While I was in Michael’s the other day, I noticed all their Halloween items were on sale and as I looked around, I knew I had to put together a ravens wreath for our door. All I’ve had on our door is the leaf wreath I made, but up until we moved, I always hung my big witches wreath on our covered porch. Furthermore, we always decorated our previous house for Halloween.
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —
Only this, and nothing more.” ~The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
If you look in close enough, you’ll see three ravens. Did you find the third one?
For only a few dollars more, I bought a black grapevine wreath instead of a natural one. This way I could save a bit of time and not have to spray one.
I ended up buying three bundles of these black leaves. It’s hard to see, but they were lightly coated in silver flecks. I estimated where I wanted my ravens and then I started cutting the bundles apart.
Most of the time I inserted a stem into the grapevine wreath, it held really well because of how tight it was put together. But if the space was a little too big or lose, I took the stem (you can see above) and bent it on the back and worked it in to stay put.
The only wiring I had to do were with the ravens. They had wire by their feet, and using black wire, I just secured everything to the wreath.
I bought some purple Halloween ribbon I wanted to use on the wreath. After looking at it, I decided not to add it directly to the wreath.
So onto plan B…
I took our regular plain white wreath hanger and wrapped the ribbon from back to front on it. Because I didn’t want this ribbon to go over the door, I ran the ribbon from the upper part of the wreath holder on the back, to the upper on the front. I folded the top of the ribbon over at the very top on the front side and used my glue gun. Lesson learned, if you decide to do this, only glue on the top inside of the ribbon to the wreath hanger. I tried doing the front length, but if you look above, you’ll see where the glue and ribbon pulled away from each other.
Too bad we don’t get any trick or treaters here. I think they would love seeing our scary raven wreath.
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