Let me start by saying, I AM SO EXCITED for this Halloween Link Party next week. I absolutely love all the great ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest and Twitter this week. Make sure you save the date — October 20th — for the kickoff. Halloween maintains its spot in my Top 3 Holidays list. There are all the amazing costumes, decorations, and some of the best activities out there!
In case you’re struggling with some inspiration, a wreath is super easy and fun to make!
A Nightmare Before Christmas-Inspired Wreath
A Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my all-time favorite movies. I took a lot of ideas from that film to make my wreath. I wanted some creepy-crawlies, some spiders, and skulls to round out the look. Even though I could have gone full Jack Skellington, I decided to make it more unique. I definitely wanted to keep the color palette mostly black and white, but I couldn’t resist the pops of purple.
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All my materials came from the Dollar Tree except the wreath hoop, which I got at Michael’s for 50% off with a coupon! Unlike my fall wreath (which you can see by clicking this link), I decided to use a foam ring. This made it really easy to attach everything because most items I could just trim and stick directly into the foam. Check out how I did it below.
First, the ring was stark white. That definitely didn’t match my dark and spooky color palette, so I painted it black with some basic crafting paint.
Then I wrapped it in a burlap fabric I found at Dollar Tree. I had to trim it into smaller strips to cover the whole loop with only one piece of the fabric. I used my handy staple gun to secure it since the staples would be covered anyways.
That’s when the fun began. When I’m styling a wreath, I like to start in one place and work my way around. I layer different materials, trimming them as necessary. A good rule of thumb is to start with the flatter materials first and then layer in the more 3-dimensional pieces. For example, I used these twig-like pieces that stick out at the sides occasionally around my wreath. It was easy to layer on top of these because they lie pretty flat. The roses, on the other hand, needed to be one of the last things I layered in because they protrude a lot more.
Have fun with it. Try holding a few things in place before securing them to see how you like them. Once you’re ready (and depending on the material) either stick the stem directly into the foam loop or secure with hot glue. For some materials, I actually used both for added security. When gluing, be careful not to burn yourself, as bigger items sometimes require being held in place. That way the glue has time to dry a bit and the item stays in place.
1 White Foam Ring
Black Craft Paint
Grey Burlap Fabric
4 bunches of Halloween flowers
2 Glowing Eye Skulls
Skull & Crossbones Ribbon
Plastic Creepy Crawlies
Black Moth Clips
Edit, edit, edit. I cannot stress these words enough. When I’m looking for materials in the store, I tend to throw a lot into my basket in the beginning. Then I spend some time looking at everything next to each other. Usually, I can take out about a third of what I’ve picked up before even leaving the store. I decided not to use the cobwebs I bought at Good Will for the wreath itself. Instead, I’ll use them to decorate the rest of the porch or other pieces. Don’t feel like you have to use everything you bought. If you kept the receipt, you can always return unused items.
Try it out first! Hold pieces together and see how they layer without gluing them on. That way, if you don’t like something, you don’t end up making your project messy by trying to reposition or change things after you’ve already glued them.
Go with your instincts! Even if you don’t think you’re great at picking decor or color palettes, you’re the one who has to live with it and see it every day! Go with what YOU like. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to. It’s your house and your style. You get to choose what you want.
Half of the goal of this project is to have fun and make something that’s unique to you! So take risks! Go for it! If it makes you feel better, this entire project cost me about $13. Sure, that’s a meal at Panera, but it’s worth the experience!
If You’re Coming to the Link Party
If you have some cute Halloween DIY projects or decor to show off, be sure to come to the link party on October 20th! You can find the majority of the details here. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I CAN’T WAIT to see all the cool projects.
Here are some things you can do while you wait for the party:
- Create or Style AWESOME Halloween Decor
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Thank you so much for reading. I really hope you have enjoyed everything you saw and read. If you did, be sure to subscribe, pin, tweet, and share! Comment below with your favorite Halloween inspirations, too! If you have a project on your blog, be sure to include your link because I would love to see it!
Keep up the adventures, y’all!
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