Halloween Eyeball Wreath

>> Sunday, October 10, 2010

I couldn't sleep last night so I got busy making the Halloween eyeball wreath I've been imagining.

I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted to do it so I gathered a bunch of supplies from my craft stash. The wreath form and black ribbon were a dollar each from the Dollar Tree, the black glitter leaves and flowers are from Michael's and cost a dollar too, the black tulle is leftover from another project and the eyeballs are bouncy balls and a big bag cost only $4 at Target. I wanted to wrap the wreath in black grosgrain ribbon but it turns out I needed two spools to cover the form. So I changed course and wrapped it in the black tulle.
As soon as I saw the bag of these bouncy ball eyeballs at Target earlier in the season I knew they would make a great Halloween wreath. I attached them by poking a hole in the back of the ball.

Then I inserted the head of a flat stick pin into the pilot hole I made. The ball does a fabulous job of self-healing and I lost my pilot holes several times. I also got stuck a lot by the stick pin. I should've grabbed my thimble. Hindsight. Good news is the ball holds on tight to the pin. No way it's sliding off. No need for my super glue.

I played around with where to put the eyeballs. Random order, pairs, circular pattern? The Dollar Tree wreath ring held strong to the stick pins. A shake of the wreath caused not one eyeball to drop. 

After I had the eyeballs the way I wanted them it felt bare. I experimented with the black silk flowers and ribbon but settled on adding a black glitter leaf behind each eyeball.

I removed each eyeball one at a time and slipped a leaf on the pin behind.

The entire wreath was done without any glue, just stick pins securing the tulle, leaves and eyeballs. This means I can deconstruct it after Halloween to make a new wreath. And the hole is invisible in the balls. I can remove the pins and use them in another project or let the kids play with them. Or pass them out with candy at Halloween next year.

It's very happy resting on the back of the front door in the front hall.

Although it does look pretty fabulous on my red front door too.


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Cher' Shots October 10, 2010 at 2:28 PM  

But where's the picture? I want to see your wreath. Sounds like a cool idea.

booturtle October 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

Cher, Are the pictures of the eyeball wreath not loading for you? I hope there's not a blogger glitch.

Kathleen October 10, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

Oh wow! That is so cool!! I want to make one now too.

this blessed nest October 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM  

had to go to your flickr stream to see the picture, because it's not showing up in your post. it looks fabulous. so spooky fun!

thanks for linking up!


Terrell October 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

It's seriously the perfect addition to Halloween decor! Love it! I am happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to link up your sweet creations at my weekly party, Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

ErIca October 15, 2010 at 12:40 AM  

Hey- your pictures show up as a line that you have to click on...
but yeah... that wreath is GREAT!!

booturtle October 15, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Glad you guys like the wreath. Is this the only post with photo problems? They show fine on my end. I'm trying to trouble shoot it now. Thanks for letting me know.

Terrell, I'll definitely check out your Friday party. Thanks!

booturtle October 15, 2010 at 1:00 AM  

Aha! The photo issue appears to be an IE browser problem. They show fine in Firefox and Safari. I was not aware. I'm trying to correct now.

Púka July 22, 2012 at 3:25 AM  

I love it - and I have seen those eyeballs at Target for $4 each year. Sometimes they will only be blue though :( This 'easy' wreath actually IS easy! Target usually also has toy rubber-ish mice that you could also use. Thank you for this idea.

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