So I found this orange tinsel cat at Michael’s that I just LOVED. Rob loved it, too, and so we got it and a wreath form to hang it on our front door. It wasn’t cheap but we really, really liked this idea. But when it came together it was so meh that it was terribly, terribly disappointing.
Still wanting a cat wreath I came up with two other ideas and this is the first one I’m implementing. It’s my black cat Halloween wreath and since I spent so much on the previous cat wreath that flopped and won’t see the light of day on this blog my next one had to be CHEAP. Now in my mind I actually wanted to make this gal out of black feathers but seeing the cost of feather boas that was definitely NOT a cheap option.
Since ripped fabric can look feathery I decided to go that route and I went to Walmart to buy some inexpensive black fabric I had seen on clearance. After asking TWICE for help and being told “just a minute” that turned well into over 30 minutes in the craft section twiddling my thumbs I got irked. Oh, so irked. And so I left with no fabric to start my wreath.
That night Rob and I ran to a different Walmart and I was still irked. But as we were looking for something in the housewares department I remembered that they have some stupidly cheap flat twin sized sheets. Like, 5 bucks cheap. So I ran over and got one and got far, far more fabric than I need for my gigantic wreath. Since I had everything else in my craft stash, ’cause I roll like that, I was able to make this far more successful cat wreath on the cheap. Huzzah!
For this project you will need:
- 2-3 yards of fabric or a twin sized flat sheet
- 18″ wreath form
- ribbon & wire
- wire clothes hanger
Using a pair of scissors make a small cut in at the end of your fabric.
Pull the fabric away to rip it apart. Continue tearing to make strips that are 1-2 inches wide.
Cut pieces of a similar size. I used a piece of paper as my guide and just snip, snip, snipped until I had a box of the right sized strips. Knot them onto your wreath form making them close together so the form is full. I went with 9 on the inside and outside rings and 11 on the inside rings.
Working in sections, stop when you get near the “ear” section of the wreath.
Using wire nippers cut the hook part away from a metal hanger and then cut the hanger into halves. Weave the ends of the ear wire into the wreath form. Using wire or string or whatever you have around tie the the ear wire onto the form until it’s nice and sturdy. I used black cotton yarn and it worked really well.
Continue filling out the wreath and knot fabric around the ears as well.
A bow near the ear is the perfect way to turn this cat wreath into a Halloween cat wreath!
Run a piece of wire through the knot of the bow and then shove it through the fabric in the wreath to the backside. Twist the wire to secure the bow. Since it isn’t permanent you can change it out for seasons or just as you please.
I’ve been trying to clean up my craft stash and when I did I found a bunch of Halloween props including 24 black plastic rats which, for some reason, squeak. I now have about 18 black plastic rats and my puppy Carly seems to think she needs to exterminate them :) All the same, I’m pretty happy with my little Halloween scene that I was able to make out of my stash and on the cheap. The first cat wreath of the season was an epic craft fail but this sucker turned out cuter than I had hoped! :)