This year, after repainting the front door black, I decided it needed a new Halloween wreath with a lot of color.
I love decorating my home with Not-So-Scary Halloween Decor.
After crafting three bee-themed wreaths to decorate for a French Queen Bee Favored Things Party, I decided to conjure up something using the same deco mesh techniques.
Follow along the seven-step process that includes helpful, illustrative photographs of how it’s done.
Come in my pretties…
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Crafting an Eye of Newt Halloween Wreath
Basic things to consider before designing a wreath:
- Hang inside or out
- Door or wall color
- Desired size
I decided on a whimsical, colorful Halloween theme that would pop on the black door. The wreaths also ended up quite large. In terms of time spent crafting each wreath, I estimate it took five plus hours, over three work sessions.
Create a Deco Mesh Wreath in 7 Easy Steps
- Gather supplies & embellishments
- Prep wire wreath base
- Attach neutral deco mesh to wire base
- Cut, roll & add mesh colorful trio
- Cut & attach colorful, wired ribbon
- Add main witch sign with legs
- Embellish with eyeballs, ribbon
I always need a theme to drive the design of my DIY projects. Sometimes it’s during the thrill of the hunt, while shopping, that leads me to the look.
Armed with coupons and sales flyers, I headed to local craft stores to find an embellishment or ribbons to spark a design idea. The Eye of Newt wreath was inspired by the Come in My Pretties sign — complete with skirt and dangling witch’s legs.
2. Prep wire wreath base
Wire wreath frames come in a variety of sizes and are usually dark green. The color doesn’t matter, if it isn’t going to show. Spray painting the frame a desired color is also an option. Do match the color of the pipe cleaners to either the frame or main deco mesh material.
Twist the pipe cleaners around the frame’s inner and outer rings in about nine evenly spaced places. I elected to purchase pre-wired orange rings, because they were 50% off at the time at Hobby Lobby.
Use another pipe cleaner to the create a secure loop for hanging the wreath on a door, wall or over a fireplace mantel. Attach it to the back of the frame, in what will be the top of the Halloween wreath.
3. Attach deco mesh to wire base
I used a 12-inch wide roll of tan mesh to create the underlying base, since I wanted to create contrast against a black door.
Start on the inside ring of the base. Leave a six-inch ‘tail’ of mesh, and twist the pipe cleaners to hold in place. You’ll be tucking that tail behind the wire frame when finishing the project.
Leave the pipe cleaner ends ‘standing’, as you’ll need them to attach the mesh, ribbon and embellishments.
Next, gather up about nine-inch lengths of the mesh. Create a ‘poof’ by pinching at the end. Twist the pipe cleaner around that pinch point to attach. Continue until you’ve gone around the entire inner ring. Move to the outside ring and repeat the process (without cutting the mesh between the two rings).
Leave another six-inch tail, then cut the mesh from the roll and tuck behind the wire frame.
4. Cut, roll & add mesh trio to Halloween wreath
This next step is not necessary to create a Halloween wreath, but I think it added a lot to the fullness and wow factor. Of course it is time-intensive step and added to the total expense.
I used three, 12-inch deco mesh rolls in purple, orange and black. Cut 18, 10-inch pieces of each one. The next part takes a bit of dexterity. Doing one at a time, roll the section of mesh tightly. I then tucked that roll under my leg. Roll a second color, and tuck that with the first. After rolling the third roll, layer and fan the three rolls. Pinch all three in the middle. Attach the trio to the wreath by twisting one of the pipe cleaner sections. Repeat.
An easier approach would be to only attach one mesh roll at each segment.
5. Cut & attach ribbon
I used three different color, printed ribbons. Whatever you choose, the ribbon must be wired and about 2 1/2 inches wide.
Cut 12, 12-inch lengths of each. For a finished look, fold each ribbon end in half and cut at an angle to create a ‘V’ end. Group the ribbon in pairs, with two of the three patterns. Alternate which color is on top in each pairing. As with the mesh rolls, pinch the middle before attaching at each of the 18 sections. I laid the pairings out in groups of three to insure the ribbon clusters were alternated around the Halloween wreath.
Shape the wired ribbons and mesh rolls until you’re satisfied with the overall look.
6. Add main witch sign with legs
Now’s the time to add your central embellishment, in this case the witch sign.
The top of the sign had a wire hanger which I tucked to the underside of the wreath base and attached to the frame. Whatever you choose, it has to be reasonably lightweight. Because the construction of this wreath design is so full, you could opt to skip a center sign or figure.
7. Embellish Halloween wreath with eyeballs, ribbon
At this point, the exposed pipe cleaner lengths are much shorter. You could simply give them one more twist and tuck them under the ribbon.
Or, twist the ends to attach the eyeball ornaments through their metal loops. Narrow Halloween ribbon tied in bows finished off the ends. Another loop of that ribbon was added to the underside of the wire frame as an alternative hanger. I also tucked in a few bright green embellishments and a small witch’s hat at the top.
All that’s left to do is hang the Halloween wreath and welcome kiddies for treats. Come in my pretties…!
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