DIY Halloween Wreath

Wreath on door
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Getting Started

Close up of decorated wreath
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Even adults get to have fun at Halloween, so when it comes to making your own wreath don't miss out on an opportunity to get spooky. Thanks to a plethora of pre-made supplies, it's as easy as picking your favorites and attaching them to a simple grapevine wreath. Don't forget, this is the first thing that little ghouls and goblins will see when they get to your doorstep. Once Halloween is over, it's easy to swap it out for a more autumnal design that will still work with your collection of pumpkins.

Gather Your Supplies

Supplies for wreath.
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Get creative and customize this design as you see fit, to get the look shown here, this is what you'll need:

Supplies

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Artificial cobwebs
  • Small birds
  • Fake bugs
  • Extra wire
  • Dried florals/pods/moss
  • Ribbon
  • Craft paint (optional)

Tools

  • Glue gun
  • Paint brush (optional)

The beauty of using a grapevine wreath? Its creepy tendrils make it look extra wild and the tight weave lets you work pieces like the dried florals, ravens, and cobwebs on the wreath without needing glue. For small pieces you'll need to fire up your glue gun!

Add Paint and Cobwebs

Add cobwebs to the wreath.
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If there are any accessories that you're adding be sure to paint them now. That way they'll have time to dry. Plastic bugs or even dried pods can look more visually interesting when black paint is added. It all depends on if you want a more monochromatic look or not.

When you're building a wreath, the most important thing to remember is to work in layers. Don't try to add everything at once, it can quickly get messy. So start by pulling apart the cobweb and gently draping it over the surface of the grapevine. All of little branches and brambles should catch it and keep it on the surface. Then add on the larger items like the birds; play with their positioning before you weave them into the wreath. We like the look of the sitting birds moving in a direction, while the interior or top of the wreath is the perfect perch for sitting ravens.

Add the Second Layer

Add the first layer to the wreath.
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This is when you add any of your finishing pieces, so maybe a few oversized bugs or a few sprigs of dried flowers, whatever feels like it will finish the look. If you're worried about the plastic bugs being too heavy to stick on with super glue, you can coil the end of a piece of wire, hot glue it to the bottom of the bug, then use the wire to secure it to the wreath.

Finish with a Ribbon and Style

Add the ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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Instead of topping the wreath with a bow, make it easy to hang by looping a piece of velvet ribbon around the top. Cut the ends at an angle and you're all set.

On its own or paired with pumpkins and fall foliage, this wreath is sure to stop all of the trick- or-treaters in their tracks.