Revisit~Halloween Wreath Tutorial

Hi Everyone!

I haven't joined my friend Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites in quite awhile so, I thought I would pull up a post from last year and share it. And since we are getting closer to Halloween and if you are a crafter, you are working on Halloween things now, I thought I would share my tutorial for making this fabric Halloween wreath.

I am also sharing at:
Sunday Showcase Party
Metamorphosis Monday
I hope you enjoy!

I didn't have a Halloween wreath so, I thought I would make one. And here is how I made mine.

If you have been following my blog during the summer, you know that I have thrifted a lot of pictures for the sole purpose of using the frames. So, you may remember seeing this one.



Since I made this while at our cabin, I threw a bunch of stuff that I might need into a bag to make this wreath. I didn't end up using all of it.




Most of the fabric I grabbed out of my fabric stash however, I did buy some new fabric. Let me tell ya, fabric is so expensive. the cheapest Halloween fabric I found was at Walmart for $2.49 a yard. I recommend keeping an eye out at thrift stores, yard sales etc. for old pieces of clothing or linens that are super cheap in the color group you may want to make fabric craft projects from. Old sheets are great for craft projects. Right now I am saving all my stained pink shirts and tshirts for future Valentine craft projects.

Okay, back to the project.

I decided to go with 3 different fabrics for this wreath. The Halloween fabric, since it was the most expensive, I used it the least. I had a large piece of orange and white check that I used the most.

My frame wreath is pretty big so, I cut apx. 1 1/2 inch strips (the fabric is 44-45". Then those strips were cut into apx. 11" lengths (I just folded the strips into 4ths and cut). I keep saying cut but, actually I snipped the fabric at the natural fold and then ripped the strips apart. I wanted the whole "raggy" edge.





Once you have all your strips, it's time to tie them to your wreath base. I tied 3 of the Halloween strips in a row then the orange and white check (3 in a row) then the 3rd fabric (3 in a row) then back to the orange and white. The orange and white was the "filler" print so I didn't have to buy a lot more of the Halloween print.




Oh, if you decide to use a picture frame, you are going to have to make sure and pull out all the staples that hold the picture in place because you need to tie the fabric strips and then slide them tightly in place.



It took me about 3/4 of a yard for the 2 Halloween prints and about 1 1/3 a yard of my filler orange and white fabric.

This is how it turned out.





Now it's time to "doodad it up"! I added plastic spiders, rats and bats that I got in a bag from the dollar store. I actually got these over in the kids toy section. And I added some black crows (purchased at a variety store 3/$1.00) and then the little hangy Halloween sign got tied in the middle (Dollar store). I just hot glued some of the things around the wreath and wired the hanging thing in the middle and the crows.






My mom saw it and wanted one too. I had some extra fabric strips left but, no frame (I was way back in the woods after all). I told her I could make her a smaller round one if she wanted and she said sure! So, I grabbed a wire hanger and kind of shaped it into a round wreath.



The strips need to be shorter in length since is a much smaller wreath. About 6" strips work nicely. So, this wreath only took about 3/8" of a yard for the 2 Halloween prints and about 5/8ths of the filler fabric.





17 comments :

  1. What a great way to utilize leftover fabric, or sheets, etc. You are the best! xo,

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  2. Very clever! I think I will try grey gauze and make a "ghostie" wreath!

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  3. I'm sneaking in some Halloween crafting this long weekend. What a clever wreath! Darling fabric selections.

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  4. LOVE IT! What a great way to use up an old frame! Going to add this to my "cool things to try" list!

    Tara

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  5. That's a great wreath, Diann, and perfect for the coming season. Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

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  6. I love it! It looks wonderful. I will have to make one. Thanks !

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  7. Great idea to use an old frame as the base. This is such an adorable Halloween wreath; i love it!

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  8. That is awesome. I passed the idea on to my DIL....I'm sure she will make one!

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  9. I remember this! So glad you shared it again...now I can make one. I love Halloween decor ~ so fun!

    xo
    Pat

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  10. I still love this wreath and how it looks on the door! Great job Diann!

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  11. Adorable! NOT thinking Halloween yet, it is so beautiful out I want to enjoy summer!

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  12. Hi Diann...

    Girlfriend, both of your halloween wreaths turned out sooo cute! I haven't ever thought of using a picture frame to make a wreath...what a clever idea! I also loved the idea of using a hanger...everyone has a hanger! Hehe! Love, love, LOVE the halloween fabric that you chose...very pretty, my friend! It looks like this would be a fun...guick and easy project! Perfect for me! Thanks so much for sharing your cute and clever halloween wreath craft with us for the Sunday Favorites party today! Such a treat...or should I say "trick"? Hehe..."trick-or-treat"!!!

    Hope you, Troy, and lil' Princess is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  13. Oh, I love them both ! The purple and orange make for a happy Halloween combo.... I'm definitely going to attempt this one !

    thanks for sharing,
    gena

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