Diy halloween wreath ideas

Another simple and silly way to Halloween-up your abode is dress up your wall art and portraits. Country Living magazine suggests that you can use your own framed art and add masquerade masks, snakes, fangs, you name it, to the top of the glass. Make certain to always put the decoration on glass and not the frame or actual piece of artwork itself. For this decoration, every you need is black construction paper, scissors, removable adhesive tack and a somewhat dark sensibility.

This year is every about scary, simple and safe creative crafting — Happy Halloween!

Originally published on October 8, 2015.


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Decorate Your Pumpkin

Looking for kid-friendly pumpkin decorating? Consider using a carrot nose and a marker instead of carving the gourd. HGTV recommends starting by picking out your pumpkins, using a toothpick to adhere the carrots or parsnip nose, and filling in a amusing face from there — draw on a mouth, add some eyes, top with a cap, even add eyelashes and freckles. The best part? They can be scary or silly, or your kid can even decorate the pumpkin to glance love herself!

If you decide to carve a pumpkin this year, you won’t be alone — 46 percent of adults carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Check out this video on how to carve a pumpkin safely with some tips from a professional carver.


How to Make Felt Flowers 5 Ways

Felt Flowers Thought #5: Pinked Edge Rosette Felt Flower

For this rosette, simply use pinking shears instead of a standard pair of scissors to cut your circle and spiral. When you’re done with that, attempt a wavy circle with your pinking shears. Or a loopy flower. You get the picture.

So I hope this will get you started on making your own beautiful felt flowers!

So which felt flower thought is your favorite? Fringe, loopy, or rosette? And how do you plan to use these little guys for your next craft project?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

For more felt crafts love this one, be certain to check out this thought for using felt sheets as a unique holiday present wrap.

 Cathy, designer and owner of Catshy Crafts, is a crafter at heart, memory keeper for life, and lover of handmade and DIY. Through her hand-crafted goods, photography and paper and digital scrapbooking, she loves to celebrate the everyday and the special days of her life.

She lives in a 1959 red rambler in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her indie game developer husband, two darling daughters, and calico cat. You can visit Cathy at her blog Catshy.

I’ve added a bit to my Halloween Decorations this year, although not as much as in years past. This year’s addition is a Halloween Wreath, and it was so simple to make. I’m going to show you how. The best part about this wreath it’s interchangeable!

In February I was getting ready to wrap yet another wreath form for yet another holiday.

I was tired of always going to purchase a new wreath for each holiday. So I got the thought to make one wreath form interchangeable. You can read more about how I made it here.

This is the version of the wreath that I made for Halloween. I added it to the halloween display in my Dining Room (see more about the stencils on the wall here, the wood sign is from Amazing Mae – if you desire one request a custom item in her shop).

Today I’m going to show you how to make the paper rosette that is on the front of the wreath.

I adore making paper rosettes and own been using them on crafts for years!

Begin with 2 strips of 2” wide 12” scrapbook paper and 2 strips of 1” wide 12” scrapbook paper. My paper is every from the Pebbles Halloween Paper by American Crafts.

Start by scoring the paper every 1/2” using a scoring tool. There are other ways to do this but if you are going to make a lot of these I’d recommend a scoring tool, saves loads of time!

Next fold both 12” strips accordion style.

Apply a bit of adhesive to the finish of one of the strips and nest the 2nd strip  it.

Repeat for the other side so that you own one large circle.

Flatten out the circle and using a boiling glue gun attach a square of paper to the back. This will flatten out the rosette and hold it in place.

Repeat with the 1” wide strip, then just glue the two rosettes on top of each other.

To finish off my rosette I added a chalk art tag that is from the Pebbles Chalkboard Label Stickers. I used a bit of boiling glue on the back just to make certain it didn’t go anywhere.

I then simply attached the rosette to the wreath with a few straight pins.

Here are a few more photos of my Halloween Display…

Felt Flowers Thought #1: How to Make Fringed Flowers

Step 1: Fold over over a sheet of felt lengthwise about 2.75 inches.

With scissors, trim off excess so that you own a strip about 5.5 inches wide. This will give you a flower about 3.5 inches in diameter. For smaller flowers, make narrower strips.

Note: Generally when I am making felt flowers, I do not whip out the ruler, but I wanted to give you measurements for this tutorial. Once you get the hang of it, you probably won’t need a ruler either.

Step 2: With the strip still folded in half lengthwise, cut your felt on the non-folded side in even intervals about 1/2 away to 3/4 below. You may desire to pin the folded strip before cutting, but I just use my hand to hold the felt folded, sliding it below as I cut.

Be careful not to cut every the way through your felt.

The further you cut will determine how “open” your flower will be. For example, if you cut 3/4 below, you’ll get a more open, floppier flower.

If you cut 1/2 way below, your flower will stay tighter in the bud, so to speak. Another tip: You can also change up how wide or narrow you cut your felt strips for a diverse look.

Step 3: Starting at one finish, snugly roll your fringed strip until you get to the other finish. From there you can peel back the layers of fringe to poof up your flower. Feel free to give your rolled flower a haircut, trimming fringe that are uneven or too endless for your taste.

Step 4: Now it’s time to sew.

Thread your embroidery needle with embroidery thread. Starting at the point where you finished rolling your strip in step 3, shove your needle through every the layers of felt.

Turn your flower 90 degrees and repeat, again pushing your needle through every the layers. In other words, the second stitch should be perpendicular to your first stitch.

This should be enough to secure the flower. If not, make a few more stitches. When you’re ready, tie a knot, snip the excess thread.

Step 5 (optional): Add faux pearl or vintage button to the middle for a little glam.

Felt Flowers Thought #2: Loopy Felt Flowers

Step 1: To get the loopy flowers, the same steps apply as above.

The only difference is that you will cut on the folded side in step 2.

See photo for side-by-side comparison.

Felt Flowers Thought #4: Wavy Rosette Felt Flower

For this version, you get a fuller flower, with curved, wavy leaves.

Step 1: To start, cut a wavy circular shape instead of circle.

Step 2: Starting at any point, start cutting a spiral, following the outline of the wavy circle. Again, I discover that it is easier to rotate your felt as you cut, instead of moving your scissors around the felt.

Cut every the way around until you reach the middle of the circle and are left with that little middle tab.

Steps 3 and 4 are the same as the standard rosette.

Felt Flowers Thought #3: Rosette Felt Flower

These little guys are one of my favorites to make because they are so simple.

And they glance love little felt roses, so what’s not to love?

Step 1: Cut out a free-form circle of felt about 4 inches in diameter. No need to be a perfect circle, but if you need a little assist you can always use a template (i.e. trace around a jar lid onto paper and cut out).

As before, the measurements do not matter every that much, there are just here to give you a starting point.

Step 2: Starting at any point on the circle, start cutting a spiral.

I discover that it is easier to rotate your felt as you cut, instead of moving your scissors around the felt.

Cut every the way around until you reach the middle of the circle and are left with a little middle tab.

Step 3: Pick up the finish of the spiral on the exterior of the circle and roll snugly until you reach the finish of the spiral on the inside of the circle. The tab I mentioned in step two will relax nicely on the bottom, serving as a little base for your rosette.

Your rosette will finish up being about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (compared to the 4 inch circle you started out with).

Step 4: Now, it’s time to sew.

Turn your felt flower over. Discover that little tab again. That’s where you will start sewing, pushing your needle through the tab and picking up a few layers of felt. Repeat, again using the tab as your starting point.

Keep sewing, until every your layers are secure. It generally takes 3 or 4 stitches depending on how large your flower is. If it’s a really large flower, I love to make certain it’s secure by gently pulling on the layers.

If any give way, I just tuck them back in and add another stitch or two.

Now that you know the basics, here are a couple variations.

More Projects You’ll Love!

There’s nothing love the start of drop to shift home-related projects from the outdoors to the indoors.

The leaves changing color, sweaters trickling into your wardrobe and pumpkin spice everything — it’s enough to spark your crafting spirits into a full-blown blaze. And with Halloween in sight, it’s a perfect time to get started on do-it-yourself decorations. This year, embrace the drop festivities with simple, safe and somewhat scary Halloween decorations.

Here are five decor ideas to dive into before the trick-or-treaters start ringing your doorbell:


1. Deck Out Your Door

Your porch is the gateway to your home, and what better way to get people in the mood for the season than to welcome them with an eerie wreath.

Consider these do-it-yourself wreaths: This silly-yet-spooky eyeball wreath from Country Living magazine and this creepy black snake wreath from Martha Stewart Living magazine. It’s always enjoyment to deck out your porch with cobwebs or jack-o’-lanterns, but be certain to hold them away from doorsteps, walkways and landings to assist prevent tripping hazards, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Craft Candy Corn Ambiance

When Halloween approaches, candy corn makes its annually appearance. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold annually, according to the National Confectioners Association. There’s plenty to go around, so why not use some for a decoration? Turns out, iconic candy corn is a perfect filler for hurricane-style candle holders. HGTV called out this simple Halloween craft, grand for any porch or table centerpiece.

Just fill up an oversized hurricane jar halfway with candy corn and top with a festive candle. Instead of using a regular candle, the National Fire Protection Association recommends using a battery-operated LED light, to assist prevent a fire hazard. It’s a simple and safe way to add to the ambiance.


3. Rig Up a Reflective-Ribbon Treat Bag

Halloween is every about trick-or-treating, and besides a enjoyment costume, you need a tote to carry every of your treats. Daydream Believers — a children’s fashion blog — explains how to make a Halloween candy tote with reflective ribbon. This way, the little ones can assist create their bag and stay safer as they stroll door-to-door on the large night.

For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, use any excess reflective ribbon or tape to decorate or trim costumes — it glows in the beam of a car’s headlights, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Materials Needed to Make Felt Flowers

  1. faux pearl or vintage button (optional)
  2. 9 x 12 sheets of felt – Etsy has lots of grand color options*
  3. scissors
  4. pinking shears (optional)
  5. embroidery thread and needle
  6. pins (optional)

*I linked some of my favorite felt sheet color combos and Etsy sources above the materials list. Just click any of those photos to go straight to the Etsy store where the felt cane be purchased.


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