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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Illuminated Halloween Wreath #GluenGlitter {DIY Tutorial}

Earlier this year I made a fall wreath that was simple and relatively tame/normal. Then, I got chosen to create something using Elmer’s Krazy Glue, and I knew I had to bump it up a notch. I needed to create something impressive, unique BUT still easy to make. And that won’t cost a fortune. No easy feat, lemme tell ya.
But I did it, and I absolutely love the way the wreath turned out. I hope it inspires you to craft up a little something of your own.
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Supplies (I found all of mine at Wal-Mart, which you can read about here):
-Elmer’s Krazy Glue (Craft version)
-1 grapevine wreath
-2 pieces of black cardstock
-1 bag of sparkly confetti spiders
-1 yard of ribbon
-1 package of creepy fabric
-1 set of LED battery operated lights/3 AA batteries
-Scissors
-Bat template (found here)
-Wreath hanger
-Hole punch

Lay out all of your supplies and get organized.
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Here’s the awesome Krazy Glue I used that has a brush applicator. I didn’t even know this existed until I found it at Wal-Mart, and now I am hooked to the craft line of products.
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I printed the bat templates, and I cut them out. From there I was planning on tracing them onto the black cardstock (which I folded in half to avoid cutting 4 times), but instead I just cut around the template. I like to save time when I can because I still got to watch my TV shows and read blogs.
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Originally when I was brainstorming ideas for the wreath, I had planned on using 4 bats, but after playing with the design a bit I settled on 3. I also snipped away at them a bit to make them all different sizes/shapes. Don’t worry/fuss about making perfect bats. Just wing it. Pun intended. After you have them all cut out, punch out 2 holes (for eyes) in each bat.
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Next, wrap your LED lights around the wreath making sure there are at least 6 lights close together on either the right or left hand side of the wreath. The lights will go into the holes you punched to serve as light up eyes for the bats. Genius, I know. You’re making me blush, I know it’s brilliant. SERIOUSLY. The cuteness.
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Once your lights are all secured and ready, grab your creepy fabric and wrap it around. The one I bought was long enough to go around twice.
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You can secure the edges/ends of the creepy fabric together by brushing on some Krazy Glue and holding it there for about 10-15 seconds. I did this every 3-4 inches or so.
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Grab your cute lil’ bats and figure out where you want to place them on the wreath.
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Pull the lights through the holes. I then used the Krazy Glue to help keep the eyes in place by brushing it along the edge of the circle. Sort of like eyeliner, you know, if bats wore makeup.
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You may notice the dark circles around the lights due to the Krazy Glue…once it’s dry, you won’t see that. No need to go batty over it. I’m cracking myself up over here.
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While the bats dried, I applied some glittery spiders.
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And I wanted a dash of color, so I also included the word BOO in sparkly orange.
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Then I grabbed a yard of black & white striped ribbon, made a bow and adhered it to the wreath using a small safety pin. I put it on my door, and I am in love with my Halloween creation.
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In the daytime, it looks like a simple wreath.
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The textures of glitter, gauze-like fabric and the lights create an interesting décor piece for my home.
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Then when it gets dark a bit, I can turn on my lights and my bats come alive! Bwahahaha.
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He must have run into a wall or something, because his eyes are crooked. My story is that I made him that way on purpose, k?
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The lights create a nice warm, orange glow around the wreath.
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There ya have it! I would love to say that I had this planned out for weeks, but really the idea hit me at Wal-Mart. I absolutely wanted to have a light up wreath, and when I saw how small and perfectly circular the LED lights were, I had to do something cool with them.

Overall, thanks to the Elmer’s Krazy Glue, this is a project that took me about an hour or so to accomplish. Any level of crafter can do it, and with such affordable craft products, there’s no reason now to create something fabulous for your holiday décor.

Will you try out the new Elmer’s Krazy Glue w/brush tip applicator on a project? I love how quickly it dries (I am IMPATIENT) and how affordable it is. Let me know your thoughts, comments, etc. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer's #gluenglitter #collectivebias All opinions, photos, and fabulous craft ideas are all mine, as usual.

21 comments:

  1. so cute! I want to make a new fall/halloween wreath for our door as well!

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  2. I love this! The LED lights for the bat eyes are ingenious!

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  3. LOVE this!! What a great idea with the lights! Just pinned it! :)

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  4. How cute! I have some battery LED lights...the wheels are spinning!

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  5. You did a great job! Wonderful and doable tutorial.

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  6. The lights are very clever! it looks great and different. Thanks for the tutorial! I should try to make it with my kids, they will love it!

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  7. This is so cool Monica...the crooked eyes are a nice touch...lol! ;) My daughter loved this and your spider drink the other day. Awesome crafts!

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  8. Cute! My boys really want to start decorating for Halloween. This is a great project to start with. Thanks!

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  9. Super cute! And easy enough, I think, to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Super cute! I can't wait to have my own place so I can do things like this. I love decorating and celebrating special occasions with an extra flair :-)

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  11. How cute!!! Love this. Thanks for sharing. This would be fun to do with kids.

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  12. love this and just shared it on facebook. Thank you for the step by step. :)

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  13. I love halloween thanks for the cute idea... I'll definitely use the krazy glue.

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  14. I don't celebrate or participate in Halloween, but i swear this is too cute!! I love DIY projects that involve glittery and crystal-y things!

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  15. That is such a cute wreath! Love it! Now I want to make one that lights up! Drop by & link up any of your crafting, creative projects. I have a link up once a week!
    Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Illuminated Halloween Wreath #GluenGlitter {DIY Tutorial}

Earlier this year I made a fall wreath that was simple and relatively tame/normal. Then, I got chosen to create something using Elmer’s Krazy Glue, and I knew I had to bump it up a notch. I needed to create something impressive, unique BUT still easy to make. And that won’t cost a fortune. No easy feat, lemme tell ya.
But I did it, and I absolutely love the way the wreath turned out. I hope it inspires you to craft up a little something of your own.
DSC_0972
Supplies (I found all of mine at Wal-Mart, which you can read about here):
-Elmer’s Krazy Glue (Craft version)
-1 grapevine wreath
-2 pieces of black cardstock
-1 bag of sparkly confetti spiders
-1 yard of ribbon
-1 package of creepy fabric
-1 set of LED battery operated lights/3 AA batteries
-Scissors
-Bat template (found here)
-Wreath hanger
-Hole punch

Lay out all of your supplies and get organized.
DSC_0913
Here’s the awesome Krazy Glue I used that has a brush applicator. I didn’t even know this existed until I found it at Wal-Mart, and now I am hooked to the craft line of products.
DSC_0917
I printed the bat templates, and I cut them out. From there I was planning on tracing them onto the black cardstock (which I folded in half to avoid cutting 4 times), but instead I just cut around the template. I like to save time when I can because I still got to watch my TV shows and read blogs.
DSC_0920
Originally when I was brainstorming ideas for the wreath, I had planned on using 4 bats, but after playing with the design a bit I settled on 3. I also snipped away at them a bit to make them all different sizes/shapes. Don’t worry/fuss about making perfect bats. Just wing it. Pun intended. After you have them all cut out, punch out 2 holes (for eyes) in each bat.
DSC_0930
Next, wrap your LED lights around the wreath making sure there are at least 6 lights close together on either the right or left hand side of the wreath. The lights will go into the holes you punched to serve as light up eyes for the bats. Genius, I know. You’re making me blush, I know it’s brilliant. SERIOUSLY. The cuteness.
DSC_0932
Once your lights are all secured and ready, grab your creepy fabric and wrap it around. The one I bought was long enough to go around twice.
DSC_0938
You can secure the edges/ends of the creepy fabric together by brushing on some Krazy Glue and holding it there for about 10-15 seconds. I did this every 3-4 inches or so.
DSC_0950
Grab your cute lil’ bats and figure out where you want to place them on the wreath.
DSC_0944
Pull the lights through the holes. I then used the Krazy Glue to help keep the eyes in place by brushing it along the edge of the circle. Sort of like eyeliner, you know, if bats wore makeup.
DSC_0946
You may notice the dark circles around the lights due to the Krazy Glue…once it’s dry, you won’t see that. No need to go batty over it. I’m cracking myself up over here.
DSC_0951
While the bats dried, I applied some glittery spiders.
DSC_0954
And I wanted a dash of color, so I also included the word BOO in sparkly orange.
DSC_0962
Then I grabbed a yard of black & white striped ribbon, made a bow and adhered it to the wreath using a small safety pin. I put it on my door, and I am in love with my Halloween creation.
DSC_0987
In the daytime, it looks like a simple wreath.
DSC_0965
The textures of glitter, gauze-like fabric and the lights create an interesting décor piece for my home.
DSC_0975
DSC_0978
DSC_0981
Then when it gets dark a bit, I can turn on my lights and my bats come alive! Bwahahaha.
DSC_1032

DSC_1021

DSC_1017
He must have run into a wall or something, because his eyes are crooked. My story is that I made him that way on purpose, k?
DSC_1061
The lights create a nice warm, orange glow around the wreath.
DSC_1025
There ya have it! I would love to say that I had this planned out for weeks, but really the idea hit me at Wal-Mart. I absolutely wanted to have a light up wreath, and when I saw how small and perfectly circular the LED lights were, I had to do something cool with them.

Overall, thanks to the Elmer’s Krazy Glue, this is a project that took me about an hour or so to accomplish. Any level of crafter can do it, and with such affordable craft products, there’s no reason now to create something fabulous for your holiday décor.

Will you try out the new Elmer’s Krazy Glue w/brush tip applicator on a project? I love how quickly it dries (I am IMPATIENT) and how affordable it is. Let me know your thoughts, comments, etc. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer's #gluenglitter #collectivebias All opinions, photos, and fabulous craft ideas are all mine, as usual.

21 comments :

  1. so cute! I want to make a new fall/halloween wreath for our door as well!

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  2. I love this! The LED lights for the bat eyes are ingenious!

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  3. LOVE this!! What a great idea with the lights! Just pinned it! :)

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  4. How cute! I have some battery LED lights...the wheels are spinning!

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  5. You did a great job! Wonderful and doable tutorial.

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  6. The lights are very clever! it looks great and different. Thanks for the tutorial! I should try to make it with my kids, they will love it!

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  7. This is so cool Monica...the crooked eyes are a nice touch...lol! ;) My daughter loved this and your spider drink the other day. Awesome crafts!

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  8. Cute! My boys really want to start decorating for Halloween. This is a great project to start with. Thanks!

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  9. Super cute! And easy enough, I think, to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Super cute! I can't wait to have my own place so I can do things like this. I love decorating and celebrating special occasions with an extra flair :-)

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  11. How cute!!! Love this. Thanks for sharing. This would be fun to do with kids.

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  12. love this and just shared it on facebook. Thank you for the step by step. :)

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  13. I love halloween thanks for the cute idea... I'll definitely use the krazy glue.

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  14. I don't celebrate or participate in Halloween, but i swear this is too cute!! I love DIY projects that involve glittery and crystal-y things!

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  15. That is such a cute wreath! Love it! Now I want to make one that lights up! Drop by & link up any of your crafting, creative projects. I have a link up once a week!
    Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

    ReplyDelete