Now that it’s October, it’s officially Halloween season. I usually try to wait until October 1st to decorate for Halloween, but I have to admit that this year we did do it a tiny bit early.
Every year, I like to add small bits to our seasonal decor and this year I wanted to make a simple Halloween wreath. This came together for me in about 15 minutes using just a few supplies from Michaels.
Honestly, when I bought these items I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out. I had considered attaching the garland to a grape vine wreath form, or even an embroidery hoop, but I wanted to keep the overall cost of the project very low, so I decided to try to just form the garland into a circle without a form. I’m very happy with how this turned out, but if you wanted to add more substance, a wreath form or embroidery hoop will do that for you.
First, gather your supplies:
- Coiled Berry Garland (I used 2)
- 2.5″ – 3″ wired ribbon (I used this)
- Black Floral Wire (I used 12 gauge because that is what I had on hand)
- Wire cutters
To start, cut a few short pieces (2-3″) of floral wire and set aside. Then take your garland and form it into the wreath size that you want. I used two coils and doubled them up, making sure the berry sprays were all facing the same direction.
Take the short pieces of wire that you cut and use to tie the garland together into a circle.
Do this as many time as needed in order to get your wreath formed and sturdy enough to stay together when you hold it up (I attached the wreath in 4 places).
You should now have the basis for your wreath. If you want to add more substance (another type of garland, picks, pumpkins, etc.) this would be the time. Attach items using floral wire or hot glue.
If you want to keep it super simple like I did, the next step is to make your ribbon bow.
I have found that the easiest way to make a nice looking bow is using the “bunny ear” method. This will give you a nice looking bow with all the right sides facing out. Start by making 2 bunny ears with the nice side out.
Then tie those two bunny ears together just like you would tie your shoelaces. At this point, keep the knot loose so you can fluff the bow and orient the tails so they are facing out.
Once your bow looks the way you want it to and is the right size, tighten the knot and then fluff the ears.
The next step is to cut the tails. Decide how long you want them to be, then fold in half as shown. You will be cutting out a triangle from the middle, along the line shown by the scissors in the photo above.
When you finish your cut, it should look like this:
And then it all together should look like this:
To attach the bow to the wreath, cut a longer piece (3-4″) of floral wire and string it through the back of the bow:
Then wrap that wire around the wreath where you’d like to have it placed on the wreath.
Voila! You are now done with your super simple (and cheap) wreath DIY.
Happy crafting friends!