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!
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.
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.

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.
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. 
Dab a dob of hot glue at the base to secure the paper as you wind.  I glued mine about every 2 times around.
Then, just keep on going around and around, gluing as you go until you have formed a flower.
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:
Finally, just start gluing all of your flowers to the wrapped wreath form. 
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!
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!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  Stop by my blog sometime to say hello!  Happy haunting everyone!
  1. Reply
    Leigh Ann October 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Very cool looking!

  2. Reply
    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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