As Halloween gets closer, I find myself constantly inspired by all the decorations that line the shelves of the Michaels and JoAnn’s of the world. It takes A LOT of self-control not to scoop them all up and turn my little house into a haunted destination for the neighbor kids. Luckily, my wallet and the judgmental look of the mister keep me in check.
That doesn’t stop me from getting materials to MAKE holiday decorations, though! And when I saw black cat fabric and ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics, I was inspired to create a black and purple themed wreath. Thankfully, I caught most of the materials 50% and had leftover mesh and supplies from a previous project, so it didn’t eat too much into my pocket.
When I started to get the supplies together, I thought it would be a good idea to make a tutorial for it, too. Typically I do live how-tos on either Twitch, or more recently, Facebook Live, but sometimes it’s nice to have a step-by-step. So tada! Check out below for my supply list I used for this wreath and the steps I took to make it. If you feel inspired to make your own, please share a picture in the comments.
- Wire frame (I use the 14″ one you can get at Dollar Tree)
- Pipecleaners (at least 18)
- 1 roll of 21″ poly deco mesh (I believe I got this at Michaels)
- 1 roll of 10″ poly deco mesh (I believe I got this at Old Time Pottery)
- 1 roll of 7″ printed burlap (I got mine from JoAnn Fabrics)
- 1 roll of 7″ tulle (from JoAnn Fabrics)
- Ribbon (4 rolls of 2.5″ wide and at least 9′ long)
- 2 colors of 7″ mesh (Dollar Tree is great for these!)
- 2 colors of mesh tubing (Also found at Dollar Tree)
- 1 sign (Dollar Tree)
- Box of mini ornaments (Michaels)
- Glittery twigs (Dollar Tree)
- Hot gluegun
Your first step will be creating a work form for your wreath to sit on. All you need for this part is your wireframe and your 18 pipe cleaners. You could also use wire or zipties too, I just prefer the pipe cleaners.
Securely tie your pipe cleaners on your frame by placing 12 around the outside (or bottom) and 6 inside (the top).
The next step involves your 21″ poly deco mesh. I start by scrunching up the edges until its pinched together, and then I turn over my work form and zip tie the mesh into place.
Turning your work form back over, measure out 10″ of mesh and secure in the closest pipe cleaner along the outside of the frame.
Continue doing this around the entire edge until you get to the end, then pull your mesh over and continue along the inside. I ran out of my black mesh, so at this point I grabbed my 10″ black and white stripe mesh and added it along the outside and inside. It helped to fill it in and I ended up really liking the affect.
After your mesh, the first fabric you will add is your 7″ burlap and tulle. I cut mine in 10″ lengths and only do the burlap every other tie on the outside only. For the ghost tulle, I did every other tie on the outside and every tie on the inside.
Be sure to pinch your fabric in the middle before securing it.
This is what it looks like once all the fabric has been secured around the inside and outside.
Next, you’ll be cutting your ribbon! I used four different kinds of ribbon and paired them, but you could use two or three or even one if you wanted. For this wreath, I did six of each at 12″ and three of each at 6″.
To make it easier, I wrap the ribbon around a ruler for my 12″ and cut them and I made myself a 6″ ruler for the same reason, but you could also individually measure them out.
Ribbon wrapped around the ruler, then just cut the ends.
Snip snip! Like so.
After you’ve sized your ribbon, fold in half and cut at an angle to create the dove tail effect.
Like the other fabric, pinch at the middle before securing.
Similar to the fabric, I also tied in each ribbon pair every other tie. At this point, it’s fun to get creative with what ribbons go best together and how you want them pulled. Don’t be afraid to tug the ribbon into place.
I wanted to add a little more texture, so I cut six of the 7″ mesh into 10″ strips and rolled them tight to make curls.
I put the two colors together and secured them in every other tie, but only on the outside of the frame.
Then I took mesh tubing and pulled it into a figure eight and secured it in the opposite ties to the curls, again only around the outer edge.
To secure my sign, it already had two holes at the top, so I ran pipe cleaners through them and secured it through the frame through the back. It took a little fidgeting with it to get it right, but I finally got it and finished it off by hot gluing purple and black ornaments around it.
At the end, I decided to add a the orange twigs. It gave it a little bit of sparkle and it tied in the orange of the sign. All-in-all, I really like out it came out.
So come on in, my pretties! and get creative. What kind of wreath will you create?
As always, happy crafting!