Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath ~ A gorgeous, fun and easy to make wreath made from black fabric, ribbon embellishments and glittered bat shapes!
I have been planning to make this wreath for a long time and I am so pleased that I finally was able to get it done and super pleased with how it turned out. Halloween is such a fun time of year that lends itself to lots of delightful crafts and activities.
Ever since I was young I have always stayed away from the more scary elements of Halloween so you won’t see dripping blood, creepy hands or open caskets in any of my home décor. But you will see lots of pumpkins as in Decorated Pumpkins With Ribbon And Raffia and bats, happy ghosts, and spiders as in A Fun Halloween Vignette that my daughter and I made last year.
Here’s a detailed photo tutorial showing how I made this bat themed Halloween rag wreath. It was pretty easy and a lot of fun to make!
Materials for a Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath
- 18 inch (45.7 cm) wire wreath frame
- 1 ½ yards (1.4 m) black cotton
- 1 ½ yards (1.4 m) black sheer fabric
- 1 yard (.9 m) 2 ½ inch (6.4 cm) wide purple ribbon
- 3 yards (2.74 m) 2 ½ in (6.4 cm) bat themed ribbon
- 2 purple sprays
- bat pattern
- 8 sheets black card stock
- black acrylic paint
- purple glitter
- spray on glitter glue
Instructions for a Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath
Cut about 60 strips 11 inch by 2 inch of the black cotton. Cut about 60 strips 11 inch by 2 inch of the black sheer fabric. Using a rotary cutter, rotary mat and quilting ruler speeds up the process.
Tie the black cotton strips evenly around the outside of the wire wreath frame so they are pointing to the outside. The close up photo shows that I wrapped the strip around the two outside wire circles. You don’t need to use double knot.
Loop the purple ribbon around the middle of the wire frame as shown in the photograph. The close-ups show how I fluffed the ribbon and lopped it around each section to give it a ‘billowy effect’. Then I just tied the two ends together to further secure the purple ribbon.
Tie the black sheer fabric strips evenly around the two inside wire circles of the wire frame. I tied these strips on so they were facing the inside of the frame. Again, you don’t need to use a double knot.
Now add your embellishments. I added a double bow made from bat themed ribbon. If you are not sure how to make a bow like this I have a previous post that I wrote titled How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial that shows how to do it step-by-step. Underneath the bow I added two purple sprays. The bow and sprays were tied to wire frame using some of the ribbon.
The bats were made from black card stock. If you look closely they are two sheets glued together to make it really sturdy. I painted each bat with black acrylic paint and while the paint was wet sprinkled a generous amount of purple glitter over top. When the paint was dry I sprayed glitter glue over top to make sure most of the glitter stayed in place. The eyes were made from small turquoise self-adhesive stickers that I had in my sticker collection and were bought at the dollar store. The last step was to staple the four bats around the wreath to the purple ribbon. You can also use a glue gun too.
I just made my own bat pattern.
Here it is for you in PDF format: Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath Bat Pattern
So that’s it! That’s how to make a Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath! I love how the purple and black colour scheme looks. I also love how it doesn’t look too scary but is very stylish. It’s made from fabric and paper so it will have to be an indoor wreath or displayed on a covered porch or veranda.
Wreaths don’t necessarily have to hang on a wall or a door. They also add a nice decorative touch to a bench…
…or a rocking chair
Hope you are inspired to make you own Bat Themed Halloween Rag Wreath!
Thank you to Huffington Post for featuring the wreath in the article 39 Halloween Decorations Made From Things Laying Around The House! What a clever idea to make this wreath out of used black T-Shirts too!
Here are a couple of other themed wreaths that I have made shared with step-by-step photo tutorials…
Thanks for stopping by!