Cat wreath runs cir­cles around Hal­loween decor

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Look­ing for a Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tion that strikes just the right bal­ance of cute and creepy? Make an adorable black cat wreath, in­spired by Shaken To­gether. It’s a quick and sim­ple craft project that is purrrr­fect for your au­tumn and Hal­loween decor.

Wreaths are a won­der­ful craft project be­cause they are quick, re­quire in­ex­pen­sive sup­plies, and are sim­ple. If you can hold a glue gun, you can make an eye-catch­ing wreath! If you’re ner­vous about us­ing hot glue, low-temp glue guns work well (and are a bet­ter op­tion for crafty kids, as long as used with adult su­per­vi­sion).

The sup­plies are easy to find: Pick up what you need at the dol­lar store or your lo­cal craft store. Don’t for­get to look in your own craft closet or do­na­tions bin for sup­plies, too. Once you have your sup­plies gath­ered (and the hot-glue gun is heated up), this craft project comes to­gether quickly. It should take you about 15 min­utes or less to cre­ate this kitty wreath.

If you are “fe­line” ex­tra creative, you can add em­bel­lish­ments to the wreath, such as Hal­loween ac­cents (such as a tiny witch hat), black rhine­stones, or pom­poms. Don’t be afraid to make this wreath just the way you like it.

When your wreath is fin­ished, hang it on your front door, in­side your home as an ad­di­tion to your Hal­loween decor, or take it to work to dec­o­rate your cu­bi­cle or of­fice. This sweet wreath is also a fun neigh­bor gift, or have your kid­dos make the wreath and bring it to school as a gift for their teacher.

A black cat wreath is a great dec­o­ra­tion for late au­tumn and Hal­loween, but if you make this wreath in other col­ors, you can have cat wreaths for any occasion. Where are my crazy cat ladies? Try a white cat wreath with a turquoise rib­bon for win­ter, an or­ange cat wreath with a pink rib­bon for sum­mer, or make a wreath in­spired by your own cat’s col­or­ing for a truly unique home decor ac­cent. Ma­te­ri­als: Sty­ro­foam wreath form Black rib­bon Black pipe cleaner Black felt Scis­sors Hot-glue gun and glue sticks Or­ange rib­bon to hang

Di­rec­tions:

Place dot of glue on back of wreath form.

Press rib­bon end on the glue.

Be­gin wrap­ping black rib­bon around the wreath form to cover en­tire wreath.

Af­ter wreath is wrapped, se­cure the other end of rib­bon with hot glue to the back of the wreath.

Fold felt sheet in half and cut out ears for the cat. You should have 2 iden­ti­cal ears by fold­ing the felt in half.

Glue ears to the top of the wreath. Flip wreath to the back side.

Glue 3 iden­ti­cal sized pipe clean­ers to the back of each side of the wreath form as whiskers.

Cut a piece of or­ange rib­bon ap­prox­i­mately 16 inches long.

Tie or­ange rib­bon to the top of the black cat wreath to hang.

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