Thursday, August 2, 2012

Skeleton Wreath Tutorial


Ah August.... most people are savoring the last days of summer. Me... I'm thinking about Halloween.


Normally by the time September and October roll around I'm completely consumed with Halloween preparations and have a hard time posting about what I'm doing until it's almost too late. So this year I'm finally getting smart and using that unhealthy obsession to get a head of the game. 

During August I'll be sprinkling some Halloween posts in with regular crafts. I first made this wreath a few years ago- but it's never appeared here on Mega•Crafty so it's probably new to you.




It's made from a bag of foam bones I found in the Halloween section of a chain store. The wreath (which measures approximately 20 inches in diameter when completed) isn't difficult to create and makes the perfect ghoulish greeting for Trick-or-Treaters. 



I started by laying out the bones and evaluating all the pieces, dry stacking them a few times to get a feel for the shape and size of the wreath.



It seemed to work best if I used the flatter pieces- hips, hands, feet- to make my base. Each piece overlapped the other so that I could glue them to each other.


I found this glue in the craft store and it worked perfectly.


I wanted the skull to greet all my guests face to face so I gave it a prominent spot at the top, then worked my way around the wreath building the second layer of bones using mostly the leg and arm pieces (boy doesn't that sound strange in a wreath tutorial).


Once I had two solid layers I was left with some of the skinnier flat bones and some smaller little ones (I'm not a doctor and I'm really not sure which bones these are so I'll stick with my highly technical term of "the rest".)



I took "the rest" and stuck them in wherever I thought it felt a little bare.



The last piece of the skeleton I added to the wreath was the jaw (and in my opinion it was the best piece- I think it really makes the whole thing).



This was the only piece that needed to be propped up until the glue dried, everything else stayed in place on it's own.


I let the wreath dry flat overnight and the next day it was ready to hang. Since the skeleton is foam it's very light and only needed to sit on a small nail to hang it (but you could attach some floral wire and use a small hook it needed).


It's a little creepy (my husband shakes his head every time he looks at it and says how wrong it is) but I love the unexpected for Halloween! (Besides I think he secretly likes it.)


12 comments:

  1. Had to pin this to pinterest. now I need to find me a bag of those foam skeleton bones!

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  2. Very creatively creepy! My husband shakes his head at a lot of my crafts, too, but like yours is very supportive.

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  3. Thanks so much! I can't wait to put this wreathup on my door again this year. As much as I love Halloween, August is probably a bit too early, but soon I'll be able to hang it up!

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  4. Skeletons and bones is where you and i part ocmpany this time of year! lol! I am really, really NOT into the old skeleton thing. BUT I can appreciate a most excellent and clever wreath when i see one! And this wreath is clever!

    I am so happy you are giving in to your passion now and not waiting for fall.

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  5. LOL Pam-I do know that skeletons aren't your thing. And I thank you for the supportive comment despite that fact!

    : )

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  6. Pam told me about this and I LOVE it! I was going to make Halloween mice, but LOOK at this! In fact, a skeleton wreath with vampire MICE hiding in it...!

    oh, it's so lovely...

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  7. You've inspired me to make one just like yours for this Halloween (2013)!! THANK YOU for sharing this!

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  8. I can only find plastic bones?? How many bones were in the bag? Love this!! Help!!

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    1. I think there are 20- something bones in the bag. (I don't remember the exact number). Plastic would work too- you'd just have to use a different type of glue. Hope that helps!

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  9. THIS IS SO KOOL! I AM REALLY GOING TO MAKE THIS FOR THE NEXT HALLOWEEN....AS SOON AS I FIND THE BAG OF BONES...LOL, THANX, LULU

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    1. I'd love to see a picture of your finished wreath! Thanks for your comment. : )

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