Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love all the decorations, the feeling of fall in the air, and of course the trick or treating! I don't know why it took me so long to decide to make a wreath suitable to hang on my door this time of year but I finally did it and I'll show you how. This beauty came together in about an hour and a half and the supplies only cost about $25.
You will also need wire cutters or very strong scissors and a hot glue gun
Step one~ add glitter branches to the outer part of the wreath
You'll need to first cut all of the glitter branches off of the base with your wire cutters to make multiple smaller branches instead of one big, full one. Once you've cut them all, just weave them into the grapevine wreath on the outside all facing the same way.
Step two~ add flowers and spiders
Just like with the glitter branches, you'll need to use your wire cutters to separate the roses from each other. Once they're apart push the leaves up to the rosebud, it should just slide on up. The bouquets also have a few stems with spiders on them, once cut from the base, separate the spider and twig.
Then you simply stick the stems through the grapevine wreath where you want them. I started with the roses that had eyeballs and alternated colors. Once all eyeball roses are placed where you want them, go ahead and weave the stems into the wreath to secure them. Repeat the process with the plain roses, then the spider branches. Adjust petals/spiders/branches on the front as necessary.
Step three~ add glitter pumpkins
Wrap some pipe cleaner around the wooden dowel of your pumpkin and find the perfect spot on your wreath. Then just secure your pumpkin to the wreath with the pipe cleaner. There will be some extra dowel, cut that off with your wire cutters/scissors.
Step four~ add bats
Since the bats come on clips, this part is super easy. Just pick a spot and clip them on.
Step five~ add hanging loop
Take a pipe cleaner and bend one end into a loop. Wrap the loop through a couple of thicker pieces of grapevine and twist the ends together really, really well so it doesn't come undone.
Step six~ make and attach the spiderweb
Start with two pipe cleaners and make a tall skinny X, then lay a third right in the middle to get your base for the web. Make a twist or two where they all connect to keep them in place while you weave.
Take another pipe cleaner and wrap the end around one of the base pipe cleaners near the center. From here you just make a spiral out twisting the pipe cleaners every time they cross to keep everything in place. One pipe cleaner obviously won't make it all the way around so as you run out just twist the end on another pipe cleaner and keep going.
Once your web is done, flip your wreath so the front side is down on the table. Attach the the ends of the web to the back of the wreath so the inner hole of the wreath is all web.
Step seven~ attach the skull
The skull already has a hole in the top so no need to make one. Take a pipe cleaner and fold in half then stick the folded end into the hole. Put a big ole glob of hot glue on top to keep it from falling out. I push down on the glue when it's still warm. I'm not entirely sure that does anything but it makes me feel better, lol. Once your glue is dry you can use the pipe cleaner to attach to the web, or the top of the wreath, whichever you prefer.
Step eight~ add lights
Get some more of those handy pipe cleaners and wrap your battery box like a present leaving a tail on one end to attach it to the wreath. Attach it to the back but not too many twists so you can easily change batteries when needed and turn the lights on and off.
Cut up some other pipe cleaners into about 1" pieces and use those to attach the actual lights around the wreath. That's it, you're done! Now go hang that bad boy on your door and give your festive self a pat on the back. Maybe even have a hot apple cider or pumpkin spice anything because it's that time of year :)
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I am a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and lover of all things crafty. This blog will include tutorials on some of my favorite crafts as well as my thought's on subjects that are important to me. I by no means claim to be an expert on any subject, just a creative girl who likes to DIY.