Thursday, September 16, 2010

$3 Thursday – Faux Feather Halloween wreath

I took a trip to the Dollar Store this week to check out their Halloween items.  I have seen lots of thrifty ideas and wanted to get some supplies to make a wreath.
I knew I wanted to make a black wreath if I could similar to the white bag wreath I made here.
I found a wreath, a black table cloth, a glittered skull and some smaller plastic skulls.
I had thought of spray painting the wreath black but I didn’t have any on hand so I cut a long strip of the table cloth and started wrapping.
I didn’t glue the end of the strip, I just made sure to wrap over it.
Once the wreath was all wrapped I cut it off leaving a few inches.

I cut a strip about 12” long and tied it over the end of the strip to secure it.
Then I cut the rest of the tablecloth into strips about 2 1/2” x 13” and started tying them on.
I just kept tying trying to tie one towards the inside of the wreath and the other a bit towards the outside.  This gave me a full look like I wanted.  I kept tying until I used up most of the tablecloth.
Then I tied a knot in a strip to make my hanger.
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I attached this by tying another strip through this.
I wanted to attach the glittered skull to the wreath so I got some wire and poked a hole in the back of the skull with a pen I had laying around.  I’m sure there is something better than a pen to do this but I used what I had. 
Then I cut the wire to about 12” and ran it through the hole in the skull and attached to the wreath.
I took a step back and looked for spots in the wreath that needed a few more strip and used up the rest of the tablecloth strips I had.
Here it is on my front door.
A close up of the skull.
Here it is outside on my wreath holder.
It really isn’t all the deep of a wreath even with the skull.
It reminds me of a feathered wreath I saw in the craft store and drooled over, until of course I saw the price.   At half off it was still $30.  That is a lot more than my budget can handle for a seasonal wreath. 
I think I need to wait until October 1st to hang it up for good.
Total cost:  $3
Dollar store supplies: 
Wreath  $1
Tablecloth  $1
Glitter skull  $1
I did use a piece of wire I had in my supplies but that was it from my supplies.

I decided not to use the smaller skulls I bought on the wreath.   I think I’ll display them in a glass jar.
If I made a second wreath I might do a couple things different – I would either get a slightly smaller wreath or pick up a second tablecloth to make the wreath just a bit fuller.
Please let me know if you make one.  I would love to see what you make.

Linking to these parties.
Feature Yourself Friday at My Repurposed Life
Frugalicious Fridays at Finding Fabulous
Creative Chic Parade
Fabulous Fridays at Frou Frou Decor
Flaunt It Friday at Chic On a Shoesstring
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk's
Making It With Allie at What's Allie Making Now
Tutorial Tuesday at Hope Studios
Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family


  1. Oh this is right up my alley. Inexpensive, Halloween decor! Love it. I'd love you to link this up at my "Get Your Halloween On" party.

  2. I love it! I will be backing one of these!
    You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!

  3. Love the glitter skull, makes halloween kinda glam!!

  4. Awesome! I would have never thought to use the tablecloth!

  5. I just bought a black glitter skull today. :-) Thanks for linking up all your cute projects. I'm inspired.

  6. I love this! I have been wanting to make a couple of halloween wreaths for outside and this will work perfectly! Thanks for posting it!

    Have a great weekend! Oh, and I can't wait to hear how your Junkin' day trip went!

  7. This is awesome! So halloween chic!

  8. Very cool to use the tablecloth - it will weather well in the elements..very smart indeed.

  9. I really like how you did the wreath! I'm not too big on the skull, but that's just me! heheh
    You could also use black garbage bags?
    thanks for linking up! I appreciate the link back.

  10. I love this idea and I hit the Dollar Tree the same day I read this!! I will be making my own real soon! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Gorgeous! It really does look like feathers, too :)


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