A grapevine wreath provides structure for a beautiful fall design, below right. Coppery artificial leaves are accented with spray-painted glass balls in a panoply of fall colors. Traditional Halloween colors -- and orange with a touch of gold, too -- would work just as well.
- Spray-paint the wreath purple. (Note: To accommodate the center-opening double doors, our wreath is cut in half.)
- Spray-paint the leaves purple and immediately sprinkle glitter onto the wet paint, coating an equal number of leaves with each of the two shades of glitter.
- When the paint is completely dry, spray the leaves with matte finish.
- Arrange the leaves around the front surface of the wreath; use the stems of the leaves to wire them in place.
- Wire the crow to the lower left section of the wreath.
- Arrange the ornaments on the wreath. When pleased with the arrangement, wire the ornaments in place.
While these crows don't make a sound, they add a bit of creepiness to the entry, below, right and left. Firmly plant the crows to their perches with a wire wrap. Just for fun, add painted glass balls to the scene.
Continued on page 3: Painted Pumpkins