Halloween Wreath

Halloween seems to be the kick off to holiday decorating (at least at my house) and something handmade makes it all the more fun! Today’s craft wreath features our Cherry Wood Tape, Cherry Sticky Wood Sheets, and Stardream Card Stock.

Supplies: Cherry Sticky Wood (2 sheets), Cherry Wood Tape (2 rolls), Cherry Wood (1 sheet), Stardream Metallic Card Stock (Onyx) (1 sheet), 10 inch Foam Wreath, Black Nylon Netting Fabric (appx. 1 yard), 50 – 1 inch straight pins, Text Weight Old Book Paper, Black Staining Ink Pad, Black Ribbon (optional), Mini Bat Punch, Mini Glue Dots, Halloween Text Stamp, Adhesives, Scissors.

Halloween Wreath Instructions:

1. Begin by wrapping 10-inch foam wreath with Cherry Wood Tape. (Note, a flat-edged 2-inch wreath was used here).

2. Next, cut 24, 2×4-inch Cherry Sticky Wood strips. Cut 8, 2×4-inch strips from an old book. And cut 8, 2×4-inch Onyx-color Stardream Card Stock strips.

3. Using a black ink pad, stain each of the 4-inch long edges of the 24 Cherry Sticky Wood strips.

4. On one short edge of the each of the Cherry Sticky Wood strips, peel appx. 1/4-inch of the backing back and fold over.

5. Pinch both short ends together and adhere using the exposed sticky backing.

6. Adhere short ends of Old Book paper pieces and Stardream card stock as well with mini glue dots or other adhesive.

7. Once all 40 strips have been made into loops, place a 1-inch metal straight pin in the center of each pressed edge, approximately 1/4-inch in from the edge.

8. Push pins into foam wreath, aligning the 2-inch edge of loops to flat side of wreath. Repeat this around the wreath until approximately 3/4 of the wreath has been covered by loops. (Note, the pattern followed on this wreath was to place 3 Cherry Sticky loops, then 1 Stardream loop and next 1 Old Book paper loop).

9. Once 3/4 of the wreath has been covered, take Black Nylon Netting Fabric, cutting it into two 6×36-inch pieces (approximately).

10. Wrap one end of each of the two netting pieces around the wreath and fasten with a knot. Secure knot to wreath with a couple of straight pins. (Note, place each end of the netting approximately 6-inches apart.)

11. For a clean presentation be sure to fasten knots to the front of the wreath, with a netting wrapped neatly around the back.

12. Bring the two pieces of netting together at the top and fasten with a knot, leaving approximately 5-inches on the end to create a bow look.

13. Finish covering the front of the wreath with the paper loops, covering over the top of the netting knots. Once the loops have all been fastened to the front of the wreath you can leave it this way (above: left image) or you can fan out the loops by sliding each around the straight pin in an alternating direction (above: right image).

14. Polish off your project by adhering a few mini bats punches from Stardream card stock. Adhere with mini glue dots. Add one final touch with a Halloween text stamped tag. Create by using a scrap of Cherry  Wood, stamp image with black ink. Trim out with scissors and stain round edges. Add tag to the wreath with Mini glue dots. You can also embellish the tag with a bit of black ribbon folded over and adhered to back of tag (optional).

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