While taking a break from baking, I put some cupcake liner papers to good use to make a simple Halloween decoration. To make a wreath of your own, you will need a wreath form, ribbon, cupcake papers, a hot glue gun, glue sticks, and approximately one hour.
I used an 8-inch Styrofoam wreath, 4 yards of 2.5 inch wide ribbon (1 spool), and 70 cupcake papers. Should you wish to use 1.5 inch wide ribbon, you will need 8 yards (2 spools).
Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, and secure the end of the ribbon with dots of hot glue.
Crunch the bottom of a cupcake paper together, and glue it to the ribbon. Generously space the papers across the wreath to give the glue a chance to dry, and then go back around and fill in the spaces with more papers.
Please be careful when using hot glue. In one of my dimmer moments, I placed a dot of hot glue on the wreath and proceeded to press the cupcake paper into the glue with my finger. I was very quickly reminded a thin layer of paper will not block the heat from the glue. I found wrapping the cupcake paper around the tip of a Sharpie and then pressing the paper into the glue worked well.
…and a reverse view.
Secure a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath to act as a hanger. I had extra ribbon on hand, so I only bought one spool for the wreath. Depending on how elaborate you would like to make your hanger, i.e.) if you would like to make a bow, you may need to purchase additional ribbon when shopping for wreath supplies.
Then hang it up! At first, I was fairly disappointed given the grayness of the wreath. I had big aspirations for a black wreath, but of course the black outsides and the white insides of the cupcake papers equal gray. My poor wreath looked sad, not spooky.
Then Mom came to visit and helped me pick out just the right accessory. We (okay, she) secured the spider with a bit of floral wire.
The inspiration for this project can be seen as a Valentine’s Wreath on From Chapel Hill to Chickenville. If you do not have cupcake papers on hand or prefer a more neutral look, use a similar concept to make a wreath out of coffee filters. Happy Halloween!