Today, I had a go at making a Halloween wreath – I got the idea from Pippa Middleton’s Celebrate, which loads of people were completely vicious about when it came out but is actually a lovely book. I think they mustn’t have read it. It has great photos and lots of ideas – most of which I won’t try but like to imagine I will. Like most cookbooks, really.
Now, to make a Halloween wreath, you need gardening wire, fishing thread and a load of wrapped sweets. I ended up using nearly four 225g bags of sweets for around one metre of gardening wire. One thing she doesn’t mention is that you need pliers to cut the gardening wire – thankfully I had some in the toolbox.
Now, I didn’t have any fishing thread, mainly because Ocado don’t sell it but also because I really have no other use for it. So I started off using string to knot together the sweets but got into an awful mess.
So then I gave up using string and switched to sellotape. This is far less picturesque but is something that I am good at using. It took quite a long time to get all the sweets onto the wreath. I had suggested that my son help me but he said that he was happy for me to do it myself because he was “busy playing Temple Run 2 on the iPad, Mummy”.
Halfway through, my son came to see me and took an interest. This gave me a warm feeling because you know – crafts! So good for children! However, it turned out that my husband had told him that he had to take a break from Temple Run 2 until I had finished my project. So he had a vested interest in me finishing quickly.
My daughter also came and took an interest but got rather cross when I said that she wasn’t allowed to eat it until Halloween. It’s this sort of thing that is the reason I don’t do crafty things – that and really not being very good at them.
Unfortunately, although the wreath looks nice lying flat, it rather loses its shape when you try to hang it up like a wreath. I think perhaps I need to use more heavy duty gardening wire.
Perhaps this will have to be a table centrepiece – I’ll see what it looks like with a pumpkin in the middle.
My husband suggested that next year I use a wire template for a Christmas wreath and fishing thread. I may or may not bother doing this again next Halloween.