DIY Fabric Scrap Craft Tutorial: Dreamcatcher Inspired Halloween Wall Hanging
In our house we don't go over the top when it comes to decorating for Halloween. Sure, we put some knick-knacks around, and we give out loads of candy, but we keep it subdued.
So when I was trying to come up with a craft project to do for the holiday, it took a little while. I definitely think this wall hanging was worth the wait.
I've mentioned a couple of times that I am trying to use up my fabric scraps, and this is another project that will help me with that goal.
I love the way it turned out. It's bright and whimsical, and only took about an hour to make once I gathered all of the supplies.
The only thing I had to buy was the metal ring. Everything else was in my craft room. That's my kind of craft.
So as the days get shorter, the kids go back to school, and thoughts are turning to all of the Halloween fun that is just around the corner, why not try this dreamcatcher inspired wall decoration. It will be the perfect addition to your holiday decor.
What About You?
Do you decorate for Halloween?
What You'll Need
Here are the supplies you will need. Crafters will probably have most of the items on hand, but they are easy to find if you don't.
- 7" metal ring - and the bonus is that it came in a three pack, so I can make a couple more as gifts. This is the one I used
- 6" doily - Luckily I had one that I could use. You don't want it any larger than six inches because when you attach it to the ring, it will stretch and it shouldn't be bigger than the ring. You can also use one that is smaller than 6".
- Fabric scrap strips - Gather up your spookiest fabrics, or just Halloween colors. Cut strips at least 20" long and various widths, none wider than 1".
- Ribbon and other embellishments - Rick rack, yarn, and narrow binding are good choices.
- Glue gun
- Yarn needle
Note: I don't bother pressing or neatly squaring up the fabric strips. I think it adds to the look that they aren't perfect.
Step 1: Cover the Metal Ring
Before using the glue gun, cover your work surface with paper towels. This glue dries fast and you don't want anything getting stuck to the table.
- Choose what fabric you want to use for the covering and cut two strips of fabric, 2" X 24", while the glue gun is heating up.
- Apply glue to one end of the fabric and stick it to the ring.
- Once it has cooled, start wrapping around, keeping the fabric taut. When the first strip ends, glue it the ring and repeat with the next strip until the ring is completely covered.
Reminder: The glue is really hot so be careful!
Once completely covered, let the glue cool before beginning the next step.
Step 2: Add the Doily Web
After the glue is cooled you can add the doily.
- Choose the yarn you want to sew with, and cut a long piece of it. I cut about 3 yards, which was way too much, but I didn't want to do all that work and run out.
- Decide on a starting point and tie the yarn to the ring. Double knot it and add a drop of glue to secure it.
- Going from point to point on the doily, use a simple whip stitch and sew it on. I picked the points because they were symmetrical. You'll have to choose your sewing points based on your doily.
Note: This part takes a bit of time and manipulation to get the doily flat and taut, and have the stitching look even.
Once finished, double knot the yarn and apply a drop of glue so it is secured to the ring.
Step 3: Add the Decorative Strips
Here comes the fun and creative part, adding the strips.
- Pick out a strip and fold it in half. Decide where you want it to go and feed the folded end through one of the gaps where the ring and doily don't meet.
- Thread the 2 loose ends through the loop that was formed from folding the fabric.
- Pull tightly to secure. Continue adding until you are satisfied with the look.
Note: Some of the fabric strips were wider than I wanted so I snipped about an inch down the middle, and split them in half, lengthwise. This also gave the fabric a wavy edge which added some interest.
Step 4: Add Beads
With some fabrics being stiffer than others, I had to think of a way to add a bit of weight so they lay flat.
I added beads on various strips. Not only did this solve the problem of weighing down the strips, they added some whimsy to the project.
Step 5: Add Embellishments to the Web
After finishing with the fabric strips and ribbon, I thought it needed something more, so I found some old spider rings and sparkly beads to add to the doily, or web, part.
Apply a drop of glue to the back of the embellishment and add it to the doily. Push firmly, but be careful not to get it stuck to the paper towel beneath.
I put the spider on, waited about 10 seconds and then carefully pulled the project away from the paper to let it dry some more before I laid it back down.
For the beads I used a toothpick to add a small amount of glue.
Step 6: Set Aside To Cool
Set the wall hanging down to cool completely and then add the hanger.
Step 7: Add the Hanger
Determine the top center of the ring.
Choose a strip of fabric or ribbon for the hanger and, using the same process that you did when you added decorations to the bottom of the ring, add it to the top center. Then tie the two ends in a tight knot.
That's it! Your wall hanging is done and ready for the holidays. It's that simple.
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