DIY Chicken Wire Frames

I got a lot of questions after the graywash video was posted on how to apply the chicken wire to the back of the frame.  Here is the tutorial per your requests!

Martha Stewart Gilding Product Tutorial

I saw Martha Stewart Living post on their Instagram about this new gilding product and knew instantly I wanted to try it out. In the video, I added the gilding to a white bowl which I thought was a cute little piece to place jewelry in. I actually have the bowl by my kitchen sink so I can put my rings in it while I wash dishes. It’s a simple process and is perfect for adding the metallic look to home accessories or holiday decor. I couldn’t resist adding a little glam to my white pumkpins.

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Halloween Wreath under $20

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I’m all about functional and multi-use items when it comes to decorating. Really, who has the space to store decorations for every holiday!?! The idea is to not use glue when adding the decorative pieces so you can easily take them off to change it out for the next holiday. I bought the purple glitter spiders and they had clips on the back, which I thought was genius. So, I added mini clothes pins to the back of the bats I made, making it super easy to add and take off the decorative pieces. This post is all about showing you how to style the wreath for Halloween, but be on the lookout for future posts on how I easily transition the wreath to be used for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.

Supplies I picked up at Michaels (they are have 50% off most of their Halloween decor right now):

  • Grape Wreath – $9 originally but I used the 40% coupon they have every week, brings it down to $5.40
  • Glitter pumpkin pick – $.54
  • (4) Orange ball and feather picks – $4 (on sale for $1 each)
  • Black glitter crow – $3 on sale
  • Paper mache skull – $1.50 on sale
  • Purple glitter spiders – $1.99
  • Spider cobweb – $2.49

Leftover supplies used from other crafts:

  • Wood block from the distressed hooks tutorial
  • Ribbon from the bow tutorial
  • Chalkboard paint and pen from cheese platter tutorial
  • Twine from escort cards tutorial
  • Mini clothes pins
  • Floral wire

Prep work:

  1. Paint piece of wood with chalkboard paint. After it has dried, put two nails in the back and add twine to create the sign.
  2. Fold black stock paper in half, sketch out a  bat silhouette and cut it out. Then hot glue a mini clothes pin to the back.
  3. Paint the paper mache skull white. Punch two holes in the bottom so you can thread floral wire through it in order to secure it to the wreath.

Building the wreath:

  1. Add spider cobweb to wreath.
  2. Insert the decorative picks, they stay in place without having to glue or add wire.
  3. Clip on the spiders and bats.
  4. Using wire to secure add the crow, skull and sign.
  5. Hang on the door.

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