Hi guys! It’s the most wonderful time of the year for me! I love, Love, LOVE Halloween and fall. This past weekend, I was searching the internet for a simple Halloween wreath to hang on the old window I turned into a mirror, which currently sits on top of a book case I made. I found this cool looking, simple wreath on HGTV. I had about 90% of the items needed for this, i just needed to get a large hoop. It was meant to be.
What you’ll need:
- Hoops – I used metal hoops, you can use any kind. The original post used two embroidery hoops
- Black Yarn – I had left over yarn from a wreath I made for a friend a few years back
- Hot glue
- Embellishments (optional)
This project, while not very labor intensive, it does take some time. It’s good to pop something on that you don’t have to pay attention to, but can listen to in order to help the time pass. To start, I found the end of the yarn and tied it around the first hoop. I then hot glued the yarn to the hoop to keep it from moving on me. I started to wrap the yarn around the hoop. And then you wrap, and wrap and wrap some more, Then tighten to get the yarn tight together. I found that wrapping the yarn around the hoop multiple times and slowly tightening it and sliding it together worked better than trying to wrap it tightly around the hoop.
Progress was slow, but I did get there. I quickly learned that it was easier to unravel a length of the yarn and cut it off instead of working with the large skein of yarn. It got to the point that I would wrap the yarn around the hoop and then stop to unravel the yarn.
After the first hoop was done, I stopped for the night. I was tired, my eyes and hands were starting to hurt. the first hoop took about an hour and a half to complete
The next day I finished the larger hoop. I started, ran some errands, grabbed some coffee and came back and put on some football in the background. the second hoop took about two hours to complete. If I ever make another one of these, I would use a thicker yarn, at least to cover the hoops.
Once both of the hoops were complete, I hot glued them together. As you can see from the picture below, I ended up running out of yarn with a little bit of the large hoop left. I was OK to not cut more yarn and cover it, because it would get covered up when I started to wrap the yarn around both of the hoops.
I then tied yarn around both hoops and started to wrap the yarn around both hoops, making sure to cover up the hot glue. As the space between the hoops increased, I wrapped the hoop in a zigzag type pattern, making sure the yarn was tight. I didn’t want it too neat and tidy so I tried to vary the spacing of the yarn. I also made sure to weave the yarn back and forth and not just wrapping it around. I think this gave it more depth.
The original version seemed to have lots of gaps, I wanted mine to look fuller. I think I ended up going around at least 8 full times. I lost count. I didn’t like the stars and the bat added in the original. It didn’t match the aesthetic I was going for.
I had a string of tiny battery operated LED lights that were sitting on top of my book shelf. These were perfect addition to the wreath. I originally tried just wrapping the lights around. But didn’t like how that looked.
I decided to weave the lights between the layers of the yarn. I went up one side, and then down the other. Once the lights were all woven in the yarn, I adjusted them so they look more haphazard, spreading them out a bit and moving them around so they looked more natural.
To hang the wreath, I cut a piece of yarn long enough to loop through the large hoop and then to hang on the screw I have on the back of the mirror. To complete the look, I draped black cheese cloth around the mirror and onto the top of the book shelf. I also added my bust of a lady with a mask, and some pillar candle holders I had painted black a while ago. Finally I added some monochromatic pumpkins I picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot last fall.
There you have it! This is the wall opposite my sofa. I have a few more pieces of Halloween Decor to add to the rest of my seasonal decor. How do you decorate for Halloween? Do you go all out, skip it, or add a few pieces to your every day decor? Let me know in the comments! Have a safe and Spooky Halloween season friends!