As soon as Target put out the Halloween things in the Dollar Spot, I was all over it. I found a nice size unpainted wooden bat, and the idea for this wreath was dreamed up almost entirely in one thirty minute Target trip.
I need to post this disclaimer, though — For this wreath, initially I used hot glue. It is important to let everything on the wreath settle overnight before hanging it — I didn’t the first time, and things fell of of it. And another disclaimer — I hot glued the spiders to the wreath and because they are pretty smooth on the back, a lot of them fell off. You’ll want to use E6000 for all gluing — especially if you live in a hot climate.
So guys…this is what we are making. Put your crafting hat on!
-Grapevine wreath (I used a 24″)
-Wooden bat (Target Dollar Spot)
-Paint sponge brushes
-Black craft paint
-Black glitter paint
-1-2 bags of creepy crawlies (Target Halloween section)
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks (for moss only)
-Not pictured: E6000 — don’t use hot glue like I did for anything but the moss!
Glue your picture hooks to the corners of the bat. You will need 2.
Turn the bat over and paint the edges of the bat with the black craft paint. His face was the most difficult part — I didn’t have smaller brushes so I smudged on a bunch of paint with my finger. I also smushed the brush into the crevices and just tried to coat him.
Then paint the front of the bat. I did two coats.
Once the bat dries, brush over the top with black glitter craft paint. This will give him a nice shimmer. 🙂 He’s a fancy bat!
Next you’re going to wire Mr. Bat into the wreath using the picture hooks. Cut off about 5 inches of floral wire, then loop it through the hook and wrap around some of the twigs in the wreath.
Start adding your spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies. I didn’t bother gluing the wormy-type creatures. Those I just tucked underneath twigs in order to make it look like they were crawling through. Glue the spiders, though. Put a spider on each side where the floral wire is to conceal.
Next, add moss in clumps. You are fine to use a hot glue gun for this part — I haven’t had any moss fall off of my wreath. Add some spiders on top of the moss.
Let me know if you end up making this, too! 🙂 I would love to see. This took me about 3-4 hours, just FYI. It can be done in an afternoon.