Halloween is a little more than one month away! Why not make your own creepy wreath this Halloween, for you or as a gift for someone else. This easy Halloween project is budget friendly and takes little time. Following are the three steps it takes to turn an ordinary straw wreath into a colorful season appropriate wreath! This Halloween wreath is complete with webbing, spiders and a mouse! Consider making one of these for an elderly person in a nursing home to hang on their door or in their room.
To Decorate a Straw Wreath For Halloween
You will need the following items for this project.
Straw wreath form (12″)
One skein of Red Heart yarn (color: carrot top)
Orange and black silk flowers (one stem of each color)
One pkg. of spider webbing
One paper silhouette of black mouse (purchase or download template)
Four or five spider rings
(J) size crochet hook
Tape (double- sided)
One sheet of black construction paper
Tip: Keep the cost low on this project by shopping at dollar stores, goodwill, and yard sales, or look through what you already have and use it! I bought the silk flower stems, spider webbing with spider rings included, and the mouse silhouette at my local Dollar Tree, each item costing only $1.00! I purchased the wreath at Hobby Lobby for $3.00.
Step One: Crochet Cover for Wreath
With the yarn and crochet hook start a long row of chain stitch. Keep chain stitching until you have a long enough piece to wrap around and completely cover the straw wreath. I chain stitched four sections and finished them off by cutting and tying a knot in each. I wrapped each section around the wreath securing both ends with straight pens.
Tip: This project would be a good one for teaching someone how to crochet. They would get much practice repeatedly crocheting this basic chain stitch. Another option would be to wrap the straw wreath in orange or black wide ribbon instead of crocheting the cover for the wreath.
Step Two: Decorate the Wreath
After completely wrapping and securing the wreath with the chain-stitched sections, cut each silk flower off the stem with wire cutters, leaving enough to poke down in the wreath to secure it. I used 2 black roses and 2 mums. I removed the leaves of the black roses and attached them alone with straight pins. Arrange the flowers in a cluster anywhere on the wreath. There is no wrong way to do this. Use your own imagination!
Next, secure a piece of spider webbing across the wreath using straight pins. Attach the paper mouse with double- sided tape. If you can’t find a paper mouse at the dollar store, cut your own by downloading the template in the items listed section above. Attach four or five spider rings to the webbing by pushing each round ring through it. It is that simple!
Step Three: Attach A Hanger
Decide what type of hanger you want to use. You could use black wired sheer ribbon, raffia or twine to hang it or just place it on an over the door hook. As you see in the picture attached to this article, I just hung mine over a door knob for now. I plan to look at the Dollar Tree and Goodwill for some black or Halloween themed ribbon.
I like to have a wreath(s) for each season. This wreath project is easily adaptable in this way! Just change up the color of yarn or ribbon and decorate it to match you home décor or for the season using any materials you wish! In addition to changing the wreath for seasons; think baby themes, pet themes or teacher themes etc. This project is wide open; limited only by your imagination. Think out of the box and have fun with it!
This author has been making crafts of all types (on and off) for 40+ years.