Bat Motel Paper Wreath–{Social Salutations)

Hi everyone!!  I’m Jenn from Social Salutations, and I am so excited to be back at The CSI Project for another tutorial!  Over at my blog, I like to share a plethora of handmade projects, from paper crafts to home decor and everything in between.  I must say though that Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.  There is something about the darkness and mystery of Halloween that gets my creativity flowing, and today I want to share a fun wreath project with all of you!
 
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The supply list is simple (and cheap):  A Wreath Form, Black Crepe Paper, and Hot Glue – that’s it!  You can also add a little sign, or any other embellishments, to make it your own.
 
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Cut a long piece of crepe paper and wrap it around the wreath form.  To make sure it stays in place, add a dot of hot glue to the beginning and end of the wrap.

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To make the flowers, cut 24" strips of crepe paper – there is no set amount that you will need -  I cut a bunch in the beginning to have them ready, and then just added as I went.
 
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Start out by crumpling up the end of the paper, and then begin wrapping it around itself – twisting the bottom as you go.  You will end up making a pointed end at the bottom. 
 
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Dab a dob of hot glue at the base to secure the paper as you wind.  I glued mine about every 2 times around.
 
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Then, just keep on going around and around, gluing as you go until you have formed a flower.
 
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To set, wrap the tail around the base of the flower and secure with hot glue.  It should look like this when you’re done:
 
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Finally, just start gluing all of your flowers to the wrapped wreath form. 
 
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Try to keep them close together, and stagger them if possible so that it looks filled in.  That way, all of the flowers aren’t lined up in a row.  When you are done, it looks like this!
 
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To add something fun to the base of the wreath, I used floral wire to add a sign.  I bought this one at Dollar Tree last year, but you could also add a homemade one as well!
 
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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  Stop by my blog sometime to say hello!  Happy haunting everyone!
Jenn
7 Comments
  1. Reply
    Leigh Ann October 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Very cool looking!

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    Anne October 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Love It, Awesome job Jenn!!!

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    Maureen @ The Parkland Project October 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Very cool and very simple! Love it! 🙂

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    Karen October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    LOVE the idea, but would be afraid the black would run all over the door when it rains….just sayin’

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    Branndi October 25, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Can this be sprayed with some sort of schellac to make it a little more water resistant?

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