I’m not exactly sure why, but Halloween has always been one of my absolute favorite holidays. I love coming up with creative costume ideas, making them myself with everyday items, and getting to be someone or something else for a night and seeing what other people come up with.
Part of my love of Halloween means my apartment is an orange and black explosion of decorations. Here is just a small sampling…
Though our front door has been adorned with our lovely autumn wreath (See the post for directions!) for the last month, it was time to make a Halloween wreath to usher in my favorite spooky holiday.
This wreath is SUPER easy to make…anyone could do it in under an hour and it will make your front door look festive! You can also replicate this for any holiday just by purchasing different holiday/season themed materials. With everything on sale around this time of year, this wreath cost me, in total, only $8 to make! Whether you use material cut into strips or ribbon by the spool is up to you – personally, I find that ribbon tends to be overpriced and fabric by the yard is often much cheaper and you get much more for your money.
You will need:
- Straw wreath (14″ or larger, it’s up to you) kept in the plastic wrap!
- 1/2 yd material for the body of the wreath (OR a few spools of thick ribbon)
- 1/4 yd contrasting material for the bow and hanger (OR a spool of thick contrasting ribbon)
- Fabric glue
- Optional: 1-2 sheets of sturdy felt (not the traditional floppy kind) for any details you want to add
- Cut the 1/2 yd material into strips about 2″ wide. You will want to keep your wreath in the plastic wrapping because you are going to cover it up anyway and you don’t want pieces of straw poking out of your finished product. Wrap the strips around the wreath, using the fabric glue to secure the beginning and end of each strip. Decide ahead of time which side will be the front of your wreath so you don’t end up with messy ends on the side that people will see. [If you are using ribbon, do the same thing gluing down the beginning and wrapping around until you get to the ends]
- With the 1/4 yd of contrasting material or ribbon, create a large bow and use the fabric glue to secure it to the bottom of the wreath (the fabric glue comes in handy creating fancy looking bows because you can just create loops and glue the loops to the knot). For the loop at the top that you will hang your wreath by, just tie a knot and a bow at the top of the wreath, making it long or short enough to hang in the right place on your door.
- OPTIONAL: If you want to, you can add little details by cutting out shapes with sturdy felt and gluing them to the wreath, such as a group of black bats or spiders. I cut a thin strip of orange felt and attached it to a black spider I cut out and glued it to the back of the wreath.