I’m so excited! It’s cooling off here in the great state of Texas. It was actually so cold this morning before school, the kids wore jackets! Yep, Fall is coming. I can feel it! I can feel the crispness in the air. Over the weekend I (well, my wonderful husband, Nate) pulled out the Halloween decorations from the depths of our closet.
I noticed the other house down our street who does it up for Halloween has started decorating their yard as well. Though, they do big gory monsters and severed heads — not my thing. I’m more creepy spiders, ghosts and witches with a silly factor, like Barbie on the spider web yelling for help. I’ve been on the hunt for a super cheap fog machine.
Recently, we had a new store open up. It’s called Five Below. It’s basically a dollar store, but everything is $5 or less. I was able to get quite a few stocking stuffers there for my kids. They weren’t with us, but both Nate and I knew as soon as we walked in the store, the kids would love it! They have tons of stuff, and it seems to be better quality than typical dollar store fare. My iPhone case recently started cracking really bad, and I was able to buy a new one there for $5. It seems to be pretty good. It’s a double layer case. Plus, they had tons of chargers for iPhones.
I was hoping they might have a pool noodle or something like it for a new Halloween decoration I’m working on, but they did not. However, I found inexpensive feather boas, which were perfect for my latest wreath. They were $4/ea and they had several colors. I chose purple and black.
The other day I was walking through the Halloween department at Walmart looking for a bag of black spider rings when I came upon these battery operated spider lights. They had other choices as well such as ghosts. I couldn’t wait to incorporate them into a wreath. So, when I saw the feather boas at Five Below, I knew I had a match.
Halloween Glam Spider Wreath Tutorial
- Wire Wreath
- 2 Feather Boas in black or black/purple (or 1 very full Boa)
- 1 pkg battery operated lights
- 12 pipe cleaners – black or purple – cut into thirds
- 2 – 18 inch strips of black tulle
- 2 yds Deco Poly Mesh Ribbon – in black, green or purple
- Adhesive dots – I love UGlu brand – it leaves no residue
1. Place the first feather boa on the front of the wire wreath towards the center. Begin attaching it to the innermost wire (closest to the center) with the pipe cleaners. Attach the pipe cleaners out approximately every 4-5 inches around the entire wreath. Make sure you use a pipe cleaner at each end of the boa so that it doesn’t fall.
2. Once the feather boa is attached, flip the wreath over and it will look like this:
3. Next, attach the spider lights around the wire wreath just like the boa was attached. Feed the spiders through the middle rows through the back of the wreath so the wires are hidden. Attach them with pipe cleaners to the middle two rows of the wreath. Twist the pipe cleaner around both the wire and the back of the light.
If you look at the wreath in the picture way up above without anything on it, you’ll see there are 8 divided sections in the wreath. I put 2-3 spiders per divided section.
4. Now attach the battery box. Make sure to attach it with something easy to untie so batteries can be replaced as needed. Wrap the cord around the battery box until it there is no excess, and it is right up against the back of the wire wreath. Next, Thread black tulle through the middle wires and wrap it several times around the entire middle wires of the wreath and the battery box. Then tie it off with a secure double knot.
5. Attach the second feather boa to the outer most wire of the wreath just like the first boa was attached with pipe cleaners.
6. Cut 1/2 yd off the 2 yd piece. Take the 1 1/2 yd piece of the Deco Poly Mesh Ribbon and create a large bow.
Create a figure 8 with 2 loops of the ribbon, then take the extra 1/2 yd piece and tied a knot between the loops to create this bow. Then, pull the loose ends down. Next, insert 3 pipe cleaners behind the knot to attach and twist onto the wire wreath.
7. Once the ribbon is attached, neaten the edges of the ribbon ends that hang down. Also, fluffy and pull out the loops to make them bigger.
8. Take adhesive dots and place one on each underside of the spiders. Then, place the spiders in different positions around the boas. This also helps them from flipping over and falling.
I flipped every other one up onto the outer boa, and every other, other one down to the inner boa. I also glued one to the middle of the mesh ribbon bow.
9. Attach the second piece of black tulle at the very top, wrap it through the top 2 wires, then tie it off into a knot to hang on the door.