Valentine's Day Outfit

White and Black Heart Skirt – Valentine’s Day Outfit

White and Black Heart Skirt

This skirt was my perfect Valentine’s Day piece! It is airy and demure while it screams LOVE at you. This year I was excited to celebrate the holiday with all my loves; the days of hating this holiday are gone! However, the skirt has black hearts on it so if I change my mind I think I could adapt the skirt for an anti-Valentine’s look as well.  🙂

I generally don’t deck myself out in one brand exclusively when I dress, but this entire outfit (accessories excluded) is from J.Crew. I love J.Crew, but I only ever purchase from them when they have sales. Their sales are usually worth it when you can get an additional 50% off the sale price – I was glad I could score this matching outfit for a deal. I am very into pouffy statement skirts and I thought this one was so pretty and dainty. The shirt’s ruffle is a similar material to the skirt so it matches perfectly.

JCrew Black Heart Skirt

Ruffle off the shoulder top

I wore this outfit for both of my Valentine’s outings. On the 14th I went out with my girlfriends (my partner was working). The following weekend my boyfriend and I celebrated by having a romantic dinner at the Old Mill. I adore looking at the antique or antique-like furniture there; it’s so pretty.

Also you may notice I got a new look…I got extensions! I feel so glamorous in them!

Old Mill Toronto

Shirt and Skirt: J. Crew
Heels: Steve Madden

What Valentine's Day Sweets to Buy Your Nut-Allergic Sweetie

What Valentine’s Day Sweets to Buy Your Nut-Allergic Sweetie (VIDEO)

Valentines Day is around the corner. The day of love – or most appropriately the day of chocolate. I have hated this day for so long – not just during my single more bitter days but waaaaay back to childhood. The reason isn’t because of loneliness or lack of love it is because:

I CAN’T EAT THE CHOCOLATE!

Do you know how sad that is?! As a six-year-old or even now? This is one of the realities I’ve accepted by living with a nut/peanut allergy. It is hard to enjoy chocolate-filled holidays. Generally, not eating dessert is an accepted fact for me. But over the years I’ve grown and softened to this holiday and have actually learned to enjoy it – although it is still hard to find chocolate to eat.

I’d be happy to get anything as a present for Valentine’s but the cliche present of chocolate is a challenge to receive with an allergy – especially fancy gourmet chocolate. Most boxes of chocolate are full of nuts and if they are not they say “may contain nuts” which is essentially the same thing. So what sweet can you buy your nut/peanut allergic partner?

Here are my suggestions to have a sweet and safe Valentine’s Day with your nut allergy. And remember you can buy yourself chocolate- this is a day for fun and all kinds of love, self-spoiling included!

 1. Buy Cupcakes Instead

Sorelle and Company Nut-free cupcakes

If you can’t get chocolate that is safe, get cupcakes or other baked goods. Toronto has some quality nut-free bakeries that carry cakes, cookies, brownies- anything a normal bakery would carry. Some of my favourites are: Sorelle and Company (which is super Instagram-worthy, but pricey) Cakes by Roberts did my unicorn birthday cake which I absolutely adored! I haven’t been to Yonge and Eglinton in ages but I remember The Cupcake Shoppe being amazing. So, if classic chocolate fails I’m sure there is a nut-free bakery in your city.

2. School-Safe Chocolate

School Safe Kid Friendly Valentine's Chocolate

Kid or school-safe chocolates can often be found at grocery stores, drug stores or even dollar stores. However, the shapes won’t be very fancy or romantic – think Darth Vader, princesses and cartoon characters. But you’ll likely be able to find the classic heart-shape as well. Scan the aisles for a peanut-free/nut-free label. On the downside the chocolates are generally cheap and drug store quality at best – but they will work as a gesture.

3. Laura Secord has a nut-free line!

Laura Secord Nut-Free Chocolate

Laura Secord does have a line of gourmet chocolate bars and fancy boxes of nut free chocolate. They are definitely of a higher quality and more romantic than the school-safe chocolate. But, it is hard to find a store and most of the specialty nut-free products are only in store. My boyfriend has come home with fear in his eyes more than once at not being able to find a box of chocolates for me.

4. Shop Local

For me Laura Secord is local, as a Canadian company I grew up with it. Although I didn’t grow up eating their chocolate, I believe the nut-free line is a newer development. Another option is to shop local, maybe your local independent chocolatier can make you a special order? It can’t hurt to ask.

5. Make it yourself!

If all else fails (or even if it doesn’t) you could always bake yourself and you’ll know it will be safe! You could make your sweetie dessert or a batch of nut-free cookies. They will be one of a kind and from the heart and that is always king!

Please share your nut-free recommendations with me! I’m always looking for new ways to satisfy my sweet-tooth!

Laura Secord Cameo Chocolare
Maxi Skirt Resort Outfit

What I Wore on my Punta Cana Vacation (Majestic Mirage Resort)

In October I went on a romantic vacation to the Domenican Republic, Punta Cana, with my love. We were there for five days and we were so worried to go. Our trip occurred right after Hurricane Maria and a bunch of other storms hit. We made many phone calls and all assured us it was fine to travel, but still I didn’t trust it! Luckily I was stressed for nothing and the trip was beyond my expectations.

We stayed at the Majestic Mirage, Punta Cana, in the adults-only section. The place was a paradise. We even had our own private butler, Reynaldo, who would get more pink champagne upon request! The food was high quality – way better than the Cuban and Mexican all-inclusives I’d stayed at before. The resort was also empty – it was a ghost town likely due to fear from the weather. I felt for the staff, they seemed anxious to have something to do. However, the emptiness made the experience more enjoyable for me – no issue finding a spot on the beach, no lines – the privacy was great!

During the trip there were many outfits to be had – I’m so glad I was able to wear some long neglected pieces that aren’t all that practical to wear in Toronto.

Maxi Skirt – Look 1

Punta Cana Majestic Mirage

Fruity Drinks

This was my lady of luxury lounging outfit. The skirt was actually a hand-me-down and it is so comfortable and perfect for this kind of trip. The top is quite skimpy and wouldn’t do well in an active situation, it is from TSOQ (a Toronto store). It has some interesting lace lines at the front and the back is bare. A fancy dangling glittery belly ring gave the outfit some sparkle. I paired the skirt with gladiator sandals from Sam Edalman and a black sunhat from H & M. I wore these cheap, big, curvy glasses that remind me of a movie star trying to shield their face.

Maxi Skirt – Look 2

Black Sun hat outfit

Punta Cana

Saona Island

This outfit was for an excursion where we went to a park, river cruise, and snorkeling to see tropical fish and a private island. For this look I paired it with a more covered, simple black spaghetti strap as the day was more active. It is also a better choice for being in public if you don’t know how modest people are. I wore cheap Old Navy flip flops as they are better for the beach. The sunglasses are Ray-Ban and are prescription so I could actually see the sights. The same floppy hat was worn for both looks.

I was so excited for this excursion, the island pictures looked idyllic and I have never snorkeled in a tropical place – I desperately wanted to see colourful fish. However, I did not realize I was prone to seasickness.  I was so seasick on the catamaran I thought I was going to die – I won’t get into all the gritty details. But, by the time I got to shore I felt like I was escaping hell. Thus I sadly could not enjoy the snorkeling. I think ‘T’ thought I was going to drown and I apparently missed seeing a ‘Finding Nemo’ Fish – so heartbreaking. I didn’t post the after seasickness pictures as you can definitely see the joy fade from my face.

Orange Tie-Dye Maxi Dress

Orange Tie-Dye Maxi Dress

I bought this dress on sale at BCBG Maxazria years ago and I had never worn it. It’s such a waste to have things with the pricetag on them – at least it allows you to shop your closet. I loved the dress and it was a great deal; but I just never had anywhere to wear it. Finally, I had a place with the right climate to rock this dress! I paired the dress with silver flat sandals, a string of pearls I made and super glittery earrings.

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

This was my favourite outfit of the trip, likely just because of the colourful backgrounds I found. I take any excuse to wear heart-shaped glasses. See the full outfit post here.

Blue Floral Suit

Zara Blue Floral Suit

Heart Towel Swans

I absolutely adore this suit – see a full post about it I did in the spring – Zara Floral Suit. It is very light, loose and comfortable. It was my plane travelling outfit to and from the resort. Usually I wear leggings when flying, but this ride wasn’t very long and I wanted to jump right into exploring without needing to change. Generally I feel so frumpy on planes, but this outfit was an alternate that solved my problem.

Black and White Pant Romper

Majestic Mirage, Punta Cana

This one-piece pant romper has pockets! Doesn’t that just make everything better?! It is loose and very light – perfect for dinner and a pina colada. The romper was on sale from Guess a few years ago.

Follow me too Punta Cana

I want to go back! And I couldn’t resist this cheesy photo!

Punta Cana Safari Outfit, Rainbow Wall

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

Punta Cana Safari Outfit

Now that it is freezing and there are spontaneous snowstorms, I am recalling my trip to the Domenican Republic I took a couple months ago fondly. It was so beautiful and it was definitely my best all-inclusive trip to date. I am looking at videos of the beach and missing the sun!

Whenever I do an all-inclusive going on excursions is a definite must. Staying in the hotel and laying on a beach for days is boring – I need to learn and do something. During our stay in the Dominican Republic we went on the Outback Safari Adventure Tour from Punta Cana. It’s an odd title since you aren’t really seeing animals (except a few that looked sad at a zoo) but visiting coffee and coconut farms and seeing how the locals make a living. But it was a great excursion and I felt like I had a better understanding of the country from it by seeing multiple places off the resort.

From the brochure I knew we were going to see some colourful houses and walls so I was excited and inspired. I admit it, I partly chose the excursion based on the rainbow wall!  I often have difficulty finding a casual outfit – I just don’t do casual because I’m so used to dressing up for the office. But given we were visiting farms and going swimming; casual was needed.

The outfit was a dress from Lulus that I wore as a shirt. It is pretty skimpy but I love the lace at the front, it feels like you’re not wearing anything at all. It was incredibly HOT out so being half-naked was a good thing. I paired it with basic jean shorts and gladiator sandals. Of course I also needed a sun hat and shades for my porcelain exterior. I added a red ribbon to the hat to match the heart-shaped glasses and red lipstick. Sadly I lost the glasses to the ocean and need to get a new pair.

Coacoa beans

Coffee Factory Punta Cana

First we drove around in a windowless bus and the guide taught us about the country and it’s independence. I had to duck for cover a few times as branches flew into the side window. I would not recommend this tour for children given this hazard! One of the most fun parts of the tour was visiting an organic coffee and cacao farm. They showed us how they made everything by hand and gave samples. The hot chocolate was amazing, I have dreams about it! It had the secret ingredients of brown sugar and cinnamon. I have tried and failed to recreate this recipe accurately at home. They also showed us their home and it was so colourful and happy. It screamed photo shoot (of course I asked permission). After visiting this scenery I had a huge urge to paint my walls technicolour. They also had a parrot who constantly said “Hola”

Later we visited a zoo, witnessed hand rolled cigars and alcohol tasting. After lunch we visited a coconut farm and off to the beach to boogie board. The ocean was so freeing! I had the best time trying to catch a wave all by myself as ‘T’ took pictures of me whipping out.  Besides losing my glasses the tour was a great learning experience and a way to get a taste of local culture.

Dress: Lulu’s
Shorts: Jacob
Hat: H & M (I added my own red ribbon)
Studded purse: Jacob
Gladiator Sandals: Sam Edalman

Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party

Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!

Ardene Christmas Unicorn Dress

Being a December baby can suck. It is cold, the snow makes it difficult to go out on the town and everyone is super busy and broke. With the weather, lines and restaurant availability it is sometimes a challenge to plan a celebration. For the last little while I’ve opted to have a get-together at home to make things easier. The advantage to this is the ability to have a theme party!

I’ve always wanted to have a unicorn themed birthday party (yes, I’m an adult). But with a Christmas tree up I felt that would ruin the theme. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are popular and I remember seeing a gawdy ugly Christmas sweater with Santa riding a unicorn and thought “that is it! Let’s combine them!” Thus this year was my “Christmas Unicorn Birthday Party!”

Toronto living is small, so I tried to bring subtle unicorn details to the space. The party incorporated several DIYs – which I’ll do blog posts for at a later time 🙂 See below for how I decorated for the party.

Some simple rules to create a unicorn party are:

  1. Incorporate unicorns (duh!) in the decor and food where you can.
  2. You don’t have to be obvious and make everything a unicorn. For example the rainbow sour belts and rainbow candy canes are on theme and aren’t in the unicorn shape.
  3. Use colour, rainbows and glitter.
  4. Choose one or two focal pieces to create the theme. For me this was the cake and balloons. After those obvious pieces the theme will be apparent.

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Tree

Unicorn Christmas Ornament

First, the Unicorn Christmas tree! I’ve had this Charlie Brown looking pink tree for years. I usually decorate it in black and silver and make it my punk rock Christmas tree – but this year it transformed into my unicorn tree. I made the unicorn decorations – I adapted my version from several online tutorials. I love how they turned out – to my friends this is what you are all getting for a present this year!

Unicorn Dessert Table & Sparkle Prosecco

Unicorn Party Dessert Table

The pièce de résistance was the unicorn cake. I was so excited; I always wanted to have one! I gently encouraged my boyfriend to get me one (i.e. I gave him the bakery and all my specifications). The details on the mane were so colourful and pretty – it must have been so much work. It was also nut-free (which is essential) and dairy-free and tasted amazing! I got it from Cakes By Robert a nut-free bakery in Toronto.

Unicorn-Cake

Unicorn Cake Mane

I also made unicorn shaped sugar cookies. Geez…cookies are hard to ice and decorate – if you can’t tell, this is the first time I’ve tried this. I think I may try taking a class; realizing I may fail at this craft hurt my ego. I also added rainbow sour belts to the table and rainbow candy canes in a unicorn mug. The gold cakestand holds orange pomegranate bread with a Santa knife, I needed to add some Christmas to the table.

I also sprayed a prosecco bottle sparkle rainbow purple. Unicorns would of course only drink from a sparkly bottle. The bottle is simple to make and make an event special. But of course glitter will get everywhere.

Unicorn Sugar Cookies

Unicorn Balloons
When my sister came over with these balloons I nearly lost my mind. They are amazing and were beyond my expectations. The base of the balloons were a star – so freakin’ cute!

Unicorn Balloons

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Dessert Table and Balloons

Outfit Theme
I told my guests “The theme is Christmas Unicorn. Wear whatever that means to you: an ugly Xmas sweater, sparkles, rainbow!” I found the most perfect ‘ugly’ Christmas sweater dress at Ardene’s that incorporated unicorns and I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it.  See more outfit pictures on Unicorn Ugly Xmas Dress post.

Unicorn Christmas Dress

I ate cake for breakfast for days after this celebration!

Unicorn Dessert

Christmas Unicorn Dress

Unicorn Ugly Xmas Dress

My birthday party theme this year was “Christmas Unicorn”. For the party everyone was to dress in theme: an ugly Xmas sweater, sparkles, rainbow…whatever Christmas Unicorn means to you! I’m working on a full blog post of the party decor – so look out for that!

Christmas Unicorn Dress and balloon

Yay Unicorn Balloon!

I’m not generally an ugly sweater type of gal – I don’t think I own ugly things lol. But this dress isn’t ugly. When I saw it I knew it was PERFECT for the theme. It was in a Christmas sweater motif and had subtle unicorns on it. It is Christmas and unicorn all in one while still being cute! It is also loose and comfortable – which is essential if you intend on eating cake and drinking all night.

Unicorn Christmas Dress

I wore Christmas socks to continue with the Christmas theme and to add even more unicorn, I sported a unicorn cameo ring I made ages ago. In addition to the ring I wore long silver chain earrings with the dress – so the accessories were kept to a minimal. I added super red lips and sparkle eyeliner to bring more magic to the look.

Unicorn-Cameo-Ring

Unicorn Birthday Party

Ardene Christmas Unicorn Dress

What do you all think of ‘ugly’ Christmas sweaters, cute or not?

Dress: Ardene
Christmas Socks: not sure where they are from
Lipstick: custom made Bite lipstick

Corn Maze Outfit

Pumpkin Patch and a Corn Maze OOTD

Pumpkin Patch Outfit

White Maple Leaf

I am very glad I was able to capture these fall pictures. A corn maze and a pumpkin patch are classic Halloween/fall activities. It’s hard to believe these were taken under a month ago. Sadly since it has already started snowing here; I fear we have bypassed fall and moved straight to winter. The wind is so cold it is painful! I feel like this excursion was the only real happy fall day I had.

We needed to go see T’s parents in London, ON to handle an errand. I said I would only make the drive if we could do something fun afterwards lol. In my mind fun would be afternoon tea or a pumpkin patch and corn maze! It is really a fall tradition.

Before making our way back to the big city I Googled farm options on our route home. Brantwood Farms seemed like the best bet as it had the most activities. I must admit last year was the first time I ever visited a pumpkin patch. Before I’d ever been to a one I envisioned walking through a field and picking the most perfect orange pumpkin from the vines. So I was disappointed in learning a pumpkin patch is just a bunch of pumpkins laying on the lawn. It does make sense, the farmers can’t risk their crops! But I was still saddened…oh well it was still festive and made a good photo experience.

Pumpkin Patch

Gold Necklace Etsy

We visited Brantwood because they had a corn maze and other haunted activities. Generally most were too kid friendly for my liking. But I enjoyed the corn maze, I believe we took longer to get out of it than the children. They also had some odd Disney and cartoon character cut outs and scarecrows throughout the maze. I suppose it was to make the little ones excited and more comfortable; but i found this frozen princess creepy! What do you think?

For the outfit I wore these burgundy and gold tights I scored from Top Shop ages ago with jean shorts. I just love these tights but it is hard to find the right outfit to show them off without just wearing black. I paired them with a white shirt and military inspired jacket. The jacket is a nicer sweatshirt material and I am channeling Sargent Pepper in it. This fall day was unusually hot – I even had to take my jacket off. I didn’t think out the shoes; they weren’t  sensible for a corn maze. Red lips and a gold necklace were my accessories.

Pumpkin Patch

Tights: Top Shop
Shirt and Shorts: Jacob (now closed)
Blazer: Ralph Lauren
Necklace: Made by me
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim

 

DIY Effie Trinket Costume Tutorial

Effie Trinket Costume (The Hunger Games)

I am not ashamed that I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games. The books are more about revolution than teen love and angst. In the movies I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion of the cruel Capitol. Seeing the Effie Trinket monarch butterfly costume took my breath away.

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Effie Trinket Monarch Butterfly Costume

I decided I would attempt to make this costume for Halloween, although I’m not the best sewer. But I am SO proud of how this costume came out! 

Below are the supplies, tools and instructions to make your own Effie Trinket costume.

 Supplies

Dress and shirt

  • Monarch butterfly fabric from Spoonflower 
  • Interfacing
  • Black fabric lining for the skirt
  • Zipper
  • Hook and eye
  • Black thread

Fascinator

  • Feather butterflies
  • Black wire
  • Black felt and the same black lining you used on the skirt
  • Hair clip
  • Black cord

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up Supplies

  • Paper eyelashes
  • White powder for your face
  • Yellow eyeshadow (I used NYX)
  • Feather butterfly to glue near your eye
  • Black eyeliner
  • Eyelash Glue

Accessories

  • Black fingerless gloves (bought)
  • Feather butterflies on clear elastic to put on your arms
  • Feather necklace (black lace, feather butterflies, velcro)
  • Force your boyfriend to be a tribute to complement the costume

Hunger Games Couples Costume

District 12 - The Hunger Games

Tools 

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron (for the interfacing)
  • Glue gun
  • Pliers (for the fascinator and necklace)

Instructions 

Skirt

  1. Cut a rectangle in the monarch fabric at least double your waist (more if you’d like it fuller). Add about an inch to the length to allow for the seams.
  2. Do the same with the black lining except the lining must be a smaller size (in length and width) than the outside fabric.
  3. Turn up the bottom seams of both fabrics by about a 1/4 inch and sew the seam.
  4. For the waistband cut approximately 3 inches and fold in half over 1 inch of interfacing. An iron is needed to attach the fusiable interfacing.
  5. This will be your waistband which you attach the skirt to.
  6. Evenly gather the skirt to the waistband and sew the top pieces of the fabric together.In progress gathered skirt
  7. Sew the skirt to the waistband. I found this tutorial helpful.
  8. Sew the sides together and attach a zipper on the side.

Monarch Butterfly Skirt

For the shirt I did my best to copy a current shirt I own. I ran out of fabric so needed to add a lace insert on the back of the shirt (oops!)

Necklace  

Use a piece of black lace and stick the wire connected to the butterfly through the lace. Twist and cut the wire short. Do this all over the lace alternating sizes. Secure with Velcro at the neck and cute off any excess lace. 

Put a few butterflies on clear elastic and wear them on your arms for an illusion effect.

Effie Trinket Halloween Costume

Effie Trinket Cosplay

Fascinator

Monarch Butterfly Fascinator

Cut a piece of felt in a circle and fuse with the interfacing. Cut halfway down the middle and glue into a cone shape. Cover with your desired fabric. Puncture a hole in the back of the butterfly. Fill the hole with hot glue and insert the wire. Puncture other end through felt circle and secure back with glue. Embellish as you desire and add a clip. 

Makeup

Effie Trinket Make up

Keep the makeup very nude. I put my normal pale makeup on then covered it with white powder. Nude barely there lipstick and bright yellow eyeshadow surrounds the eyes. Black liner and delicate paper lashes complete the look.

May the odds ever be in your favour!

Happy Halloween!

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume Tutorial

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

DIY PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume

Paperbag Princess CrownThe classic feminist fairy tale The PaperBag Princess by Robert Munch was always one of my favourites as a child. She was so different from all of the other princess books and it was a good message that perhaps planted the seed to me studying gender studies at university – but maybe that’s a stretch.  Anyways, it is such a great kids story.

This usually is an easy, straightforward costume to create – a square bag with a hole for your head and arms and a yellow construction paper crown. Of course, I wasn’t going to do a normal version of this costume, I wanted create a haute couture version of the dress. See instructions on how to create your own fancy Paperbag Princess dress below! As a bonus this costume is CHEAP to make – since most of the material is brown paper bags.

 

DIY PaperBag Princess Costume

Supplies

PaperBag Princess Halloween Costume Supplies

Dress:

  • Brown paper bags – lots of them!
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Elastic (to make a skirt waistband)
  • Duct Tape (to secure the bags on the backside of skirt)
  • Mini dragon stuffed animal

Crown

  • Gold wire
  • Gold coloured crystals

Make-up

  • Regular make-up routine and,
  • Brown eyeshadow to make your face look dirty.

Accessories (optional)

  • Boyfriend to be your Prince Ronald
  • Cover your shoes with brown paper bags

PaperBag Princess Robert Munch

Prince Ronald and the PaperBag Princess - Couples Costume

Instructions

Skirt

  1. Cut an elastic band a length slightly smaller than your waist (approximately 1-2 inches). Sew in place
  2. Cut bags apart to create flat rectangles
  3. Lay them flat and cut the corners off the top part which will loop around the elastic.
  4. Loop the top part over the elastic and secure with glue – SCRUNCH the bottom part of the bag
  5. Create multiple layers of bags under the first layer until you receive the desired length and fullness. Tape the layers into place with duct tape (glue may also work)
  6. Scrunch the bags to get the a puffy crinoline look

Note: You need to wear something under this dress; especially in case it rains (which it did when I wore it – hence the costume did not survive a second Halloween).

PaperBag Princess Skirt in progress

Shirt

  1. Tape multiple bags together until it can reach around your chest
  2. Tape closure on the back or side while you wear the shirt
  3. Play with accordion folds to make the strap more interesting
  4. Add a dragon!

Dragon on shoulder

Crown

Paperbag Princess Crown

  1. Make a circle with the gold wire
  2. Loop five triangular points around the circle. As you make the points add a gold crystal at the top, twist the wire to secure the bead and create the next point.
  3. Once the points are complete add a thin wire with a gold bead above the first circle; twist around the points to secure it.
  4. The crown doesn’t have to be perfect, being bent adds to the look.

Happy Halloween! Have fun and be safe!

DIY Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath

I am obsessed with Halloween and am ashamed to say I did not have a Halloween wreath for my door. This was a perfect reason to DIY and make something unique.  I decided to go with a sparkly pumpkin and witch theme in purple and orange. Orange is essentially the Halloween and fall colour so it MUST be incorporated into your Halloween wreath :)! The wreath cost approximately $22 to make and all the supplies were from Michaels or Dollarama. The garland and sparkly pumpkins were from the dollar store, all other supplies were from Michaels.

I’m glad to say I was able to hang it before October even began! Make your own with the tutorial below.

Halloween Wreath

Supplies

  • Black sparkly branch wreath form

Black Sparkly Branch Wreath

  • Leaf garland
  • Wired ribbon
  • Assortment of sparkly pumpkins and other details (wooden witches)

Halloween Wreath Supplies

Wooden Witch on Broomstick

  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire or string for the loop at the back to hang the wreath

Instructions

  1. Lay out all of your supplies
  2. Begin to glue the leaf garland and ribbon around the wreath
  3. Alternate which goes on top the garland then the ribbon
  4. Glue the sparkly pumpkins evenly around the wreath. Strategically place the witches.Witch Wreath detail

  5. Use the extra ribbon to create a bowHalloween Bow
  6. Puff the ribbon up and create fullness with the wire – pull it up so that the ribbon isn’t flat against the wreath.
  7. Put a loop of wire or string on the back of the wreath to hang it just in time for Halloween.
  8. Clean up the sparkles as they will be everywhere!

Halloween Wreath Purple and Orange

Happy Halloween! I would love to see your Halloween decor!