Monday, August 13, 2012

Bitsy the Spider Halloween Ribbon Wreath



This beautiful black and orange ribbon scrap wreath makes a perfect home for Bitsy the Spider and his web! Here you will learn how to make a cute spider out of satin cord, a ribbon wreath for Halloween and how to put them together in one adorable door hanger.  Upcycle wire clothes hangers into a wreath frame and ribbon scraps into a colorful Fall decoration. The best part: you can use this tutorial to make ribbon wreaths for any celebration other than Halloween, just change the colors and omit the spider!



Materials:
Satin Cord in Black and White, at least 2 yards each
3/8-inch Grosgrain in Black and Torrid Orange
3/8-inch Grosgrain Swiss Dots in Black and Pumpkin
5/8-inch Harmony in Black/Silver and Orange
5/8-inch Sheer Delight in Black and Orange
7/8-inch Double Ruffle in Black and Orange
1 1/2-inch Double Ruffle in Black and Orange
2 Wire clothes hangers (or a wire wreath frame)
2 Googly eyes, small
2 Balls/Styrofoam, foil, very small
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun
Scissors

How to make “Bitsy” the Spider:

1. Wrap black satin cord around one ball until you cannot see what is underneath and it is about 1 1/2 inches wide. This will be the body of the spider.
2. Do the same to the second ball except make this one only about 3/4 inch wide.
3. Cut 8 pieces of black satin cord 2 3/4 inches long. These will be used for the legs.
4. Put a small dab of hot glue in the middle of the strand and fold in half. Do this for all 8 pieces. Once dry, gentle pull them apart just a little bit to make the leg shape.
5. Next, attach the head and each leg to the body with hot glue. Once the glue is hard, adhere the googly eyes as well.

Congratulations your new little friend is complete! Now, to make his colorful home…

Construct the Ribbon Wreath:
(If using a wire wreath frame skip to step 4)

1. First, cut the actual hanger part off of one hanger. Then bend each hanger into a circle. One should be a bit smaller than the other to fit inside it.
2. Straighten the hook section of the piece that was cut off, then snip it in half. These pieces will be used to connect the two wired circles.
3. Bend the ends of the two short pieces to an “S” shape and hot glue to the wire circles. This will be used as your wreath frame.
4. Cut ribbons into 5-inch pieces to tie around the wreath. Knot each piece in the middle around the wire frame. * Note: Tie a thicker ribbon in an X around the joints of the frame for extra stability.
5. Make sure to slide your knots against one another to fill the wire completely for a full looking wreath.
6. Once your frame is full, wrap the hanger section with ribbon as well.
7. Make a bow out of your ribbon of choice and attach it to the top of the hook.

Now to add Bitsy the Spider…

1. Cut a piece of white satin cord about 2 yards long. Attach one end with hot glue to the top of the spider.
2. Hang the spider in your desired location and wrap the cord around the frame of the wreath to secure it.
3. Continue to string the cord around the center of the wreath creating a web. Once your web is to the desired look, cut off any extra cord and adhere the end to the back of the wreath with hot glue.

Enjoy your new web and wreath! Happy Fall!

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