I’ve been looking for a Halloween specific wreath for my front door and everything was just so fussy or not what I was looking for. So I decided to make my own! Without a clear vision in mind, but somewhat of an idea, I picked up the following things from my local craft store:
- orange, black, purple and green rolls of tulle
- 1 inch blank glittery ribbon that had all of the above colors in it
- cobwebs with spiders
- glittery Halloween themed decals
- large straw wreath form (it was the only one I could find besides the green floral arrangements ones)
After playing around with it for a little while, I finally settled with an idea. Leaving the plastic wrapping ON the wreath so the straw didn’t get everywhere, I selected the black tulle to start. Leaving approximately 3 feet hanging loose, I started wrapping it tightly around the wreath form until it was completely covered in black tulle.
When I got to the place where I started, I overlapped my starting place (twice), left another 3 feet on this end, and tied a knot with the two long strips.
I repeated the same steps with the orange tulle, starting as close to the black knot as I could, and wrapping it around the wreath form. Using the same overlapping when I got to the starting point, I tied the knot in the orange tulle as close to the black as possible.
I repeated the exact same procedure with the purple.
I started to do it with the green (because I’m an acid green fan at Halloween time), but I didn’t like the look of it so I scrapped it.
I think you have to be willing to change directions if something isn’t working the way you want it to or the result isn’t what you’d hoped it would be. In this case, it was buh-bye green tulle.
The same happened with the cobwebs. I thought I was going to drape it across the opening of the wreath form and it would look cool and mysterious. It looks clunky and took away from this cool, metallic quality that the tulle created. See ya cobwebs!
However, the spiders were awesome and I definitely kept them!
Now I had this wreath wrapped wreath form with a very long tail of tulle. In which I tied a really cool bow. I love tulle bows. And I’ve learned over the years to NEVER cut tulle until you are absolutely sure that your bow is the way you want it. ALWAYS leave yourself extra length. Using multiple colors allows it to have a funky, layered effect which I love! The spiders came in to play when I poked their legs in to the holes of the tulle bow to anchor them, thus removing the need for a hot glue gun.
Next, I pulled out my package of glittery decals and selected my favorites. These were peel and stick, so this was simple to adhere to the wreath.
I tried using the fun, glittery ribbon that I purchased for the door hanger and it was too stiff. It didn’t look right at all. Being satisfied with my bow, I trimmed the long pieces of tulle down to a more reasonable length and used the scraps to make a hanger.
It was okay but it wasn’t really working for me. So I cut five foot strips out of each color (orange, black and purple), layered them on top of each other, and then folded them in half with the wreath in the middle. The problem I was having is that the silver wreath hanger just wasn’t working for me or this look. I determined the height that I wanted my wreath, tied a knot with the tulle to hold the wreath in place, and then took the two chucks of tulle that I had in either hand and just wrapped it in criss-cross pattern around the hanger, tying it in a bow at the top.
After finding two spider rings in the bucket of Halloween decorations I brought up from the basement and adding them to the hanger, I consider the project finished!
The best part about this wreath? There was NO SEWING, GLUING OR STAPLING! I can remove the tulle at the change of holiday and use the wreath form again and again. Imagine the possibilities – Christmas, Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day . . . I’m super excited that I found something quick and easy that I can customize for my front door!
What do you decorate your front door with for the holidays?
For more great Halloween ideas, be sure to check out these awesome posts written by my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers:
- 7 Themed Halloween Costume Ideas for Families by November Sunflower
- 7 Spooky Halloween Snacks Perfect For Your Party by As Mom Sees It
- 7 Costumes for your Tiny Creepy Crawly by Another DayÖ Another DiaperÖ
- 7 Non-Candy Halloween Treat Alternatives by Philzendia
- 7 Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween by Happy Healthy Hip Parenting