How to Make a Fuzzy Monster Eyeball Wreath for Halloween

While not everyone uses wreaths at Halloween, they are a great way to announce your participation in trick-and-treating when hanging on the door. This fuzzy monster eyeball wreath is an eyeful of monster-ish eyeballs staring out at passers-by. Perhaps not your prettiest wreath but definitely your most scary.

Steps

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    Assemble the items needed to make this wreath. These are listed below under "Things You'll Need".
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    Place the fun fur square onto the table. You'll be drawing lines to create the template for cutting:
    • Place the wreath roughly in the middle of the fun fur square.
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    • Outline the outside of the wreath using the marker pen and mark another circle about 3 inches (7.5cm) outside of this outer circle.
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    • Mark a big evenly spaced "X" in the middle.
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    • It should now look like a large "bulls eye" shape.
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    Start cutting. Once the lines are drawn in place, you can begin cutting as follows:
    • Start with the outer circle.
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    • Return to the inner circle and cut down each line of the cross to the inner circle edge. This will create four "flaps".
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    Once you have everything cut out, decide where the eyeballs are going to be placed. Cut each hole about an inch and a half (2cm) but not too much more than that or the balls risk slipping through and won't appear like an eyeball. Place the holes evenly around the whole circle.
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    Cut the eyeball slits. Pinch the fabric where the line is and cut the slit. Repeat this all the way around. Be aware that the fun fur is hard to work with and the fabric pieces will end up everywhere!
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    Insert the ping pong balls into the cut lines.
    • If the ping pong balls have labels on them, have the label facing away from the outside of the fabric (you should be working on the non-furry side or inside of the fabric).
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    • Push one ball through each hole. Adjust as needed.
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    Glue all around the inserted ball. This will seal it up but will take lots of glue, so be prepared to use a lot. Repeat until all the eyeballs have been inserted.
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    Leave to dry. Ensure that it has dried or you risk burning yourself.
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    Put the wreath onto the dried ping pong balls. Be sure to sit it over them neatly.
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    Start pinning the middle pieces to the wreath. Continue until all pieces have been pinned onto the wreath.
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    Pin the outside pieces to the wreath. Make small cuts in the outer edge of the fabric to make a smoother finish to the pinned wreath. Cut to a depth of about an inch to an inch and a half (2.5-3cm) every 10 inches (25cm) or so. Then start pinning the cut outer pieces onto the wreath. As you pin, be careful not to pull too much on one side, otherwise the other side will be too short and you'll have to pin it all over again.
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    Hot glue the pinned pieces to the wreath. Pull out the pin and glue that piece to the wreath (add glue to both the wreath and the fabric piece). Continue to do this all the way around until all the pinned pieces are glued instead of pinned. This will consume a lot of glue.
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    Allow to dry.
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    Once dried, start drawing the pupil on the eyeballs. Do this all the way around. A small black dot is all that's needed.
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    Display. Once the eyes are done, the wreath is ready to display. Add some invisible thread for a holder and hang on the door in time for Halloween.

Things You'll Need

  • Fun fur (must have a 3 inch, 7.5cm over-hang over the size of the wreath circumference in a square)
  • Ping pong balls for the eyes, as many as needed to evenly cover the wreath
  • Blank foam wreath; the one used in this article is 16" but you can buy them smaller
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Hot glue gun with lots of glue tubes

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Categories: Halloween Decorations