How To Make A Halloween Wreath

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Beautiful decorative wreaths for your front door or around your home don't have to be reserved solely for Christmas. Learn how to make spooky spider wreaths, elegant metallic wreaths and brightly colored harvest wreaths perfect for hanging this Halloween.

Spider Wreath

If you're looking for a unique decor piece perfect for Halloween parties or simply greeting trick-or-treaters with a thrill, try making this frightening spider's nest wreath.

What You'll Need:

  • One Styrofoam wreath base
  • Plastic spiders
  • White synthetic spider web
  • White flowers. Real flowers can be used, but the wreath will need to be remade each year.
  • Reindeer moss
  • Glue


  1. Cover the Styrofoam wreath base with a thin layer of synthetic spider web. Use glue to make sure the web sticks to the base.
  2. Push the stems of white flowers into the Styrofoam wreath base until the flowers are fully inserted. Use them sparingly for a subtle floral addition, or cover the entire wreath for a more ornate look.
  3. Place white reindeer moss around the flowers to add a spooky antique appearance to your Halloween wreath.
  4. Place another thin layer of spider web over the wreath, stretching it between flowers and moss for a realistic appearance.
  5. Use glue to attach plastic spiders to the finished wreath. Place several medium sized spiders evenly across the wreath for a decorative look, or glue 10 to 20 plastic spiders to the wreath for a more dramatic and frightening touch.
Ready for Planting Finished Product

Harvest Pumpkin Wreath

For a classic autumn decor piece to place on your front door, over your fireplace or anywhere within your home, make this traditional pumpkin wreath with a few materials easily found at craft stores.

What You'll Need:

  • One reed wreath, found at most craft stores
  • Mini pumpkins. Real pumpkins can be used, but the wreath will need to be remade each year.
  • Glue
  • Orange or black ribbon
  • Picture hanging wire


  1. While you are still at the craft store, check how many pumpkins you will need by placing them on top of the wreath to measure. Many craft stores sell small pumpkins during fall, so you can easily verify how many you will need right there in the store.
  2. Begin by gluing your pumpkins to the reed wreath. Make sure to use plenty of glue on each pumpkin, as the wreath is not a solid flat surface, and will need the extra glue to fully support the pumpkins.
  3. Once you have covered the entire wreath with a ring of mini pumpkins, set it aside to dry.
  4. Once the wreath is fully dry, tie the black ribbon into a bow around the top of the wreath.
  5. Attach the picture hanging wire to the top of the wreath, behind the bow.
  6. Hang the pumpkin wreath where desired.

Metallic Halloween Wreath

Make this refined Halloween wreath with the help of metallic spray paint. Take any ordinary Halloween decor and instantly give it an elegant upgrade, perfect for decorating front doors, formal dining rooms and luxurious fireplace mantels.

What You'll Need:

  1. A reed wreath from a craft store
  2. Plastic pumpkins
  3. Plastic Gourds
  4. Fake leaves
  5. Small fake branches with berries
  6. Black spray paint
  7. Gold spray paint
  8. Silver spray paint
  9. Bronze spray paint
  10. Glue


  1. Begin by spray painting your wreath a base color. For a dramatic look, paint the wreath black. For a more subtle appearance, try a soft metallic like gold or silver. Whichever color you choose to paint the wreath should not be used on any of the added decorations, to increase the color contrast.
  2. Purchase small fake pumpkins, gourds and leaves from a craft store, and paint them in the three remaining colors you did not use to paint the wreath. Pumpkins and leaves look great in gold and bronze, while silver is a good choice to spray paint berry branches.
  3. Once the paint has dried on your pumpkins, leaves and berry branches, use glue to attach them all the way around your wreath, or bunch them at the bottom to mimic the look of a cornucopia.

Haunting Skull Wreath

Make this spooky skull wreath if you plan on hosting a Halloween party or haunted house this year. Depending on the skulls you choose, make it as playful or truly eerie as you'd like, adding haunting extras like spider web and tattered cloth.

What You'll Need:

  • One Styrofoam wreath base
  • Plastic skulls
  • Synthetic spider web
  • Cheese cloth
  • Glue


  1. Cover the Styrofoam wreath base with synthetic spider web, wrapping it until the foam is no longer visible.
  2. Tear the cheese cloth into strips and tatter the edges with scissors and your hands.
  3. Wrap the strips of cheese cloth around the web covered wreath, leaving gaps between each piece where the web can show through. Leave the ends of the cheesecloth loose to allow the tattered edges to hang down. Use glue to secure the cheesecloth to the wreath.
  4. Attach the plastic skulls with glue all the way around the wreath, or use one to three skulls for a more subtle appearance.

Making your own Halloween wreaths requires little to no craft experience, and a few simple materials easily found at most craft stores. Pick the Halloween theme that best fits your home and personality, from spooky to playful, and create your very own, one-of-a-kind Halloween decor .

Last Updated: August 29, 2011
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About Alexandra Kerr Through Ideal Home Garden, Alexandra covers topics ranging from interior design to home improvement, gardening and cuisine. Having a passion for cooking and entertaining in her own life, she hopes to communicate her love of home design and decorating with her readers. 

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