October 25, 2012

Easy, Elegant Raven Wreath


Every October I like tinkering around with dollar store finds to try to make a new Halloween decoration that is quick and easy, but has a certain elegance too.  I was glad to see that our local Dollar Tree stores were once again carrying a brood of black-feathered birds.   There's a certain elegance to blackbirds with their glossy black wings and somber silhouettes -- the perfect plumage with which to create a simple, yet striking Halloween wreath.

Easy, Elegant Raven Wreath
Approx. Cost:  $12
Time:  Less than 10  minutes

Materials
1 small wreath form 9 1/2" (I found mine in the dollar section at Target)
10 dollar store black birds (pick ones that are all facing the same direction)
Glue Gun
Spray Adhesive (I like Elmer's Craft Bond)
Black Microfine Glitter (I used PK Glitz)
Optional:  Black string or cord for hanging


Step 1:  (Optional) Tie a string around the wreath form if you plan on hanging the wreath from a string.  Because the wreath is lightweight, and my form is styrofoam, I was able to simply hang it over a hook on my door.  


Step 2:  Remove all the legs from the faux crows.


Step 3:  Hot glue the birds to the wreath form.  I positioned them so that they were affixed to the wreath by the upper breast area.  This allowed for even spacing and a nice opening in the center.


Step 4:  Once birds have all been glued in place, set the wreath on a piece of newspaper.  Spray beaks, heads and napes of birds with adhesive.  Quickly move to a second piece of newspaper and sprinkle tacky areas with fine black glitter.  Allow a few minutes to dry, then shake off excess.  Return extra glitter to container by rolling newspaper into a funnel.

 
Step 5: Trim any stray or gangly feathers with scissors, then hang your wreath and enjoy!


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15 comments:

  1. This is so cool! Had to pin it!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  2. Holy crap, Jenn! This is amazing! It looks so elegant yet has that touch of creepy. Its perfect!

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  3. That is so frickin' awesome! The perfect combo of scary and cool...LOVE IT

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  4. Wow Jenn - that is one of the coolest and scariest wreaths I've ever seen! All those little crows looking in my door. Ack! :)
    Fabulous job.

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  5. I love it Jenn! I'm not big on decorating for Halloween. I'll decorate for Fall, but I've seen more crows this year and I like that!! I saw a house this week with groups of pumpkins in the yard with branches coming out of the middle and 2-3 crows on the branches set around the yard. Looked so cool!

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  6. Cool!! Making this when I have enough crows. Thanks for inspiration.

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  7. Creepy and cool! Making one! :)

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  8. Love this idea, especially since I love the iconic birds film! Not that that has to do with Halloween but, it reminds me of the film. Drop by & link up anytime. Visiting from DearCreatives.com

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  9. This is a fabulous idea! I would like to share it on the P K Glitz blog :)

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  10. How have I not come across your blog before. I have been trolling around for 10 minutes! Now following! I love this wreath thanks for linking it up!

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  11. i love halloween always decorate for the occassion

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  12. I love this! And the best Halloween creativity I seen so far. Pinning and hoping to make. Thanks for the inspiration.

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