Monday, October 17, 2011

Wreath Weak Party guest post -Little Birdie Secrets

So, I am in the process of making 5 wreaths.
I know, I know. Why in the heck do I need 5 wreaths?
How many doors do I have?
I have one door, and 1 tv segment on the 21st-all about wreaths.
I figured since I was in wreath mode, why not have everyone else be "wreathy" with me?

So..I'm having a PARTY and you are all invited!

I know that you are all excited! 
Just wait until you see all the awesome guests 
and 
the fabulous wreaths that I will be
showing you this week!
Wa-hoo!

I am starting off the week with my fantastic friend Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets.
Mandy has hit the nail on the head with this wreath.
Simple+ inexpensive +totally awesome= my kind of wreath!

I am sure that you will agree with me after you read this. 

Mandy here from Little Birdie Secrets, super excited to be a part of Sassy Style's fall wreath extravaganza! I loooove decorating for Halloween--the colors, the glitter, the eyeballs. . . I also love the vintage Halloween look, so I created this easy tulle wreath with a vintage sign to celebrate the fun of fall. Here's my easy tutorial!



Tulle Halloween Wreath & Plaque Tutorial

Supplies:

*Embroidery hoop (choose a size just a bit smaller than you want your finished wreath)

*Approx. 3 yards tulle off the bolt in black, purple, orange, or lime green (I used a combination of black rough netting and a softer tulle, both available at most fabric stores or at WalMart)

*Wide ribbon (mine was 6" wide) for bow and to hang wreath

*Wood plaque (ready-to-finish plaques are available in the wood aisle at craft stores like Michael's or Hobby Lobby, but I painted one I found at the thrift store)

*Black spray paint or acrylic paint

*Sand paper

*Book pages from an old book

*Computer and printer

*Adhesive (I used Elmer's Craft Bond spray adhesive, but Mod Podge would work, too)

*Clear coat spray or Mod Podge (I like Krylon's Matte Finish spray)


To create the wreath, I started out the same way I did in my Halloween Chandelier tutorial, with an embroidery hoop and about 1 yard of tulle off the bolt cut into 3" x 6" strips. Tie them on the hoop in a square knot. Then I added another two yards cut into longer strips (about 2" by 10"). These longer strips can be tied on the hoop in between the shorter strips until the wreath looks full. 





That's it for the wreath! Now to dress it up a little. . .



You could hang any fun Halloween decoration in the center. I couldn't find what I was looking for at any stores around here, so I decided to make my own. I started with this awesome plaque I found at Goodwill for $.88. I know, it was pretty great the way it was. But alas. . . You could also find an unfinished wood plaque in the wood aisle at most craft stores.

 


Tausha has totally inspired me in the spray paint department. I've avoided it in the past, but after all the awesome projects I've seen her do with it, I decided to give it a try. Now I'm addicted! I sanded the plaque lightly to prepare it for the paint. Then I spray painted it black (including the hook). I like Krylon's Primer + Paint.



I cut the margins off the book page so it was just words. It wasn't quite as big as the plaque, so I had to cut and paste a couple of pages together to make it the right size. If you line up the text carefully, the seams won't even be noticeable.


Next I printed the words "Enter if you dare" and a witch graphic I found for free on Graphics Fairy on the book page. The font is called LD Genevieve Lower, which I found here at Scrap 'n Fonts.

 


You could use Mod Podge to adhere it to the plaque, but I wanted a quicker drying, less messy option, so I used spray adhesive. It was on in about 10.2 seconds.

 

Then I sprayed the whole plaque with Krylon's Matte Finish spray to protect the paper and the wood and let it dry. Again, you could Mod Podge over the top if you wanted.
 

I tied a 6" wide ribbon on the hook at the top of mine. If you don't have a hook, you can hot glue a bow on top, then add a picture hanging hook to the back.
 

I hung the wreath from another piece of ribbon, first stringing the ribbon through the hook on the plaque. Spooky, eh? And pretty cute, too!
 Thanks so much for letting me share, Tausha! I hope you'll all come visit me for more fun Halloween and fall ideas at Little Birdie Secrets!

Thanks so much Mandy! 
I so love her! 
If you haven't been stalking Little Birdie Secrets regularly, I highly suggest that you start!

Come back tomorrow to visit Lolly Jane!
Excited!
See you all tomorrow!!




Tausha

6 comments :

  1. I love the whole thing. The thule is so fun! Tausha, I passed the Versatile Blogger Award onto you. Check out www.blacksbest.blogspot.com if you are interested in the details.

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  2. wow, so pretty!!!

    i will be back tomorrow to link up my rosette wreath for sure!

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  3. So cute! I can't wait for the 21st!! :)

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  4. I love this. I really want to make one of these. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. I love her stuff! Check out my Halloween wreath @ http://alottofideas.blogspot.com/2011/10/tulle-and-lace-wreath-halloween.html

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