Bat Wreath

by Chris on October 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, I made this wreath for a post for the girls at Eighteen25. (Love them!) I was about to write a post saying how lame my Halloween decorations are this year and then I told myself, “Self, don’t ignore the bat wreath. It deserves a little street cred.” Here we go.

I hadn’t played around with my Silhouette in a while, so it was the perfect time come up with something. Jumping on the yarn wreath bandwagon, I made my own little version.

bat wreath

The supply list is quite simple, really. Here it is…

  1. A styrofoam wreath (you choose what size)
  2. Spray paint to coordinate with your yarn
  3. Some yarn
  4. Construction paper
  5. Silhouette/Cricut/scissors—whatever you have on hand
  6. Patience. A lot of it.

yarn wreath supplies

For all the cute yarn wreaths I’ve seen out there, everyone failed to tell me how annoying it is to wrap the yarn for them. I’m here to tell you. It was annoying. BUT…it pays off in the end. (Side note—those are paint-stained pants. Don’t judge.)

yarn wreath

After you wrap (and wrap and wrap) the yarn around the wreath, you just cut out various size bats to adhere with a glue gun. I wanted mine to look like they were flying in a bit of a swarm, so I had them get a little smaller toward the top. You can clearly tell I took an art class in the 8th grade.

paper bats

I added the thickest green ribbon I had to give a little pop of color! It turned out perfectly. I like to keep my decorations simple, but I imagine you could embellish some more if you like.

bat wreath

Total cost? Uhhh…I guess I should have kept track of that. $4.00 for the yarn and $3.00 for the wreath form? That sounds good. I’ll go with $7.00. And a LOT of yarn left over for other projects. A lot of gray projects.

Disclaimer: I do, in fact, make things other than wreaths. I make dinner (sometimes); I make teenagers do writing assignments that I then have to grade; I make messes in my house that I have to pick up before the cleaning lady gets here. Just clarifying.

Don’t forget what tomorrow is! I’ll be here, and I hope you will be too!

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Inspire Me Heather October 27, 2011 at 8:15 am

It’s cute for sure!

Comeca October 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

Too cute!

modern jane October 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

I absolutely love this and I’m definitely making it.. next year! Thanks for sharing! :)

Andrea October 27, 2011 at 8:57 am

Love your disclaimer!! How many hats do we wear at one time? Loving your wreaths, perfect for the holiday. Have a great day!

Sarah October 27, 2011 at 9:02 am

Hahaha I love the disclaimer, made me giggle here at work! :)

Lisa October 27, 2011 at 9:42 am

This is so darling! Simple but so creative!

Bossy Betty October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

You make us happy too!

Jennifer October 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

Cute! Here’s a tip, if you use thicker/chunkier yarn, it doesn’t take as long and is much more forgiving! It’s a different look, though.

Thanks for sharing!

Wonderfully Domestic October 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love this! It’s going in my idea file for next year for sure! Thanks!

Aimee

Chrissy October 27, 2011 at 10:53 am

This is super cute!! Thanks for the idea!!

Debra @ Bungalow October 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

I love the simplicity of your wreath!

And those pants, I think I have the same pair. ; > )

Dani October 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

I love this wreath! I did something similar, cutting out spiders with my new ecraft.

Also, here is a coupon code for anyone interested:

20% off PaperLayerz and CutMates from the http://www.thePaperMillstore.com/diecutting website if you enter the code ‘eCraft11′.

Dani

Dream Mom October 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

Wow, I really love it. I love the simplicity of it, plus it looks modern and fresh at the same time. Love the swarm of the bats-looks very professional:) Great job!

Bonnie October 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Love it…I may or may not make dinner!! ;)

Shannon Fox October 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I think it’s cute as pie! Better then mine. Because I froze, and never made one ;) LOL
It’s so easy to pick ourselves apart. I try to tell myself that only I am me. I am the best me I can be. I work with what I have or can afford and that is good enough as long as I do my best. Happy Halloween to you =)

Donna October 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

That is so cute! I love it! I like what dream mom said – simply and fresh and modern!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} October 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm

You never cease to amaze me. So cute. I love how simple and clean it looks. Darling.

The Smithocracy October 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

What a fun wreath! Definitely going to “pin” this and put it on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

Diane @ home sweet homemade October 28, 2011 at 9:28 am

love your yarn wrapped wreath and I concur on the pain in the petunia part of doing the wrapping. But aren’t they just so pretty when they’re finished? I love the grey with your green ribbon too. And I had to laugh when I read the list of things you make, other than wreaths. funny!

Kim {ShopKim on Etsy} October 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

I love it! The simplicity of it is perfect. The pop of green adds just the right touch too.

katie October 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

I loved this project when I first saw it on Eighteen25! Great job!

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