I made another craft. Well, specifically, I made two crafts. I really enjoyed making the felt Jack O’Lantern last week, so I decided to continue on my self-imposed weekly Halloween challenge. I have a ton of things on my Pinterest boards, but I have tried to come up with a few new things. Which is hard, because Pinterest has all of the things. But whatever, I am trying, right? Right. And I’m having fun!
I know, I don’t even recognize myself.
My Halloween door wreath last year was pathetic, so I decided to make a new one. Actually, I decided to make two new ones because I have double front doors. I walked around the fabric store again, and got inspired when I came across the feather boas.
I grabbed two six-foot feather boas, a nine-inch styrofoam wreath, some straight-pins, and some “creepy” accessories to attach to the wreath. When I was buying the stuff, I wasn’t sure if I would go with the bloodshot styrofoam eyes or the glow-in-the-dark bats.
I started by pinning one end of the boa to the styrofoam, and then I started wrapping it. I quickly discovered that if I wrapped it too tightly, I wouldn’t have enough feather boas to cover the entire thing.
Each boa should cover half of the wreath. When I reached the end of the first boa I pinned the end, then started wrapping the second boa. When you’re done, fluff the feathers to cover any bald spots.
I decided to go with the styrofoam eyes to dress-up the wreath. I used the straight-pins to attach them directly.
I played around with the placement and finally settled on this:
Annie said, “Mama! That fluffy thing is looking at me!”
For the other wreath…I really like how it turned out. But because I am a dummy, I made a mess.
I found these 9×12 inch pieces of craft fur that I thought were interesting. I grabbed two of those, another nine-inch styrofoam wreath, and my straight-pins.
First, I cut the fur in half, length-wise. Then I cut each half into four-inch pieces. THIS IS WHERE I MADE A MESS.
Do you see how I parted the fur there? That is what I SHOULD have done to start with. Instead, I cut the first few pieces of the fur willy-nilly, releasing thoooooousands of tiny strands of fake fur all over the place. Then I had to vacuum my house and myself.
Mike thought this was hilarious.
Anyway. Then I started pinning the fur to the wreath.
I overlapped each piece, making sure the fur was “flowing” in the same direction so it would cover up the gaps.
When I was done, the back of the wreath looked like this:
Then I took plastic spiders and nestled them into the fur (see what I mean about the fur going in the same direction?).
Even touching fake spiders gives me the willies.
Annie said, “Mama, look! Spiders! EWWW!”
I like how the two wreaths look next to each other:
I hung the wreaths on a long nail, but you could also use fishing wire if need be.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to vacuum myself again. I can still feel that fake fur all over me.