August brings many happy items to my mailbox. The September issue of Vogue. Ahhhhh….
Grandin Road’s Halloween Haven 2013.
I’m flipping through the pages and thinking and planning and ….. SCREECH… you want WHAT?!?!?!
[image from Grandin Road]
$359 dollars for a WREATH?!?!!? No detail overlooked. I get it. But HELLO?!?!? You are kidding me, right? THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE DOLLARS FOR A WREATH???????
Hello trip to Michael’s and 40% coupon.
First, I wrapped a Styrofoam wreath in burlap to give it a base.
I have never made this kind of wreath before and had no idea where to start. So I tied some ribbons….
… and kept tying and making bows. I used hot glue to secure the ribbon.
I was a bow making crazy woman! I made a bow, and then folded it back over and glued it again.
Until it seemed to be mostly covered.
To make the face gourds, I started with white spray paint on your standard cheapy plastic gourds.
I quote from the description of the expensive wreath, “resin gourds with faces have been lovingly and meticulously designed by a master sculptor…”
These gourds with faces have been lovingly and meticulously designed by MY FAMILY.
Much more precious than a master sculptor, don’t you think?
For the accent gourds, I spray painted with lime green, and then dotted on the white circles.
Instead of the harvest hat, I went with a small swag with a little bling. Fortunately, I was able to stick it through the ribbon and it fit perfectly.
This is from someone who can’t sew a button. I took one of those needle thingies and some wire and stuck it through the gourds and then tied it around.
I’m sure there is a more official DIY way to do this, but I’m an amateur and swinging by the cuffs of my pants. And I know all of you superstar crafty ladies are cringing with my hack job but hey… a beginner has to start somewhere right?!?!?!
I also added a couple blingy butterflies.
How cute is this swag?!?!?!
Added a bow on top and it is now the fall centerpiece on the door.
A close up of the master crafted family gourds.
Ok… ok… I know it’s not E.X.A.C.T.L.Y like the $359 dollar wreath, but for me and my DIY clutziness, don’t you think it turned out super cute (and relatively close)?
And for minimal dollars and a few hours of effort, it was a lot of fun to make.
Love, hugs, and… $359.00…. seriously???
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