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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

A fun and easy way to spruce up your front door this Halloween – try this DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath.  

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

I like to keep the Halloween decor a little more fun and friendly, and a little shy of creepy.  Maybe that will change as I mature, grow up and get older – but until then, it’s happy Jack O’Lanterns and cookie monsters for me.

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Materials:

Directions:

Before we get started, I wanted to share photos of the steps along the way.  The photos I am sharing are from a ribbon wreath I made for a baby shower door prize – so the ribbon is not the same, but the method is.  Also, the photos are old, were taken in not so great light, but get the point across.  

  1. Cut a piece of elastic cord, 5 – 8 inches long
  2. Secure that cord around the wreath formDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Attaching the Elastic Cord
  3. Wrap the wreath with the tulle or wide ribbon, overlapping as you go, so that you cover all of the white spaceDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  4. Be sure to secure your elastic cord while wrapping, but leave the top of the elastic cord loop free ( this is how you will hang your wreathDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  5. Cut your ribbon to 3 inch lengthsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Cut the Ribbon into lengths for making loops
  6. Fold ribbon into loops, and secure the loops to the wreath form with pinsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Loops of Ribbon being secured with straight pins
  7. Pin the loops to the wreath in a random order, or a pattern, depending on your preference.  Fill in all the gaps with ribbon loops. Be sure to cover the front, inside of the circle and outside of the circle, but not the back of the circle.  Leaving the back free of loops will allow your wreath to site nice and flat against your door

Happy Halloween

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

 

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Fresh Pumpkin Fudge

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge
 

I’m not kidding.  The great big taste of pumpkin pie, wrapped up in a sweet little indulgent square of fudge.  This pumpkin fudge is the ultimate in pumpkin desserts.

 

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 

If you thought growing your own pumpkins was the cat’s pajamas (See my article here on How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins) You can’t even begin to imagine just how happy you will be when you use that same pumpkin that you grew yourself to make your own Fresh Pumpkin Fudge.  Yep.  THAT happy.  For more on Preserving Pumpkins, read my post on DIY Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients

Ingredients for this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
  • 3/4 cup chopped cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened)
  • 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 12 oz white chocolate
  • 7 oz marshmallows

 

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate and marshmallows, in a large heavy pot.  Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining it with foil

Combining the Ingredients in the large pot for this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
2. Affix your candy thermometer to the side of your pot, and heat on low to medium, until boiling. 
3. Use a pastry brush to wipe the inside of the pot, sweeping the crystals back into the candy ( this is one part of what helps to get that fudgy texture, as opposed to the brown sugar candy texture) 
4. Watch closely!  When your candy mixture reaches 235 on the candy thermometer, removed from heat, and beat in with a wooden spoon the chocolate and marshmallows, until all is melted. Beat the mixture with the wooden spoon until it looks glossy.  This is the second part to making fudge fudgy instead of sugary.

Boiling this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
5. Carefully pour the candy into the prepared baking pan, and level smooth, cover and let harden at room temperature.  Once hardened, cut and serve. 
 

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
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