Gena Rumple's Halloween Horror Wreath Tutorial




Introduction: Gena Rumple's Halloween Horror Wreath Tutorial

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What's a great way to make your neighbors really nervous on Halloween? Well, a scary wreath will do the trick! This will definitely get you some very suspicious looks in the neighborhood. (Insert evil laughter here)!


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Step 1:

Here is what you need:
  • Hot Glue
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Needle-nose Pliers
  • Red Slick Puffy Paint
  • Plastic Body Parts (Fingers work best)!
  • Spool of 2 1/2 inch wide Black Ribbon
  • 3 inch wide Spool of Black Tulle
  • Flat Black Spray Paint
  • Red Metallic Craft Paint
  • Black Craft Paint
  • Craft Paint Brush
  • 18 inch Grapevine Wreath
  • Black and Silver Duct Tape
  • 1/2 inch wide Wooden Dowel Rod (2 at 13 inches long & 2 at 6 inches long)
  • Sandpaper
  • Jute String
  • Artificial Sinew
  • Black String
  • Yarn Needle
  • Foam Poster Board or Cardboard
  • 7 Dry Cleaning Wire Hangers

Step 2:

Spray paint the grapevine wreath with the flat black spray paint only on one side. Let the wreath completely dry. Important: Please use spray paint in a well ventilated area (outside is best). Tip: If you don’t like paint on your hands, I recommend wearing rubber gloves or Goo Gone. Goo Gone is how I get stubborn paint off my hands.

Step 3:

Take your artificial sinew or black string and create a spider web in the center of the wreath. I made the web in the center of my wreath look like the design of the Native American Dreamcatcher. Here is a diagram on how to create a Dreamcatcher.

1. Tie a knot at the top in the center of the wreath.

2. Take the string and make a series of loops around the center of the wreath. Make the last loop about a 1/2 to 1 inch from the top.

3. Place the second series of loops in the center of the previous loops.

4. Continue with looping the string around and around until you get to the very center of the wreath. Loop twice around before knotting the string into place. Use the scissors to trim off the leftover string.

Step 4:

1. Take the black tulle and wrap it securely around the wreath until it is completely covered.

2. Tuck the ends of the tulle into the grapevine wreath and secure them with a dab of hot glue.

Step 5:

Take the metallic red paint and splatter the black spray painted side of the wreath by loading your fingers up with paint and flicking it on the wreath. Tip: Please make sure you are not wearing anything you don't want to get paint on and make sure you cover anything else you don't want to get paint on, pets included. :) Then let the paint completely dry.

Step 6:

Make a bow with your 2 1/2 inch wide Black Ribbon. Cut ribbon desired length with scissors. Leaving a length of ribbon for a tail, make a figure eight.  Loops size should be determined by the size of desired bow.  Holding ribbon in the center, make another figure eight on top of the first one. Repeat process until the desired number of loops are formed.  Leave a length of ribbon for a tail equivalent to the length of the first tail.  Pinch the center of bow and gather center loops together. Tightly wrap floral wire around center of bow to secure.  Pull each loop and shape as desired.  If necessary, trim floral wire with scissors. Glue onto the wreath.

Step 7:

Make 7 knives with your scissors, needle-nose pliers, black and silver duct tape, and dry cleaning wire hangers. The knives don't all have to be the same size. I made mine all different sizes. Tip: When you glue the 5 knives onto the wreath, make sure you put the hot glue on the metal edges and not in the center of the knife. The duct tape will melt slightly due to the heat of the hot glue.

1. Cut the hanger into 3 pieces.

2. Use the pliers to bend the hanger.

3. The size of the handle determined the size of the blade. Big handle means big blade.

4. Place the hanger on a the duct tape. Make sure to only cover the handle area.

5. Turn the hanger over so that the other side is covered with duct tape. Try to keep the sides even.

6. Use the scissors to trim off any extra duct tape.

7. Place the hanger on a the duct tape. Make sure to only cover the blade area.

8. Turn the hanger over so that the other side is covered with duct tape. Try to keep the sides even. Repeat till you have the desired size of the knife.

9. Use the scissors to trim off any extra duct tape.

Step 8:

Take your black string, yarn needle, needle-nose pliers and thread the plastic body parts individually. Make sure to leave excess string in order to hang them around the bow.

Step 9:

Make your sign using the wooden dowel rods, sandpaper, jute string, foam poster board or cardboard, black craft paint, craft paint brush, red slick puffy paint, and 2 of the remaining knives.

1. Use the sand paper in the areas where you will be using the hot glue. Then hot glue the dowels in place before using the jute to tie on the sign onto the frame. It doesn't have to be completely even.

2. Tie a piece of jute on the sign in order to hang the sign on the bow. Don't knot it completely on this side and leave a little extra string in order to help center the sign in the middle of the wreath. In the front and back, I painted the sign and dowels with black craft paint.

3. Use the red puffy paint to create a message. Finger paint the red puffy paint on all the knives. Then glue the 2 remaining knives on the sign.

4. Hang the sign up on the bow. Make sure it rest in the center of the wreath.

Step 10:

Finally, hang this horrifyingly scary wreath up on your front door and let the gasps and screaming begin! Muah-ha-ha!

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone!


Gena Rumple

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    8 years ago

    Very nice! I love your illustration.


    Reply 8 years ago

    Thank you!