I’ve always wanted to make a black Halloween wreath, but I have a black front door, so it wouldn’t show up. But my Halloween canvas gives me the perfect backdrop. And, it made me think that if I could create a flexible canvas background for Halloween decor, that I also could make a Halloween wreath base that could be dressed up in a variety of ways.

I used a similar technique to make last year’s Christmas wreath, but that one was made from grosgrain ribbon, which gets pricey. So for this wreath, I purchased a fabric remnant, which only cost $8. Everything else, I already had, so this was a very low cost project.

Supplies

12″ foam wreath

Black acrylic paint

Foam brush

1 yard black fabric (Mine was called Rodeo and was 42″. You want a fabric with some body to it so the ties don’t get floppy.)

Instructions

1. Measure two-inch sections of your fabric. Make a small slit in your fabric and rip off the section. You could cut your fabric strips or use pinking sheers, but I wanted the raw look of ripped fabric.

2. Trim each 2-inch section to a 17-inch length. You will need 34 strips of fabric.

3. Your next step is to paint the front side of your wreath the same color as your fabric.

This is just to show you why you’ll paint the front side of your wreath. If you don’t, you’ll have white sections showing through your fabric knots.

4. So now pretend the wreath is painted. (If I tried to take the photo against the painted wreath, this step wouldn’t show up.) Just make a simple knot and keep adding fabric knots. if you tie them in the same way each time, you’ll get a nice, neat look. Smush the ties close together for a full look.

5. Now, decorate however you like. I had dollar store spider rings on hand, so I just snipped the ring and slid it on my knots.

6. Cut one more 2-inch wide strip of fabric. Make this as long as you need for your space. Wrap it around the top of your wreath and safety pin the two ends together. I used a push pin to attach my wreath to the back of my canvas.

Decorate however you like. I think this would look cute with a scrapbook paper witch hat. I also like the idea of inserting more ties made out of Halloween-colored tulle. In fact, I’m liking the idea of an all-tulle wreath. Hmmm. May have to untie this wreath, paint the flip side and start a new design!

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