October 20, 2009


ASSEMBLY TIME: approx. 15 minutes
TOTAL COST: approx. $15
  • HALLOWEEN SPIRIT (without it, what's the point?)
  • (1) A grapevine wreath from the craft store (got mine at Michael's for $4)
  • (2) Silk Japanese Lantern Stems (got mine at Pier 1 Imports, $2.99/stem)
  • (2) Silk or dried cattail stems (on sale at Michael's for $1.67/mixed fall bunch)
  • Dried Corn Stalk fronds (picked mine up off the ground in the pumpkin patch parking lot)
  • wire or hot glue
  • A few vintage inspired Halloween ornaments. If you don't have any cute little ornaments just laying around your house, here's a tip: Download some free vintage Halloween images from Matthew Mead. Cut out an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardboard from a cereal box (recycling ~ love it!). Most printers will print on this thickness of cardboard. It gives a nice vintage look, and has a good weight to it. Print on blank side (obviously). Cut out. Cover commercially printed side with craft glue and coat with glitter ~ voila! Your ornament is complete!
Start out with ye olde grapevine wreath, available at any craft store. Begin by sticking a few cattails into the wreath. Bend to shape if necessary. Secure with wire or hot glue. Pretty boring so far...I know...

Next, stick in some of your corn stalk fronds. Secure with wire or hot glue. We have a little contrast going, but how about some color?

That's where the japanese lanterns come in. Snip from bunch into smaller clusters and arrange by tucking in to wreath. Secure with wire or hot glue. Ahh, now that's starting to look better...

Dry-fit decorations, then wire or hot glue into place. Fill in gaps with additional corn stalk, cat tails, or Japanese lanterns as you see fit.

Ready to hang and greet guests with Halloween cheer!


  1. Cute wreath! You're so creative!

  2. way cute, and a bargain of a price, swing by and enter two giveaways!

    the buzz, Brandy

  3. can you make one for me? I'll smile sweetly and give you my "puppy dog" eyes!

  4. So cute! I should make one to replace the same Halloween wreath I've had for the past ten years.

  5. I was so excited to see that it was you that won my books at the SITS auction! I'm sending them off to you first thing in the morning :)

  6. These hot glue crafts seem easy to do. I must say that I don't often work with a glue gun. Most of my projects involve slowly apply some type of adhesive to a surface-preferably using my fingers. Messy but it makes me feel more involved with the project sometimes. Of course there are other times when this type of craft tool makes a job easier.


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