I love decorating for the holidays! Halloween is a lot of fun with the start of all the pumpkin food and drinks, candy, dressing my kids in fun costumes, candy, the start of all the cool weather and did I say candy? I may have a problem that is unleashed this time of year but this post is not about that. This post is about this adorable, easy, fun Halloween wreath. This wreath is really just a jumping off point. You can take this idea and go crazy with it, make it your own, or get as close to it as you can, it’s up to you.
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It all started when I had to make a drop off at Goodwill. Of course I couldn’t just drop off, I had to go inside and see what everyone else had dropped off. So, I found this very cool looking frame and thought it would be perfect for a Halloween wreath. I loved that it was roughed up and had this great gold detail. It just screamed Halloween. So I brought it home and went to town. Here’s what I used:
- Old frame
- green, black & orange craft paint
- sponge paint brush
- painters tape
- super glue
- Halloween scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- plywood and jig saw or wood pumpkin from craft store
- lettering (stencil or printed and created)
The first step is to tape off anything you don’t want painted. In this case I wanted to keep the gold detail so it was all taped off. Then, I painted the rest of the frame with the green craft paint. I only did one coat because I wanted it to look rough and streaky to go along with the Halloween look. While your frame is drying work on your bunting.
I made my bunting small to fit the frame. I made a paper pattern to get an idea and make it easier to cut out uniform pieces. I made the short side of my triangle (the side attached to the twine) 2.” From the center of my 2″ line I drew a 3″ line down. I then connected the two ends of my short line to the bottom of my long line to make a triangle. See below image to understand that gibberish. I then cut out 14 triangles that would later become my beautiful Halloween bunting.
The next step is to paint the lettering onto your burlap. I don’t have a fancy stencil maker so I had to resort to a trick I saw on Pintrest (and didn’t pin so I can’t give credit here, sorry). I printed out the letters I was going to need in the size I wanted them, 1″, and then cut them into individual rectangles leaving about 1/2″ around each letter. Next, I covered the back of each letter with painters tape and then used an xacto knife to cut out each letter and voila, stencils! I then used my black craft paint and sponge brush to stencil the letters onto my burlap. Once this was complete I used the corner of my sponge brush to make little orange dots. The only picture I had of this was for a much larger version I made for over my t.v. so I’m using a wine cork but you get the idea, right?
While your letters are drying start on your pumpkin. I couldn’t find a wooden cutout of a pumpkin at Joann’s so I made one myself using my plywood and a jig saw. I just drew the picture on the wood and carefully followed my line with the jig saw. If you can find a cutout you like at your craft store you may want to do this instead. I then sanded the edges and traced my pattern onto my Halloween scrapbook paper. I cut the pumpkin out of the paper and mod podged the paper to my wood following the directions on the bottle.
While this dried I threaded a needle with twine and sewed my bunting together. I applied this to the frame using hot glue. I first did a dab on the back of the frame, pushed my twine into the dab then applied more hot glue onto that. I tried to glue the pumpkin onto the frame using hot glue but it fell pretty quickly so I switched to super glue. The last step is to hang and enjoy the admiration of your family for the lovely wreath you have made for your house. 🙂 Below is the before and after. Let me know what you think and how you made it your own. I love hearing from you. If you have any questions just leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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