As mentioned in a previous post, I am a total Pinterest junkie. I am addicted to it. It’s worse than facebook ever was. And now, I often use it instead of google. If I want to find anything to do with crafts, hair, recipes, style, home decor, etc, I always do a pinterest search before doing a google search. During this time, I have come to develop a complete obsession with a certain element of decor – wreaths! Holy Hannah! I am totally in love. I have a whole pinterest board, and if you find any cool ones and you follow me on Pinterest, pleeeease tag me!
Anyway, I decided to make a quick wreath for my front door the other day, since it is soon Halloween and all. I saw this little tip on Pinterest that pipe insulation could be taped together to use a wreath form. This was a great tidbit for me, because I live in a small town and it is very close to impossible to find styrofoam wreath forms. Only one place sells them, and they are always out. So I stopped by my local hardware store and picked some up. Get this – they were 59 cents each, but the store had a coupon for 50 cents off when you bought three. When I got to the cash, they rang in as 30 cents, and I still had my coupon, so I got three for 40 cents! INSANE!
They totally worked. In case you don’t know what I am talking about, this is what pipe insulation looks like:
Pull the ends together and use duct tape to secure.
Now I couldn’t find our duct tape, so I used my husbands gun tape. Doesn’t matter, it will all be covered up anyway. Also, don’t worry if it isn’t perfectly round. You can form it to make a circle. You won’t notice any little imperfections anyway once it is covered. I found these feather boas at Dollarama in halloween colors. (Dollarama is the Canadian version of Dollar Tree, I think. Don’t quote me, but I think.)
I bought two of each, since I wasn’t sure how much it would take. (I ended up using about 1.5 of the black ones and 2 orange ones.) I started by pinning the ends of the boas (find the rope underneath all of the feathers and stick a dress pin in it) to the foam.
With all the fluff from the feathers, you will never see the pins anyway, but I did pin on the back and tried to use a similar color to the feathers. Then it was just a matter of wrapping the boas around the wreath. I tried to go in a stripe pattern, so that I had an equal distribution of orange and black. It worked well and was easy. When I ran out of one boa, I would just pin the end and then pin a new one on and start wrapping again. So easy, and I swear, it took less than 5 minutes. Honest!
Then I added a little spider guy that I found at Dollarama as well:
He sat in the middle of my wreath. I didn’t even need to glue him. He sits very well there. My mother in law saw the wreath and loved it, so I ended up making one for her, and also one for the other grade 1 teacher (my daughters class), so my mother in law got the spider, and C’s class got this cool cat I found when I returned to Dollarama for more supplies:
I also made a spider one for my door, and he is hanging out in the breeze. It has been very windy and rainy here and these have held up really well… take a peek:
My sister said it gave her the heebie jeebies, which is exactly what Halloween decor is supposed to do right? I think he’s pretty cute, and for under 14$ (that’s Canadian) for TWO wreaths and less than 5 minutes, how can you go wrong? My husbands grandma fell in love with it so much that she is already getting started on a Christmas one 🙂
Have you made or seen any cool wreaths lately? Let me know, I am dying to see!!!