Halloween Craft Project

I have been getting crafty this weekend, and am very pleased with the results! I decided to make a Halloween wreath for my front door, but I wanted it to reflect my pagan values while still being quite fun. I have ended up with a beautiful creation that has a Gothic feel, honours our ancestors (which is the purpose for Samhain or All Hallows Eve), and includes my favourite horror references.

I began by making the wreath shape from several lengths of beading wire and multicoloured seed beads. It was sort of like making a rigid necklace, but I used enough wire to give it strength, and the 24 gauge silver thread was pliable so I could ‘mould’ it to fit the other components.

Halloween_Wreath_Begins

I then decided to make leaves which would act as a frame and provide the seasonal reference and pagan feel to my wreath. I used an old sheet of wrapping paper which is flocked, and I stuck the leaves back-to-back in order to strengthen them, and to give a professional finish if the wreath were to be hung in an open doorway. I glued the leaves onto a length of green woolen ribbon, and threaded it through the wreath, securing it with glue at regular intervals and tying it off at the ends.

Building_the_Wreath

That was the fiddly part. Then came the fun! I set to with the embellishing, choosing some craft feathers that I had been hoarding for a few years, and a sheet of designs purchased from Crafts U Print. I knew there was a reason I had been keeping all this stuff! I also raided my rather large ribbon stash, and used up some scraps of card for backing to strengthen and support the printed motifs.

Finishing_Touches_Halloween_Wreath

While working on this project, I took advantage of a free first month trial on Netflix, and oh how I love that website! I watched a program called Wolfpack of Reseda which seemed to be a random pilot that was never continued, and it was pretty cool. Then I got very excited when I discovered the 1979 version of Dracula starring Frank Langella. That is my favourite of all the Dracula versions, and I hadn’t watched it for years since my rare DVD was stolen during a burglary some 6 or so years ago. Finally I finished with another classic favourite, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!

And here is my finished project, a beautiful, Gothic Halloween wreath:

Goth_Hallowee_Wreath_2012

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