Just like my writing, I like looking at things with a new perspective when I make DIY crafts. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday and I wanted to welcome the day with a proper hello. Feeling tired of traditional orange and black, I created a new spin on a Halloween craft favorite: the wreath.
– 1 straw wreath
– 20+ coffee filters
– food coloring
– 2+ black plastic bead necklaces
– small package of purple glitter
– hot glue gun and glue sticks
– decorations to suit your taste
Mix your food coloring and dip 20+ coffee filters into the dye. Let the coffee filters soak for 2-3 minutes, then wring out the excess liquid and lay them flat to dry. I let my coffee filters dry overnight, but if you put a small fan facing the filters, they’ll be dry in under one hour.
While the coffee filters are soaking, sprinkle the purple glitter into the bowl and mix around. Then proceed to make a sad face about your new Smurfs inspired hands because you forgot plastic gloves first. Take a deep breath, let go of your mistake, and lightly spray the drying coffee filters with hairspray to help the glitter stick.
The best part of this craft is picking out the fun decorations! Most items like these can be found at a dollar store or a local craft store. Who doesn’t love a reason to go shopping the discounts at Halloween?
Fold your coffee filters into quarters, then slowly roll the filter into a flower shape. Once you have rolled the flower, flatten the bottom of the flower to make it adhere better to the wreath. Using your hot glue gun (and being extra safe!) glue each flower to the wreath. You may want to add some glue in between the flowers, so they have a fuller look.
Add your black beads by hot gluing in circular motions around the wreath. Add your decorations, and enjoy!
Behind the scenes: I had this glorious vision of a black and purple wreath, with perfectly mingled, brightly colored coffee filter flower decorations. That’s the beauty of DIY crafts, you have to roll with the punches! My flowers were mingled pinks and purples, but in the end they were perfect.