A Halloween Wreath

October is a busy time for our front doors and porches. In addition to a seemingly steady flow of political canvassers, we are coming up on that magical night, October 31st. Some years that means a small handful of trick-or-treaters, and other years, it means a steady parade of carefully constructed costumes. While running out of candy would be tragic, having an uninviting front porch would be worse. How else do you let people know they are welcome to come up and knock! In addition to flickering carved pumpkins, I always put out a few other festive decorations and lanterns. Don’t forget to leave the porch light on as well. All it takes is one decoration to let people know you celebrate this spooky holiday. If you don’t have a large doorstep or porch, then this is the ideal Halloween decoration for you. Today we are making a simple Halloween wreath.

Supplies

This craft is pretty inexpensive, I got all of my supplies for about $10.00 at Michael’s. I used a 40% coupon on the wreath itself and all of the extra bits were on sale. This black plastic wreath is just like green ones you find around Christmas time, I chose the 18″ size, pick whatever size is right for your needs. Whenever I’m making a wreath like this I always check the Christmas section for floral and wreath making accents. You might be surprised to learn that these glittery orange leaves and silvery grey balls were tucked in with with poinsettias and holly berries! Plus, if you want a bit of color in your Halloween wreath, they have some great purple and bright green accents to choose from. I picked out some black and white ribbon, a cute little wooden ornament of a spell book, and this great little owl with an orange glittering front. You will need some string, black is best, and a hot glue gun and glue sticks, also a pair of wire cutters or scissors.

Black Wreath

Before you decorate these wreaths, you need to “fluff” them out. Kind of like setting up a fake Christmas tree. The one on the left is straight out of the bag, when you pull apart all of the branches and bend them outward, you end up will a nice full looking wreath like the one on the right.

The owl and spell book

The first thing I put together was my little owl and the wooden spell book ornament. I cut off the ribbon from the ornament and tucked one of the wires from the owls feet through the hole. Then I used hot glue to secure the wire to the ornament. I glued a long piece of black string to the back of the ornament, this will allow me to tie the piece onto the wreath. I cut off the wire from the other foot and added a small drop of hot glue to secure it to the wooden book.

Owl and spell book

The owl has a small clip on the back that I secured to one of the branches and then tied my string around the wreath. I like this better than gluing the whole piece down because I can straighten in out easier when I hang this up again next year!

The black and white bow

I’m the first one to admit, I have no idea how to make a proper bow! Maybe someday I’ll learn, but this cut and glue method usually does the trick for me. I started by making four large loops, the length depends on how big you want your bow. I used hot glue to secure the ends together and to hold the middle of each loop into the pinched shape. I stacked these larger loops together using hot glue to form what is starting to look like a bow. Then, I cut a bunch of smaller strips and folded them to make half size loops, I glued the ends together and glued these single loops all the way around to fill out the bow. I did the same thing with even smaller loops to make a fuller middle section. Then I made one small loop and glued in to the center. Next, I flipped over the bow and glued a long piece of black string to the back. Just like we did for the owl, this makes the bow easy to tie on and re-position if needed.

bow with orange glittered leaves

Once my bow was tied on in the right place, I cut apart my stems of glittered leaves. I hot glued little leaf clusters on each side of the bow and continued gluing leaves down until it looked as full as I wanted, on both sides. With the bow finished and my owl in place, I put the silvery grey balls on as a finishing touch. I cut them off the cluster using wire cutters and randomly placed them around the wreath using a dab of hot glue on each. I think they break up the solid black sections nicely and give this wreath a little more glamour.

The Halloween Wreath

I have a large metal hook to the left of my front door which is where I always hang my wreaths. These don’t weigh too much though, I’ve used wire in the past to tie them to the wooden part of the screen door, or you can pick up a wreath hanger that slips over the top of the door. I’ve seen them pretty cheap this time of year, check the Dollar Tree.

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Pink Elephant Wreath

If you’ve read my blog before then it’s not a surprise that I love making wreaths. I especially like to cut out a base using cardboard from an empty cereal box. Using boxes you have lying around is a great way to make a simple wreath for any occasion. With the supplies you have on hand this project can be done for free without making a trip to the craft store. Over a year ago I bought a really cute pack of chipboard stickers that I just had to have. I’ve only used a few of them since then but still really like them. Some were just so large I didn’t know how to use them. One of them is pink elephant that is very cute. I decided that because I’m in the Valentine crafting spirit I could put the elephant to use. Having decided to make a wreath, I went digging for other red, white, and pink things to decorate with. I had a package of paper flowers that I hadn’t found a use for yet, perfect!

Wreath making supplies

I cut out two big circles from the cereal box and glued them back to back. Next I picked out a printed paper that would cover the front and back of the wreath. I glued the red striped paper down to each side and then cut a hole in the center of the wreath using my craft knife. To hang the wreath, I cut a length of sparkly red ribbon and tied the ends together and looped it onto the wreath. Time to decorate! I chose to use my hot glue gun for this because the quick drying time is great and the hold is strong. I started hot gluing my paper flowers at the top of the wreath and worked my way around until it was covered. I did all of large flowers first and then filled in areas with the smaller flowers. I glued some small flowers onto the a few large ones to accent them. With all of the flowers in place it was time for the elephant, I left the paper backing on the elephant sticker and used got glue to attach it to the bottom left side of the wreath.

Pink Elephant

With all the main pieces glued down, I added embellishments. I went through my binders and picked out pink, red, white, and purple things. I used hot glue to add my buttons, gemstone flowers, hearts, and pearls. Adding a little bit of sparkle and dimension all around the wreath really brought out the flowers and made them stand out individually.

Embellishment details

Now I have a cute wreath that is suitable as a Valentine decoration but can be hung up all year round. I hope that this project inspires you to use the things you already have to create something wonderful and new. Thanks for reading!

Pretty in Pink Elephant Wreath

Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Making Wreaths Part 3

Sparkling Snowflake Wreath

This is another inexpensive wreath I made using cardboard as a base. I covered the cardboard in light blue paper and hot glued silver pipe cleaner around the outside edges. I glued a ribbon to the back for hanging. I had a bunch of plain chipboard snowflakes in various sizes and covered them all in shades of blue and white glitter. I covered the blue paper background in glitter and waited for it all to dry. Once dry, I used hot glue to attach the snowflakes all over the wreath. This wreath was quick and easy to make and looks great hanging up! I already had the supplies on hand. If you had to buy them you could do so for less than  $10 and have lots of glitter left over for future projects.

Partridge in a Pear Tree Wreath

This wreath was basically free to make. Again, cut out cardboard circles, this one has three. Cover the largest circle in patterned paper, I used a sheet of scrapbook paper. The middle circle of cardboard I cut with pinking shears and painted gold. I dusted the wet paint with gold glitter and glued this piece on top of the large circle. I covered the top piece of cardboard with an image from a  greeting card I had, I cut out the edge with decorative scissors. Super lightweight and endless customization along with a price you can’t beat. Have fun making as many of these as you want!

Snowman Wreath

Here is one more paper wreath I made using materials I had at home. Another trip to the recycling bin for more cardboard! This time I cut a large scalloped edge around the base of the wreath. I painted the cardboard and glued a ribbon on the back for hanging.  I used a large paper punch to punch out big circles from snowflake scrapbook paper. I used a plain light blue piece of paper for the center and put a snowman sticker and word stickers that say, “Let it Snow!” in the middle. I then glued my punched paper circles around the wreath. I had a bunch of plain chipboard mittens and hats which I painted. I added details to the mittens and hats with a white pen. I used hot glue to attach a chipboard accent to each paper circle. This wreath was super easy and fun to make. Use your imagination or pick a favorite image for the center and match the color and them to it. One of the best things about these decorations is that you can store them in very little space and if done with care they will last a very long time!