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“The Raven” Halloween Wreath

It’s Halloween time and my door was sadly lacking a Halloween wreath, so I decided to get crafty and make one. Beginning on Pinterest at 10am, my Halloween wreath project took much longer than I expected from start to finish. If you’re an experienced wreath maker or crafter or just a more patient person than me, it could take less time, or it could take the same amount of time but your expectations might be more realistic than mine.

I thought it would take an hour and not more. Nevermore.

The Raven closeup wreath

Step One:

Get Inspired.  I browsed the “Halloween Wreath” results on Pinterest and headed to the store with some general ideas. One was a green wreath with a witch hat and little dangly legs hanging down, and the other was “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Step Two:

Wander around every aisle of the craft store and start picking things up as you head in one thematic direction. Criss cross aisles. Avoid eye contact with sales clerks who know you have no idea what you’re doing.

Step Three:

Visit three more stores looking for a fake raven. I found mine at the back of a shelf that I had to climb up and flail at blindly, assuming that if they had fake spiders, rats, and flies, a raven must be there somewhere. It was a hunch that paid off.

wreath supplies

Step Four:

Spray paint wreath with gloss black paint.

The Raven painted wreath

 

Step Five:

Wrap painted wreath in a net-like material. I used this thick glittered net. It wasn’t as flexible as ribbon but added a nice texture over the painted wreath sticks.

The Raven glitter net

 

Step Six:

You can’t see it in my pictures, but I glued a circle of black felt to the back of the wreath. This way the twigs and black paint won’t scuff up my mustard-colored front door.

Step Seven:

Stick in some flowers, berries, feathers, and the bird. Hot glue like crazy or until your two puny glue sticks run out, whichever comes first (ahem).

 

Halloween decorations

 

Step Nine:

Paint a little plaque that says, Nevermore.  I tied mine on with fishing line.

Nevermore Halloween wreath

 

Step Ten:

Hang it up and marvel at its beauty, and hope Edgar Allan Poe doesn’t mind that his beautiful poem is relegated to a front door Halloween decoration.

The Raven finished wreath

 

If you’re interested in reading “The Raven” and what it means, you can read more at The Project Gutenberg.

 

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