How to Make a DIY Whimsical Halloween Wreath

The finished DIY Halloween wreath

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October is almost here!

And while I don’t have my Halloween decorations out just yet, that doesn’t mean that I’m not getting them ready!

In keeping my New Year’s Resolutions, I did a massive clean-out of my entire house, including holiday decorations. I ended up getting rid of several of my wreaths for the front door, including my old Halloween wreath.

(My old Halloween wreath was a witch.)

I made it 4 or 5 years ago and it was worn out and faded.

While I was a little sad to see my ‘witch wreath’ go, I was more than excited to make a new DIY Halloween wreath. It only took a few minutes of scrolling through Pinterest before I found several door hangers that I loved!

After pinning several of them, I could only narrow down my favorites to two totally different wreaths.

I liked the black and white stripes of the first wreath – it kinda reminds me of Beetle Juice. But I also really like the skull in the top hat on the second wreath – it’s so whimsy and cute.

Since I couldn’t make a final decision, I decided to make a mash-up of those two ideas.

Here is how I made this whimsical DIY Halloween wreath:

The finished DIY Halloween Wreath.
(My mash-up of the 2 inspiration wreaths.)

Step 1: Get Supplies

Nearly everything for this wreath can be found at Wal-Mart or on Amazon. Here’s what I used:

Supplies needed for the DIY Halloween wreath.

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Step 2: Wrap with Yarn

Start wrapping the wreath foam with yarn. Then wrap and wrap and wrap some more!

This was the most time-consuming part of the whole process.

I started wrapping the wreath form, creating the black and white stripes, and halfway through I realized that my technique was flawed. The stripes were too straight when they should have been wider on the outside of the wreath and slightly more narrow on the inside of the wreath form. So, I unwrapped all of my hard work and started again.

Wrapping the yarn on this DIY wreath.
(The point at which I started over.)
(The last stripes I did before I started over were severely overlapping the others.)

I wish there was some tip I could give you to make this step go faster, but I have nothing. My only advice is to find an interesting podcast or a good show and a comfortable place to sit.

After wrapping each stripe, I used a little bit of hot glue to hold the loose strand of yarn in place.

The finished yarn wrap on the Halloween wreath.
(Finally done wrapping!)

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Step 3: Make and Attach Bows

After the wreath was completely wrapped, I could start working on the ‘fun stuff’. By looking at the inspiration photo I found on Pinterest, I started making the 3 big bows that go under the skull.

I made 3 simple bows, each one slightly smaller than the one before it. I stacked them one on top of the other very close together. Then, I wired the bows into place.

Bows placed on the DIY Halloween wreath.
(The 3 big, ‘traditional’ bows.)

After making the 3 big bows, I made 2 smaller ones with brighter purple and green ribbons.

I didn’t like them in the traditional bow shape, so I cut the loops of the bows to make a star-like shape. Then I placed them on top of the bigger bows and glued them down with hot glue.

Bows piled on the wreath form.
(After adding the star-shaped bows.)

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Step 4: Attach the Skull

After gluing all of the bows into place, it was time to attach the skull to the wreath.

To attach the skull securely, we cut the back of it off. After cutting the back half of the skull off, we were left with a large flat surface, which made it much easier to attach to the wreath form.

Even though the skull I used is bigger than the one in the inspiration picture, I was able to attach it to the wreath using just hot glue because it is light. If you are using a plastic skull, you might need to use wire to secure the skull to the wreath form.

Placing the styrofoam skull head on the DIY Halloween wreath.
(My DIY Halloween wreath is finally coming together!)

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Step 5: Attach Top Hat & Extras

Next, I cut the top hat off of the headband it came on and attached it to the skull.

To attach the top hat to the wreath, I wrapped floral wire around the base of the hat and the wreath. I also attached the bottom of the hat to the top of the skull with hot glue.

Gluing the top hat on the Halloween wreath.

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After the addition of the top hat, I added a few extras that I had bought, such as glittery wreath picks and black puff ball wreath picks.

You could also add in extra ribbon, a small sign (like in the inspiration pic), or any Halloween-themed craft goodies that you find.

The wreath was very heavy on one side. To even it out, I glued a fishing weight on the back on the opposite side of the skull to make it hang straight.

The finished DIY Halloween wreath

I love my new DIY Halloween wreath and can’t wait for it to hang on the front door all October long!

Here are other fall wreaths I’ve made:

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