Halloween Wreath


I wanted to make a Halloween wreath, but wasn't thrilled with any of my options. And I ate the candy corn that I was going to use to make a wreath. Twice. So favorite boyfriend went with me to the Dollar Tree to help me pick out some inspiration and then I made this little wreath that I kind of love... it's pretty different from anything else I've made and it's a little more masculine (as much as a yarn wreath can be anyways) and it only cost me $4 (not counting the yarn and straw wreath form and miscellaneous little things I already had)!


There aren't a ton of pictures of the process, but it's mostly making little things and gluing them on, so nothing too difficult!


  • Wreath form/base (mine was straw, still in the plastic)
  • Orange yarn
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Dollar Store add ons
  • Ribbon (to hold up your wreath)
  • Solid ribbon (to paint on)
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Needle and embroidery thread
  • Straight pins
  • Flower template from Make It and Love It here
  • Fabric/puff paint
  • Lighter/candle


First, I gathered up all of my supplies, including my Dollar Tree gems! (I forgot to take this pic until after the next step... a theme for this post somehow...)

Then, I wrapped my straw wreath form in orange yarn. The skeletons were a garland and so I wrapped them around about half of the wreath. I even glued an extra skeleton to the inside of the wreath so it looked like he was laying inside of it. I glued them down in a couple of places just so they would stay put.

Then I took the ribbon I was going to use to hang the wreath and threaded that through the wreath, made a pretty bow, and attached that before moving on to the next step! I also glued the big glow-in-the-dark spider to the web so it wouldn't fall off!

Then I glued the spiderweb to the back of the wreath. It wasn't sticking all that well, so I cut a few pieces of yarn and threaded them through the back to sort of tie the spiderweb on there.

I realized I didn't really have enough Dollar Store stuff so I thought I'd make some flowers out of black felt... sort of a dead flowers, creepy vibe. And I had been making flowers using the amazing template and tutorial from Ashley at Make It and Love it. Not the use she had in mind for these little flowers, but I guess I used some creative license there... anyways, I cut out of a bunch of the hydrangea flowers (the second ones on the template) from my felt, using her template (cut out the flower shape from the paper, secure to felt with a straight pin, and cut out the felt flower) and then sewed them to the wreath itself (or the yarn part).

I just covered about a fourth of the wreath with those.


I tried out the other kinds of flowers Ashley shows you how to make - two of those first kind of flowers and then one of the last type of flowers. This is that first type...

I hot glued rather than sewed that one, so I actually balled up some black felt and glued it to the middle of that flower so it looked a little better. I'm not sure whether I really recommend putting the non-hydrangea flowers on there, but I like them enough that I won't try to cut them off!

Then, I glued one of my black spiders onto the wreath... I intended to glue the other one on there too, but I just couldn't figure out where... so now it's on the floor where the dogs occasionally see it and run away from it. But here's where the first one is... right in front of the skeleton laying inside the bottom of the wreath.


I also glued the black crow to the top. He had some wires on his feet, but I wanted to make sure he wouldn't fly off there (haha!), so he got the hot glue treatment too...

I was going to stop at that point, but decided it was too creepy and weird... not fun enough, I guess! So I grabbed two long strips of solid ribbon and some orange fabric/puff paint I had and painted "Happy" on one and "Halloween" on the other.


After that paint dried, I cut little "V" shapes into the ends of the ribbon, sealed it with a lighter, and glued the extra ribbon behind the text so that it looked like a fancy little ribbon...

That's the first one all done. I finished the second one and glued them over one of the skeletons like this...

And ta da!

Hang it up and admire your new, super-cheap, creepy, but fun Halloween decor! (I think it took me less than 2 hours, not counting the yarn wrapping, which happened in so many little increments, I have no idea how long it took...)

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite conferences!

And some special Halloween conferences!




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43 comments :

  1. Oh, I love your wreath! And isn't the dollar store full of great inspiration for wreath making! I got some of those spiders when I made my Halloween wreath, although the dollar store I got them from didn't have the glow in the dark spider in the web. I would have much rather have glued a web to the back of my wreath then tied one out of twine, although I guess that worked. But I love how your wreath turned out!

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  2. Love! I would be thrilled if you linked up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/09/wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas-linky.html

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  3. I love all of it! But--the skeleton lounging on the bottom and the ingenious "Happy Halloween" ribbon are my favorite parts! In the first picture I just assumed the ribbon came that way! :)

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  4. Cute and spooky all in one. Great wreath!

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  5. What a fun and fabulous wreath, I love it:)

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  6. I love this wreath, great job! I featured it on my FB page. :)

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  7. I love it! Great Job! Here's mine I made yesterday with my son a la Dollar Store for $6.

    http://lalabliss.blogspot.com/2011/09/gaudy-halloween-wreath.html

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  8. Super cute wreath! I love the Dollar Tree, & remember seeing that skeleton garland recently. Now I think I need to go back so that I can make a hallowen wreath too!

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  9. Great wreath for halloween!! Come join my Link party Creative Halloween Ideas..

    http://jeana-marie.blogspot.com/2011/09/creative-halloween-ideas.html

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  10. Your wreath is super cute! It's given me some ideas on what to do with the extra halloween stuff I have.

    Dollie

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  11. Great wreath! Bravo to you and the dollar store. :)

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  12. That is fabulous! I think your design is better than any I have seen before-you did a great job!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  13. Another great craft from you! Vicky @ www.messforless.net

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  14. So fun, this is for sure going on my to make list. My triplets are all about Halloween right now.
    http://thriftywithtriplets.blogspot.com/2011/09/more-melted-crayon-art.html

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  15. Hello there, I SUPER love this wreath and HAD to share it on my "Pinspirational" boaard today with my readers.. Hope you don't mind.. Please feel free to come by and snag a button.. THIS ROCKS!! Thanks for sharing.. : ))

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  16. I love your wreath. Just perfect for halloween. I found your blog on bluecricket link party. Stop by www.homesweetbutterfly.com
    New follower and fan.

    Vanessa

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  17. This turned out fantastic! Would love if you would link this up to the Scatter Girls' Fall Front Porch Party going on now! http://scattergirls.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-porch-linky-party.html

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  18. Mel-

    That looks great! I think The Dollar Tree really brought it this year...I am addicted to the "spooky cloth". Just bought some lime green yarn to make my wreath...can't wait to get started tonight. Thanks for linking up to the Halloween linky...

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  19. Awesome wreath!! Very unique design! I love the little skeletons:D Also thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a sweet comment for my fall table centerpiece:) See you around!

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  20. ps: I have a fall crawl blog party going on today and will LOVE for you to link your wreath pweease.. TY : ))

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  21. Oh I love this. You did a great job & what makes it even better is that you only spent $4.
    jennifer
    http://www.miss-maggiesplace.com

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  22. Looks great for a great price!
    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  23. Ohhhh this is the CUTEST wreath ever!!! looooove it!

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  24. You would pay a fortune for this if you could even find anything half as cute! Love it!

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  25. Such a cute THRIFTY wreath...love that ribbon!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda
    NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY

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  26. love all your "Door Candy" ideas and I'm so glad you linked this one to Motivated Monday at Becolorful
    Pam

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  27. Very cute! I started making my own wreath on Saturday but it was a fail :( Thanks for joining last week's What's In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow's party!

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  28. i love this! there are a lot of things to look at, but it's not overdone. you found that perfect balance! your trick-or-treaters are going to think it's soooo coool! this is going to be featured at my link party this week!

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  29. oh my gosh.. absolutely stunning!! totally loved your idea.. I have the spider web.. and am going to attempt making this for sure!! Its lovely! :-)

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  30. So I've decided I LOVE all of the wreaths you make! This one is AWESOME! Love the spider web in back! So fun! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!!!

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  31. So delightfully and whimsically Halloweenified! Love the spiderweb in the background and all the cheerfully macabre elements! Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  32. this is so great! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  33. im featuring this on tell me tuesday!!!

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  34. Love the ribbon you used. Thanks for sharing your great wreath at Bacon time.

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  35. I loved your wreath and featured it today at House of Hepworths!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Have a great weekend.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  36. aaaww!! thanks so much for coming back to link in.. Super like!! :-)

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  37. wow... This is a beautiful wreath... thanks for sharing this lovely tutorial with step by step instructions... ;-) ;-)..

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  38. I would love for you to link in your festival / seasonal decor posts to the blog party going on at my blog ... Details can be found here : liventhingsup.blogspot.com/2011/10/itz-festival-time-2011.html

    Hope to see you in with more and more entries ;-) ;-) ... !!

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  39. Thanks for linking in your gorgeous post to the blog party ;-) ;-) ... Hope to see you in with more and more posts ... The party is open up to Jan 5th 2012... and there is no limit to the number of entries per person ;-) ;-) ;-) ... !!

    Have a great week ahead !!

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  40. Thanks for linking in your gorgeous post to the blog party ;-) ;-) ... Hope to see you in with more and more posts ... The party is open up to Jan 5th 2012... and there is no limit to the number of entries per person ;-) ;-) ;-) ... !!

    Have a great week ahead !!

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  41. I love this wreath, and I really love that the supplies came from the dollar store! I'm following you now! ;)

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