Halloween is almost here and I just can’t hold back my excitement anymore! In fact, I was so excited about the decorating that I started working on my decor for this year this weekend. I recently got a DIY wreath craft book from Leisure Arts called Deco Mesh Wreaths and I really wanted to try to make my own wreath. I have never done this before, I have to admit even though I craft these just look too difficult for me and I was always to chicken to try them. However, this book made it look so easy that I decided I was going to give it a go and make my own Halloween wreath this year. Luckily for me, Oriental Trading Company and Crayola was nice enough to give us some supplies to try it out. I have to say, I really like the results. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be.
The book gives you a lot of images for inspiration but they also include some really easy directions so you can get the basics then let your imagination take over. So I used the basic instructions and then came up with the design on my own.
Grab this book here.
For the Decorations We Made:
Crayola Tempera Paints (orange, purple, white, green)
Orange Ribbon Assortment (to attach to wreath)
I did my work on top of a large cutting mat that had measurements on the side. I found it easier to measure out the burlap while I was working. To begin, wrap pipe cleaners around your wreath. I started out with about 16 spread out evenly along the wreath. I alternated where the pipe cleaner was situated as well. So one I had at the top and one at the bottom. This is why I wish I had gotten the wire instead of the styrofoam because it would have been easier to just alternate which part of the frame it was on, but this worked also.
Now you will take the wide burlap and measure out 12-16 inches depending on how large you would like the loops to be. I did 16. I was not super strict on the measuring. I had the cutting mat and just loosely measured as I went. So they were not perfect. Secure the end to a pipe cleaner and twist around to secure. Do this all the way around the wreath. Tying a 16-inch long piece of burlap to each pipe cleaner. If there is any extra burlap left over on the roll just cut it off when you get to the end. Mine worked out perfectly. I thought my loops were no tied down well so I then went back through and put an additional pipe clean between each one and secured the burlap with the pipe cleaner. I guess you could start with more pipe cleaners to begin with but I liked being able to form the loops as I went back around and make them lay the way I wanted.
Now take your black chevron burlap and do the same process. I measured out 16 inches and secured it with the pipe cleaners. I also took some time to weave it around throughout the other burlap loops to make sure it looked mixed into the wreath.
Since I used a styrofoam wreath you could see the styrofoam on the inside and outside edges which I really didn’t like. So I took some extra black chevron styrofoam and secured it with some pins. All I had was safety pins so that’s what you see in this photo but when back after I got some pins from the store and replaced them with straight pins so they didn’t show. You could also use glue I just didn’t want any messy glue strings since it’s burlap I was worried about it soaking through. I think if you used a wire frame this would not be needed.
I also used the last of the chevron burlap to make a large loop to hang it with. I just tied it at the top but you could also do a nice bow. I didn’t have much left to fashion a bow out of though so just tied it.
Now to decorate! I found these super cute DIY wooden pumpkins at Oriental Trading Company and wanted to use them to decorate the wreath with. I wanted something simple that gave the hint of Halloween without being too colorful or loud. I decided to paint each one white. I have noticed that theme a lot in Halloween decorating and I really like it. It’s a great classic look. Then we made two of them polka dots and one chevron. I didn’t want to make the wreath to busy or completely cover it up so I just put them in one corner of the wreath.
The polka dots we used purple and orange. We just used the handle of a foam paint brush and dipped it in the paint and used it as a stamp. It worked out perfectly. We did a random pattern and made sure to make some overlap off the edge.
The chevron I drew out the lines using a ruler and a black marker. Then used orange paint to make a cute chevron pattern.
Then we used some orange ribbon from Oriental Trading Company to secure them to the wreath. Instead of trying to secure them around the wreath I tied it around one of the loops in the burlap.
The best part about this wreath is that the base doesn’t really scream any certain theme so I can remove the pumpkins and just add something new or leave it plain to use it for the next holiday. I could use it all year long. It was super easy and I think it turned out adorable! What do you think?
Please visit Oriental Trading Company for your Halloween Decoration needs!
Please visit Crayola for your DIY Halloween Craft needs!
Please visit Leisure Arts for fun Halloween & Fall Craft Books!
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