DIY: Halloween Snake Wreath

If you read this blog, you know of my love for wreaths for every single holiday. Ever since I saw it, I have wanted to try out Martha Stewart’s Snake Wreath Project. It’s so dark and ghoulish, I just love it! Here is mine:

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A couple of key notes: First,  this project was a bit more difficult than the tutorial makes it out to be.

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Getting all of the spare leaves and teeny tiny twigs out the wreath requires some patience. And you cannot start until you do. I had to use tweezers to get them all out.
Martha’s wreath left some of the spare twigs sticking out. So some of it is a choice you make.

Second, do not stray from the recommended materials! Spray painting a bunch of rubber snakes is a bit of a process. And I used some old black spray paint that we had around the house. I do not know what it was made out of, but apparently it was not acrylic paint, because it did not adhere correctly. I ended up with five sticky messes that would not dry. And I ended up tossing them, buying new ones and starting over.

But….The real challenge is wrapping the snakes around the twigs of the wreath is a pleasing way. is a bit of a battle. The rubber snakes do not twist just any which way, and the ones I bought have a ribbed under side that looks distinctly toy-like. So avoiding exposing it in the process of wrapping the snakes provides quite a challenge.

I used large rubber snakes from Dollar Tree, but I also used some tiny snakes that came in a separate pack of plastic figures from Dollar Tree.

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20141006_004116After painting everything, and hot-gluing the snakes into place, I found it was necessary to give the whole thing one more coat of paint.

One final note, when finished, the wreath is HEAVY!  Like super heavy. You need a very strong hanger to accommodate its weight!

So there you go. My version of the wreath project. I think it turned out pretty great!

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