Sunday, 7 October 2012

the october diy challenge- halloween wreath

so here it is, my first diy for the october diy challenge! erin challenged me to make a halloween wreath and it was so much fun! i've never made a wreath before but love the variety of ways you can make them. 
to add to erin's challenge, i personally wanted to spend as little as possible on the project (thrifty until the end!) and i think i've done pretty well at using loads of different materials. 

my diy for this wreath is probably best to be used as a guideline- it will obviously depend on what materials you have lying around or what you'd like to buy. 
i'm hoping that the photos will speak for themselves, but if you need to know any more then just leave me a comment and i'll try to help :)

what you need & tips: 
- a foam craft hoop (remember these swimming tubes? i bought one from the 99p store when we first got pixel for her to chew on, so i used what was left to create my hoop!)
- base fabric to cover the hoop; i used the hessian i received in the crafty creatives box two for a natural, autumnal look.
- potpourri; from the wreaths i looked at for inspiration, i saw a lot of potpourri used amongst ivy and other greenery. the best thing about the potpourri i used is that it was again from the 99p store and also contained super appropriate pieces for this wreath- a (poison) apple and a skull shaped piece that i painted eyes and teeth onto.
- fabric scraps; these can be anything, and a good way to inject colour to the wreath- i went for green and black netting cut into thin strips, some gold cotton, paper twine and orange wool. i also used white netting and lace for the ghost (the ghost is as simple as covering a cotton ball/bouncy ball etc. with the lace and tying with an elastic band!).
- cobwebs; i swear you can buy cobweb decorations every year, but this year i couldn't find any! i improvised and pulled apart some scraps of very fluffy white wool i had.
- cocktail sticks; i painted some of these black to attach to the paper bats and also used them to attach the potpourri pieces to the wreath- it helps to stick a piece of foam to the potpourri if the cocktail stick won't go through! 

i hope you like the results of my first challenge! click here to see what erin made :)

next week our challenge is based around papercrafts, so i challenge erin to create origami trick-or-treat goodie boxes. 
click here to see what erin has challenged me to make!

16 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed by this, it looks amazing! I love the little bats and how you made the cobwebs.
    Looking forward to next week's challenge now, I'm already plotting! xx

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    1. awh thanks erin! so am i- think i've already decided on a design! :) x

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  2. This looks so good! Love this series too because i want to decorate my uni room as cheaply as possible for halloween :) xx

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    1. ah thank you!! i hope you enjoy making the diy's, they're so much fun! x

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  3. What a cool challenge! Maybe we'll have to do a Christmas/Winter craft challenge? Fancy it?

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    1. ooh, that's a good idea! definitely need to start planning that :) x

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  4. This is so cool, I wish I was having a party :) x

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    1. same here haha! i might have to organise something now that i have decorations :) x

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  5. blimey this is amazing! you should sell these, they'd go down a treat on somewhere like etsy or folksy!!

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    1. awh thanks lauren!! there are some seriously amazing ones out there ya know- don't think i'd stand a chance! x

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  6. This looks awesome!!! Very impressed! I love the cob web look! :D

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  7. Wow! This is such a fun and different wreath! I love it :) and I love the challenge you and Erin are doing! Such a fun idea!

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  8. This is amazing :) xx

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