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How to Make a Super Easy Tulle Wreath

Halloween Tulle Wreath

Halloween Tulle Wreath

Today I would like to show you how to make this super easy tulle wreath.  If you can tie a knot, then you can make this adorable project.  Not only is this wreath so simple to put together, but you can use this technique for any season or Holiday.  All you have to do is change the color of the tulle and the accessories that you add, and  you can make a wreath for Christmas, Spring, 4th of July, whenever.  Today, though, I am making a wreath for Halloween.

Suplies

Supplies

I am woefully lacking in Halloween decor, so this year I am trying to fix that situation.  I wanted something cute and fun that was Halloween specific, but not too scary.  Luckily Micheals was having a huge sale, so I was able to get all of my supplies at a great price.  My wreath ended up costing me about $15.  This project can be pretty inexpensive to make.  Your overall cost will change based on which accessories with which you choose to embellish your wreath.  The Dollar Tree is a great place to look for doo-dads to add in without spending too much.  Let’s talk about what you will need to complete this project.

Foam Wreath

Foam Wreath

First off, you will need a foam wreath.  I chose to get my wreath from the Dollar Tree.  You can use an extruded foam wreath, which would be a lot less messy, but it will definitely add to the overall price of your wreath.  Since the tulle will completely cover the foam, I had no issue getting a lower quality wreath for a dollar.  You can choose any size wreath that you want to, but I prefer to use a small-medium sized wreath because the tulle will add a lot to the overall size.

Tulle

Tulle

Next you need to choose your tulle.  You can choose any shades you want to for whatever season you like.  For my Halloween wreath, I chose black, orange, green, and purple tulle.  I bought an extra roll of black because I wanted to frame each color in black and I definitely needed the extra roll.  The amount of tulle that you will need will vary on the size of your wreath and how densely you pack the colors together, but you will need at least three of the 20 yard rolls.

Tulle Wreath

Tulle Wreath

To make the wreath, cut your tulle into panels that are long enough to wrap around the wreath with 2-3 inches of tulle sticking up off each end.  The length of your panels will depend on the size of your wreath, so I can’t give you an exact measurement.  Take a panel of tulle, scrunch it up so that it is thinner and easier to wok with, and then tie it around the wreath in a double knot.  That’s it. Just tie the strips of tulle onto the wreath, and double knot to secure them.  Work your way around the wreath, alternating your shades as you go.  I chose to tie 5 strips per color for the best opacity.  I wanted the tulle to be pretty densely packed, so you can certainly use less if you think that’s overkill.  This is so easy to do, but it is time consuming, so it is a great thing to do in front of the TV.  Just put on a movie or binge watch some Netflix, and you will be done in no time.  When you have tied all of your tulle in place, give your wreath a once-over and trim any pieces that may be sticking out longer than the others.

Themed Accessories

Themed Accessories

Once your wreath is covered in tulle, it’s time for the embellishments.  I found these adorable picks with pumpkins and witchy things at Micheals.  You can literally add anything you want to your wreath.  Picks like these are the easiest to add because they stick into the styrofoam, but other bits and baubles can be glued on as well.  Just fire up the hot glue gun, and have at it.

Halloween Tulle Wreath

Halloween Tulle Wreath

And this is my finished Halloween wreath.  I love the way that it came out.  It was so easy and fun to do that I can’t wait to make another one.  I’m thinking that this is a great style for Easter and 4th of July wreaths.  They could not be easier.  I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial, and I’d love to know if you try to make a tulle wreath for yourself.  I think I covered everything, but I’d be happy to answer any questions that you might have.  Let me know in the comments below how it worked out for you.

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The Fog Begins to Clear

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We have a little over three months left and then we can put this dumpster fire of a year to bed. 2016 has been a really hard year for a lot of people, and I am no exception. I’ve been struggling all year, but the up side is that now I think that I am finally starting to come out of the funk that I’ve been in. It’s been tough, y’all. My husband lost his job back in January, and it took him until September to start a new one. That is a long time to be out of work, and desperately trying to find a job. Finances have been a constant stress, and if any of you have been in a similar situation, you know how nerve-racking it can be. His new job is great, and he is really happy with it so far, but it’s been a long journey to get there.

I suffered a pretty serious injury to my knee at the end of last year that I’ve been dealing with ever since. For months I wasn’t able to walk unaided, and I was in a constant state of pain. Even after I was able to get rid of the crutches and then the cane, I still had a lot of work to do to rebuild my muscle strength. It has been a long and a frustrating healing process. Even now, ten months later, though the pain is mostly gone, I’m still working on strength and durability so that I can walk for longer distances. It’s been very slow going.

With all of this I’ve been under a cloud of mild depression and anxiety, justifiably so. Nothing so bad that I have needed medication or therapy, but enough to completely stifle my creativity. I haven’t been working on anything at all this year and it’s really bothering me. I usually have some projects going, whether it be arts and crafts or writing, or any number of household organizations or improvements. But since my injury, and especially since Tim lost his job, I’ve just been dead in the water. I have felt so stuck. I haven’t felt excited or inspired about anything. I really want to start writing again. I have so many ideas for a novel I started last year. I really need to get back to it, but my creative muscles have atrophied after going so long uninspired. While I am still fighting off depression and anxiety, I recently felt a spark of inspiration. It may sound silly, but I got really excited about some DIY Halloween decorations. I actually really enjoy craft projects, and although it is starting small, I hope this spark will catch fire and help me stretch my creative muscles. Maybe if I work on some crafts I’ll get inspired to work on my writing.

I’m thrilled to get the house back to myself during the day. I love my husband more than anything. He’s my best friend and we have a blast together, but it was hard spending all day, every day together. He worked from home all through 2015, and it was a huge adjustment for me having him here. My productivity fell dramatically. I just had a really hard time getting any work done with him around as a distraction. Once he lost his job and didn’t have his own work to occupy him, it was even harder for me to accomplish anything. Now that he has the new job and is at the office all day, I have an abundance of time to myself again. I’m hoping that I can capitalize on it and start creating.

So all that to say, I’ve been having a tough time and am still struggling, but I feel that things may be improving.  I feel like I am coming out of the fog and getting back to myself.  I hope that I can pull together some small victories that will hopefully catch some momentum for some real changes.  Wish me luck.