DIY Halloween Wreath

For years, I have I wanted to decorate for Halloween. The problem is that I just can’t bring myself to spend hundreds of dollars on decorations that will only be up for about a month. So, this year, I am trying out some DIY Halloween projects.

To kick things off, I decided to decorate the front door with a simple, but cute, homemade Halloween wreath.

For my wreath, I used items that I currently had on hand (pins and glue) and items I picked up at my local craft store, dollar store and the bargain bins at Target.

Making this wreath taught me that you don’t have to spend a lot of money, or be a skilled crafter to make a wreath for your front door.

Click here for a printable version of the Halloween Wreath supply list and instructions.


  • Styrofoam wreath form

TIP: The wreath form is the most expensive item in this project ($8 – $10). If you check online or in your local paper, you should be able to find a coupon for 40% to 50% off one item at your local craft store. Be sure to use it on the wreath form.

  • Yarn

TIP: Choose a color that can be used for other holidays. I attached my decorations to the wreath using pins so that I can remove the Halloween decorations and replace them with Thanksgiving decorations after October 31. This will save me money and storage space!

  • Clear jewelry filament or fishing line
  • One rectangle of white craft felt
  • One rectangle of black craft felt
  • Straight pins (t-pins or ball-head pins) or flat-head thumb tacks
  • White craft glue or a glue gun
  • Ribbon (at least 3″-wide)
  • Inexpensive ($1 or less) decorations (I used a spider from my local dollar store and a felt pumpkin from the Target dollar bins)


1. Wrap the wreath with yarn.

a. When beginning the wreath, you can secure the end of the yarn to the wreath with glue or a pin, or you can wrap yarn over the end. I chose to wrap the yarn over the end to secure it.

b. Be sure to push the yarn together as you go to avoid large gaps where the wreath form shows through.

2. Determine the length of ribbon needed to hang your wreath. I attached mine to the top of my front door. However, the length will vary if you are hanging yours from a hook, on a window or indoors.

3. Attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath using straight pins or thumb tacks.

4. Attach one end of your clear filament to the item you want to hang in the center of your wreath. (I threaded the filament through the openings in the die cut pumpkin and tied it in the back.)

5. Center your decoration in the middle of the wreath, and then twist the other end of the filament around the pins/thumb tacks used to secure your ribbon on the back of the wreath. Tie a knot in the end of the filament so that it doesn’t slip.

6. Cut out two ghost shapes from the white felt, and then cut out eyes and mouths from the black felt.

7. Use a straight pin/thumb tack to attach each ghost to the wreath. Place the pin/tack where you plan to put the ghosts mouth.

8. Using craft glue or a hot glue gun, attach the eyes and mouth. Attach the mouth to the top of the pin/tack used to secure the ghost to the wreath.

9. Stick the legs of the wire spider directly into the wreath, and then bend the legs to position the spider.

10. If you have additional decorations, use the same techniques to attach them to your wreath.

11. Hang the wreath and enjoy.

Now, onto the next project – ghost and jack-o-lantern chair-back covers.


    • says

      Check back in a couple of weeks, and I will show you how to change the Halloween wreath into a Thanksgiving wreath for less than $5.00! In the meantime, I will be posting some other DIY Halloween decorations.

    • says

      Wrapping the yarn might be a bit difficult for younger kids, but I think older kids could do it. The whole process went much faster than I thought it would.


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