the spiders. I hot glued the thread to the spiders back and then took the other end and used a needle to sew it into the back of the wreath, tying a knot to secure it. Vary your spiders and how they hand so they are at different lengths. I just glued a 3rd spider to the wreath itself with the glue gun. I also just made a black braid from the yarn and made a hanger for it at the top. And your wreath should look like this when your done:
In the pictures you can’t see the invisible thread I used (hence the “invisible” part!) but in person it looks like the spiders silky threads it weaves it’s web’s with. Looks cool. My favorite part of the wreath = The colors and the glittery spiders! I LOVE GLITTER!!! I hope my sis loves this wreath! And I hope you enjoy making your own.
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