October 2, 2013

TUTORIAL: HALLOWEEN WREATH

Truth be known, I'm not much of a crafter. Crafts normally take a lot of time, and whenever there's a glue gun involved, you can be sure that I'll get burned.
Some crafts, however, are worth it. It's Halloween soon, friends! I've gotta start improving my crafting talent sometime, right? So here's what I started out the first day of October with.

You will need:
Hot glue gun (or hundreds of pins, literally)
Black crepe paper (streamers work perfectly)
Scissors
Foam Wreath Form

Step 1: Cut
Cut up your black streamer into 4-inch pieces. I ended up using probably around 200 pieces, but just cut as many as you can and you can always cut more later.

Step 2a: Pin or glue gun?
Use your fingers to pinch the ends of the crepe paper together and pin to the wreath form following the curve of wreath. Pin one piece in the middle, and two on either side, overlapping the center piece just a little. Create a second layer on top of the first.

Step 2b: Pin or glue gun?
I chose to use a glue gun for my wreath because I didn't have enough pins to spare and I decided that I didn't plan on re-using the form. If you're using a glue gun, place a dot of hot glue along one edge of the crepe paper, and fold the other end in on top of it. Place another dot on the end to fuse it to the wreath form, one piece in the middle, and two on the side. Continue with a second layer, then a third, fourth, fifth...

Step 3: Layer upon layer
Continue pinning or gluing the pieces of crepe paper around the entire wreath form, being sure to follow its curvature, until you only have about two or three inches of the form showing. Cut a piece of crepe paper 2 feet long and wrap it around the exposed form. Glue or pin the two pieces on the bottom and cut two decorative V's out of the ends and voila!
I will admit, maybe this isn't the best wreath for outside (wind and crepe paper may not be such a good idea), but I love it indoors! And just imagine putting a cute little spider or a decorative letter "H" in the center! So cute.
Thanks to Country Living for their tutorial! If I can do it, so can you. I promise. Just try not to burn yourself too much with the hot glue gun.
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2 comments :

  1. I love this! I was seriously just thinking today that I'm not very crafty! I need more crafts like this that say, don't worry young lady... you can't mess this one up too bad.

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