Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make


Halloween Wreath DIY Tutorial-Less than $20 To Make

This Halloween Wreath turned out amazing!!!! I was so happy with it that I stopped in the middle of making my own to make one for my sister for a birthday present–So you will find photos of her wreath and mine in this post.  I was inspired by a wreath my cousins made completely from dollar store items.  I built on their idea, but added more ribbon, deco mesh, and a crazy mad hatter hat for my dollar store skeleton.  I will also be posting their wreath as well in a later post.  All the wreaths are amazing.  The glitter mad hatter hat is my own design.  You can print the image below for the Mad Hatter Pattern/Template.   90 percent of my supplies came from the dollar store.  The deco mesh ribbon I got from Joann’s, and these are currently on sale for 50 percent off in the halloween section.  I hung the Halloween Wreath in my entry, right about my entry table.  It really stands out.  This was an easy craft that I worked on over a couple days.  You could easily get it done in one day, however I split it up to allow drying time for the glitter mad hatter hat.

Nearly everything came from the dollar store.  The skeleton, wire wreath, butterflies, clear bulbs, wide and thin rolls of ribbon, floral and craft wire–all from the dollar store.  Don’t spend a ton elsewhere.  You really can make a beautiful wreath from dollar store items.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  I did buy the deco mesh at Joann’s because I wanted to make sure I had plenty of bulk, but other than that, you should be able to find all you need there.

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Supplies You will Need:

Wire Wreath

1 Roll of deco mesh ribbon–Burlap color

4 rolls of wide wire ribbon

2 rolls of 1 inch wide ribbon

floral wire

craft wire

1 piece of cardstock for Mad Hatter Hat

clear Christmas bulbs

Assorted Scrap book paper to fill Christmas bulbs

Glitter

Wood Sign with your favorite Halloween Phrase

Skeleton, butterflies, owl, and any other crazy halloween decoration you want to add.

Mod Podge

  1. Cut the burlap colored deco mesh into strips, and make each strip into a roll (roll it up like a sandwich wrap…you know…the ones you eat).   Then in groups of three, wire those rolls together.  Then take the bundle of rolls, and wire them around the outer edge of the wreath.
  2. Take the ribbon, wide and 1inch and cut into pieces varying 6-10 inches, tie the center with wire, and wire the ribbon in (see the photo, you want the ribbon to form a v-shape with both sides facing up…wire it in.)
  3. You can also form rings out of the wide ribbon (see photo), and wire in the rings.
  4. Be creative, fill in gaps with ribbon rings, or ribbon “v”s.    Make sure you cut the ends of the ribbon so they have a pretty v-tip.
  5. Cut 1 inch strips of scrapbook paper, roll up the strips, fill the bulbs.
  6. Take thick craft wire, wrap it around a marker or something thicker than a pencil, form a spiral–then slide off the wire, and hot glue a black butter fly to the end.
  7. Follow instructions for mad hatter hat below.
  8. Hot glue mad hatter hat to skeletons head, attach skeleton with wire, bulbs with wire, and wood sign with wire…also use whatever hot glue may be necessary to do this…glue wire if necessary to the back side of your sign, then attach it to the wreath.

Be creative!   This is your wreath.

Directions for the mad hatter hat:

  1.  Cut out pattern…you should have 4 pieces–The tall cylinder part, the top circular part, and two pieces that are the brim.  The tabs around the edges of the pattern are just for extra support for gluing to support each piece against the next.
  2. USE HOT GLUE.   First Hot glue the cylinder part together, beginning at the lower half first (use the brim as a guide for size.  Don’t glue the cylinder too skinny, or the brim will have gaps).  Then use the top piece as a guide for the upper part of the cylinder, if you glue the top too narrow (you can trim the top down if this happens).
  3. So, apply the top piece to the cylinder, and then glue both brim pieces together, and then apply the brim to bottom of the cylinder…..there are two pieces for the brim just to add extra stability.
  4. Coat the outside of the hat with mod podge completely and evenly, and then sprinkle it with glitter (I prefer extra fine glitter…it looks better).  Don’t touch it at all after  you apply the glitter or you will mess up the glitter.  Let it dry on a bottle.

*I may end up doing a video tutorial for this eventually.  It’s really not that hard, but easier to explain in a visual.   I made the pattern for the hat myself on my computer.  I’m no mathematician, so it’s not perfect, but it still makes a good looking hat.

Before and After IKEA Kitchen

Before and After IKEA Kitchen

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

Before and After IKEA Kitchen

This is our IKEA kitchen remodel.  Doesn’t it look fabulous!!!!!  These are the after photos.  We have had the kitchen completed for over a year now.  I should have posted this a while ago, with about a dozen other projects we’ve completed, but life, the baby, and a bunch of little munchkins keep me pretty busy.

This is the Ramsjo Kitchen–they no longer make the Ramsjo cabinetry….WHY????  I have no idea!  I loved this style cabinet.  It reminds me of the popular shaker style cabinetry that is found in homes right now.   They discontinued this style of cabinetry right after we purchased it.  However, IKEA has plenty of good looking cabinets to choose from for a great price.

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

This is the before photo.  I’m sorry that I don’t have a better shot, but you get the idea.   I will also add, if you are viewing this photo, you are in luck because you are looking at our new dishwasher and fridge.  The previous dishwasher was a lovely mustard yellow that was about 20 years old.   So, this kitchen looks pretty good compared to what was here before.   I really wanted to  incorporate the mustard yellow into my decorating scheme, but too bad for me–the dishwasher started leaking right before we started gutting the kitchen.

Flat Back Stove, Marble subway tile backsplash

Flat Back Stove, Marble subway tile backsplash

I chose a flat back stainless steel oven, and I am so glad I did.  It allowed for more of the marble subway tile back splash to be viewed.  We previously had a high back stove, and I didn’t like its visual appeal as much.  We also added a gas line, which has made cooking so much easier for me in the kitchen.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

Yes!  That is a television in the corner.  Our home isn’t set up in a way that would allow for an open concept living room/kitchen, so I settled for the next best thing–A mounted television.   One of my girlfriends has a small television in her kitchen.  It really makes up for the loneliness I feel when I am by myself prepping a meal when everyone is gathered in the living room.  It has a special mount that allows it to fold up underneath the cabinetry as well, so I can hide it if I don’t want it visible.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos

I love my zero radius, single-basin sink!  We had a similar sink in our previous house, and it makes all the difference when you are washing large pots and pans!  However, my favorite feature about this sink is that when I need to clean the kitchen in a jiffy, the sink is so deep that I can dump all the dirty dishes in to soak and have my countertops completely cleared–you can’t even see all the dirty dishes in the sink.

We also opted for glass cabinetry on one side of the kitchen.  During the holidays I typically decorate the top shelf of my glass cabinets with something festive for that particular time of year.

Our countertops are a lightly speckled white quartz.   They are gorgeous, and have so far been very easy to keep clean!   I haven’t had an issue with stains, and if anything sits for too long and leaves a mark, I just spray windex on the surface, and let it set for a minute or two and it comes right out.  I have had no issues with the light color.

Cabinet Door Siding for cabinetry

Cabinet Door Siding for cabinetry

On the side of the cabinets, we purchased extra cabinet doors and mounted them as side panels.   It gave the kitchen a custom feel that only added a couple hundred extra dollars to the final bill.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, cabinets built-in over fridge

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, cabinets built-in over fridge

We added a custom built-in cabinet around the refrigerator.  This also gave the kitchen a custom feel, and is a great way to add extra storage above the refrigerator.   We chose extra tall cabinets above the refrigerator and throughout the kitchen.

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

Overall, I love my IKEA Kitchen.  The cabinets and countertops cost around $5,500.  You can’t beat that price!  Most quartz counter tops will run you close to that.   The cabinetry has held up beautifully over the last year.  It cleans well!  All the drawers are soft close, which I have not seen in much more expensive homes I have been in recently.   We purchased the kitchen at IKEA at a 20% discount.   They have special sales about 3 times per year.  If I had to do it again, would I???? Absolutely!

My only complaint was the length of time that it took to have our counter tops installed.   IKEA contracts out the counter tops at the lowest possible price, and so you are getting a great deal on quartz–better than I have seen at even the big box stores when they are running their best sales, however, you get stuck with their installation timeline.   We were without countertops for almost a month!!!!!   We finally wised up, and rigged the old sink over the new cabinets with an old piece of countertop….I wish I had done this from day one!!!!!!  But like I said, it was all worth it!.  You can’t beat the price.

I would like to give a shoutout to my main squeeze for doing all the manual labor!  He is a champion!  The only thing he didn’t do was install countertops and the gas line–he didn’t feel like blowing up the house ;-).

We still might add crown molding, and if we do, I will add that as another post later on.

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

Before IKEA kitchen remodel

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets

IKEA Kitchen AFTER remodel photos, Ramsjo Cabinets