Halloween is right around the corner! Whether you are over the top for this holiday, or a minimal kind of decorator, I made a wreath that is neutral enough to fit most any style. Read on for this spooky wreath bat craft idea.
Supplies needed to make your own wreath bat craft idea:
- Unfinished Wood Bat or Other Halloween Cutouts (5 per wreath)
- Grapevine Wreath (in two sizes)
- Skeleton Arm
- Floral Spanish Moss
- Darice Black Matte Acrylic Paint
- 20 Gauge Black Copper Wire
Begin by painting all of your wooden bats black. Set aside to dry. I put two coats on my bats to make them nice and dark.
Then start assembling your wreaths.
Using hot glue, attach Spanish moss to the larger of the two wreaths. I used a 20″ and an 18″ wreath. You can adjust your wreaths for size.
Continue adhering the moss until you have covered your wreath. You can choose a lighter layer of the moss if you like. I wanted a creepy thick layer!
(I also want to state, for the record, that Spanish moss is a dang mess!)
Lay the second (smaller sized) wreath over the top of the moss covered wreath.
Because grapevine wreaths are made from natural materials, they tend to be irregularly shaped. You may want to adjust the wreath layers to see how they “fit” together best. Once you have the configuration you like, cut some sections of black wire.
Flip the layered wreaths over to the backside. Then you will wire the two wreaths together. This is like simple stitching. Wrap a wire section down through the bottom wreath and up through the top wreath.
Twist the wire ends together tight, knot it, and trim the ends of the wire.
Tuck the trimmed wire ends into the wreath so they don’t scratch your door.
I secured my wreaths in four spots.
My favorite part of this wreath is the skeleton hand “holder.”
Position the hand on the wreath using hot glue.
Then, using wire again, secure it more firmly.
Moving on to the bats!
For this bat craft idea you will cut a small section of wire, and wrap it around a pencil or similar object to create a spring.
Adhere the wire to the back of the wooden bat. Repeat for all five bats.
Now decide where you want to put your bats!
Attach the bats to the wreath using the wire. The wire will allow some movement to the bats, and allow you to arrange them a little once you hang your wreath.
Set your wreath upright and make adjustments as needed.
I was going to add spiderwebs and small spiders to my wreath, but I ended up liking it just how it was at this stage. And let’s be honest, I am pretty sure real spiders will probably take up residence in my wreath once it is on the porch!
Happy Halloween crafting!
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).