Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative

For Halloween this year, I decided to create a wreath for our front door. But I didn’t want to do the traditional orange and black – instead I opted for something a little more glamorous. That’s how I came up with the Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath. It was also important to me that I didn’t spend too much time or money on it – all of the products used to create the wreath were bought at either Dollar Tree or at Michael’s just last week when they had a sale on Halloween items (I also enjoy shopping the week after Halloween for great discounts on products for next year!). Time wise, it only took me about an hour or two to create the wreath.

The supplies I used were:
– aluminum wire, bent into circles
– thinner jewellery wire
– glue gun
– 4 silver & black skull garlands (Dollar Tree)
– 1 magenta & black bat garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 wired silver skull garland (Dollar Tree)
– 1 black sparkly LED foam skull (Dollar Tree)
– 1 bunch of black roses with spiders (Dollar Tree)
– 28″ of black sparkly ribbon (Michael’s)
– 1 magenta floral spray (Michael’s)

Note: if you need a bigger view of the process shots, just click on the photo!

Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wire Frame  Step 1: Arrange aluminum wire into circle forms. Mine measured at 14″ diameter for the outside circle and 10.5″ diameter for the inside circle. Attach the two with wire “joints” – it doesn’t have to be too sturdy, since the garland will wrap around the forms. Just enough to keep them centered and spaced out while you work. Now, I used the aluminum circles because I happened to have the wire on hand – if you prefer, you can use a wreath form, pool noodle, or anything else that forms a circle!
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Wrapping Garland  Step 2: Once your circles are formed, you can begin wrapping your garland around the form.  I used about 1 length of garland per quarter of the wreath, for 4 garlands in total.  When I started, and came to the end, I used a drop of warm glue (I didn’t use the hot setting for fear of melting the plastic) to secure the garland to the wreath form.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Garland  Step 3: After the black & silver skull garland was in place, I used one length of the black & magenta bat garland as an accent.  I wrapped it around loosely, just to give the wreath a bit of colour.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - wrapping wire garland  Step 4: To give the wreath a bit of dimension, I cut small (about 5-10″) lengths of the wired skull garland that I wanted to stick out from the wreath. To secure the wired garland, I simply moved aside a bit of the fluffy garland (in an area where it was not glued down) and wrapped the wire around the aluminum frame. Then once it was secure, I took the end that was sticking out of the wreath and twirled it around my finger to create a little curl.
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Ribbon  Step 5: At this point, the wreath should be taking a pretty good shape, and looking almost like the final product! This is a good time to cut your length of ribbon (I used about 28″ to hang it on my door from a screw – some people like to cut a super long ribbon and hang it from an upside down hook on the inside of the door – like this – but I prefer the inside of my door to be clean and free – either way, it’s your choice!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - embellishments  Step 6: Now that you know where the top & centre of your wreath is, you can add your embellishments! I used a magenta floral spray that I got for 50 cents at Michael’s, one black rose at the bottom corner and a spider from the same arrangement at the top left of the wreath, and a foam sparkly skull with a control on the back to give it LED lit-up eyes).  I used low-temp glue from the glue gun to set them all in place.

And… voila! Here is the final product, hanging on my door & ready for trick-or-treaters! If you have any questions about any steps in the process, please leave them in the comments. And if you make a wreath like this one, please link it up! I’d love to see it!  (As always – all link party linkups are on the “connect” page!)
Glitzy Glam Halloween Wreath by Superflash Creative - Final Product!


Daily & Weekly Planner for Educators – free printable

Attention teachers and homeschoolers! It’s the start of a new school year, and it’s always a good idea to start the year off organized… so today, I’m offering up some free printable Daily & Weekly planners.

I was recently chatting with my friend Jen about my blog and graphic design in general.  She told me about her adventures in homeschooling, and suggested that it would be cool if I offered up some printables on my blog using my own graphic flair for moms who homeschool.  I decided to take her up on the challenge, but it is taking quite a bit of research.  I don’t have kids, and I’ve never tried educating them before, so I’m not sure exactly what is needed for homeschooling.  I am, however, super big on organization – so while I attempt to learn about what kids would like, here’s something that I know will be useful for moms, teachers and educators in general.

Daily & Weekly Planners for Homeschool & Teachers by Superflash Creative

I created these files in Illustrator, and used grey, black and white as my colour scheme, so that you don’t have to worry about using up all your colour ink.  The PDF’s are in two separate files for easy printing (Because you may want 365 pages of the daily, and only 52 of the weekly!)

I’m trying out something new for the downloads this time around.  If you would like a full resolution PDF of these two planners, surf on over to Superflash Creative on Facebook, hit the “like” button and then click the free downloads tab.  I plan on offering some free printables over that way as often as possible, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

Inspiration Boards (and how they help focus your design)

Inspiration Boards (also known as Mood Boards) are a really great way to collect all your ideas to narrow down your focus when you are designing something.  Whether it’s a room of your house or the look of a party, collecting everything in one place helps you see what will work and what may not.  Pinterest is a great tool for this, but it’s also very easy to get carried away while pinning.  To help me focus, I like to create a specific mood board where I can see everything laid out and see how the final vision will come together.

For instance, here is a mood board that I created when I was designing my bedroom in my very first apartment.

My ultra girlie bedroom idea!

I knew I wanted a bright pink room, but I also wanted it to look sophisticated and girlie.  Some things on the mood boards were things that I definitely knew that I wanted.  Other things were just representations of things that I wanted, and others were pipe dreams – like that gorgeous egg chair that I knew I couldn’t afford.  One thing that I really wanted, but after I moved in realized I couldn’t have was the chandelier – as it turned out, my apartment didn’t have overhead lighting in the bedroom, and I wasn’t quite skilled enough to wire it up!  I also really liked the idea of a wire dress form, and I ended up finding a table-top version which I used as a jewellery hanger (You can sort-of see it in the photo below on the dresser).

In the end, this is how it turned out:

bedroom, condo, pink, damask, black & white, pretty, girlie

This isn’t the best photo, because I took it at night. I did three walls with the Peony paint by Benjamin Moore (in the mood board above), and one wall in a soft grey. I chose that exact Damask bedspread above, and you can’t see it in this photo, but I also used those hand mirrors from Urban Outfitters.  I didn’t end up buying a giant Audrey Hepburn photo because I couldn’t find one that was perfect for my room – but if I had, before I moved out, I would’ve hung it right above the bed.

DIY Curtain Tie-Backs, Daisy, Flower, Pink, Black, Damask, Bedroom, I also did some little things to bring it all together – like creating my own curtain tie backs.  These were a simple project that I completed in one afternoon, but it made such a difference to the overall look of the bedroom.  The windows in the condo were one of the things that initially drew me to buying it, because they are so unique.  They are recessed, so they actually go up into the ceiling to create a unique architectural feature.  This made it hard to find a proper curtain rod, but I got creative with a shower tension rod!  Once the tie-backs were in, it completely transformed the look of the room.  (Note, the photo links to a tutorial on my photo blog to create these tie-backs yourself)

For the walls, I wanted to create art out of my own projects.  I made these canvases using scrapbook paper and packing tape, which meant that I could change out the photos if I got tired of them.  (I never actually did, because I love NYC!) I had these hanging on the small wall next to the door that borders the closet.  Because it was such a small space, I didn’t want anything very overpowering, so these small canvases were perfect – and I got to showcase my art as well! I photographed these pictures on my Diana+ camera on b&w film, while I was in New York in 2008.

DIY wreath, felt, pink, white, black, cute, puffy, circles, One last project that I’ll leave you with – my DIY wreath – who says you can’t have a wreath on an inside door?!  This was made out of a styrofoam wreath form, and hundreds of little felt circles that I cut out by hand and pinned to the form.

I added this to the front door of my bedroom, which was a super cute bridge between the turquoise & tan hallway/living room area and the pink & black bedroom.

In the end, I really love the way my bedroom turned out!  I found that the inspiration board really helped to focus my ideas, and the end product was nearly exactly as I envisioned it!  Have you created a mood board before?  Would you, now that you’ve seen how beneficial they can be?

Masquerade Ball party

Sweet table closeup masked cupcakes A fun idea for a party theme is a masquerade ball. I threw this one just before Halloween in 2011, and it was a blast. I chose a colour scheme of red, black, silver, gold and white, and guests were asked to come in fancy clothes and a mask. The sweet table was set up in a corner and included a candy buffet, and various cakes and cupcakes (not yet pictured at left, as this was taken pre-party), all fitting within the colour scheme.  The space was further decorated with black candelabras & bleeding candles, red and gold helium-filled balloons, and table cloths in red and white.

Wine Bottle candles & book shelf In order to transform the space and carry the theme throughout the location, decor elements were added to every place a guest would cast their eyes. The main table was set up with a white table cloth and red runner. Candle holders were made out of wine bottles (with more bleeding candles) – and the bookcase behind was adorned with some feather boas, skulls and creepy cheesecloth, along with some extra masks we picked up at the dollar store for decorative purposes – and also for any guests who forgot to bring a mask.

Alcohol bottles Over by the bar, I took some bottles that we bought at the dollar store and made our own paper labels for them.  I filled each up with a different type of alcohol or mix (tonic water, vodka, cranberry juice and rum, I believe) – and these were set up on display, so that guests could either serve themselves or be served with other drinks behind the bar.

Some of my favourite men To set up a photobooth, I chose a section of wall with nothing else going on. I draped a white sheet over a curtain rod, and added some black cheesecloth over top.   A camera was set up on a tripod, a few feet away.  This could either be triggered by a remote, or by someone stepping behind the camera to frame the shot.  A photobooth is such a fun addition to a party, because people will act differently in front of a camera, and you will get some excellent photos and memories of your party!


I posed the question on Facebook the other day and would love to continue the discussion: In your opinion, what is the most important part of a party? Please feel free to answer here, or over on facebook!