Total honest truth today, I can’t do anything scary!
For the first time ever, I have attempted to make two Halloween themed wreaths and neither one of them came out scary or ghoulish or frightening. Not. At. All.
So I am calling this wreath my not so scary Halloween wreath.
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When our kids were younger we celebrated Halloween the traditional way with cool costumes and a night out Trick-or-Treating either in a neighborhood our at a Church’s Trunk-or-Treat Harvest event. So I am not against the holiday at all.
As far as my home decorations were concerned though, I usually put out lots of orange pumpkins in September, bought lots of beautiful mums to kill in my outdoor pots, and just went for an overall Fall theme.
In recent years the colors for Halloween decorations have expanded to included deep purple and green. Suddenly, I have found that I enjoy the combination of black, orange, purple, and even the neon toned greens that are stunning together.
Dollar Tree’s crafty options this year has pulled me out of my comfort zone to try out these whimsical colors in a few wreaths. My first one was this colorful Spider Pom Pom wreath that I made last month. Which of course turned out more cute than spooky.
Have I mentioned that I am also not a fan of scary movies. Just can’t do those either.
No surprise then that my second attempt at a Halloween wreath also turned out cute and charming instead of scary and spooky.
I started this wreath with some items from Dollar Tree like a wire wreath form and three rolls of 6″ wide burlap ribbon in black, orange, and that wonderful deep purple. My local store didn’t have any of burlap ribbon in bright green or I would have bought that too.
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Instead of making this wreath in the popular style with the ribbon looped through the rings of the wire form, I tried a new look for this wreath.
Each roll of the burlap ribbon was cut into 6 inch squares.
Starting with a black square first and turning it at an angle with the corner points outward, I scrunched it up in the center of the piece, picked up a orange colored burlap piece, scrunched it up against the black piece, picked up a purple colored burlap piece, and scrunched it up in the center against the orange piece.
Then I wrapped a half piece of a black pipe cleaner around the center of the 3 pieces and attached it to the wire wreath frame.
Scrunch more cut burlap ribbon pieces in the same pattern and repeat until the entire wreath form is filled.
Once I completed these steps, I found I had a new dilemma. I really didn’t know how to decorate this wreath afterwards. It was colorful on it’s own but definitely needed more life.
Like most creative people, I went shopping again to find some inspiration.
At Michaels, where there were some slim pickings for sure by this time, I found just two floral picks with candy corn (my favorite seasonal candy) and one pick of small velvet pumpkins. I added these to the wreath tied with a black velvet ribbon bow and hung it up because I thought it was done.
But I still didn’t like it. This second attempt at a Halloween wreath still needed something more.
A week later, on my next trip to Dollar Tree, they had put out so many more Halloween decorations. Some adorable like the little witch sign I ended up purchasing, and some more scary that I quickly discarded of course. There are lots of options I could have chosen but in the end I selected the smiling whimsical witch sign because the colors on the sign matched the burlap ribbon the best to me. And she was cute and so was the black cat.
The last little detail was to use up some of the glitter ribbon I had used on the Scrap Wood Block Black Cats I made for a previous post.
A Not So Scary Halloween Wreath for my side entrance.
This year I attempted two new to me style wreaths for Halloween and they came out more cute and whimsical than scary. But they were fun to make and we will enjoy them through Halloween at least.
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Until next time,
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10