Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Frightful Wreath For Halloween

Halloween Wreath with beaded spider accent | Stampingville

I'm running a little behind getting ready for Halloween - anyone else or just me? I usually take on some sort of Halloween craft project every year, but I didn't know what to do this year. When I saw this Frightful Wreath Kit in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I was super excited. They've done all the hard work of figuring out "the what and the how" and wrapped it up in a Simply Created Kit. It was just what I needed.

Stampin' Up! Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit | Stampingville

The kit includes nearly everything you need: the foam wreath, black tinsel, pre-scored printed paper for the rosette, die-cut banners and starbursts, doilies, ribbon, a sparkly spider web embellishment, and beads and wire to make the spider accent.

What you need to provide: Hot glue gun, small needle-nose pliers, Basic Black ink pad, and Halloween stamp(s) of your choice. Additional ink color suggestions: Metallic Silver Encore Pad, and Perfect Plum or Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink Pads.

How to attach rosette to wreath with ribbon
The step-by-step instructions in the kit are very easy to follow, but I have a few tips to share:

  • To glue the spider web embellishment to the tinsel wrapped wreath, I applied hot glue to the back of the web, placed it on top of the wreath and lightly pressed it down into the tinsel. 
  • Check the spider web for any spots that didn't adhere well and spot glue them with hot glue. Take care not to burn yourself or the tinsel!
  • To secure the rosette to the wreath, first wrap the ribbon around the top of the wreath. Thread both ends of the ribbon through the hole in the rosette. Slide the the rosette up the ribbon until it is positioned in the center of the wreath. Tie the ribbon ends into a bow as desired.
  • Watch the video below for more tips on how to assemble the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit.

Halloween wreath rosette detail | Stampingville

The finished rosette is tied around the wreath and hangs freely in the center. The banner is stamped using Halloween stamps I had on hand: Metallic Silver splatters - Gorgeous Grunge stamp set; Basic Black bats and "fright night" - Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set; Elegant Eggplant "happy" - Good Greetings stamp set.

Frightful Wreath bead spider accent | Stampingville

The bead spider accent is not difficult to create - even if you are not experienced at beading or jewelry making. I'm not experienced at either one! It is a bit tedious and the wires and beads are tiny, but it really went together fairly quickly. I had quite a few beads left over, so the quantity is plentiful.

Frightful Wreath spider accent detail photo

I'm really pleased with how the spider accent turned out. It's shiny and really pretty and adds a sophisticated spooky element to the wreath.

Watch the video below to learn how to assemble the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit.

The entire wreath took less than two hours to create from start to finish - including gathering supplies and working at a leisurely pace - and it was ready to hang. It's a fun Halloween craft project and it will last for years to come.

If you'd like to make this Frightful Wreath for Halloween, there is still plenty of time. Click on the kit in the supply list below and order yours today!

Hauntingly yours,

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