The cooling night air is starting to settle in which means the leaves will soon turn and the fall season will be here soon! To prep for the change of seasons and Halloween I thought it was time to add a Halloween Wreath to the door. This super simple craft will transform your front door in no time flat! You just need to pick- will you make it spooky or sweet?
- Wreath form (I picked up a 14″ straw wreath from my local craft store. $3.99)
- 1/2yard muslin
- Colored Tee’s (I used cream, orange & black)
- Straight pins
- Scraps of fabric
- Sewing machine or needle & thread
- Optional- Sequins or buttons
- To cover the wreath form I ripped the muslin into 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ strips. Just clip the fabric at the selvage and rip from side to side. This will create a frayed effect and help create the “mummy” look. (no ironing is needed!)
- Using straight pins, pin the end of muslin on the back of wreath. (I even left the plastic on mine. This way it will not breakdown from the elements of mother nature!) Wrap the muslin around and around, pin in place. Repeat until the wreath is covered. (You could use hot glue but I like the option of “reusing” the wreath!)
- Cut your tee shirts and scraps into strips of 1 1/2″ wide. (Note, I made one black strip 3″ wide. It created the big flower.) If you would like to use printed woven fabric for this step be sure to fold it in half, wrong sides together and then stitch. This will give you the print on both sides.
- Using your sewing machine on a basic straight stitch – longest length, stitch down the center of each strip. Be sure not to backstitch and leave long tails at each end.(**If you do not have a machine, this step can be done with a needle and thread.)
- Pull one thread of long tail to create gathers in each strip.
- One strip at a time, pin to form at the stitch line. Wrap the strip around center and continue to pin in the center. Do not worry, the fullness from the fabric will hide the pins. When flower is desired size, trim strip and pin down behind fabric.
- Alternating fabrics, continue to create flowers around form. I applied flowers to the lower portion of the wreath.
- Once you have applied the desired amount of flowers you can create a ”hanger” from the strips of ripped muslin . Just take one strip and create a loop at the top edge. Pin in place at the back of wreath.
- a few plastic spiders (I used a few rings from last year)
- bits from an old worn out wig (again, from last year)
- spray glitter
- Cut a few thin sections of the wig from the underside. Tuck the strands in between the flowers. Pin if needed. Wrap the strands under and over until you have desired web. (Note- you can also use a store bought web.)
- Since my web is black the spiders did not pop. So, I found a can of spray glitter in the art closet and added some sparkle! A few blasts and they were all set. Just simply tuck in place.
So, which one do you like better? Please share photos on my facebook page!
Here is some additional inspiration from a few talented artists on Etsy.